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"A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating intergalactic conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good."--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Orbit,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316388672
Characteristics: 439 pages ; 25 cm


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Feb 19, 2018

If you've read the Ancillary novels, you'll know there's a tension in Ann Leckie's novels between the high-tech, sci-fi elements and the very non-techy elements of human culture, like dress codes and social habits like drinking tea. Provenance blends those tensions together in a different way from the civil-war setting of the prior novels; space travel is casual, but not cheap; the main character alternates between fussing with her skirts and hairpins and using her (undefined) implant to send messages and look up information; and her culture is obsessed with physical mementos of the past and famous personages. It's a nice counterpoint to post-scarcity sci-fi settings where human culture is either entirely cynical or entirely hidden.

Nov 06, 2017

I was worried after the amazing Ancillary Justice series that this would disappoint. It gets off to a bit of a rough start but quickly gathers speed and ends as a satisfying and fun read. Mystery, political intrigue, and culture clashes make for an enjoyable read.

KateHillier Oct 23, 2017

And here we have a space comedy of manners written by the author of the Ancillary Justice trilogy. There's a lot riding on prior understanding of the universe in this series but the characters are new and separate from the trilogy. You also have another set of customs to get through, which is fascinating. The entire book is really about establishing oneself through merit, documentation, or other means. I also really like our main character, Ingray - who is doing her best job in a rather potentially spectacularly disastrous fashion to stand out to her foster mother in a play to be named her heir. Or at least be considered as threat to her foster brother's likely ascendancy.

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