Crystal Dragon (Liaden)

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Title: Crystal Dragon

Series: Liaden Universe

Author: Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: SF

Pages: 445

 

 

 

Synopsis:

The direct sequel to Crystal Soldier. And things get resolved in such a way as to show the creation of the Liaden Universe.

Intrigue, politics, fighting all come together from various places and planes.

 

My Thoughts:

I felt a little fuzzy reading this, as “Math” was suppose to save the day but obviously since Lee and Miller weren’t talking real math, it was just referenced to so it felt kind of Ex Deus Machina.

That aside, this was yet another lovely foray into the Liaden Universe. This was the second book chronologically, but I have to say, I think the Publication Order is a much better way to read things. That was the way it came from the authors’ minds and it should be transmitted to ours in the same fashion.

One thing I really liked was how much of an important part the Tree played. It has been referenced before, but it has almost been a non-existent side character, enough so that I never thought it was THAT special, not at all. Hope it plays a bigger part in future novels.

 

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Crystal Soldier (Liaden)

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Title: Crystal Soldier
Series: Liaden Universe
Author: Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 400

 

 

Synopsis:

If you ever wondered HOW the Liaden Universe came about, what with the vague and cryptic hints we’ve received so far, this book begins to answer those questions.

 

My Thoughts:

Lee & Miller obviously have a thing for coupling tall women with shorter men. Makes me wonder if they’ve based their characters on themselves?

Anyway, I enjoyed this Liad book, just like all the others. Hint of romance, large dash of action, mix with some space & ground adventures, throw in some vagueness and slightly ominous hints and BAM, you have this book.

I was kind of hoping for a sequel to Balance of Trade, but this works. And I know that the next book will finish this duology and show the beginnings of the Liaden Universe.

Something to look forward to.

Balance of Trade (Liaden)

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Title: Balance of Trade

Series: Liaden Universe

Author: Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SF

Pages: 670

 

Synopsis:

Jethri, young spaceborn Terran, is hated by his mother and she wants him gone. In one of those upsets of circumstances, Jethri is taken as a new apprentice, on a Liaden ship.

Adopted as the new heir of the Captain, Jethri is plunged into the Liaden world, filled with Honor, Melanti, and pitfalls he has no idea even exist. Thankfully, he acquires allies who help him as he in turn helps them.

 

My Thoughts:

As with previous Liaden novels, I simply loved this. I cannot pin down exactly what Lee & Miller do to make me love their books, but it hasn’t failed yet.

One thought that did strike me was how much this reminded of “Jane Austen…..In Space!”  The light romance touches, the family/clan drama, it just struck as Austen-lite and I really liked it.

This story follows a different Liaden clan from the former books and I am glad of that. It actually follows a Terran who is becoming Liaden. So everything is from Jethri’s viewpoint. I am glad to have read the previous Liaden books, as it gave me a background that helped me know pieces that weren’t obvious.

Everything that characterized the former books was here as well. It does end incomplete, but not a cliffhanger.  Looking forward to the next book immeasurably. I wonder how long I can drag it out before I HAVE to read it?

*grin*

I Dare (Liaden)

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Title: I Dare

Series: Liaden Universe

Author: Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: SF

Pages: 416

 

Synopsis:

The Ministry of the Interior pretends to have killed off all the members of the Korval clan, except for Pat-rin the Playboy, in an attempt to bend him to their will.

Pat-rin’s playboy exterior only covers a true Korval core and he attempts to start the clan over on a new world, with new allies.

However, the Clan is NOT dead and Val Con the Head of the Clan formulates a plan to save himself, the Clan and all of Liad from the depredations of the Ministry.

 

My Thoughts:

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the previous Liad books, mainly because Pat-rin is too wracked with guilt, self-loathing and self-doubt.

However, seeing the Ministry of the Interior get theirs was pretty good.

The romance side of things was ok, with several couples spontaneously life-mating, one pair through a dream no less.  I rolled my eyes but I didn’t feel dirty or disgusted like I would with that smut that passes for romance these days.

Each book I read is bittersweet, as I enjoy them so much and each book finished means I’m one book closer to the end. I ration myself.

Scout’s Progress (Liaden)

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Synopsis:

Caylon, an abused middle child, now an abused adult, is a math genius. But it isn’t enough to get her from under her domineering brother’s thumb.

So she makes a bet, under her Delm’s protection, that she can make her portfolio do better in a year than her brother can.

It is all a ruse to prepare her for running away and leaving her life behind and starting a fresh.

What she doesn’t count on is running into Daav, head of Clan Korval.

 

My Thoughts:

With each Liaden novel, I enter with trepidation, wondering if “this” will be the book that falls flat for me.

Well, it wasn’t this one! 🙂

I absolutely love these books. Space Opera Romance, that while not of Jane Austen quality, are perfect for what they are.

A balance of light humor, dark emotions, people using their brains and some really good action.

Caylon was shown perfectly. An abused woman who was intelligent enough to know that she needed to run and made the plans accordingly. It was great to see her start out as a mouse and become warmer and stronger the more she interacted with her new friends and Daav.

We also get to see Daav move from a man who is jealous of his twin for his life mating while Daav must deal with contract marriages as the Clan leader to someone who finds his own lifemate. I love that type of thing.

Happy Endings and Justice for All, all around!

 

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Author: Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Scout’s Progress

Liaden

Local Custom (Liaden)

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Synopsis

Er Thom is being forced into a contract marriage to produce an heir for his Clan. But before he can do that, he goes to see the Terran woman, Anne Davies, one last time to confess his love and then to leave it all behind him and proceed with duty. However, things don’t go quite as planned, as he finds out that Anne has had his child from their last encounter.

 

My Thoughts

The Liaden books have been as full of romance and clan politics as they have been of action. And it works out great, it really does.

This book is based on the cross cultural miscommunication about what is right and proper for Er Thom and Anne’s child, Shan. Er Thom assumes Liaden things about the outcome and makes several blunders in his interpretation of Anne’s words and actions. While Anne is forced to make assumptions about Liad without nearly enough knowledge.

What drove me batty, while being awesome, was that the main characters DID communicate with each other. So many stories I’ve read have been driven by the characters refusing to talk to each other and things going bad because of it. So the MC’s talked to each other, but it wasn’t enough because their cultures were so different. And they didn’t realize those differences until the very end.

Then you’ve got some political stuff with Anne’s work about linguistics and how the Terrans, Liadens and Extrangans? might all have a common ancestor.

Overall, this was just a great addition to my reading of the Liaden Universe. Just enough action, intrigue, romance and politics [family and otherwise] to keep me reading.

 

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Author: Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Local Custom

Liaden Universe

Plan B (Liaden)

f67d6b4bbc6b287a6d582287ec56e257Synopsis

Everyone comes together on one world to defeat an Ingxtray [or whatever the “bad’ humanoids are called] invasion and the sinister Department of Something Something continues its plan to purify Liadens.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this. It had a fantastic blend of space battles, ground force battles, suspense, romance AND it still had a happy ending.

Sadly, the Turtles are barely in this story, but they ARE mentioned.

Name details are fuzzy for me. So while I know what they mean while I’m reading, as soon as I’m done, poof, they’re gone from my head.

So far, this Liaden universe is enjoyable, light and just the right balance of fun and suspense. Thankfully there is nothing “epic’ about this, but there are quite a few books to read.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Author: Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Liaden Universe

Plan B

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