Tag Archives: ancillary sword

Book Review: Ancillary Sword (Ann Leckie)

Review: Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
Science Fiction – #2 of 3, Imperial Radch

“When they behave properly, you will say there is no problem. When they complain loudly, you will say they cause their own problems with their impropriety. And when they are driven to extremes, you say you will not reward such actions. What will it take for you to listen?” 

After the events of Ancillary Justice, Breq has a ship and crew at her disposal, and is en route to the system of Athoek, one of many places “civilized” by the expansionist Radch Empire. Her goal is to bring stability to the system, a goal that is complicated by a repressive and stratified class system, the Radch Empire being on the brink of civil war, and the unnerving presence of a translator from the alien race the Presger – the only people to have created a weapon capable of destroying Radch ships.

I recently started my first reread of Ancillary Justice (let’s shorten it to Justice, from hereon out), the first book in Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch trilogy about imperialism and fragmented identity and loss. So far I still haven’t found a single thing about it I don’t absolutely adore. That is a lot to live up to, and unlike Justice  I did have some critical thoughts about sequel Ancillary Sword (Sword, from hereon out).  But that said, I loved every second of my reading experience with Sword, can’t wait to reread it, and overall feel like it more than met my incredibly high expectations.

Continue reading Book Review: Ancillary Sword (Ann Leckie)

Awesome things about Ancillary Sword

Ancillary Sword is the sequel to Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, so if you haven’t read that, go read this or this instead… or better yet just go read the book, because it’s AMAZING.

So: in lieu of a still-to-come review, I present you with this point-form, not altogether very academic, and possibly vaguely spoilery list of things I loved in Ancillary Sword.

Continue reading Awesome things about Ancillary Sword

Tough Traveling: The Ace

Today is Thursday, so it’s Tough Traveling at Fantasy Review Barn, exploring favourite tropes of Science Fiction and Fantasy. This week is THE ACE:

Some people are just ridiculously good at everything.  Be it magic, swordplay, or all of the above.  THE ACE has no equal.

name of the windKvothe, The Kingkiller Chronicles (Patrick Rothfuss)
I used Kvothe last week too, but I have to use him again because he is just the most Ace-like character I’ve read in recent memory. Whether he is being the world’s best musician, training to be a warrior with a prestigious mercenary group, or becoming the most powerful arcanist ever, Kvothe is just always the best at everything he tries. We even have whole chapters about how good he is in bed.  It’s… well, it’s all a bit much at times, quite honestly.

Hermione Granger, Harry Potter (J. K. Rowling)
I feel like I’m choosing a Harry Potter character every week…. but how can I not mention my favourite know-it-all Hermione Granger? She is the best at everything. Harry would have been lost without her. No doubt about it: without Hermione, Voldemort would still be in power.  She is the real hero.

ancillary sword

Breq, Ancillary Sword (Ann Leckie)
I’ve chosen Ancillary Sword specifically because Breq was more flawed in Ancillary Justice (if nothing else, at least, she wasn’t the greatest at plan formation and execution).  But she has a steep learning curve, and Fleet Captain Breq in Ancillary Sword? She is smarter than you. She is stronger than you. She has faster reflexes and is better shot. She speaks all the languages. She takes time out from fighting injustice and classism to do ethnomusicological fieldwork.  Basically, to quote Seivarden: “Fleet Captain is pretty fucking badass.”

Lem, Zombies, Run!
Lem is brave, noble, thoughtful, and self-sacrificing.  He is the best runner that your rival settlement New Canton has in the zombie apocalypse – but he’s willing to lay his life down for you in the field anyway, because he’s just that sort of guy. He overcame his humble beginnings as an orphan to become a self-made millionaire, and his post-apocalyptic hobbies include saving children.  He also is a Nobel Prize winning chemist, a personal friend of Kofi Annan… and has an Olympic medal in luge.

Ace Rimmer, Red Dwarf

Sort of a two-for-one here, because Sam Yao jealously calls Lem ‘Ace Rimmer’ in Zombies, Run!  I had no idea who Ace Rimmer was, not having seen the British comedy series Red Dwarf. So when I got home from my run I looked him up on youtube, found this video, and started laughing.  For your viewing pleasure: The Ace, Ace Rimmer…. What a guy.