Saltation (Liaden)

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Title: Saltation

Series: Liaden

Author: Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Rating: Unrated

Genre: SFF

Pages: 453

Format: Kindle

 

 

My Thoughts:

Due to some of the subject matter, I will not be continuing with this series.

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Fledgling (Liaden)

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Title: Fledgling
Series: Liaden
Author: Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Battle Axes
Genre: SFF
Pages: 528
Format: Kindle

 

Synopsis:

Daav yos’Phelium is on Delgado in his Jen Sar Kiladi persona. And he’s “married” with a 14 year old daughter.

This book is not about him.

It is about Theo, his daughter. And the politic’ing on a world full of eggheads who have no grasp on reality. This is about Theo growing up into her, unknown to her, Liaden heritage and piloting skills inherited from Daav.

 

My Thoughts:

I accidentally started Ghost Ship before this, which is 2 or 3 books ahead of this. And it wasn’t until I was at the 50% mark that I realized my mistake. Hence, a lot of what happened in this book was slightly referenced in Ghost Ship and I had pretty good idea of what was going to happen.

And I still enjoyed it. Not as much as the other Liaden books, as it is dealing with a 14 year old girl and the politics of scholars but it was still enjoyable. It was also good writing. I know it was good writing because it got me extremely frustrated, in several instances, at several of the characters and how they reacted. I am learning to enjoy moments like that because it shows that the authors know how to present a society, a character and their interaction. And that interaction isn’t always smooth, happy or rational.

By the end I was glad I had read this and was ready for more Theo Waitely, soon to be Pilot.

Mouse and Dragon (Liaden)

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Title: Mouse and Dragon

Series: Liaden

Author: Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Rating: 4 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Pages: 512

Format: Kindle

 

 

 

Synopsis:

A direct sequel to Scout’s Progress. In which we see how Daav becomes the man we know him from in other books and what happened to Caylon.

Not much actually happens, but a lot of setup of events that shape future events.

 

My Thoughts:

I wish I had read this directly after Scout’s Progress instead of waiting 18 months. I didn’t actually realize that it had been so long until I went to look for the previous book and realized that, in publication order, there are several books between that and this. Next time around I’ll be reading in Chronological Order. But for now, Publication is the best I think.

Anyway, this was just as good as the previous Liaden books. Romance that I enjoy instead of gagging over. In space.

But it is definitely a sequel and not be read before Scout’s Progress. This would make no sense without that backdrop.

 

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.

 

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.