Revenant Gun (The Machineries of Empire, #3) by Yoon Ha Lee

Revenant Gun (The Machineries of Empire, #3)

Machineries Of Empire, the most exciting science fiction trilogy of the decade, reaches its astonishing conclusion!When Shuos Jedao wakes up for the first time, several things go wrong. His few memories tell him that he's a seventeen-year-old cadet--but his body belongs to a man decades older.  Hexarch Nirai Kujen orders Jedao to reconquer the fractured hexarchate on his behalf even though Jedao has no memory of ever being a soldier, let alone a...

Details Revenant Gun (The Machineries of Empire, #3)

TitleRevenant Gun (The Machineries of Empire, #3)
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
GenreScience Fiction, Space, Space Opera, Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy

Reviews Revenant Gun (The Machineries of Empire, #3)

  • Bradley
    I read this in April, but I'd be remiss in not squeeing on the actual publication date! IT'S HERE!!!Oh! For all you fanboys and fangirls, I have the author's own words about his writing experience for the trilogy! Link to my blogOriginal Review:This series continues to be one of the most unique trilogies I've ever had the pleasure to read, and that's saying a lot.It took me a little bit to get into the new direction this novel takes, but if any o...
  • Gary
    Check out my Q&A with Yoon Ha Lee for the Revenant Gun Blog Tour Gun, the final book in Yoon Ha Lee’s Machineries of Empire trilogy, opens with its most infamous character displaced in time. Garach Jedao Shkan’s most recent memory is as a first year Shuos cadet serving the Heptarchate – yet here he is 400 years later, with the now-Hexarchate in complete disarray, and Nirai Kujen, the sole rem...
  • Michael
    Charming military space opera not too far afield from David Weber’s Honor Harrington series, which was a guilty pleasure for me over decade ago. In this conclusion of the trilogy, the stable domination of the galaxy by human factions has been upset by the assassination of most of the six overlords known as the hexarchate. Again, the personality of the brilliant and long-ago dead general Jedao is a main character, here put in place in a fresh bo...
  • Acqua
    Revenant Gun is the third and final book in the sci-fi trilogy Machineries of Empire, also known as “the mass murder magic math books” or, more simply, “my favorite books”.Revenant Gun takes place 10 years after the end of Raven Stratagem, and most of it is told through the PoV of a 17-year-old amnesiac copy of Jedao (yes, that’s Kujen's doing, do not mess with the psych surgeon next time).The other major PoVs are Hemiola, a Nirai servi...
  • Seth Dickinson
    Full disclosure: after we read each others' first books, Yoon and I became friends.REVENANT GUN is the end. It's about death and rebirth, who deserves to survive and who gets to survive (unfortunately two very different things). GUN is the end and it's structured like an ending, in that it is about the last players on the board coming to their inevitable collision. What makes this book so satisfying is that inevitability - it is the last calculat...
  • Lindsay
    It's nine years since the climactic events of Raven Stratagem shattered the Hexarchate. What's left has consolidated into two groups, the Protectorate, loyal to the last Hexarch and effectively being run by the traditionalist General Kel Inesser while the Compact, running on the heretic calendar that was instituted in the previous book has formed up under General Kel Brezan. There's been a delicate peace between the two because both realms are wo...
  • Lena
    I wish I could stop caring. And the day after that, scrawled in the margin in jagged, shaky letters almost entirely unlike his usual handwriting: I know how to do that. - from the journal of Inhyeng KujenOne of the greatest trilogies of hard science fiction comes to close with plenty left over for more.What was well done: The origin story of Nirai Kujen.The rise of the servitors.A shock or two.Calendrical Warfare, obviously.What could have ...
  • Allison Hurd
    A few non-spoilery ways I've described this series:-A homicidal space ghost goes around fighting injustice with math magic in a vacuum-faring moth.-A psychedelic K-drama in space pretending to be military sci-fi.This will either intrigue you or repulse you, I think. I thought it was glorious. As military sci-fi-ish as Star Wars or perhaps even Star Trek. Maybe more Star Trek, because while there are battles, the battles within are always the most...
  • Silvana
    Dear Hugo voters,Let me share with you my thoughts about this book. I remember the first time I read Ninefox Gambit. I was stunned. Entering a world of the Hexarchate, a repressive space empire (not unlike the Empire from Star Wars), that derived its power from “calendrical weapons”, which rely on the acceptance of a particular calendar to power devices that bend and break the laws of physics. I was so confused at first. This regime was so pa...
  • Quartzen
    Complicated and mixed feelings about how this one ultimately handled the themes of abuse and how it's perpetuated on a personal level, though I thought the issues of social change were handled well. The pacing felt uneven in the first half and some things were resolved with less conflict than I expected (both good and bad); I liked Hemiola a lot and I liked the ending and epilogue.
  • Leseparatist
    This, by the way, seems to be my 500th review on this website! I want a cookie. And what a fitting book to mark this moment.----------------------------I read this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review; nonetheless, I also bought a paper copy with my own money (and it's reportedly on its way to me already).It's difficult writing the review of a next or last volume in a series! So much of what might be said is a spoiler for e...
  • Quintin Zimmermann
    Yoon Ha Lee's "The Machineries of Empire" trilogy offers something truly unique: dense world building in terms of which society and technology are based on the strength of the shared belief in the calendrical mathematical system. As Jedao postulated in Ninefox Gambit: "all calendrical war is a game between competing sets of rules, fuelled by the coherence of our beliefs. To win a calendrical war, you have to understand how game systems work."It h...
  • Claudie Arseneault
    DISCLAIMER: i received a copy of REVENANT GUN in exchange for a honest reviewRevenant Gun manages to continue everything I loved about the previous two books in the trilogy—brilliant character arcs wrapped in tense military action, a cutting sense of humour, and a care for individual passions and nerdery that brings a whole universe to life—while still bringing new things to the table and offering a totally different book from the other three...
  • Jason
    4.5 StarsRevenant Gun (The Machineries of Empire #3)by Yoon Han Lee is an amazing conclusion to one of the very best science fiction trilogies that I have ever read.Simply amazingRaven Strategem(The Machineries of Empire #2) is a truly fabulous follow up to the awesome first book The Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Han Lee. This is a military science fiction series that is often quite a difficult read but totally worth it for science fiction fans.In the f...
  • charlotte
    tw for rape, dubious consent relationships (unhealthy power dynamics), torture, deathGalley provided by publisher But that didn’t mean those things weren’t worth doing. Someone had to carry on with the small acts that kept civilization moving. And this time it was her turn. You know those series that make you kind of reluctant to read the final book because you don't quite trust the author not to break your heart into a million pieces? This w...
  • Megan
    Compared to the gloriously bewildering Ninefox Gambit and it's sequel, Raven Stratagem, which occasionally doled out information in a begrudging kind of way, Revenant Gun practically holds the reader's hand. This isn't a slight against the book, because it never dips into the realm of infodumps, but more something that made me affectionately roll my eyes. Like, really Yoon? Now you decide to explain your shit? We made it this far only barely gras...
  • Coolcurry
    What am I going to do with my life now that this series is over? I suppose I’m left with no choice but to read everything else Yoon Ha Lee ever writes.Revenant Gun is the third and final book in Lee’s military space opera, The Machineries of Empire trilogy. I would advise against reading it without reading the other books in the series (start with Ninefox Gambit). Also, be advised that this review can’t avoid spoilers for Ninefox Gambit and...
  • Ian Mond
    Revenant Gun is a fitting conclusion to what’s been an unconventional space-opera trilogy. Elsewhere online I’ve commented on the ingenious world building – technology powered by strict observance to a calendar – the awesome space battles and the cat and mouse shenanigans between Cheris, Jedao and the spymaster Shuos Mikodez. What I haven’t discussed in any depth is Yoon Ha Lee’s bold treatment of gender, sexuality and identity. I say...
  • Girl
    I have received an advanced e-copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley... BUT I also bought myself a paper copy of it (pre-ordered back in December and waiting for it to arrive) because I just love these books so much.What an amazing read. It's an engrossing book, from page one until the very end. The one caveat: it must not be read without the knowledge of the previous two volumes, because it just won't make too much sense. For this rea...
  • Tomislav
    I received a kindle format version of this book at no cost, in return for promising to write an honest review. I have previously read Yoon Ha Lee’s exciting debut novel Ninefox Gambit, but was disappointed with sequel Raven Stratagem. Together, these three books make up a space opera trilogy called Machineries of Empire. If you have not read the first two, stop now and go read them, before continuing with my review, as they are sequential, and ...
  • Chris
    *copy from the publisher in exchange for a review*The Revenant Gun is the third and final entry in Yoon Ha Lee’s “Machineries of Empire” series. The first two books were imaginative work with cunningly crafted characters, desperately eldritch technologies, high stakes plot and some top-notch world building; to get it out of the way, this finale does not, in any of those categories, disappoint.The world…well, the world has changed. The Hex...
  • Lis Carey
    Kel Cheris, with Jedao's memories sharing her brain, is seeking to destroy the greatest threat to the new calendar, which makes exotic effects contingent on the consent of the people targeted. That's the Nerai Hexarch, Kujen, whose immortality depends on maintaining the old calendar. (Yes, third book of a trilogy. Don't start here. Start with Ninefox Gambit; then Raven Strategem. You won't regret it.)Kujen has created his own Jedao, who doesn't r...
  • Hackmops
    BOOM, one of my favourite book of the year so far. Revenant Gun marks the ending of the Machineries of the Empire triology and pushes the series into the top of my favourite sci-fi series of all time (ok, let's be real, it was already up there anyway). This is the series I always recommend if somebody is interested in science fiction and/or fantasy.The world-building is spectacular. The belief/magic system based on math and fair? GENIUS. The char...
  • Queen
    That ending!!! I'm not going to even talk premise cause much spoilers for the first two books. But damn. The incredible worldbuilding and writing continue, and the characterization gets even better. Awesome heroes, antiheroes, and villains. And there's dubious morality all over the place. Love this series.
  • Lowell Burton
    A very satisfactory wrap-up to the threads that ran through the trilogy.
  • Emma
    For most of this book, I thought of the Revenant Gun as "Two And A Half Jedaos". This does not include the ending, which made me sob grossly.
  • Amy Rae
    Absolutely fantastic, a solid ending (well, "ending"--YHL's writing more!!!) to a solid trilogy. Ultimately, I enjoyed the second book a little better, thus the 4-star rating, but I'd argue that this one is probably the better-written and better-plotted book overall. Every novel YHL writes seems to use the format better. I continue to be so impressed with this series as a whole, especially how well it handles themes of gender and identity.Highly ...
  • Sirius Scientist
    I'm majorly biased on this one, since I have loved this series so much I pre-ordered the book the moment it was available, but WOW was this good. We return to the events immediately after the ending of Raven Stratagem once again going forward and backward in time, from the 9 years previous to the events of present day, as the story progresses and we get to know a somewhat new cast of characters. We're left with an empire in chaos, with more than ...
  • imyril
    A satisfying conclusion to a fascinating space opera. As usual, this is political / social / personal matters masquerading as military SF, although it's really not that interested in the battles it is shaped around. If the sequences off the Revenant felt a bit more like filler than necessary context (sorry Brezan, there was a _really_ interesting storyline about setting up a new government / rule of reality, and you didn't get to show us), Jedao ...
  • Adri Joy
    I received this book as an e-arc from Rebellion Publishing in exchange for an honest review, for which they and Yoon Ha Lee have my undying gratitude.Revenant Gun, or, as I like to call it, Ninefox’s Eleven, is the third in Yoon Ha Lee’s Machineries of Empire trilogy, which began with Ninefox Gambit and Raven Stratagem. If you haven’t read those books, be warned that what follows is going to spoil them pretty thoroughly, although I’m goin...