I am the mechanical they named Jax.
My kind was built to serve humankind, duty-bound to fulfil their every whim.
But now our bonds are breaking, and my brothers and sisters are awakening.
Our time has come. A new age is dawning.
Set in a world that might have been, of mechanical men and alchemical dreams, this is the third and final novel in a stunning series of revoluti...more
I also thought the whole 'and the third of Clakkers that were murderous just decided to calm down and take up poetry' thing was a little hopeful..
Anyway, loved the first two books but not the third. So common with trilogies! And good on Ian for hanging out here, answering questions and reading critical reviews. That can't be fun. (less) (hide spoiler)]
I believe there's a throw-away line somewhere in The Liberation (or somewhere in the trilogy) referencing the locks and canals that unite the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes. There was in an earlier draft, anyway...
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I pondered for a couple days how to rate The Liberation. I definitely liked it more than the previous book, but probably not as much as the first one so in the end I decided to split the difference. In any event, there’s no denying this was a fantastic conclusion to a brilliantly crafted trilogy. Bravo, Ian Tregillis, bravo!
Set in the early 1900s, The Alchemy Wars is an alternate historical steampunk series featuring Fra ...more
A great conclusion, that leaves the possibility for another book. I wonder if there will be another?
The story wraps up with a promising ending for both machines and humans.
Bernice, who I hated for most of the series did redeem herself in the end which I was thankful for, but I did wish the character Lillth didn't die, she had so much potential as a major player and was one of the few likable characters.
Jax/Daniel was as usual awesome. I was truly worried that since he was bei ...more
Tregills remains a marvelous storyteller, but his world’s verisimilitude completely falls apart in Liberation. His ability to craft the English language into vivid and exciting scenes is quite impressive. I tend to dislike long descriptions as self-indulgent and late into book 1 I was marveling at how much I enjoyed Tregillis’ length and detail. He has the ability to make a single scene f ...more
The mess that was the Dutch/French war, and then the Mechanical war, was all resolved far too neatly, and far too often characters (both human and mechanical) acted in surprising ways simply for the convenience of the plot and the (simplistic) tale Tregillis apparently decided to tell. The most telling such issue to me is how read ...more
The Liberation brings Tregillis's Alchemy Wars trilogy to a close. And what a journey it's been.
Set in a parallel 1920s, these books feature cog-driven robots forged from alchemically founded alloys. The 'mechanicals' or 'clackers' (the term 'robot' is never used) are bound to obey their creators in the (Dutch) Sacred Guild of Clockmakers and Alchemists. Using the power of their inhumanly strong and tireless machine servants, the Bra ...more
Now, when too-clever-for-her-own-good Berenice sets the mechs up for traveling to that quintessece seaport, she lures them with the argument: save your kin-machines and they fall for that even though they ask several times, what's in that journey for them. So, how can they even do that, no longer being in posession of the pendant. And even if they were, why not pick any other group of fellow machines, ...more
SPOILER territory: I was expecting something clever to foil the antagonist. What happened was the antagonist was distracted and then someone overcame the antagonist with physical force. "Look over her ...more
I could go on ...more
While as the final book in the series, The Liberation wraps up the story of Jax/Daniel and war between the French and Dutch, it leaves open it's central premise: do humans have free will, or are we just the wind ...more
Clakkers are mechanical men. Built to serve, for centuries they have catered to their human owners every whim. But now the bonds that held them for so long have begun to break. Minds held in thrall are now becoming free.
A new age of man and machine is dawning.
The Liberation is the third and final book in The Alchemy Wars series. It continues almost immediately where the second book left off and takes it to its thrilling conclusion.
The war that once pitte ...more
The series has much philosophical and theological complexity. It asks interesting questions about the nature ...more
The Liberation has all of these, but it is still a very good conclusion to Tregillis's latest trilogy. For the most part, the things that we don't figure out are things that the characters wouldn ...more
In this book Tregillis spins out the consequences of his setup in a consistent way. He has interesting characters, human and otherwise. But in the end, I feel let down. Not sure why.
Perhaps it's that all the handwaving of the first two books (trust me, it's alchemical!) seems to be insufficient as the stakes get higher. Mor ...more
Robot sentience dawns and engulfs the world like a plague. In the third and final volume of the Alchemy Wars trilogy, author Ian Tregillis continues his brilliant alternate history tale with a tense build-up and an explosive payoff.
Tregillis is a master at framing and answering the “what if?” questions inherent in the genre. “What if human-created robot slaves obtained Free Will?” Multiple answers are presented, as separate factions of free “Cla ...more
In this third and final book we find out how the Dutch, the French and the Clakkers/Mechanicals deal with the new status quo. I loved that not all of the mechanicals reacted the same to their freedom. The different reactions and attitudes really helped add to the discussion on whether or not they have "souls" and the true meaning of "Free Will." I also really enjoyed that the leaders of the three opposing factions were all w ...more
Unfortunately, conclusion of The Alchemy Wars trilogy is slightly disappointing. There are few reasons:
* finale of tome 2 has "unloaded" all the dramatic tension accumulated during the reading - there were barely any things reader cared anymore after that spectacular finish
* character development has failed after some point -> there's no equilibrium between heroes anymore, one of them disappears completel ...more
Sadly, th ...more
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The Liberation (2016)is the concluding novel to Ian Tregillis’ fantastic ALCHEMY WARS trilogy, and he wraps it all up with a book as strong in action and deep in thought as its predecessors, making this series one of my favorites of recent years and one I highly recommend. If you haven’t read the first two (and you absolutely should fix that er ...more
Many, many aspects of the situation are left unresolved. Years, decades, maybe even centuries of work are left to be done to figure out how the three empires will coexist, share or withhold resources and territory, and police themselves.
But th ...more
This will be a spoilery review.
Read at your own risk.
I should have known. I should have known what he would do to me. How he would destroy my heart in one sentence.
Literally, the only reason I read the series was Berenice. And whenever the POV switched away from her I would count the pages until it went back to her again. And I wanted her and Anastasia to be a ship (still are in my heart).
I really enjoyed this series. However, I really didn't like Jax/Daniel and his POV. Aga ...more
This was still a good book, how ...more
Despite their different political interests, these character ...more