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Author: Ann Leckie Narrator: Adjoa Andoh Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781478923176
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Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, returns with an enthralling new novel of power, theft, privilege and birthright.

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned.

Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good.

For more from Ann Leckie, check out:

Imperial Radch
Ancillary Justice
Ancillary Sword
Ancillary Mercy
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Quotes & Awards

  • There are few who write science fiction like Ann Leckie can. There are few who ever could. John Scalzi
  • More intriguing cultures to explore, more characters to care about, more Leckie to love. Kirkus
  • Character-centered space opera from one of SF's brightest stars. Library Journal
  • "A perfect follow-up to the trilogy. The New York Times
  • The trademarks of Leckie's talent are on display, with even more worlds for readers to discover and some teasing overlap with her previous series. But what makes this book is watching Ingray overcome her poor self-esteem and discover who she actually wants to be, demonstrating again the genre's capacity to tell compelling, human stories. RT Book Reviews
  • "The intricacies and oddities are a delight.... A thrill for fans of heists and capers. Washington Post
  • A careful look at how no one's immune from politics, even if they think themselves outside the fray . . . A story about the necessity of exploring the edges of the known. NPR
  • [Leckie] raises provocative questions about identity, family and self-esteem. By the end, both neophytes and longtime Leckie fans are likely to be pleased. The San Francisco Chronicle
  • "The trappings of widescreen sci-fi, and the attention to character, to the small moments, to the inner lives of those living through outsized events . . . Just read it. B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog
  • Perfectly combines the mercurial foundations of planetary politics with the personal journey of a woman navigating familial conflict as she creates a distinct provenance that gives her sole ownership of her path forward. Bookpage
  • If you don't know the Ancillary series by now, you probably should. Ann Leckie's sociopolitical space opera almost singlehandedly breathed new cool into the stereotype of spaceships trundling through far-off systems amid laser battles. ... [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. NPR Books on Ancillary Mercy
  • This trilogy will stand as a classic of SF for the ages. Library Journal on Ancillary Mercy
  • Powerful. The New York Times on Ancillary Sword
  • The sort of space opera audiences have been waiting for. NPR Books on Ancillary Sword
  • No science-fiction series as descriptive of our current political and cultural moment or as insistent that we open our eyes to it. Slate on Ancillary Mercy
  • Fans of space operas will feast on its richly textured, gorgeously rendered world-building. Entertainment Weekly on Ancillary Sword
  • A magnificent capstone to this promising trilogy. RT Book Reviews (4.5 stars) on Ancillary Mercy
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Complex and beautiful. SYFY Wire
  • A stunning work of imagination, with intriguing alien cultures, well-crafted characters and an engaging mystery. Shelf Awareness (starred review)
  • For those of you new to Leckie's work, I can't think of a better place to start. Book Riot
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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,
  • Establishes Leckie as an heir to Banks and Cherryh. Elizabeth Bear on Ancillary Justice
  • A double-threaded narrative proves seductive, drawing the reader into the naive but determined protagonist's efforts to transform an unjust universe. Leckie 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'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
  • “Narrator Adjoah Andoh creates a stunning tapestry of characters within the vast galaxy this audiobook spans. Her theater background allows her to give distinctive timbres and accents to every character, which helps to keep the large cast and complex story straight…Andoh is utterly convincing as Ingray blossoms into a confident, self-assured individual…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “The action focuses on Ingray, who wants her foster mother’s love but fears her scheming brother will forever be the favorite….Following up her magnificent Ancillary trilogy, Leckie wisely moves to a different area of the same universe, showing that she is still interested in nonbinary ideas of gender in this latest character-centered space opera from one of sf’s brightest stars.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Ann Leckie is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, and British Science Fiction Award-winning novel Ancillary Justice, and its Locus Award-winning sequel Ancillary Sword. Ann has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land-surveying crew, and a recording engineer. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

About the Narrator

Adjoa Andoh is an Audie Award and Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actress of British film, television, stage, and radio. She is known on the UK stage for lead roles at the RSC, the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, and the Almeida Theatre, and she is a familiar face on British television. She made her Hollywood debut starring as Nelson Mandela’s chief of staff, Brenda Mazikubo, alongside Morgan Freeman as Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus.