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A Memory Called Empire - Arkady Martine

A Memory Called Empire

By Arkady Martine

  • Release Date: 2019-03-26
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 307 Ratings


Winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novel
A Locus, and Nebula Award nominee for 2019
A Best Book of 2019: Library Journal, Polygon, Den of Geek

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
A Guardian Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Book of 2019 and “Not the Booker Prize” Nominee
A Goodreads Biggest SFF Book of 2019 and Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee

"A Memory Called Empire perfectly balances action and intrigue with matters of empire and identity. All around brilliant space opera, I absolutely love it."—Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice

Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn't an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.

Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan's unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation.

A fascinating space opera debut novel, Arkady Martine's A Memory Called Empire is an interstellar mystery adventure.

"The most thrilling ride ever. This book has everything I love."
—Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky

And coming soon, the brilliant sequel, A Desolation Called Peace!

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


  • All engrossing

    By Captain Yerger
    A thrilling read. Do not understand why this erudite writer does not use the subjunctive case when it should be.
  • Good but slooow

    By Bibimusbeer
    So very little happens in this book. How this won a HUGO I do not know.
  • Brilliant

    By zeagus
    An astonishing first novel from a magnificent crafter of prose. A Lyrical, heart-rendingly beautiful saga. Desperately awaiting the next installment!
  • Full of itself

    By GSU17
    I tried so hard to like this book. This book is simply just full of itself. It really tries hard to build an intriguing world but the result is an uninteresting convoluted mess.
  • An amazing world & book

    By snowprof
    Martine is one of the best of the best science fiction authors. This is a great story set in a world both alien and familiar. The story is complex and sophisticated—and its a good read.
  • A great intrigue

    By st_tabby
    A murder mystery disguised as science fiction. Enjoyed watching the story unfold alongside the protagonist. For a book so focused on customs and language, I would have enjoyed more time on the culture of The City and how this civilization came to be for the benefit of the reader (but I get that protagonist already knows all this already.) My one complaint is the naming convention made it easy to confuse all the natives, you might need a white board to keep them straight.