2021’s A Desolation Called Peace is the second volume in Arkady Martine’s Teixcalaan space opera series.
Alerted by neighbouring Lsel Station that an unknown alien menace is impinging on human space, the Teixcalaanli investigate. First contact between a force headed by Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus and the aliens establishes five facts:
- There are aliens.
- They are of an unknown type.
- They appear bent on conquering human worlds.
- Communication appears to be impossible.
- They are merciless.