In her latest book, Ann Leckie revisits the same universe as in her previous trilogy, but this time, we get beyond the Radch Empire. Most of the story takes place on the planet Hwae, which is very different, but at the same time, clearly influenced by the Radch. That's understandable, because the most powerful aliens humanity has encountered, the Presger, have chosen to have the Lord of the Radch be the representative for all humans, everywhere.
The primary character in Provenance is Ingray Aughskold, the adopted daughter of a politician on Hwae. She believes herself to be in competition with her older brother (also adopted) to be her mother's heir. In an effort to make her brother look bad, while raising her mother's view of her, she's gotten herself into quite a mess.
Hwae turns out to be an interesting place, but one I would not want to live in. There are powerful families jockying for more power by getting elected to high offices in their government. The people of Hwae are fascinated by what they call 'vestiges'. These are bits and pieces of their history. It might be documents, or more physical memorabiliga. The possesion of these items are a large part of the manuevering to get more power.
I found this book to be a bit slow at the beginning, but once all the characters had been introduced, things picked up for me. I enjoyed reading it, but not quite as much as her Radch Trilogy. I will certainly keep reading her work, as long as she keeps writing.