Times are perilous, violence rife, and the future uncertain. Success and the survival of all you hold dear may hinge on how you manage change. The Complex Logic Laws were the result of a war waged hundreds of years in the past, when two human powers threw massive AI navies at each other and nearly annihilated themselves.
Being human, they blamed their tools for this near miss; destroyed what was left of the sentient ships, and made it illegal to be, manufacture, or shelter an independent logic. Strangely, however, the Free Ships and other AIs did not turn themselves in or suicide, they merely became wary of humans, and stayed under their scans Do It Like a Delm Challenge. Our Directory. Can I get a hearty round of applause for the lucky winner, please! Where is this stylish head covering located, you ask? How can I enter my name? Everybody good? Read More. Good luck. The winner, by random drawing, was!
Number 72, which would also be Tina Black of Kansas City, Kansas Alert readers of this blog will have deduced that there is only one more book remaining from the original pile of seven. Thanks very much to everyone who took part in the game! December Yule Present in Uncategorized 60 comments. She concentrated on that, even as she observed the passage they moved down, alert for threats, for traps, for — The way ahead was b This a moderated venue, so it will take some time for your comment to appear. View all 10 comments. I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it, as I do the whole series, with reservations due to the context issue.
It was fun to see Hevelin and the other Norbears again and I enjoyed seeing the characters of Clarence and Theo working together as well a the r 3. It was fun to see Hevelin and the other Norbears again and I enjoyed seeing the characters of Clarence and Theo working together as well a the re-introduction of some characters from Theo's school days. I'm glad the authors included a thread of the story for Kamele and have developed her character. I found it pretty hard to warm up to her in the early Waitley books.
One last character who showed his face was Win Ton. Thankfully the DOI didn't manage to kill him. I particularly enjoyed Bechimo's journey to self-dom and the parts of his ancient history that he was musing upon. However, I found some parts of the book a bit confusing and these musings were part of it. What am I missing? I have enjoyed each mini story arc that the authors have worked on. I sincerely hope in their new contract Sharon mentioned last week on the blog that they will weave the tapestry together a bit more so the connections are more clear.
View all 6 comments. Aug 29, Suzanne Earley rated it liked it Shelves: I like visiting this universe, but this felt a little I'll definitely read the next one, but I hope it's got a little more plot to it, and a little more resolution. I'm getting tired of authors dragging things out for thousands of pages. And that's not a dig at these authors in particular, they aren't the only ones doing it. Sure, I get it, they think this is what their readers want, to spend as much time as possible visiting old friends, but Thi I like visiting this universe, but this felt a little This reader thinks they need to write the best book possible, even if that means the story is finished when the book ends.
View 1 comment. Nov 29, Jacqueline J rated it really liked it Shelves: owned , sci-fi. First of all yeah Korval!
This story had some wins and some losses. There was a fairly big dose here of the Korval is ships, Korval has the luck, Korval breeds for pilots, don't cross Korval mystic so yeah for that. I love to see secondary characters responding to the sight of Tree and Dragon. There were scenes with Val Con and Miri my favorite couple, The scenes were true to previous tone and character development. Theo seemed to be finally coming into her own. She was making good solid decisions First of all yeah Korval! She was making good solid decisions about her ship and not seeming to be just reacting to what happens to her.
Daav's story seems to be developing well. I don't mind Uncle although he muddies the plot with the DOI. Thing which were problematic included some scenes that didn't seem to lead anywhere or that could have been shortened. Kamela's scenes for example. I get that we were being led up to the scene where she notices she's being followed but they weren't very interesting in and of themselves.
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Although I enjoyed Kamela's storyline, I was really only interested in seeing her get to Surebleak and interact with the Delm of Korval. Although I would have been happy to see the actual scenes of her negotiating her way to Surebleak after the incident rather that the slightly drippy before scenes.
There were several scenes where the ship, Bechimo, was thinking and even I, as well versed in the Liaden verse as I am, wondered what the heck was going on and what it had to do with anything? Bechimo was okay and I didn't percent mind that he made up a character to be the comm man but I could have done without his own creation becoming sentient on its own.
I'm stretching my willing suspension enough with the ship. What I miss is the scintillating dialog of the earlier novels in the series, the way that Val Con and Shan can turn a phrase. Also lacking was a sense of things happening at a super speed that drove the series at a frenetic pace from Agent of Change through to I Dare. Here not that much actually happened that was important. Theo went from planet to planet and didn't accomplish much.
I expected Win Ton to play a bigger role. Maybe I'm spoiled from all the lovely romances in the previous books. But I really expected Theo and Win Ton to get together and work as a team as all the other characters have in their books. Here Theo seems to have hooked up with Kara which I'm not at all interested in. Why couldn't they have just been good friends? Sorry, hetero woman who likes to read hetero romance here and I'm not going to apologize for that.
And Win Ton lost that cool, sort of brash edge he had in the first two Theo books. Here he just seems like a beta loser. There seems to be plenty of story left to tell and you can sign me up for every further volume. I can't ever imagine not anxiously awaiting any new Liaden novel even if some of the magic seems to be gone. Shelves: ebook , read-in This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. We do get a few lovely scenes with Kamele and Miri and Val Con - AND quite a few viewpoint scenes from Uncle's and Bechimo's memory perspective, which is fascinating if you're a longtime reader of the Liaden universe.
As Rolanni said on her LJ - this is a Between book. One of the new crew members is the Theo's old flame who has to deal with the consequences of his own impulsive behaviour after his body is finally viable again. Another is an old friend and lover's of Theo's and it is a bit strange how calmly they accept never meeting the communications officer - until the episode in the safe space I was wondering if they were aware about Bechimo's oddities at all.
The end-twist was no cliffhanger, but a very much wtf-moment for me as the reader of the Crystal Dragon duology, considering who lives on Surebleak now and what was found in that ship supposedly belonging to Cantra. Let me sum it up: if you enjoyed Theo's previous storyline you will enjoy this book - if you only like Val Con, Shan, Pat Rin and Daav, etc. Jan 22, Dan rated it it was amazing Shelves: , , ladies-who-kick-butt , traderz , , liaden-universe , series-i-reread-often , I read this awesome book in one continuous session!
View all 8 comments. Sep 08, Barb in Maryland rated it it was amazing Shelves: sf-f-goodies , keepers. Warning: this review contains spoilers for Ghost Ship , the previous book in this series. The main focus of this latest entry in the long-running Liaden Universe series is young Theo Waitley. Bechimo is a piece of Old Tech, run by a very powerful and self-aware AI. With Win Ton safely tucked in Bechimo's super-duper healing unit, Theo accepts a contract for exploring a trade route for Korval. With only one other perso Warning: this review contains spoilers for Ghost Ship , the previous book in this series.
With only one other person Clarence O'Berin as crew, the ship sets off to fulfill its contract. Theo needs all of her diplomacy skills and her forceful personality to manage the ship, as Bechimo certainly has a mind of its own. The first part of the book is rather leisurely--lots of day to day ship business as Theo and Bechimo develop their relationship. Things start heating up when Theo makes her first stop and by the middle of the book we are in full out fast action mode, leading up to a very dramatic finale. Running parallel to Theo's story we have Kamele's adventures as she travels from Delgado to Surebleak, with the hope of 'freeing' Jen Sar Kiladi her long-time lover and Theo's father from the cruel clutches of Korval.
Boy, is she in for a surprise! Long time readers will note that several threads in the larger story arc are left dangling: Daav and the Uncle, the continuing efforts of the Department of the Interior to destroy Korval, are just two of the stories that, while touched on, are left unfinished at the end of this book. Also to be noted: the next book, Necessity's Child , is NOT the sequel to Dragon Ship but rather focuses on other characters and actions. So we fans will have to wait to have our questions answered.
Another note--the cover art shows a pivotal scene near the end of the book and gets it right. Hooray for artists who actually read the book! The first book featuring Theo Fledgling is one of these.
If you want to read the series in publication order, start with Agent of Change. Feb 03, Li rated it liked it Shelves: sf , read-in This felt like a bridging book in the Liaden series - the various dangling plot threads left open at the end of the book meant the ending felt vaguely unsatisfying. Also, there was a bit too much politics and backstory for me, and I found the story slightly hard-going at times. Having said that, as a Liaden fan, it's always nice to revisit the universe, and Theo very much comes into her own in this book.
View all 9 comments. Jun 25, Rbette rated it really liked it Shelves: space-opera. More like 2. Very mixed feelings about Dragon Ship. I like Theo but without these earlier novels I would not have read any More like 2. I like Theo but without these earlier novels I would not have read any of the Theo novels. Now in Dragon Ship the story becomes very fragmented with the most interesting sub plot the space ship Bechimo coming of age. We do get to see many of the best characters from the earlier books briefly but overall they are described in a boring bland manner doing boring bland things.
Even the DOI comes across as boringly predictable. Then there is Kamele slowly traveling her boring way toward clan Korval thinking to find her boring house father, Jen Sar, and take him back to her boring, petty, safe planet. From considering Kamele story filler, I am now beginning to actively dislike her stupidity. Why is she still a part of this story? Will she be used to preach puritanical anti violence, anti social pulp to ValCon and Miri?
I am sorry to say this but I think I am finally done with buying any more books in the Liaden Universe. I hate to say it but if Daav reappears in the future I hope the authors save the readers irritation and let him take Kamele and go back to their boring small life and out of this story. Theo Waitley and her self-aware ship Bechimo now have a contract with Clan Korval to explore a possible new long-loop trade route, unconnected to previous Korval routes that included Liad.
She's got her first crew member, pilot Clarence O'Berin. And she and Bechimo are feeling out the delicate matter of whether he and Theo really want to enter into the symbiosis that would make Theo not acting captain but bonded captain. So we know things are way too peaceful and some real excitement is going to Theo Waitley and her self-aware ship Bechimo now have a contract with Clan Korval to explore a possible new long-loop trade route, unconnected to previous Korval routes that included Liad.
So we know things are way too peaceful and some real excitement is going to come along and smack them all. The world of Eylot, where Theo attended Anlingdon Piloting Academy, has continued to grow more and more insular in the few years since Theo was kickedGui out after being declared a "nexus of violence. Since Eylot authorities have made clear their intention to "make examples" of pilots not trained at Anlingdon and even the Anlingdon-trained who have been too friendly with the offworlders, no one is eager to comply.
Meanwhile, Kamele Waitley is sufficiently alarmed by Jen Sar Kiladi's disappearance and what little information that Theo has sent her about him. He's "safe within the parameters of an active pilot" and "with Korval. She's taken a sabbatical to "do research" that will take her to Surebleak to demand answers. Naturally the Department of the Interior is still out to destroy Korval, and has not overlooked Theo--or her mother.
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There is much intrigue, action, close calls, and general excitement--all the while further developing the characters and the Liaden universe. Lots of fun Recommended! Feb 15, Michelle rated it liked it Shelves: sci-fi , adventure , adult. We pick up not far from where Ghost Ship left off. The main storyline follows Theo as she and the intelligent ship, Bechimo, do a shakedown run to get used to working together and it also explores the possibility of a new trade route for Clan Korval.
The information is old so there are many unexpected outcomes as she attempts to follow up with old contacts. Meanwhile, on another side of the Universe. Meet Gem ser'Edreth, a wizard with electronics -- and a freelance thief. Deliberately solitary, unencumbered by family or friends, he immerses himself in his profession, rising to a pinnacle of skill so exalted that the planetary crime boss seeks him out with a commission to steal.
Refusing the commission, of course, is his first mistake. Leo Graf was just your average highly efficient engineer: mind your own business, fix what's wrong, and move on to the next job. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat, where a group of humanoids had been secretly, commercially bioengineered for working in free fall. Could he just stand there and allow the exploitation of hundreds of helpless children merely to enhance the bottom line of a heartless mega-corporation?
Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad Collected in one volume is all three books in C. On his way to his betrothal, young Lord Penric comes upon a riding accident with an elderly lady on the ground, her maidservant and guardsmen distraught. As he approaches to help, he discovers that the lady is a Temple divine, servant to the five gods of this world. Her avowed god is the Bastard, "master of all disasters out of season", and with her dying breath she bequeaths her mysterious powers to Penric.
Stephanie Harrington had always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld of Meyerdahl until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore. It should have been the perfect new home - a virgin wilderness full of new species of every sort, just waiting to be discovered. But Sphinx is a far more dangerous place than ultra-civilized Meyerdahl, and Stephanie's explorations come to a sudden halt when her parents lay down the law: no trips into the bush without adult supervision!
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An old friend. A new course. A deadly ship with a secret cargo. Ishmael Wang returns to Port Newmar, but ghosts from his past have followed him. His old shipmate, Phillip Carstairs, offers him the opportunity to track down the man who killed his lover.
The catch? He must take command of the Chernyakova , a ship that still stinks of death and haunts Ishmael's nightmares. Together Phillip and Ismael begin a journey into unknown reaches of the Deep Dark to bring back the man who killed Greta. Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament.
But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld. Chosen by the Companion Rolan, a mystical horse-like being with powers beyond imagining, Talia, once a runaway, has now become a trainee Herald, destined to become one of the Queen's own elite guard.
For Talia has certain awakening talents of the mind that only a Companion like Rolan can truly sense. But as Talia struggles to master her unique abilities, time is running out. For conspiracy is brewing in Valdemar, a deadly treason that could destroy Queen and kingdom. Opposed by unknown enemies capable of both diabolical magic and treacherous assassination, the Queen must turn to Talia. Young, pregnant Fawn Bluefield has just fled her family's farm to the city of Glassforge, where she encounters a patrol of the enigmatic soldier-sorcerers known as Lakewalkers.
Fawn has heard stories about the Lakewalkers, who are wandering necromancers with no permanent homes and no possessions except the clothes they wear and the mysterious knives they carry. What she does not know is that the Lakewalkers are engaged in a perilous campaign against inhuman and immortal magical entities known as "malices". Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life Boot camp is rough and frustrating; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is possibly on the edge of budgetary extinction.
Dragon Ship is a stirring space adventure from master storytellers Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - number 15 in the award-winning Liaden Universe saga. Space ships, action, adventure - all tied together with a strong dollop of romance and intrigue - make this a compelling series for a wide range of readers, from romance to military-SF lovers.