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Necessity's Child (Liaden Universe®)

Necessity's Child (Liaden Universe®) [Kindle Edition]

Sharon Lee , Steve Miller
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Stirring SF adventure from master storytellers Sharon Lee and Steve Miller—#16 in the award-winning Liaden Universe® saga. Space ships, action, adventure—all tied together with a strong dollop of romance and clan intrigue—make this a compelling series for a wide range of readers, from romance to military SF lovers.

The kompani see none as an enemy, and yet few as friend. The kompani exist in many places, living quietly in the shadows, thriving off the bounty that others have no wit to secure, nor skill to defend. Their private history is unwritten; their recall rooted in dance and dream. The Clan Korval is in many ways the opposite of the kompani. The interstellar trading clan is wealthy in enemies, fortunate in friends. Korval protects itself with vigor, and teaches even its youngest children the art of war.

And when representatives of Clan Korval arrive on the planet Surebleak where the kompani has lived, secret and aloof, the lives of three people intersect— Kezzi, apprentice to the kompani's grandmother; Syl Vor, Clan Korval's youngest warrior; and Rys, a man without a world, or a past.

Necessity's Child is a standalone adventure in the popular and exciting Liaden Universe®.

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About the Author

Maine-based writers Sharon Lee and Steve Miller teamed up in the late 1980s to bring the world the story of Kinzel, a inept wizard with a love of cats, a thirst for justice, and a staff of true power. Since then, the husband-and-wife have written dozens of short stories, and eighteen novels, most set in their star-spanning Liaden Universe(R). Before settling down to the serene and stable life of a science fiction and fantasy writer, Steve was a traveling poet, a rock-band reviewer, reporter, and editor of a string of community newspapers. Sharon, less adventurous, has been an advertising copywriter, copy editor on night-side news at a small city newspaper, reporter, photographer, and book reviewer. Both credit their newspaper experiences with teaching them the finer points of collaboration. Sharon and Steve passionately believe that reading fiction ought to be fun, and that stories are entertainment. Steve and Sharon maintain a web presence at http: //

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 544 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (8 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1EA7C0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,652 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great Laiden read 19 Mar 2014
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I don't really need to say more except if you haven't yet read any others on the series (I say that in the loosest sense as they are all stand alone stories) you are missing out on some great reads!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars necessity's child 12 Mar 2013
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Yet another excellent addition to the Liaden Universe will be keeping an eye out for any further adventures of clan Korval.A nice stand alone story that enhances the overall series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting addition to the series 31 Jan 2013
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Necessity's Child is a very interesting addition to the Liaden Universe. There are three distinct writing styles within this book. The first is Surbleek a rough and tumble 1930's gangster style that reminds me of the original Star Trek episode, A Piece of the Action. It contains all the "action" and chopped words that rough hooligans of the planet used. The second is a flowing narrative of the Liadens and clan Korval. Normally there is a very dry humor running through this that has helped to create such a memorable series. Finally was a new group, the Kompani. I found myself stopping while reading to really think about who they were and what they stood for. Especially in the beginning this really took some effort and open mindedness.

This book starts just after Meri is attacked at the dance and ends shortly after she had her child. Although there are glimpses, this book does not contain much of Korval and does not progress the general story arc, or answer any of the cliffhangers from the previous few books. I felt cheated about this at first, until I realized how powerfully this story could affect the future story arc. It still makes waiting for the next installment frustrating. LOL.

This book really had three main characters: a girl of the Kompani, a boy of Korval and a hurt operative from the Department of Interior. It measures the progress and growth of these individuals and the possible future alliance. The Kompani girl is confronted with a culture very different than her own and has to try to balance her culture/traditions with this other culture. The continuing costs of Plan B are demonstrated by a boy who is too serious for his age and must try to interact with other cultures and bullying. In doing so, he asks his mother to adopt a sister for him. Finally, is there hope for a former Department of the Interior agent of change? Val Con broke their training (twice) but with the help of the clutch turtle training; what can help these formerly smart dedicated individuals who have done terrible acts of terror? What if someone highjacks their programming and forces them to do it again?

As with any great book you think about the issues raised long after you finish reading the words on the page. I have been unable to stop thinking about this book since I finished reading it. While not action packed like others in the series or fun like Theo's books can be, this is a strong book within the series. It will not be an easy book to read and will require some dexterity on the part of the reader to follow all the transitions in style and characters, but it is worthy of the effort.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding addition to the Liaden Universe series 21 Jan 2013
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I was so excited that Necessity's Child would be available on Kindle a little earlier than the book release in February. I am glad I sprung for it, as it is a worthy addition to the series, focusing on an unknown character, a youth, who has borne up bravely during his family's daring and complicated run for their lives under Plan B. He continues to approach life with the same responsibility and seriousness as his mother and grandfather. The continuity through the family line is sweet. I really like this character, he makes his choices with a quirky blend of honor, industriousness, reason, and intuition; and in doing so the Luck continues to weave its way through the lives of his clan and the people around it. Also introduced in this book is the Kompani, an intriguing gypsy clan with an arcane, almost Steampunk blend of technology and magic in their culture, that dwells mysterious and unseen among the other denizens of Surebleak. I plan to read this one to my kids, save one chapter that is graphically sexual. It's just that awesome. I love these authors, can't wait for the next one!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More excellent writing from Lee and Miller 28 Jan 2013
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I'm a fan of all Lee and Miller writing, which is no mean feat. Many authors I love have a few works which leave me tepid; I have yet to say this of Lee and Miller.

Necessity's Child entertains, first and foremost. It introduces a new culture, and highlights interesting qualities of a known-to-readers people. It also tells more of a story those of us who are faithful followers have been hankering for, and gives everyone ideas to ponder.

Chief among the qualities that I admire in Sharon and Steve is their ability to make characters that are both real, and sympathetic, but at the same time exotic, with a fascinating, thought provoking culture.

This novel is late in the Liaden story arc, but it's a solid, stand-alone work, with sufficient context to keep the flow going. If this is your first Liaden novel, you will not be lost. You will likely find yourself looking for more. To that I say: much good reading awaits you.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lively Liaden adventure 8 Feb 2013
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Very pleased with this latest entry in the Liaden universe. Frankly I had trouble finishing the last book (Ghost Ship); this newest adventure was a pleasant contrast -- I read it all the way through TWICE! I liked and cared about the characters. The world building is excellent. Characters that have been unsympathetic in prior books (Nova) are suddenly more human and adding interest to the story. And Surebleak is becoming a much more interesting world than Liad ever was!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an engaging read 3 Feb 2013
By J. Aumir - Published on
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I was a little hesitant about this book initially, but as I get older I get less and less interested in coming of age stories. I needn't have worried, the teenage angst in this book is limited and there are a number of different character viewpoints. Also, it was nice to see a story in which the teenagers retained faith in the adults in their life and communicated their feelings with them and considered their advice in dealing with their issues.
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