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 Ann Leckie's groundbreaking, NYT bestselling Imperial Radch trilogy, which won the Hugo and Nebula awards.
NOMINATED FOR THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 2018
NOMINATED FOR THE LOCUS AWARD FOR BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL 2018
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.
In the Ancillary world:Ancillary JusticeAncillary SwordAncillary Mercy
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The action in Provenance unfolds in the same galaxy as Ann Leckie’s best-selling Ancillary trilogy but centres on a different planet. To secure her position as heir to her family’s power and impress her mother, young Ingray decides to recover stolen ancestral relics, but her hastily assembled plan quickly goes awry. Leckie is as skilled at intimate family conflict as sweeping world-building. While Provenance has plenty of propulsive space drama, it’s also a sensitive examination of a young woman’s journey toward belonging and self-worth.
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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.
Another great book
Very different from the Ancillary series but amazing in its own way.
Arrack and Soma
"Yesterday's rain had washed the sky a cloudless blue,"
I want to have Ann's babies.
#Plurality of worlds is some poetic license.