A Desolation Called Peace

(Teixcalaan, #2)

A Desolation Called Peace (Hardcover, 2021, Tor Books)

Hardcover, 496 pages

Published March 2, 2021 by Tor Books.

ISBN:
9781250186461

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4 stars (13 reviews)

An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is running out of options.

In a desperate attempt at diplomacy with the mysterious invaders, the fleet captain has sent for a diplomatic envoy. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass—still reeling from the recent upheaval in the Empire—face the impossible task of trying to communicate with a hostile entity.

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

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A Worthy Sequel

4 stars

There were many directions in which Arkady Martine could have taken the sequel to her popular 2019 novel A Memory Called Empire, and she has chosen an interesting and entertaining one.

The worldbuilding for which A Memory Called Empire was praised is back in A Desolation Called Peace, and while the first book focused on the Teixcalaanli capital, the second one explores more of the life onboard of the Lsel Station, as well as life in campaigning military fleets of the empire. For the most part, the worldbuilding in the sequel does not disappoint.

The bits where it does disappoint is in Martine leaning perhaps too heavily on space opera tropes in the parts of the book that take place aboard starships. While the descriptions of the capital or the palace grounds therein continue to be evocative, the descriptions of what it is like onboard of an imperial …

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4 stars

Это уже куда больше похоже на что-то интересное, всё равно только жаль, что пришлось первую ради этого прочитать: часто бывает, что после ознакомления со второй книгой цикла нагнетавшая ранее лишь тоску книга первая, книга-экспозиция вдруг начинает восприниматься куда полнее, целостнее, необходимее, будто произошёл какой-то ретроактивный перелом в восприятии.Так вот это не тот случай, первая книга могла бы быть вступительной парой глав во второй, и все мы скорей обрели бы что-то, чем потеряли.

Arkady Martine has outdone herself.

5 stars

Better than the first installment of the series. The characters are more rounded, the story around the first contact with an alien species can be read on many levels and is much more adapted to a SF setting than the first installment. I hope there'll be another book telling what happens with Mahit and Three Seagrass!

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