Terra Ignota

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 808 ratings

Too Like the Lightning Publisher's Summary

Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets.

Carlyle Foster is a sensayer - a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.

The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labeling all public writing and speech. What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations. And most of the world's population is affiliated with globe-girdling clans of the like-minded, whose endless economic and cultural competition is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety. To us it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell. To them, it seems like normal life.

And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destabilize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life.

©2016 Ada Palmer (P)2016 Recorded Books
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  • Book 1

    • Too Like the Lightning

    • Terra Ignota, Book 1
    • By: Ada Palmer
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 20 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 462
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 419
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 421

    Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer - a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding story, if a bit inaccessible at times

    • By Ron Lubovich on 10-15-16

    Regular price: $38.49

  • Book 2

    • Seven Surrenders

    • By: Ada Palmer
    • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
    • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 188
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190

    In a future of near-instantaneous global travel, of abundant provision for the needs of all, a future in which no one living can remember an actual war, a long era of stability threatens to come to an abrupt end. For known only to a few, the leaders of the great Hives, nations without fixed location, have long conspired to keep the world stable, at the cost of just a little blood. A few secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction can ever dominate, and the balance holds. And yet the balance is beginning to give way.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • AWFUL Performance, Thought-provoking story

    • By Kevin Elliott on 04-28-17

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 3

    • The Will to Battle

    • Terra Ignota, Book 3
    • By: Ada Palmer
    • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
    • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122

    The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end. Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency humwithin the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed

    • By Duke on 08-16-18

    Regular price: $34.99