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The galaxy is in danger. A mysterious alien race of energy being called the "shereika" is rapidly unmaking - dissipating, lock, stock and quark -- entire star systems. Humans are making their last stand. M. Jela is a top-of-the-line of soldier who realizes the peril and persuades a talented space ship pilot named Chantra 'yos Phelium to help what humans remain to escape to an alternate reality with unpopulated, but livable, star systems: the Liaden universe "
Chantra is revealed to be no merely a great pilot, but a genetically engineered "aelantaza," or assassin and spy whose specialty is taking on the entire personality of her "cover," so much so that she believes it herself. She remakes herself, as only a "aelantaza" can, and infiltrates the scholarly towers on the university world of Landomist where she narrowly avoids being killed in scholarly conflicts. There she liberates the scholar Liad dea'Syl, along with the equations for escape stored inside his head. Once in her new domain, Chantra creates a hereditary alliance to protect her child by Jela - to be known (and become legendary) as Clan Korval.
Balance of Trade"
Young Jethri Gobelyn is a young Terran, working on his family's trading spaceship. Jethri has ambition, and he sets out to make a name for himself in the time-honored fashion of his family by investing in a trading scheme with what he takes to be a bona fide Liaden master trader. But when Jethri discovers he's been had, Jethri must master the intricacies of Liaden society, which include many formal rules and regulations of behavior, to regain his place - and face - within the clan.
About the Liaden Universe series:
"Every now and then you come across an author, or in this case, a pair, who write exactly what you want to read, the characters and personalities that make you enjoy meeting them. . . . I rarely rave on and on about stories, but I am devoted to Lee and Miller novels and stories." --Anne McCaffrey
"These authors consistently deliver stories with a rich, textured setting, intricate plotting, and vivid, interesting characters from fully-realized cultures, both human and alien, and each book gets better."
" T]he many fans of the Liad universe will welcome the latest...continuing young pilot Theo Waitley's adventures."
- "Booklist" on "Saltation.""
" A]ficionados of intelligent space opera will be thoroughly entertained. . . T]he authors' craftsmanship is top-notch."
-"Publishers Weekly" on Lee and Miller's popular "Liaden" thriller, "I Dare."
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