Sequel to Fledgling, and best read after that one; better yet read in sequence (difficult as it is a side plot) with the rest of Lee-Miller's Liaden series. This is realy intelligent sci-fi: the future as people and cultures not so much as tech and space opera though that's there too in subtly crafted measure.
This is another intelligent, people-not-hard-tech, well thought through, nicely paced (consistently gripping), development to Theo's life from end of school, up to reunion with Korval on Liad. Her career as a pilot kicks off with interesting challenges, nothing huge, and then a reunion with her soul mate Win. Again the dialogue, the 'tone-voice' of different culture groups is well drawn and completely engaging. This time an old-tech loose thread to tie in the next in the series ('Ghost ship'). Can't grumble even if it's a bit artificial it fits, and it'll give us more.
Well done; thank heavens Baen Publishers are taking this on. Shame it's not on Kindle yet (only the micro-novellas that cover in-between tales so far).
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 .
Second in the series about Theo Waitley, as gripping as the other Liaden books. My main complaint is that I must wait until June next year before the next book is published.... (I have just re-read all four currently available Theo Waitley books.)
Introduces differences in culture on a planetary scale rather then regional, bring in different views and government running interferences but on a large universal scale and good ideas that makes it a good read.