Provenance Provenance

Provenance

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Publisher Description

An ambitious young woman has just one chance to secure her future and reclaim her family's priceless lost artifacts in this stand-alone novel set in the world of the award-winning, New York Times bestselling Imperial Radch trilogy.

Though she knows her brother holds her mother's favor, Ingrid is determined to at least be considered as heir to the family name. She hatches an audacious plan -- free a thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned, and use them to help steal back a priceless artifact.

But Ingray and her charge return to her home to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future and her world, before they are lost to her for good.

GENRE
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
RELEASED
2017
September 26
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
448
Pages
PUBLISHER
Orbit
SELLER
Hachette Digital, Inc.
SIZE
2.5
MB

Customer Reviews

HRJones ,

I may be a sucker for this type of story

Set in the same universe as Leckie’s Ancillary novels, but with a very different viewpoint character and different stakes. I’m not entirely sure whether to call it a “standalone” (a philosophical question that could be debated endlessly) given that Provenance benefits heavily from background knowledge from the Ancillary trilogy, but the plot is self-contained and the central characters have no overlap.

This is, in some ways, a coming of age story in which a protagonist from a privileged (if not secure) background struggles to find her path forward. In common with the third volume of the Ancillary books, it reminds me strongly of the folk tale motif “six go through the world” where the protagonist gradually gathers a posse of allies, largely by simply being a good, ethical person. I may be a sucker for that type of story. The gradual (and sometimes confusing) build-up of tensions, mysteries, and perils pays off with a fast-paced and satisfying climax. Bonus points for casual and positively-portrayed queerness of several types.

Pastizzio ,

Thoroughly Enjoyed This

I’m so glad Leckie wasn’t done with this Universe, and it was nice seeing it from a different angle. I wasn’t sure about it when I started it but sure enough, she sucked me right in. Leckie’s world building is so detailed and interesting, and her characters always feel real to me. Can’t wait for her next one!

GMGruman ,

A frustrating read not worth the effort

Leckie’s “Ancillary Justice” was a tour de force, once its unusual writing style clicked in my brain. The rest of the Ancillary series was more normal, so easier to follow but less interesting and less compelling. This related book, “Provenance,” is simply unpleasant and uninteresting. It’s a struggle to read because the central character is so self-involved and annoying; I wish the narrator would just shut up already. Worse, the plot is so uncompelling, a mediocre mystery whose resolution is unimportant. The rest of the characters are both forced and uninteresting. I’m halfway through and just can’t torture myself any more.

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