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Summary

A Desolation Called Peace is the spectacular space opera sequel to A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

An alien terror could spell our end....

An alien threat lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is supposed to win a war against it. 

In a desperate attempt to find a diplomatic solution, the fleet captain has sent for a diplomatic envoy to contact the mysterious invaders. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass - both still reeling from the recent upheaval in the Empire - face an impossible task. They must attempt to negotiate with a hostile entity, without inadvertently triggering the destruction of themselves and the Empire. 

Whether they succeed or fail could change the face of Teixcalaan forever. 

©2021 Arkady Martine (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Complex and beautiful

Loved the plot. Loved the characters. Loved the narrator. Unexpectedly challenging. Skilled and beautifully written narrative. More please.

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Very Very good book, Even better thank the First

Very Very good book, Even better thank the First !Pleasingly this book sang to a rewarding and well paced finish. (not an epilogue! !) which is something that seems to be a rare skill lately . Take your time and enjoy it. Thanks Martine.

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Good follow up

An enjoyable read, if a little less taught than the first book. definitely worth a read/listen.

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  • 27-07-21

Amazing

A Desolation Called Peace - that was one of the most amazing books I have read in a long long time

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  • Ignaty
  • 21-03-21

The best first contact story I've ever read

An excellent sequel that matches the original in the intricacy of worldbuilding, narration, political intrigue and suspense!

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  • RemUrs
  • 17-03-21

Amazing thought experiment

the thought experiment presented by the story is simply amazing, the communication impediments presented by the differences between the species, the way events are always viewed in only one protagonists' perspective, this book is simply one of the most thrilling reads, surpassing the first one (which i got to admit did not expect).
P.S. There is a bit of an obsession in mentioning the endocrine system 😁.