The Will to Battle

The Will to Battle Review

The Will to Battle the third book of 2017 John W. Campbell Award winner Ada Palmer's Terra Ignota seriesa political SF epic of extraordinary audacity

“A cornucopia of dazzling, sharp ideas set in rich, wry prose that rewards rumination with layers of delight. Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent.” —Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings

The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end.

Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency hum within the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location.

The heartbreaking truth is that for decades, even centuries, the leaders of the great Hives bought the world’s stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held.

The Hives’ façade of solidity is the only hope they have for maintaining a semblance of order, for preventing the public from succumbing to the savagery and bloodlust of wars past. But as the great secret becomes more and more widely known, that façade is slipping away.

Just days earlier, the world was a pinnacle of human civilization. Now everyone—Hives and hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and the downtrodden, warriors and saints—scrambles to prepare for the seemingly inevitable war.

Seven Surrenders veers expertly between love, murder, mayhem, parenthood, theology, and high politics. I haven't had this much fun with a book in a long time.” —Max Gladstone, author of Three Parts Dead

Title:The Will to Battle
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Bradley

    Update, later the same day:I think I'm gonna nominate this one for Hugo. It keeps getting better on reflection. :)Original Review:I took my time and savored this one. It deserves it. And more.Ada Palm...

  • Jo Walton

    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better....

  • Sherwood Smith

    I’ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of days, and have come to the conclusion that I can’t review its events without massive spoilers, and even then, those won’t convey ...

  • Sarah

    Ockham Prospero Saneer pleads Terra Ignota, I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. This sets the tone for the entire book.I know there are at least a few of you interested in...

  • Pearl

    Author: Welcome back, dear reader! Did you return for the consistent brilliance that my cast has been putting out in their every performance?Me: Not necessarily…I’ve got a nagging question that wo...

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  • Scott

    Ada Palmer has the skills to pay the bills, and with her new book she's packing a full clip, has a 455 under the hood and a full tank of high-octane racing fuel.This is the third book in the Terra Ign...

  • Ruth

    The first book in the Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning, was magnificent. It left me deliciously bewildered at every turn, with revelation after revelation illuminating new aspects of the wo...

  • Akahayla

    Another good read, but compared to the previous two this one FELT longer. Maybe because of the endless court proceedings and descriptions of god knows how many philosophers. Usually I enjoy books that...

  • Nils

    Zwischendurch hatte mich Ada Palmer ab und an verloren, immer wieder blitzen jedoch sehr geniale Ideen und Gedanken durch und entschädigen zusammen mit dem hervorragenden Ende für den doch sehr holp...