A review by danitrolen
Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

adventurous funny reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


The end of a very enjoyable trilogy. Suspense throughout the book remains quite high until the very end. The stakes are higher! 
There is good character development yet I feel that the ending was just ok. Looking back at it, the pieces were set for the ending, but I didn't particularly like the execution of it. Lecky is ex ellent at the slow burn and good at bursts of intense action. As a seasoned short story writer she doesn't use more words than necessary to bring across what she wants to say. I feel like she mistook conciseness with brevity on the ending and much like Breq, quickly slapped together a provisional way to end the story, which she then stuck to. 
Everything up until the provisional ending is very good though. I would heartily recommend and I hope Lecky has managed to keep on honing her "conclusion-skills" with her next novels. 
Things that I really liked: 
- So much more Presger Translator goodness. A very fun character that adds much appreciated comic relief
- fleshing out AIs' personalities to a much further extent. Especially Sphene. 
- Seivarden's dealings with addiction

I really liked the series apart from the end, can't wait to read more of her work