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it's the typically detailed full length side story to a wonderfully deep Liaden Universe you've come to know
on 21 July 2016
If you know Liaden, it's the typically detailed full length side story to a wonderfully deep Liaden Universe you've come to know, and of which we hunger for more, to understand it better. (No plot spoiler from me). But it needs to be said this is not the best omnibus to read first, as an origin tale it has less of the etiquette and subtlety of later work, and a lot of complex 'weird dimensional' stuff where escape is by clever (but vague) maths. The last of the 3 is perhaps the best in that it has most of the main series real depth and intelligence.
If you do not know Liaden Universe, it's overwhelmingly personality driven Sci-Fi with delicate world of subtle rules and etiquette, intelligent plot and development, well drawn characters and an engaging caste of supporting personalities. The challenges are real, credible and with just enough detail to grip, but leaves alot to your own imagination: a really good recipe.
A real quality addition to the sci-fi genre, a near rival to McMaster Bujold's Vor, and David Webers Harrington. On a par with Elizabeth Moon's collections, and better than most others. Worthy work, a joy to discover it.