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"[An] all around brilliant space opera, I absolutely love it." (Ann Leckie, on A Memory Called Empire)

A Desolation Called Peace is the spectacular space-opera sequel to Arkady Martine's genre-reinventing, Hugo Award-winning debut, A Memory Called Empire.

An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is running out of options.

In a desperate attempt at diplomacy with the mysterious invaders, the fleet captain has sent for a diplomatic envoy. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass - still reeling from the recent upheaval in the Empire - face the impossible task of trying to communicate with a hostile entity.

Their failure will guarantee millions of deaths in an endless war. Their success might prevent Teixcalaan’s destruction - and allow the empire to continue its rapacious expansion.

Or it might create something far stranger....

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books

©2020 Arkady Martine (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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  • Au global
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Terrific sequel that enhances & expands the original

All told, a fantastic second round to this story/saga!

More facets of the empire & its culture explored, more intriguing concepts for a reader to wrap their head around and space battles to go along with the political intrigue. And a very unique and expansive look at a competing alien ‘culture’.

The narrator (who I felt was a little wooden for the first book) really fleshes out the characters for this one and enhances the story.

A great sci-fi universe, and I hope a third book is on the way!

  • Au global
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Staggering!

If you have any affection for the world of 'A memory called empire' this is no-brainer. The simmering romantic tension between Mahit and Three Seagrass unpins a story of colonialism unwinding, or to steal from numerous places, "What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?".

Standing on the shoulders of 'Empire', this novel adds additional viewpoints, from weathered Yaotlek Nine Hibiscus and her right hand, Twenty Cicada, to the scurrying, naïve-but-not-for-long child heir, Eight Antidote and his guardian, Emperor Nineteen Adze. With the narration slipping back and forth between what is, at turns, a war, a love affair, a palace intrigue and a first-contact scenario, the story feels gripping, driven and honestly I could go on for hours on the statements in this work, from commentary on post-colonialism to pervasive surveillance, to the amazing, intricate, wonderful world of Teixcalaan, where poetry is politics.

Having just rolled off Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch trilogy, you may find the similar themes in both of Arkady Martine's volumes to be to your liking. Martine's prose and dialogue is good but her characterizations are pure delight.

The narration is well executed, by the same narrator who performed the first book in the series, with clearly defined internal and external voices for each character, all equally well executed, including the, at times, mouth-twisting issues of Teixcalaanli pronunciation.

I cannot recommend this highly enough, as a sequel to a Hugo winning debut novel, this does not disappoint.



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  • June
  • 2021-03-05

Breathtaking and worth waiting for

Part two of a duo-logy, the first being A Memory Called Empire which won the Hugo last year! While the first book was from Mahit Dzmare’s POV, the sequel expands beyond Mahit to multiple characters which at times the chapter or scene would end on a bit of a cliff hanger and go to the next POV making it very difficult to stop listening to. The prose is light, beautiful, and even humorous at times. I would rewind just to listen to the actual poetry which is one of the main features of Teixcalaan culture and often act as double entendres. The main plot about fighting a monstrous enemy is a metaphor for “us vs them.” If “they” aren’t an “us” than they must be barbarians, monsters or worse even if the “us” commits atrocities to maintain power and control. So ask yourself, who’s really the barbarian or monster here? Many themes are explored such as identity, assimilation, friendship, love, loyalty, politics and others. Probably will need listen to again as this novel is richly layered and more will be revealed. Although the author says it’s a duology, the ending seems like there could be more adventures for Mahit Dzmare and hopefully Three Seagrass as they are a dynamic duo!

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  • Au global
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  • Squeak
  • 2021-04-04

Brilliant

Much like the first book, the action ascends slowly. We get a good look at Lisel Station, a feel for the Teixcalaanli space force and its interlinked Shard pilots, an enchanting perspective from the young emperor-to-be Eight Loop, and the looming three-ringed alien threat.

You might feel like getting off this ride early. After all, Mahit and Three Seagrass got issues to work out, with each other and within themselves; it gets taxing. Eight Loop’s story, while intriguing, seems like it will go in way more than eight loops. And new characters, Nine Hibiscus, Sixteen Moonrise, Eleven Laurel, are caught in the slow, intractable Teixcalaanli political game. Only Twenty Cicada, or Swarm, an imperial outsider like Mahit who functions within the empire, offers occasional curiosities and, later, a complete bridge to the novel ending.

The final third is a roller coaster: one where all the rides in the park come together at once. And all the loops begin to make sense: the connection between the imagos and the networking tech used by the Sunlit and the Shard pilots; the relation between the aliens and that technology of conjoined consciousness. Finally, without getting into spoilers, it was nice to see a novel make use of fungus’ sci-fi capacity. Conceptually and story wise, Martine left plenty to be tapped. Genuinely hope she graces us with another gem.

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  • 2560431
  • 2021-03-29

Excellent!!

Absolutely fantastic - loved the second part as much as the first. It’s quite unlike any other space opera I read - it’s very original, political, adventurous and super imaginative. Pick this one up for sure!!!

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  • angelaz
  • 2021-03-22

Stunning in both its detail and scope

I am wild for Martine’s prose and this trilogy. It will be one of those I relisten to the minute I finish volume three—I’ll be that sorry to finish them. And now the wait begins, but we always have Poetry to help us through the hard parts of our days. (And our narrator’s performance was flawless!)

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-03-21

Brilliant sci-fi

Another home run by Martine as she continues to plumb the depths and interconnections between language, culture and people. Add to this her ability to draw the reader deeply into the lives of well defined characters and all of my sweet spots have been hit. Beautifully narrated as well- all characters are distinct and their personalities shine through.

Highly, highly recommended.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-03-21

wow. please, please write a sequel!

That was stunning, and shattering, in ideas and emotions.

And the narration was unbelievably good, too.

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  • Cayl
  • 2021-03-19

Fantastic!!

incredibly written! highly recommend!! And incredible ride through alien cultures and war. You will not be sorry to have read it!

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  • Mark Hancock
  • 2021-03-18

Brilliant

Arkady Martine is brilliant. I don’t know if everyone will love these first two books as much as I have, but regardless of anyone’s feelings about these novels, no one can dispute her writing skills, her character & world building, or her obvious extreme intelligence.
These are sharp, incisive novels and throughout both of these first two books there are brilliant ( there I go again) little meta ways of turning the looking glass away from Texcalon & onto our own world & parsing the ways we view “we”, and our own interpretations on what it means to be “alien”, and so much more. I’m leaving this review for both A Memory Called Empire & A Desolation Called Peace, as book two really is a continuation of the story & a seamless one at that.
I would be remiss if I didn’t praise the stellar performance of Amy Landon, who is fascinating to listen to, and never once took me “out” of the story in her narrative. I will seek her work out in future.

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  • Chase Sutter
  • 2021-03-16

Beautiful

This story is a poem of daring to understand the impossible.

Also, Eight Antidote is a gem.

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  • JimNH
  • 2021-03-10

Space Opera! Diplomacy! Scary aliens!

great to revisit my favorite characters from book 1, plus a lot of new palace intrigue and poor Mahit keeps getting herself into trouble, or finding trouble at every turn. Amy Landon is great as the narrator - will def look for more books with her.