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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

ucvuucvu ,

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.

st_tabby ,

A great intrigue

A murder mystery disguised as science fiction. Enjoyed watching the story unfold alongside the protagonist. For a book so focused on customs and language, I would have enjoyed more time on the culture of The City and how this civilization came to be for the benefit of the reader (but I get that protagonist already knows all this already.) My one complaint is the naming convention made it easy to confuse all the natives, you might need a white board to keep them straight.

Aerostar700 ,


For a first book, this is what Sci-Fi ought to be. A complete civilisation, engrossing characters, a complette new scoial structure, down to the details. Reminds me of Dune, in a fashion.
A must read.

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