A double-threaded narrative proves seductive, drawing the reader into the naive but determined protagonist's efforts to transform an unjust universe. Leckie uses...an expansionist galaxy-spinning empire [and] a protagonist on a single-minded quest for justice to transcend space-opera conventions in innovative ways. This impressive debut succeeds in making Breq a protagonist readers will invest in, and establishes Leckie as a talent to watch.
Publishers Weekly on Ancillary Justice
Using the format of SF military adventure blended with hints of space opera, Leckie explores the expanded meaning of human nature and the uneasy balance between individuality and membership in a group identity. Leckie is a newcomer to watch as she expands on the history and future of her new and exciting universe.
Library Journal on Ancillary Justice
A sharply written space opera with a richly imagined sense of detail and place, this debut novel from Ann Leckie works as both an evocative science fiction tale and an involving character study...it's also a strongly female-driven piece, tackling ideas about politics and gender in a way that's both engaging and provocative...Ancillary Justice is a gripping read that's well worth a look.
SFX (UK) on Ancillary Justice
It engages, it excites, and it challenges the way the reader views our
world. Leckie may be a former Secretary of the Science Fiction Writers
of America, but she's the President of this year's crop of debut
novelists. Ancillary Justice might be the best science fiction novel of
this very young decade.
Justin Landon, Staffer's Book Review on Ancillary Justice
Total gamechanger. Get it, read it, wish to hell you'd written it. Ann
Leckie's Ancillary Justice may well be the most important book Orbit
has published in ages.
Paul Graham Raven on Ancillary Justice
The sort of book that the Clarke Award wishes it had last year ... be
prepared to see Ancillary Justice bandied around a lot come awards
season. (As it should be).
Jared Shurin, Pornokitsch
Unexpected, compelling and very cool. Ann Leckie nails it...I've never met a heroine like Breq before. I consider this a very good thing indeed.
John Scalzi on Ancillary Justice
Ancillary Justice is the mind-blowing space opera you've been needing...This is a novel that will thrill you like the page-turner it is, but stick with you for a long time afterward.
io9 (included in 'This Fall's Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books')
It's not every day a debut novel by an author you'd never heard of before derails your entire afternoon with its brilliance. But when my review copy of Ancillary Justice arrived, that's exactly what it did. In fact, it arrowed upward to reach a pretty high position on my list of best space opera novels ever.
Liz Bourke, Tor.com
Establishes Leckie as an heir to Banks and Cherryh.
Elizabeth Bear on Ancillary Justice
The New York Times on Ancillary Justice
The sort of space opera audiences have been waiting for.
NPR Books on Ancillary Sword
Fans of space operas will feast on its richly textured, gorgeously rendered world-building.
Entertainment Weekly on Ancillary Sword
Breq's struggle for meaningful justice in a society designed to favor the strong is as engaging as ever. Readers new to the author will be enthralled, and those familiar with the first book will find that the faith it inspired has not been misplaced.
Publishers Weekly on Ancillary Sword
Leckie proves she's no mere flash in the pan with this follow-up to her multiple-award-winning debut space opera, Ancillary Justice.
Kirkus on Ancillary Sword
This follow-up builds on the world and characters that the author introduced in the first book and takes the story in new directions. There is much more to explore in Leckie's universe, one of the most original in SF today.
Library Journal (starred review) on Ancillary Sword
An ambitious space opera that proves that Justice was no fluke.... a book every serious reader of science fiction should pick up.
RT Book Reviews on Ancillary Sword
Superb... Sword proves that [Leckie]'s not a one-hit wonder. I look forward to the rest of Breg's tale.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Ancillary Sword
A gripping read, with top-notch world building and a set of rich subtexts about human rights, colonialism -- and (yes) hive mind sex.
io9 on Ancillary Sword
Leckie investigates what it means to be human, to be an individual and to live in a civilized society.
Scientific American on Ancillary Sword
“[Ancillary Mercy] earns the credit it’s received: As a capstone to a series that shook genre expectations, as our closing installment of an immersively realized world, and as the poignant story of a ship that learned to sing.”
“[There is] no science-fiction series as descriptive of our current political and cultural moment or as insistent that we open our eyes to it.”
“A magnificent capstone to this promising trilogy.”
RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)
“Adjoa Andoh concludes the Imperial Radch space opera trilogy with an energetic and vivacious narration…Andoh’s reading is superb. She provides a clear enunciation of narrative and an expressive and spritely delivery of dialogue. She’s quite extraordinary with the alien words in the text. To fully appreciate the story, listeners should be familiar with the first two books.”