If you are like me, you are craving for a new book by Ann Leckie from the moment you put down the conclusion to her epic Imperial Radch trilogy. Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy are all equally fantastic novels and I just can’t wait where Ann’s imagination takes us next.
Well, we have to wait just a little longer. A year to be more precise. Ann Leckie has signed with Orbit Books for two more books. The first of those will be released in the fall of 2017. And gues what, it will be set in the same universe as the Imperial Radch trilogy. I guess it’s inevitable that when a series is this succesful, it continues beyond the original series. And I think it’s great. It would be a shame to drop a universe so rich and full of potential. I doubt the book will be a continuation of the story line set in the Imperial Radch trilogy, but there is a whole universe to explore.
In case you missed it: besides the three books, there are two published short stories by Ann Leckie. Both are set in the Imperial Radch universe. These stories have been published earlier in SciFi magazines and are now available online. For free!
The first is Night’s Slow Poison and tells a rich, claustrophobic story of a galactic voyage that forces one guardsman to confront his uneasy family history through the lens of a passenger with his lost lover’s eyes. Read it here.
It’s not like a whole new book. But it’s something. Enjoy and ease the pain while waiting for Ann Leckie’s new work.
If you haven’t read the Imperial Radch trilogy. Do yourself a favor and pick it up!
“On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.
“For a moment, things seemed to be under control for Breq, the soldier who used to be a warship. Then a search of Athoek Station’s slums turns up someone who shouldn’t exist, and a messenger from the mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq’s enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai – ruler of an empire at war with itself. Breq refuses to flee with her ship and crew, because that would leave the people of Athoek in terrible danger. The odds aren’t good, but that’s never stopped her before.”