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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  15,303 ratings  ·  1,774 reviews
An ambitious young woman has just one chance to secure her future and reclaim her family's priceless lost artifacts in this stand-alone novel set in the world of Ann Leckie's groundbreaking, NYT bestselling Imperial Radch trilogy, which won the Hugo and Nebula awards.


Kindle Edition, 481 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Orbit
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Craig I don't think you need to have read the Radch trilogy. Just understand that everyone is terrified of the following three things in the following order…moreI don't think you need to have read the Radch trilogy. Just understand that everyone is terrified of the following three things in the following order:

1. The Presger
2. The Radch
3. Rogue Radch AIs(less)
Elenora Yes, but as Alex says, it's somewhere else in space, where the Radch hasn't extended. One radchaai character makes an appearance, and the alien politi…moreYes, but as Alex says, it's somewhere else in space, where the Radch hasn't extended. One radchaai character makes an appearance, and the alien politics referred to at the end of the trilogy (pacts with the alien Presger, Geck and Rrrrr) are central to the story. (less)

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Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ann Leckie's new novel is still set in the Imperial Radch universe, but don't be fooled... It's a very focused novel that details issues of family, inheritance, cultural relevance, and politics while completely surrounded by aliens and odd mores. Indeed, this novel is more of a comedy of manners than anything else, but there's also a bit of the mystery, murder, and mayhem as well.

Out of the original trilogy, I felt like this one matched the feel and fun of the third novel. Even so, I can't even
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Now that the Strong Female Protagonist (meaning, what happens when a lazy writer writes a female action hero that is basically just a stereotypical male action hero with girl parts) has become a tired cliché, it is something of a subversive pleasure to follow Ingray, the heroine of Ann Leckie’s new novel Provenance, who is clever and resourceful and likeable, but who also makes as many bad decisions as good ones, is riddled with anxiety, and is nearly always on the verge of bursting into tears. ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75ish stars.

I went into this expecting it to be dense and complex and maybe even a little challenging, based on descriptions of the author's Imperial Radch series that shares a universe with this book. While the universe itself is quite intricate, including alien races, cultures, and detailed political intrigue involving several parties ( the details of which I occasionally skimmed over 😬), it was honestly a lot less intense than it could have been. Comparing its accessibility to a couple oth
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was torn between "it was okay" (2 stars) and "I liked it" (3 stars). For the most part, the book was a tedious slog with an uninspiring protagonist (no matter how much all the other characters kept telling us she was awesome). So why did I waver with 3? Because Leckie decided not to milk Breq for another volume. Because tea played only a minor role (that was replaced by Sherbet, Instant Noodles, and novelty glass blocks). Because the first 25% of the book actually was gripping.

What was missin
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
This was a fantastic spin-off novel from Ann Leckie's excellent Ancillary Justice series. The story was set in the same world but set in a new region of human occupied space outside of the Radch and featured a completely new cast of characters. The good news is that this story was every bit as good in quality as the original series. Leckie's books have a weirdly sedate pace but there is plenty of intrigue, excellent world-building, interesting characters, mystery, and humor in the story so they ...more
Review from Tenacious Reader:

Leckie’s first trilogy is amazing, which sets a high bar for this new book. I am thrilled to say Provenance delivered more than I expected (even with the high expectations set by the previous books). I love the unique world Leckie has crafted, the unconventional genderizations (or lack there of) that exists in some of the worlds and how that challenges readers to drop their own gender expectations and assignments. This continu
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow, Ann Leckie surprise!

She's written a classic comedy of manners, with added "adventure sprinkles." What fun! Lovely new protagonist, Ingray, whom I saw in my mind throughout the book as Ann Leckie herself! WOOT !

We start with a well-written "standard" sci-fi adventure setup. Interesting character, familiar Raadch universe, great stuff. Then things "start to go wrong" and before you know it, the pacing grows faster and more fun. Throughout the book, there is a lightness to the action and sett
Jeremy Szal
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
A copy of this book was supplied by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

More of a 1.5, but I'd rather Radchaai fans not tear me to shreds, so it's a 2. It's not a terrible book. But it's hardly deserved of the mountains of praise that's been heaped on this thing. The novel starts slow, and doesn't do much to pick up the pace. This wouldn’t be a problem, were the characters half as compelling as they should be, given their backstory. Ingray, a woman raised in a cutthroat political clim
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

While I’ve read and enjoyed Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch trilogy, I confess I probably wasn’t as enamored with it as the majority of readers. Despite the inventive and original ideas and the brilliant way there were executed, I really struggled with the pacing and there were also times where the narrative style made me feel completely out of my depth. And so when Provenance came out, I felt torn as to whether or not to read
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This wasn't what I expected-- it's sort of Ann Leckie channeling Lois Bujold. But I found that I'm happy this (standalone?) lives in the same universe (after, for those wondering) as the Ancillary books. This one is possibly more charming human, if less effective-- if lacks the brutality of Justice.

I want her to keep doing more here. I wouldn't be surprised if the next book was a new story in the events shortly after this one.

**adding more to this, since it came out from a discussion;

I realized
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A return to the universe of the Ancillary books but outside the Radch. The setting for most of the book is the planet Hwae whose people are known for their reverence of relics (called vestiges) from the destroyed civilization that they're descendants of. The story picks up with Ingray Aughskold, an ambitious upper-class woman's cunning plan to retrieve a convicted thief from off-world detention to reveal the location of vestiges e apparently stole. (The thief, Pahlad Budrakim is a third gender, ...more
Sherwood Smith
Thoroughly enjoyed this space opera comedy of manners, set in the author's Radch universe.

It kind of reminded me of Lois McMaster Bujold a bit; though I think the worldbuilding is a step more complex than Bujold's, the emotional grip isn't as strong. Even so, the story carried me along as Ingray, our main character, goes from an ambitious but fairly clueless young adult to someone just grasping competence, and beginning to think strategically.

All the side characters were fun, and of course there
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Similar in some ways to her excellent Ancillary series, but different in others. I liked it but less than I did the series.

Provenance is certainly set in the same universe we are used to and comes with the same kinds of space travel, high tech communications and non gender characters. However this book is a much quieter read. It starts brilliantly with one of the main characters, Ingray, trying to smuggle a person between planets. Some of the situations experienced are comedic and some are tense
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not going to say much, other than I enjoyed this and was frequently amused by all the culture collisions of different aliens, and the vestiges, and following Ingray around as she starts on a plan that very quickly transforms into other plans, which intersect with treaty violations, a murder investigation, theft, family shenanigans, planetary and interplanetary intrigue, and new relationships. And spider mechs. Lighter in tone than the Ancillary series (the fallout from which is referenced in thi ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2017, stars-4-0
Like many, I loved Leckie’s trilogy and looked forward to this new instalment. The novel is set in the same universe but focuses on new players that have nothing to do with the events of the other books. Additionally, the style is different too, which is perhaps due to the personality of our narrator, Ingray. Here we have an unassuming protagonist jostled about by ‘stronger’ characters, thrown into deep waters, some of her choosing.

It took me a while to get into this book, but after getting acc
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some nice plot-twists early on. At first the story comes off as a heist story, then moves into a murder mystery with a conspiracy plot and... moves on. Leckie's world building is great. So complex and imaginative. And the plot just keeps making turns and twists and all of a sudden you are off into a totally different direction.

A little spoilerish from here on out...

I wonder if there will be a sequel? If so, I hope besides Ingray we will also see more of Tic and Garal. And the ambassador. She was
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
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All rise as bestselling author Ann Leckie enters the court with her new novel Provenance! After her greatly appreciated Imperial Radch trilogy, kicked things off with Ancillary Justice, the author brings us this brand new space opera story filled with politics for fans to rejoice at. In Provenance, the story follows a young woman, Ingray Aughskold as she takes great means to get her hands on something that could help her make a name out of herse
Rebecca Roanhorse
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Provenance was my first Leckie space opera. I truly enjoyed The Raven Tower, which is what led me to this book, and will get the Ancillary Justice off my TBR in the future. But until then, Provenance. This book was a bit like a Cozy Mystery in space. A resourceful but very average protagonist that must rely on her persistence and wits to survive and solve the murder mystery that becomes the driver of the story. But of course it's about much more. Family, friendship, finding one's place, politics ...more
Book Riot Community
Eeeeeeeee! Leckie has followed up her record-breaking Imperial Radch series with a fun, fast novel of power and birthright! A young woman must regain status and power to save her world, but she needs the help of a thief to do it. INSERT CAPERS HERE. There’s a prison planet, priceless artifacts, political turmoil, heists, and interstellar conflict. It has all the ingredients needed to make this an amazing book! Not that you needed me to tell you Ann Leckie is amazing. Run, don’t walk, to pick it ...more
Rachel (Kalanadi)
How many of our vestiges in museums are fake??
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was neat seeing a new and entirely different culture in this universe. Leckie makes aliens so very alien - they always capture my interest. And this was a fun story - basically a heist caper/murder mystery in a complex setting.
This hardcover is numbered 240 of 500 produced and is signed by Ann Leckie.

There are also 52 lettered copies for sale.

Cover by Lauren Saint-Onge.
The Captain
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there mateys! I have been a fan of Ann Leckie ever since I read her debut novel. And what a doozy that one was. It still be one of me all-time favourites ever. In fact, I featured and gushed about this author in me Broadside No. 16 due to provenance coming out. And now I finally read her newest book. Hooray!!

I must start by saying that I loved it. The characters, writing, plot, and world are so well done. While the story about Ingray was fabulous and plot-twisty and stellar and just plain f
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it

Loved exploring the new cultures and storylines in this scifi world that Leckie has created. I enjoyed the protagonist but probably not as much as Breq. Very cool buildup, with great small cast of characters. Very initmate in style and tale as compared to her previous trilogy. Funny, poignant and stimulating which was all contributed by her great writing. I did feel like around the 2/3 mark it just lost steam and plot. Became a little too dialogue centric without really contributing to the p
Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Set in the same world as her universally praised, award-winning debut Ancillary Justice, I admit I was a bit leery going in. I just didn't get the first book of the trilogy and thought that it was more sci-fi for sci-fi purists. A tourist like myself inevitably felt lost. I imagine it akin to watching Avengers: Infinity War and wondering what all the fuss is about, when the last codpiece and cape movie you saw was Adam West's Batman.

It's a bit of a whodunnit, meets caper, with a sprinkling of i
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I'm a bit disappointed in this one. It definitely doesn't measure up to the Ancillary trilogy. I started off really liking this book - until about half way through, and then things took a completely different turn into tedious politics and a long, drawn out, and contrived resolution to situation at the end of the book. I did not like the main character. I wish I had a dollar every time she cried or mentioned her hairpins (I'd have $500 at least). The hairpins were mentioned so often that I thoug ...more
It’s good that I did not expect Provenance, Ann Leckie’s most recent book, to be a repeat of the brilliance of her Ancillary Justice trilogy. It is not. It’s more of a mystery wrapped in politics. One professional review I read described it as a “cozy mystery.” It’s not cozy at all and that review is yet another example why I rarely use professional reviews as a guide to select my reading. Unfortunately, I found the book slow-moving with a rather boring, uninteresting main character and a disorg ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This one took me a long time, and it is a fairly slow book - but it’s meticulously crafted, with amazing characters and such fully realised worlds that I rather forget that Hwae doesn’t exist. I’d recommend starting with the Ancillary books rather than this, but I liked it.
4 stars for the story. 5 stars for the audiobook.

This is an entertaining sci-fi mystery/adventure set in the same universe as Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch trilogy. I really enjoyed getting to learn about other societies of the universe, especially as the author continued to explore different approaches to gender. I loved Ingray, the protagonist, as well as many of the supporting characters. Ann Leckie's writing does a good job of balancing humor and a more serious tone when it is called for (I di
If you don't go in to this expecting to be challenged with brilliance, you'll probably enjoy it very much. Despite being set in the same story universe as her Imperial Radch trilogy, Provenance is of a much lighter tone, and is much more accessible. I struggled with massive confusion for about the first quarter of Ancillary Justice before I caught on, but not so here. I had fun with it, but it didn't knock my socks off (and I don't think it was supposed to).

Our main character is Ingray Aughskold
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