The Will to Battle

The Will to Battle

A political SF epic of extraordinary audacity. 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 A political SF epic of extraordinary audacity. The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end. ...

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Title:The Will to Battle
Author:Ada Palmer
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:The Will to Battle
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The Will to Battle Reviews

  • Sherwood Smith
    Dec 20, 2017
    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 the impact to someone who hasn?t read the two previous books. So I?m going to t...
  • Julie
    Dec 06, 2018
    3.5 stars this time, but rounded up per usual for Ada Palmer?s sheer ambition. So, it turns out that waiting over a year between these books is a terrible idea! I?d forgotten who did what, why (BLANKITY BLANK) was in prison, and what were the latest double-triple-crossings, etc....
  • Mike
    Jan 02, 2018
    First book of 2018! I loved the first two books of this tetralogy; though there were many flaws, the great, wonderful, and magnificent outweighed the flaws. But this time, I think the flaws won the day. The "Dear reader" became too annoying. Thomas Hobbes was an important presence i...
  • Odo
    Nov 28, 2017
    4.5/5.0 ...
  • Nils
    Jul 06, 2017
    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 holperigen Einstieg in den dritten Band der Reihe. ...
  • ambyr
    Dec 25, 2017
    Me: I finished Me: I can't really keysmash on a phone, so you'll just have to imagine it Boyfriend: Heheh Boyfriend: Cliffhanger for book 4? Me: I don't think cliffhanger is the right word Me: More, I am now lying in a smashed and broken heap at the base of the cliff Or, wait, ...
  • Pearl
    Jan 25, 2018
    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 won?t let me quit this play. Author (asks with keenness and curiosity): What is it?...
  • Jo Walton
    Dec 21, 2016
    It made me hyperventilate on a train. This series just gets better and better. ...
  • Bjørnar Tuftin
    Feb 04, 2018
    This is a magnificent series! It has glorious prose, spectacular world-building, amazing intrigue and ... It's so good that I feel bad for not liking it. But fact is just don't. Yes, it's glorious and intricate and imaginative, to me this book was still a slog. I'm not even sure what ...
  • Bradley
    Dec 05, 2017
    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 Palmer has made a world worth luxuriating in, and far from resting on the Gr...
  • Julie
    Jul 03, 2017
    The story of this Earth 500 years into the future continues, and is told just as skilfully than in the first two books - same darkness and all, too. Perhaps some apprehension is creeping in as well now, watching the world and characters I grew attached to (sometimes despite myself) fra...
  • Alex Sarll
    Jul 12, 2018
    Too Like The Lightning showed us one of science fiction's most alluring futures; Seven Surrenders played Jenga with it. And The Will To Battle covers months, but they all equate to that moment of indrawn breath as you can see the whole thing is about to come crashing down, but don't ye...
  • Alex
    Feb 06, 2018
    I haven't been able to shut up about these books to literally everyone who knows me. And now they're over.... for now. HMB while I go start Too Like the Lightning again. ...
  • Rob Adey
    Nov 16, 2018
    This has been an amazing, original trilogy, nothing else like this exists that I've come across. I enjoyed this very slightly less than its predecessors. We never meet any normal people, it's all about the rulers, but it seems unlikely that the general population of a future which if n...
  • Standback
    Jan 22, 2018
    Loved loved loved The Will To Battle. Some broad impressions: Book 2, Seven Surrenders, felt like something of a dip to me -- I feel like Too Like The Lightning set a bunch of dominoes up, and Seven Surrenders was rather straightforwardly watching them all fall -- but this is back t...
  • Jessica
    Jan 15, 2018
    This series remains exceptional both in inciting serious contemplation and in terms of pure enjoyment. It is at heart a book of Big Ideas -- all character choices, plot twists, and world-building are in service to that, rather than (at times) a straight narrative -- and ambitious in it...
  • Anna
    Sep 17, 2018
    It?s fair to say that the Terra Ignota series continues to be demanding and rewarding. Mycroft the narrator, a convicted murderer, is writing a chronicle of events in 2454 in the style of the Enlightenment, while holding down eight jobs and suffering a psychological breakdown. The na...
  • Ruth
    Aug 21, 2017
    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 world to me, turning my assumptions on their heads with no warning. This being the third...
  • Akahayla
    Jan 14, 2018
    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 speak about the law and politics in detail but this book was FILLED with it and i...
  • Cassandra
    May 23, 2018
    This book series is super ambitious, but it keeps paying off. Ada Palmer commits 100% to her characters and the world that she's built, so that even when things are super weird, they feel like they fit. Nothing is shoehorned in ? the story is constructed around the important elements...
  • Tzu-Mainn Chen
    Feb 08, 2018
    "Terra Ignota" is a series best enjoyed once you accept the fact that there's no way in hell you can anticipate what's going to happen. Palmer slaps you in the face with grandeurs and philosophies and absurdities, until the sheer thickness and spread of ideas turns her novels into some...
  • Chris Starr
    Jan 15, 2018
    Something keeps me reading this series despite the absolutely annoying writing style. the world that is created in this series is intriguing, and I am interested in it. However, the way it is presented through an egotistical narrator, or "chronicler", is annoying as hell and makes it v...
  • Swuun
    Aug 26, 2017
    Mind. Blown. Again. These books are not like anything else out there, and reading them is a ride and a half - the ultimate unreliable narrator, world-shaking events, twists and turns and meta-narrative (the book itself is an important plot point in the book and also the unreliabl...
  • Scott
    Feb 27, 2018
    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 Ignota trilogy, and damn, it?s good! Palmer keeps the tension running at eye-wateri...
  • Maya Chhabra
    Mar 10, 2017
    Reviewed at my blog here: https://mayareadsbooks.wordpress.com/... Ada Palmer?s fiction gets a lot of attention for its voice and ideas, but I think her greatest strength is actually characterization. The Will to Battle features a large ensemble cast and somehow manages to give al...
  • Sarah
    Jul 26, 2017
    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 this book and whether or not the end feels like we've only been given half a book...
  • Charlie
    Jan 21, 2018
    The scope, imagination, complexity, and beauty of Ada Palmer's writing continues to blow my mind. There are no other books like these books. I have no coherent review to articulate here, other than to say everyone should read the Terra Ignota series and that I am desperately excited fo...
  • Kane
    Jan 11, 2018
    After the constitutive excellent of the first two of the series, I felt this novel falls a little flat. While in the previous iterations, the plot has felt honed and in a momentous direction, here the story seems to meander around, with only occasional larger events stitching it all to...
  • Gavin Leech
    Oct 03, 2018
    Sensational. Palmer starts in an Enlightenment utopia (post-war, post-nationalism, post-scarcity, post-gender, post-theocracy, post-fideism, post-meat, post-capital-punishment, post-nuclear-family, general justice via universal voluntary surveillance) and then shows what the tensions w...
  • Aisha Mayken
    Jan 15, 2018
    I feel conflicted about this book. I really wanted to like it but I just didn't. There were some amazing moments that gave me hope that eventually, things would turn around but they never did. And those moments were just not enough to redeem the novel as a whole. Palmer writes wha...