Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Qty:1
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Grail has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by Books Squared
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Nice condition with minor indications of previous handling. Book selection as BIG as Texas.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Grail Mass Market Paperback – February 22, 2011

4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Jacob's Ladder Series

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$7.99
Mass Market Paperback
"Please retry"
$7.99
$0.47 $0.01

In the Clearing
When hunting a killer, no case is closed for homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite. Learn More
$7.99 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Grail
  • +
  • Chill
  • +
  • Dust
Total price: $23.97
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This deftly told story completes the Jacob's Ladder trilogy begun in Dust and Chill. The Conns and the other inhabitants of an ancient wandering spaceship face their last and greatest challenge. They've finally found a habitable planet, but others beat them to it: "right-minded" humans, surgically altered to achieve emotional balance, and more alien to the Jacobites than extraterrestrials would be. Leaders on both ship and planet are willing to fight and kill to keep the two cultures from interacting, while old enemies aboard the Jacob's Ladder re-emerge to wreak destruction. The story is poised on a knife's edge, with the Jacobites facing both possible annihilation and inner demons just as they're closing in on their goal. Bear's talent for portraying cultural divergence and conflict is especially apparent in this intense wrapup. (Mar.)
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review

"This deftly told story...is poised on a knifes edge.  Bear's talent for portraying cultural divergence and conflict is especially apperent in this intense wrapup." --Publishers Weekly

"Bear's Jacob's Ladder trilogy finale is a stirring and satisfying story...while also being a book about what it means to be human." --Romantic Times
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Interested in the Audiobook Edition?
If you’re the author, publisher, or rights holder of this book, let ACX help you produce the audiobook.Learn more.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553591096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553591095
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,596,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I really liked this series when it started and I raced through the last two books, still interested in the characters and wanted to see the conclusion. This one takes up immediately after the conclusion of the second book and you are thrown immediately into the action. I really liked the first half and felt the danger of the situation changed the tone of the series for the better. Then before you knew it you were in another chase seen through the great ship. Started to feel the same. Then new characters are introduced and everything slows way down as an ethical debate merges with a murder mystery. I never felt that the murder had the impact emotionally that it should have and the characters to be most impacted by it were marginalized in this volume. The ending fo the series was a bit of ehh? Great start, okay middle, didn't really enjoy the ending. Can't complain overall about the series and would still recommend it as pretty good science fiction just wish the ending had been stronger and didn't end is such a way that while clean and concise didn't feel like it had the real life messiness that it should or that I guess I prefer.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have just finished Grail the concluding volume of Elizabeth Bear's generation ship epos Jacob's Ladder. I have a hard time distilling the story down to review size but here goes.

Jacob's Ladder is getting close to journey's end and the planet Grail. Perceval became the captain after her beloved Rien scarified herself and merged with the ship's ai and vanquished the dragon Dust, the ship library that ruled ship for centuries turning it into something from Literature. That is why the story reads as a medieval saga with transhuman technologies, knights and angels (most so in the first book). They survived the alien encounter and the acceleration that followed. Perceval and her companions have started to repair the ship again and are working towards uniting the different tribes that has been separated for so long. But the ship is far from well and not everyone agree on a course of action. Some even want to turn around not to infect another world. A theft turned murder reveals powerful old enemies. In a transhuman world death is seldom permanent.

It became something of a different story when we dive into the culture of the `rightminded' humans that already lives on Grail, the planet they call Fortune. Jacob's Ladder left earth to escape the Kleptomancy and forge their own solution to human development while humanity back on the devastated earth forged their own - rightminding. It raises all kind of interesting questions and most of them get their answers here. Elizabeth delivers civilization critique wrapped in velvet. For the people on Fortune it is a legend come alive but it also raises fear. Are the Jacobeans even human anymore? The fear of the uncorrected `normal' humans also surfaces and it is quite entertaining at times how they portrait that.
Read more ›
1 Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Unfortunately, I didn't know this was the last book in the series, didn't figure that out until I was into the book, but I read it regardless.

All I can say is wow, Elizabeth has got a big brain. I love love LOVE sci-fi that makes you think and this has that in spades.

I love the social science and philosophical aspects of the book and the fact that the characters all seem competent.

I wish I would have read the first two books as I'm sure that would have tremendously impacted my enjoyment. I mean, if I enjoy the book as is, then I would have absolutely loved the book had I read the first two. Hell, I may just go back and get the first two..

The only negative critique I have is I feel the author missed the opportunity to really show the dynamics/conflict between the ship and the planet. I really really would have loved to have seen more socio-technical-political conflict between the planet and the ship/occupants, at least 5 or 6 chapters worth. Instead, we get like 2 chapters worth and really not even that given how quickly everything comes to conclusion.

But in fairness, I think the author had a specific type of ending in mind and as is, that ending with the story 100% works. I don't think it would have been possible to achieve that same ending if there was the conflict that I wanted to see. So, its not a mistake on the author's part, but more a matter of preference.

In any event, I loved the book, should have done a better job reading the inside cover so I could have seen this is a book 3 and read the first two books first.

I'll probably look for more books from this author
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As the ship nears the planet where they hope to end their thousand-year journey, they discover the worst: the planet is already inhabited--by humans. The divergent human societies can feel insufficiently alien--or, rather, they don't extrapolate well: the clash of worldviews stretches thin when meant to encompass two complete cultures. But when it works (and, here, Bear's headhopping shines), the view of each society from without is creative, refreshing, thoughtful, and sometimes even hilarious. Bear measures perfect balance between high concept and its trickledown to the personal and social. Grail has the large premise and lively plot that Chill failed to create, yet the interpersonal effects are equally important and frequently more affecting. It's a triumphant end; Chill lags a bit, but Dust and Grail are fantastic and the series entire is well worth reading.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Grail
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
This item: Grail

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: battletech books