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"A Memory Called Empire perfectly balances action and intrigue with matters of empire and identity. All around brilliant space opera, I absolutely love it." (Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice)

Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn't an accident - or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.  

Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her station from Teixcalaan's unceasing expansion - all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret - one that might spell the end of her station and her way of life - or rescue it from annihilation.  

A fascinating space-opera debut, Arkady Martine's A Memory Called Empire is an interstellar mystery adventure.

"The most thrilling ride ever. This book has everything I love." (Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky)

©2019 AnnaLinden Weller (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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  • James
  • 2019-04-13

Good

A slow paced story that focuses on politics, the symantics of language, and world building. I personally found it all to be good and kept me entertained for the most part. I think patient and thoughtful readers will like it, but if you are expecting a lot of explosions and actions scenes look elsewhere.

The narrator has a good voice, but doesn't differentiate enough between the characters; although she does do a good enough job that I can tell the difference.

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  • angelaz
  • 2019-04-16

absolutely wonderful

A brand new writer, a new series. Witty, clever and so much fun. I got it out of curiousity and devoured it. Beautifully voiced—can’t wait for the next installment.

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  • JumbocactuarX27
  • 2019-04-30

Phenomenal

An amazing example of world building.
A world and culture envisioned wholly and without remorse. The theme of being seduced by a culture not your own resonated like the purest note of a lovesick heart being struck.

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  • @tone0189
  • 2019-03-30

While I enjoyed the book...

While I enjoyed the book, the story was predictable with one twist that I did not see coming.

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