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Publisher's Summary

Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, and Locus Awards, returns with an enthralling new novel of power, theft, privilege, and birthright.

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 interstellar 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.

For more from Ann Leckie, check out:

  • Imperial Radch
  • Ancillary Justice
  • Ancillary Sword
  • Ancillary Mercy

©2017 Ann Leckie (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Subtly complex political machinations

Ann Leckie's Provenance is a complex, but richly engrossing tale that begins simply, but gradually evolves to a highly involved and complex fandango. Ingray is an adopted daughter of a politically powerful mother who is unlikely to share in much of the next generation's bounty. She crafts a plan to engineer the prison escape of a convict to run a scam on her brother, the heir apparent. Problems arise immediately and while Ingray is playing catch-up, larger forces are at play that result in involvement by a non-human intelligence as well as foreign invaders trying to gain control of her planet that just happens to sit in a favorable position for trade routes.

The sci-elements are varied, but muted with regards to the overall plot. There is clearly interstellar FTL drives, sophisticated drones, and non-human aliens with unusual, but intriguing social customs. Political complexity dominates. Of particular note is a societal penchant for "vestiges" which are tokens of historical interest such as old documents or autographs. Ingray is not so much a reluctant hero as much as someone not quite sure of what to do next, but with excellent instincts.

The narration is good, but suffers a bit with a noticeable accent. Pacing, tone, and mood are well attended. Of note, is Leckie's use of the ambiguous "e" instead of he or she randomly that adds some confusion, not so much as to the gender, but rather to simply which character is speaking.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Worth it as an audiobook

Adjoa Andoh's narration is unbelievable, among the best I've ever heard. I loved Ancillary Justice (as a printed book, have not heard the audio version), but all the followups were only okay. The story here is also only okay, kind of repetitive and political, meaning it makes a whole lot out of very small actions and events. But it's a very interesting, original universe.

I did find the monologue from the Geck ambassador very moving. I'm not sure whether or not I would have in print. I'm still thinking about it days later.

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Great book, great performance

I really enjoyed the Ancillary series, but this book was actually better even though being much smaller in scope. Also, the performance of Adjoa Andoh was absolutely excellent. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys sci fi.

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Excellent voice acting and great standalone novel

This is an awesome story and a great first entry into Ann Leckie's books, if anyone is intimidated by their Ancillary Trilogy. Set in the same universe, this book does a great job bringing the galaxy together without feeling like it retreads old ground.

Adjoa Andoh makes an amazing voice presence and breathes life into a world that is familiar and not. I was a little worried I'd struggle with their transition into a different character but their voice work doesn't allow for much confusion, with what feels like a full cast of characters all together.

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A departure from the ancillary novels

At first I was a bit disappointed because ancillary justice was not a main character in this novel. Neither were the sentient ships main characters. This is a novel which concerns other worlds in the universe where ancillary justice lives. The novel is actually quite interesting and I enjoyed it. The characters basically are one of privilege and one not so privileged. Also there is a great mystery involved in the story; I love good mysteries and I find that they tend to flesh out characters well. I recommend this book.

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  • Sverre
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  • 11-12-17

Really great novel

Set in the same universe as the Ancillary Justice trilogy, but with brand new characters. I really enjoyed the protagonists, and Adjoa Andon's performance was excellent. If you enjoy Ancillary Justice, definitely listen to Provenance as well.

My only regret is that there's no fish sauce :-D.

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Not as good, but good

I was waiting for a new Leckie book, and it felt good to read it. To the language and atmosphere is similar to previous works, and it does make you consider alternatives to conventional thinking. The plot was also good, but less than in the trilogy, and the aliens were not that far from humans as in it. Still, better than anything else I read recently

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Great listen.

Love the story and the narrator. I highly recommend this book and if you haven't read /listened to the other series, please do.

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Another wonderful story from Leckie

If you liked Ann Leckie's Ancillary series, odds are that you'll enjoy this as well. If you haven't read her books before, I highly recommend them. Adjoa Andoh does a wonderful job narrating this and bringing unique voices to all of the characters.

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  • J. Jones
  • Bella Vista, AR United States
  • 10-10-17

Sibling Rivalry, Coming of Age and Politics

This was a interesting story. Like my headline after I finished listening I came to the conclusion that this was story about sibling rivalry and coming of age mixed with politics. All of this is wrapped up in a complex plot while following the sibling who never expected to inherit because of her adoption background. Included were the different worlds, aliens, and the politics involved when you mixed all of this up. There is great world building and back story told from the main characters point of view. Adjoa Andoh does great job with giving voice to all the characters that are represented in this very complex plot.

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