In Provenance, we leave the Radch Empire of Ann Leckie's Ancillary series and meet neighboring societies in a political thriller—murder included.
Our protagonist is Ingray Aughskold, the adopted daughter of an ambitious politician who pushes Ingray and her siblings to compete for her affection and, ultimately, her name. We first meet Ingray on a commercial space station as she’s picking up a cargo that could make or break her chance at inheriting her mother’s title. However, her plan quickly goes awry and we are thrust into the complicated political intrigue of multiple species.
You do not need to have read the Imperial Radch trilogy in order to understand what’s going on in Provenance. In the background of our story, ambassadors are gathering for a conclave to deal with the fallout from the conclusion of Ancillary Mercy. The presence of one of these ambassadors has an impact on an unrelated nefarious plot, which sets into motion a series of events that places Ingray front and center of a major diplomatic incident.
Ingray must overcome her brother, an alien ambassador, a foreign military, the media, and her own world’s obsession with symbols of the past in order to forge her own future.
This is an excellent follow-up to the Ancillary books. It has a clear, new voice and tone, with the fun details and solid writing of the original trilogy.