In trilogies, a series comes to an end with the third book. Off course. That’s the point, right? And yes, even the mind bending, convention shattering Imperial Radch series comes to an end with Ancillary Mercy. Why? Because, like I said, it’s the third book and trilogies have only three books. But is it done? No. Definitely not. Or at least, I don’t want it to be done. Is Ancillary Mercy that good? Yes, it is. Both Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword were excellent, my opinion. But Ancillary Mercy is the best.
And that makes sense. Ancillary Mercy is the conclusion that Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword have been building up to.
I am afraid this is a very short review. And it needs to be. There is just too much to spoil. And I don’t want that. For the first two books it was possible to tell you about circumstances and cool characters without spoiling much of the plot. And the plot in Ancillary Mercy is the whole point, it isn’t a conclusion for nothing.
The scene is still Athoek System. But bogeys are coming. And you can guess who. Lord of the Radch, Anaander Mianaai, the other ones. And we learn more about the aliens called Presger. And the treaty between the Radchaai and the other ‘significant species’. You’ll find out what that means.
As with the previous parts of the series, the reception of Ancillary Mercy was great. It won yet another award, the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction novel, and was nominated for the Hugo Award (again).
Ancillary Mercy wraps up the story of this trilogy while at the same time opening a number of doors for new stories in this universe. For me, a story on the relationship between the Radchaai and ‘the aliens’. I want to know more about the Presger, the Rrrrr and what about the other significant species. And maybe it will happen. Ann Leckie has signed with Orbit Books for two more novels. The first of which will (probably) be published in 2017. And, it will be set in the Radch universe! All is not lost.
I wish I could tell you more, there is so much to tell. Bu for your own good. I won’t. Just read it. Or if you haven’t read the first two, read those first. Or the check out our review. Click here for Ancillary Justice (no. 1) and here for Ancillary Sword (no. 2).