A Memory Called Empire

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Publisher Description

Winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novel
A Locus, and Nebula Award nominee for 2019
A Best Book of 2019: Library Journal, Polygon, Den of Geek

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
A Guardian Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Book of 2019 and “Not the Booker Prize” Nominee
A Goodreads Biggest SFF Book of 2019 and Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee

"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 novel, 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

And coming soon, the brilliant sequel, A Desolation Called Peace!

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
March 26
Tom Doherty Associates

Customer Reviews

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From an Ancillary Justice fan

I’m a huge fan of Ancillary Justice and I picked up this book because it sounded up my alley. A Memory Called Empire has many wonderful attributes - its characters, setting, world, politics, cultures, and writing are all superb.

However, and I don’t doubt that I could be missing something, I think there’s too many loose threads on the plot and too little thematic cohesion for my taste. There’s just so much stuff that it’s hard to connect it all thematically. This book gave me a lot of little ideas to chew on, but no big moral dilemmas or concepts that were given much depth.

soloteachertraveler ,

Well… I think there’s a story in there.

I think this could’ve been a truly great book with a lot less words.

Prairie_Dog ,

Award Winning Introduction to Teixcalaan

“A Memory Called Empire” is the first book in the Teixcalaan Series by Arkady Martine. It’s a very well regarded work, having received the Hugo Award for best Novel in 2020, and was a 2019 Nebula Award Finalist. It’s a sweeping space opera, that focuses on the relationship between the independent Lysel Station, and the Teixcalaan Space Empire.

The story follows Mahit Dzmare, the ambassador from Lsel Station to the Teixcalaanli Empire, as she investigates the death of her predecessor. We see this complex colonial society through her eyes. She is a well-regarded “barbarian” who has always been fascinated by Teixcalaan literature and poetry. As soon as she lands, she meets her cultural liaison, Three Seagrass, who helps her navigate the complexities of Teixcalaan government and society. She soon finds herself in the midst of plots and schemes that will impact not only her, but the foundations of the empire itself.

Needless to say, this is a great book, and an impressive start of a new series. The world-building is complex and unique. Definitely different than most space opera. Culture is key in this empire, and it draws the reader in as the story unfolds. Next in the series is “A Desolation Called Peace” which reportedly picks up the story shortly after the events of this novel.

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