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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (23 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439133433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439133439
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller live in the rolling hills of Central Maine with two insistent muses in the form of cats and large cast of characters. The husband-and-wife team's collaborative work in science fiction and fantasy include twelve novels and numerous short stories in their award-winning Liaden Universe. In addition to their collaborative work, Steve has seen short stories, nonficition, and reviews, published under his name, while Sharon has seen published short stories, newspaper pieces, and two mystery novels. Steve was the foundling curator of the University of Maryland's Kuhn Library Science Fiction Research Collection and a former Nebula juror. For five years, Sharon served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, consecutively as Executive Director, Vice President and President. Sharon's interests include music, seashores and pine cones. Steve also enjoys music, plays tournament chess, and collects cat whiskers."

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This is the first of a series that is a semi-independant story off the main Korval and Liaden series of Lee and Miller. It ties strongly into the Liaden plots at several levels but can be read easily as a stand alone series.

1. Fledgling
2. Saltation
3. Ghost ship
4. Dragon Ship (coming soon)

It can be (recommended) read after 'Mouse and Dragon' which is the link book to the main series. The big Omnibus editions from the Main plot lines are: Dragon Variation, Agent Gambit, Korval's Game, Crystal Variation. This is where Daav 'Korval' goes, and is the tale of Theo his 14 year old 'daughter'. It is another world and culture with it's own pace, priorities and protocols. Very different and as richly drawn as anything we've seen so far from Lee-Miller. Growing up and finding values and skills. Multi-layered sub-plots of wider significance bubble and the pace never lets up as usual.

For those of you not met the series yet, it is space opera but focused not on tech and battles, but on culture and conflict, trade and 'balance'. The tone of dialogue, protocols and etiquette are intelligent, convincing and clearly govern characters and plot. Intuitive grasp of skills needed is well drawn without boring or skimping, well balanced as we follow what it is that makes a pilot.... pros and cons!

A keeper for the bookshelves. On a par with Webber (Honourverse), Bujold (Vor), Moon (Serrano/ Vatta) and the great McCaffrey (who is a fan too). Enjoy!
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If you like the books by Anne McCaffrey, you'll probably like this. The Liaden books tends towards the romantic fantasy end of the spectrum and dwells on similar themes, although without the dragons. Hard Sci Fi fans won't find much of interest here but it's well written and decently paced.

The story centres on Theo, awkward and bumbling before discovering her innate talents and her mother, who finds herself rolling up her sleeves to take on the in-fighting and intrigues of a university faculty. It's all fairly gentle stuff, people are, on the whole, just a bit too nice and the Liadens (well, the Korvals at least) are always a bit too good to be true. I'd have loved it at the age of 15 or so but now I'm a bit too old and cynical to allow myself to fall for it now. Frankly, I was craving a bit more bite and black humour by the end of it.
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I was sceptic getting some SF. I am more of fantasy maniac but I've came across these two authors reading a short story in a magazine or something. The world in this series is really complex and beautiful full of really great surprises. Take it from an old Fantasy maniac... if you would like to try some SF, this series is definitely a good point to start .
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I usually love Sci-Fi / Science Fantasy books. This is the first one that I didn't finish; it seemed to start in the middle with lots unexplained and no real rhyme or reason for what is going on. Didn't build any affinity with the lead character. This series is definitely not for me and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
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I generally like fairly 'hard' science-fiction (Asimov, Weber, Moon, Shepherd etc) and this academic world was definitely a bit different for me. However, once I started reading and got past the introduction I found myself not wanting to put the book down and having to ration myself to avoid exhaustion the next day.

The heroine avoided perfection admirably yet it was clear from an early point that something pleasantly spectacular would emerge later on. Suspense was maintained, whilst enough clues were given to lay a bread trail to keep one's interest going.

I have never bought their books before but it looks like I am going to have to now!
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I loved Theo, her parents and the cats, not forgetting all the other fascinating characters in this tale of a girl's coming of age. The contrast between the home place of Theo (rigidly matriarchal and scholastic) and the freedom Theo encounters on the ship are a major part of what made the story so interesting for me. I look forward to the continuation of this story in Salutations as soon as possible.
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This follows on directly from I Dare (Agent of Change) and we find out just where Daav yos Phelium has been all these years . . .
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