A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan No. 1), by Arkady Martine
Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the Teixcalaanli Empire only to find that her predecessor has died, in A Memory Called Empire. The imperial court is in a time of turmoil, and nobody will admit the death wasn't an accident. Now, she must solve the murder, rescue herself, and save her home from Teixcalaan's unceasing expansion. She also has to deal with an alien culture that is seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret. Described as a space opera, it has the intrigue of politics with the imagination of a good sci-fi novel.
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