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Revenant Gun

(The Machineries of Empire #3)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  2,317 ratings  ·  320 reviews
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 b
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Paperback, 427 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Solaris
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Yoon This completes the trilogy; there will also be a collection of short stories in the setting, about half reprints and half new material.--Yoon Ha Lee
Yoon I am informed that the Kindle version will be available for preorder in mid-March 2018.--Yoon Ha Lee

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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 blog

Original 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 of you folk were creeped out by Kujen in the previo
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Gary
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Check out my Q&A with Yoon Ha Lee for the Revenant Gun Blog Tour https://1000yearplan.com/2018/06/13/r...

Revenant 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 remaining Hexarch, explaining to him that he is suddenl
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Seth Dickinson
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 calculation of the Machinery set in motion back in NINEFOX
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Tatiana
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ppb, 2018, sci-fi
I think I finally have a grip on what "calendar" is and does, but I hope nobody ever makes me explain it.
Acqua
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, q, db, sci-fi, weird-ones, qm, qf, arc, aoc, assassin
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 servitor (robot) who loves dramas, Inesser, the senior Kel genera
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Michael
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 body as the military commander for the most nefarious ...more
Leseparatist
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, earc, owned
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.

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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 earlier volumes, or might make little sense for tho
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Lindsay
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 worried that the Hexarchate's enemies would strike i ...more
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 paranoid, they had a special faction (one of the six) sp
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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 interesting.

It's hard for me to do my usual forma
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Lena
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 Kujen

One 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 been better:
Some threads, they dangled.
The sp
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Quartzen
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
kari
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This fucking book.
Hank
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great ending! I think I enjoyed the second book in series the best. I still love Jedao(s), the servitors, Mikodez and the whole crazy world. The plot was a touch complicated at times and the discussions based around the various plans were overly long sometimes. I wish someone had gone with the moth Revenant, I would love to know more of its story. Lots of layers and stark commentary about war. Loved the whole series.
Quintin Zimmermann
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 has been said before, but to truly enjoy this serie
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Claudie Arseneault
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
DISCLAIMER: i received a copy of REVENANT GUN in exchange for a honest review

Revenant 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. Besides, it hasn’t escaped me how elements of Revena
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Jason
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, read-2018


4.5 Stars

Revenant 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 amazing

Raven 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 first book, I loved the characters and the action e
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Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
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 Raven Stratagem.

Cheris, Brezan, and the remnants of Jed
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charlotte
tw for rape, dubious consent relationships (unhealthy power dynamics), torture, death

Galley provided by publisher

Rep: East Asian inspired characters, lesbian mc, male bi mc, trans male mc, nonbinary side characters

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
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Pearl
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Between this and "The Monster Baru Cormorant" , it is officially “Immortality December” or the quest for it (with a touch of constant self flagellation). While both books had stylistic changes in their plot narratives, it was more palatable in "Revenant Gun". This made understanding whatever I didn’t quite get from the previous books easier, which is one of the things one hopes for in a final book.

Things I enjoyed: the interactions between Kel Cheris and the servitors, learning a little of the
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Ian Mond
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 bold because having a trans character play a prominent role i
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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 grasping the mechanics of this world, we could have ma ...more
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 characters are nuanced. The plot twists had me screami
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kat
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
adssdfsdasdl;kj OH MY GOD

maybe i will review this for real later but i just finished it and I AM DESTROYED it was so good and haunting on every possible level
Daniel
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
What's better than Jedao? (view spoiler) Fun :)

Tudor Ciocarlie
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-my-best-of
Fantastic ending to one of the greatest SF trilogies of all time.
Casey
Revenant Gun is the final book in the Machineries of Empire trilogy. It's a great conclusion to a fascinating world.

Plot Summary
Kujen, the missing Hexarch, creates another Jedao revenant, to use against the Compact and keep the high calendar in existence. Cheris has disappeared on her own mission, leaving Brezan to deal with the politics and warfare of running the Compact.

Cheris knows Kujen is dangerous, but she doesn't know how to destroy him. Jedao is unsure of his role in Kujen's machinations
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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 was riveting - and heart-breaking - as usual.

I'm
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Deborah Ross
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third and last volume of the trilogy, “Machineries of Empire,” that began with Ninefox Gambit and Raven Stratagem. I absolutely loved the first two books with the concept of a spacefaring empire based on a mathematically derived calendar. It tickled my geeky self that to see mathematicians highly valued in a society. It struck me as weird and wonderful that a revolution could happen through the means of instituting a new calendar. In this universe exotic effects make space flight and ...more
Girl
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
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 reason, it is also impossible to provide a summary of
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Yoon Ha Lee is an American science fiction writer born on January 26, 1979 in Houston, Texas. His first published story, “The Hundredth Question,” appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction in 1999; since then, over two dozen further stories have appeared. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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The Machineries of Empire (3 books)
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  • Raven Stratagem (The Machineries of Empire, #2)
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