Out on 04 April 2019

A Memory Called Empire

Arkady Martine

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04 April 2019
9781529001617
840 minutes
Synopsis

A new ambassador arrives in the galactic empire’s capital to investigate her predecessor’s murder. But nothing could have prepared her for the labyrinth of intrigue ahead – which will threaten both her and the empire itself.

Ambassador Mahit Dzmare travels to the capital of the Teixcalaanli Empire, eager to take up her new post. But when she arrives, she discovers her peoples’ previous ambassador was murdered – and no one will admit it wasn't an accident. Mahit must hunt down the killer, while somehow preventing the Empire from annexing her home: a small independent mining station.

Yet to achieve all this she must avoid assassination herself, while becoming enmeshed in the intrigues at the city-planet’s heart. And Mahit is hiding a deadly technological secret, one which might destroy her station and its way of life. Or it might save them from annihilation.

An extraordinary science fiction debut, Arkady Martine's first novel in the Texicalaan series, A Memory Called Empire is perfect for fans of John Scalzi, Becky Chambers and Frank Herbert's Dune.

A Memory Called Empire perfectly balances action and intrigue with matters of empire and identity. All-round brilliant space opera, I absolutely loved it

Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice

A cutting, beautiful, human adventure about cultural exchange, identity, and intrigue. The best SF novel I’ve read in the last five years

Yoon Ha Lee, author of Ninefox Gambit

An intricate, layered tale of empire, personal ambition, political obligations and interstellar intrigue. Vivid and delightfully inventive

Aliette de Bodard, author of The House of Shattered Wings