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Revenant Gun (The Machineries of Empire #3)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  752 Ratings  ·  149 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
Paperback, 400 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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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
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Check out my Q&A with Yoon Ha Lee for the Revenant Gun Blog Tour http://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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.


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
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
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
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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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 was one of those ones. I've had the ARC of this for a g
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
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
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
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 tightly connected. I also recommend that they be rea ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
*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 Hexarchate, that sprawling empire, ruled by elite castes, wit
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 recommend that you listen to the audiobooks as wel
Sirius Scientist
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
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 one faction claiming the right to lead, and the mo
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Adri Joy
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 going to avoid spoilers for Revenant Gun itself. I highly reco
Ceillie Simkiss
A good finale. You will cry. Many TWs needed.
Read my full review here!
Alex Sarll
Yoon Ha Lee wraps up the intricate, vicious dance of intergalactic politics set in motion in Ninefox Gambit, opening nine years after the events of Raven Stratagem upended the Hexarchate. Kel Cheris, who set off that revolution, was the protagonist of the first book, and the focus of the second, but has now vanished, leaving allies and enemies alike scrambling to make the best of the new world she wrought. And it's important here that all of them, even the ones who seem - and are - most monstrou ...more
Bonnie McDaniel
This is the conclusion to the Machineries of Empire trilogy. Taking place nine years after the events of the second book, Raven Stratagem, this book focuses on what could be called Shuos Jedao 2.0. The devious, amoral, fascinating General of books one and two is here resurrected as a scared seventeen-year-old kid, with all his triumphs and tragedies ahead of him....and he doesn't remember any of it.

Yes, I know that sounds fantastical. Let's just say this entire series is the epitome of the phras
Terence Blake
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it

REVENANT GUN is the third volume in Yoon Ha Lee's THE MACHINERIES OF EMPIRE sf trilogy. It is a fitting final episode in the military space opera that began so impressively with NINEFOX GAMBIT, and continued in the less impressive but still engrossing second volume RAVEN STRATAGEM.

The story arc comes to a strong end, and the reading experience is full of the poetry, the sense of wonder, the humour, the sexual attraction, the political and strategic complexity that we have come
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Revenant Gun marks the end of one of the most intriguing series I've read to date. Full of calendrical warfare, heretical populations and sentient robots, there are a lot of different things going on here. Despite a few choices in the structure of this last novel, I still think that Yoon Ha Lee has delivered something great. A solid 8/10.

As per the last two novels, the writing is fantastic. The characters all feel fully fleshed out and realised, and for the most part you understand where they're
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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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“Dhanneth slid into place down at the end of the table, his face composed. If this was what formation instinct did for you, Jedao wanted some for himself.” 0 likes
“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.” 0 likes
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