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Seven Surrenders

Seven Surrenders

Book 2 of Terra Ignota

Terra Ignota (Volume 2)

Ada Palmer

Tor Books




“A cornucopia of dazzling, sharp ideas set in rich, wry prose that rewards rumination with layers of delight. Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent.” —Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings

In a future of near-instantaneous global travel, of abundant provision for the needs of all, a future in which no one living can remember an actual war…a long era of stability threatens to come to an abrupt end.

For known only to a few, the leaders of the great Hives, nations without fixed locations, have long conspired to keep the world stable, at the cost of just a little blood. A few secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction can ever dominate, and the balance holds. And yet the balance is beginning to give way.

Mycroft Canner, convict, sentenced to wander the globe in service to all, knows more about this conspiracy the than he can ever admit. Carlyle Foster, counselor, sensayer, has secrets as well, and they burden Carlyle beyond description. And both Mycroft and Carlyle are privy to the greatest secret of all: Bridger, the child who can bring inanimate objects to life.

Shot through with astonishing invention, Ada Palmer's Seven Surrenders is the next movement in one of the great SF epics of our time.

Seven Surrenders veers expertly between love, murder, mayhem, parenthood, theology, and high politics. I haven't had this much fun with a book in a long time.” —Max Gladstone, author of Three Parts Dead

Terra Ignota
1. Too Like the Lightning
2. Seven Surrenders
3. The Will to Battle



Nihil Obstet


Nihil Obstat—‘Nothing prevents it’—was the old license-by-fiat which kings and inquisitors pronounced in stifled ages...


Praise for Seven Surrenders

“A breathless and devious intellectual page-turner, Seven Surrenders veers expertly between love, murder, mayhem, parenthood, theology, and high politics. I haven't had this much fun with a book in a long time.” —Max Gladstone on Seven Surrenders

"Wonderfull 18th-century style narrative voice....a richly and highly sophisticated novel that calls for repeated re-readings." —SFRevu on Seven Surrenders

"The eloquence ofPalmer's reflections on social issues cannot be denied." —Library Journal, starred review, on Seven Surrenders

"The Terra Ignota books are is the kind of science fiction that makes me excited all over again about what science fiction can do.” —Jo Walton

“Excellent.” —Craig Newmark

“Devastatingly accomplished…An arch and playful narrative that combines the conscious irreverence of the best of 18th-century philosophy with the high-octane heat of an epic science fiction thriller.” —Liz Bourke, on Too Like the Lightning

“Palmer proves that the boundaries of science fiction can be pushed and the history and the future can be married together.” —Publishers Weekly on Too Like the Lightning

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Ada Palmer

ADA PALMER is a professor in the history department of the University of Chicago, specializing in Renaissance history and the history of ideas. Her first nonfiction book, Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance, was published in 2014 by Harvard University Press. She is also a composer of folk and Renaissance-tinged a capella music, most of which she performs with the group Sassafrass. She writes about history for a popular audience at and about science fiction- and fantasy-related matters at

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