I was keen to get my hands on this book.
The author won the 2020 Hugo Award for her debut novel A Memory Called Empire (2019).
Arkady Martine is the pen name of AnnaLinden Weller, a historian and city planner in New Mexico.
AnnaLinden was a SciFi geek from a young age. A big reader too.
The book starts well.
A young female ambassador is sent from tiny Lsel Station to the home planet of the Teixcalaanli Empire.
She’s a fish-out-of-water. Unsophisticated. But with a secret technology.
I was hooked.
But about half way through I was tempted to give up. The palace intrigue not intriguing enough for me.
Not enough action.
Most people love this book. I made it through. But I won’t continue with the inevitable sequel.
related – The Verge – A Memory Called Empire is a brilliant blend of cyberpunk, space opera, and political thriller