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NEW ENTRY IN THE LANDMARK LIADEN UNIVERSE® SERIES The only bridge between past and future is a leap of faith. Pursued by enemies, exiled Liaden clan Korval is settling into a new base on backworld Surebleak. Moving is expensive, as is war, and Korval is strapped for cash. Delm Korval has therefore instructed Master Trader Shan yos'Galan to design and implement new trade ro NEW ENTRY IN THE LANDMARK LIADEN UNIVERSE® SERIES The only bridge between past and future is a leap of faith. Pursued by enemies, exiled Liaden clan Korval is settling into a new base on backworld Surebleak. Moving is expensive, as is war, and Korval is strapped for cash. Delm Korval has therefore instructed Master Trader Shan yos'Galan to design and implement new trade routes, quickly. But this is no easy task. Dutiful Passage is targeted by Korval's enemies, denied docking at respectable ports, and cheated at those less respectable. Struggling to recuperate from an attack on his life, while managing daughter Padi’s emerging psychic talents, Shan is running out of options—and time. His quest to establish the all-important trade route puts him at odds with his lifemate, while doubting crew desert the ship. Facing the prospect of failure, Shan accepts the assistance of chancy allies and turns the Passage toward a port only just emerging from Rostov's Dust and awash with strange energies. Without trade, Clan Korval will starve. Will a trader's leap of faith save everything—or doom all?


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NEW ENTRY IN THE LANDMARK LIADEN UNIVERSE® SERIES The only bridge between past and future is a leap of faith. Pursued by enemies, exiled Liaden clan Korval is settling into a new base on backworld Surebleak. Moving is expensive, as is war, and Korval is strapped for cash. Delm Korval has therefore instructed Master Trader Shan yos'Galan to design and implement new trade ro NEW ENTRY IN THE LANDMARK LIADEN UNIVERSE® SERIES The only bridge between past and future is a leap of faith. Pursued by enemies, exiled Liaden clan Korval is settling into a new base on backworld Surebleak. Moving is expensive, as is war, and Korval is strapped for cash. Delm Korval has therefore instructed Master Trader Shan yos'Galan to design and implement new trade routes, quickly. But this is no easy task. Dutiful Passage is targeted by Korval's enemies, denied docking at respectable ports, and cheated at those less respectable. Struggling to recuperate from an attack on his life, while managing daughter Padi’s emerging psychic talents, Shan is running out of options—and time. His quest to establish the all-important trade route puts him at odds with his lifemate, while doubting crew desert the ship. Facing the prospect of failure, Shan accepts the assistance of chancy allies and turns the Passage toward a port only just emerging from Rostov's Dust and awash with strange energies. Without trade, Clan Korval will starve. Will a trader's leap of faith save everything—or doom all?

30 review for Trader's Leap

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nalini Singh

    Brilliant! Lee & Miller's Liaden novels are amazing! I've read every single one, the novellas, and the short stories, and I never get tired of this world or these incredible characters. If you haven't picked up this series, Agent of Change is a good starting point and the e-book is free. HOWEVER, I started with The Dragon Variation and never looked back, so that would be my rec for an amazing starting place. Brilliant! Lee & Miller's Liaden novels are amazing! I've read every single one, the novellas, and the short stories, and I never get tired of this world or these incredible characters. If you haven't picked up this series, Agent of Change is a good starting point and the e-book is free. HOWEVER, I started with The Dragon Variation and never looked back, so that would be my rec for an amazing starting place.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    3.5 stars for this latest addition to the sprawling Liaden Universe. I enjoyed this more than expected, given that I couldn’t get into the book at first. Kept picking it up and putting it down — — that went on for several days. I think it struck me as anticlimactic, because I already know what happens from ACCEPTING THE LANCE. So... felt a bit plodding, trying to think back to the earlier book and remember names and slot these new events into proper sequence. But after I got about a third into t 3.5 stars for this latest addition to the sprawling Liaden Universe. I enjoyed this more than expected, given that I couldn’t get into the book at first. Kept picking it up and putting it down — — that went on for several days. I think it struck me as anticlimactic, because I already know what happens from ACCEPTING THE LANCE. So... felt a bit plodding, trying to think back to the earlier book and remember names and slot these new events into proper sequence. But after I got about a third into the book I became engrossed in Shan’s struggle to succeed, the trade strategies and endeavors, etc. I liked reading about how Shan came to terms with all the rejection and failure he’d received from various planets and stations. I liked the inclusion of Er Thom’s journals. Credible, and nothing wizardly about that. I did not like all the time spent on wizardly workings, trainings, and other magical stuff. Too much fantasy for me, not enough science fiction. And even after all the pages devoted to it, the writing is obscure and it is still not clear to me what exactly Lute was (an angel? starlight?) and what Moonhawk was (Crystal???). There are some nice tie-backs to Lute and Moonhawk and the Iloheen in Crystal Dragon and to Jethri in Balance of Trade and the sequel, Trade Secret. These books I recommend. Sadly, we never find out who originally started the Department of Interior (could it be Bar Jan or his mother, some 200 years ago??). However, we do find out that Tarona Rusk stole the lives of more than 1200 human batteries (lesser dramliz and mid-range healers, etc.). Quote: The Reavers had come out of the dancing Dust on purpose to harvest the small talents—Dreamers, Lucks, Back-Seers, Hearth-Makers, Finders—not for their talents, but because they had talent. It had been the purpose of the Reavers to attach those weaker and to subsume their wills, chaining their energies, so that they became no more than human batteries, augmenting another’s power. That was clearly terrible... Now, all these freed from slavery to DOI, including a major healer from Solcinta Hall, should reproach the council on Liad and speak up in defense of Korval everywhere they go. Reparation is due. Also, we’re reminded that the DOI most likely murdered Aelliana and Er Thom’s wife, Anne. Sadly, but understandably, this book does not forward the half-forgotten plotline surrounding the Yxtrang ambassador, from several long books ago. Sigh. But as the story progressed, I did enjoy watching young Padi and Vanz work out trading deals together, while the older master traders brought about their own brainstorm. But at Volmer, who was that Zoe hag working for?? I enjoyed the outcasts coming out of the Dust, in the Redlands, on Colemena, both off-grid for the Haosa and for those who dwell in Civilization. It’s an interesting place, rich with opportunity for future sequels. The Luck was in it thrice over for Korval. Good things come, finally and in full measure, to Tree & Dragon and the beleaguered Dutiful Passage! (Nice cover art. It appears to depict young ‘prentice traders, Padi yos’Galan and Vanz Carresens-Denobli touring the marketplace at Volmer.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    A little hippity skippity in the beginning, ties up plot threads and pulls the last few stories together. Still want to see a reunion at Surebleak rather than just the letters. 😅

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This is the 23rd novel in the Liaden Universe, and it is so good to be back with old friends, and some new ones. I have to hold myself back from starting the series all over again, and reading the entire series (I've already done that 3 times). Shan, Priscilla and Padi have been charged by the Korval Delm to seek out new trade routes, since Korval has been banned from so many of their old trading planets. Padi comes to the forefront here and she is a wonderful character. I have to admit, that I m This is the 23rd novel in the Liaden Universe, and it is so good to be back with old friends, and some new ones. I have to hold myself back from starting the series all over again, and reading the entire series (I've already done that 3 times). Shan, Priscilla and Padi have been charged by the Korval Delm to seek out new trade routes, since Korval has been banned from so many of their old trading planets. Padi comes to the forefront here and she is a wonderful character. I have to admit, that I miss Val Con, Miri, Daav, Aelli, Theo, Bechimo, the Clutch, Jeeves and the Tree, and last but not least the cats.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Quartzen

    I could be satisfied if this was the last Liaden book, though I know more are planned (sequels to the Jethri books Balance of Trade and Trade Secret, I believe). If Accepting the Lance closed off Val Con and Miri's story arc that began in Agent of Change, Trader's Leap closes off Shan and Priscilla's that began in Conflict of Honors, and in a very satisfying way. Shan and Priscilla have always been my favorite characters of the series, and this book focuses on the two of them as well as Shan's da I could be satisfied if this was the last Liaden book, though I know more are planned (sequels to the Jethri books Balance of Trade and Trade Secret, I believe). If Accepting the Lance closed off Val Con and Miri's story arc that began in Agent of Change, Trader's Leap closes off Shan and Priscilla's that began in Conflict of Honors, and in a very satisfying way. Shan and Priscilla have always been my favorite characters of the series, and this book focuses on the two of them as well as Shan's daughter Padi from a previous relationship, picking up with the Dutiful Passage and its crew a little while after the end of Alliance of Equals and running concurrently with and a little past the end of Accepting the Lance. Padi is struggling with the awakening of her mental gifts, which have the potential to derail the future she'd planned for herself as a trader, while Shan still suffers the aftereffects of his encounter with and healing of a powerful dramliza working for the Department of the Interior even as Korval's future in trade is placed on his shoulders and Priscilla deals with low crew morale after the death of a security officer in the previous book and finds herself called on once again to be the vessel of the goddess Moonhawk. Elsewhere, cousins Bentamin, Warden of Civilization on a remote planet, and Tekelia (possibly the series' first canon nonbinary character), Speaker for the Haosa, a group of chaotic talents who live off-grid, await the coming of events their aunt the Oracle has foretold. This book worked better structurally and pacing-wise for me than the last few because all of its disparate plot threads are in fact of a piece and not genuinely parallel narratives, and it was satisfying to watch everything come together in the end. It feels like an ending, as we get closure not just for Padi, but for Shan and Priscilla and Lute and Moonhawk, for the conflict introduced in distant prequels Crystal Soldier and Crystal Dragon, and even for Shan's father Er Thom as we see his work as Master Trader yield the solution for Korval's present conflict. In addition, I found it nice to get away from Surebleak and the Bedel, which have dominated the last several volumes and I would be very glad to spend more time on the worlds introduced here in a future novel or chapbook.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Carrigan

    Enjoyable addition to the Liaden Universe. The main story line follows Padi, who was prominent in Alliance of Equals. A lot of loose threads were tied off nicely, with possibilities of more adventures in the wings for Padi and other characters. This review based on the eARC, purchased from Baen. Enjoyable addition to the Liaden Universe. The main story line follows Padi, who was prominent in Alliance of Equals. A lot of loose threads were tied off nicely, with possibilities of more adventures in the wings for Padi and other characters. This review based on the eARC, purchased from Baen.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    They just keep getting better. Read this one quickly and will go back & read it again soon.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    This twenty-third book in the Liaden Universe focuses on Shan, Priscilla, Padi and the Dutiful Passage though it doesn't begin with them. We begin on a planet we haven't seen before which is divided into two main cultures - Civilization and the Haosa - and which has recently had an attack by Reavers who wanted to kidnap and steal the power from some of the people. There is a lot of psychic talent on the planet and the Oracle is telling them that Great Ones are coming. Back on the Passage we find This twenty-third book in the Liaden Universe focuses on Shan, Priscilla, Padi and the Dutiful Passage though it doesn't begin with them. We begin on a planet we haven't seen before which is divided into two main cultures - Civilization and the Haosa - and which has recently had an attack by Reavers who wanted to kidnap and steal the power from some of the people. There is a lot of psychic talent on the planet and the Oracle is telling them that Great Ones are coming. Back on the Passage we find Shan trying to recover from the depletion of his psychic talent after he healed and was healed by Tarona Rusk - a dramliza in the service of the Department of the Interior. We also find Padi who is learning about her new and unwanted dramliza powers which are getting in the way of her desire to become a Master Trader. Shan's mission is to find new and profitable trade routes to benefit his clan but he is having trouble because of the continuing interference of agents of the Department of the Interior. He does have some hope when he connects with a representative of the Carresens-Denobli family who are another non-Liaden trade family which a long history. He also has more luck when he determines to explore a new region of space which has recently come out from behind Rostov's Dust. We also get to see Tarona Rusk on her new quest to destroy the Department - get revenge on the Department - the co-opted and used her for their gain. And we see one of the other results of Shan's healing of Tarona in that the talents that survived the severing of Rusk's control have their own plans for the dissolution of the Department of the Interior. And finally, we see the results of the final defeat of the ancient enemy that forced the escape from the old universe and how that effects Moonhawk and Lute and their current vessel Priscilla and descendant Shan. This was an engaging and entertaining story that I just gulped down and which will stand up to any number of rereads. Of course, there are threads left dangling and questions left unanswered for long-time fans of the series. But this story also brings to an end some of the long-running plot threads. Hopefully, we have seen the last of the Department of the Interior. And there are so many new possibilities for Korval...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Debrac2014

    Wonderful story! Slow beginning! Ties up a lot of threads! I'm already doing a second reading - I loved Shan's reaction to Val Con's letter! Wonderful story! Slow beginning! Ties up a lot of threads! I'm already doing a second reading - I loved Shan's reaction to Val Con's letter!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Runs concurrently with Alliance of Equals. Filled with so many twists and turns. Could not put it down.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Very enjoyable read, as always.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    2020 bk 406: A new Liaden Universe novel is an early Christmas present to myself. This is set in the trader's world, mostly aboard space ship. Shan is trying to find new customers and trade routes for Korval. His daughter, Padi, is working to achieve her master trader's ring when her dramliza skills emerge and threaten to sidetrack her goals in life. Together, father and daughter, and their ship must find a balance, new customers, trade partners, and essentially a new life for Korval to continue 2020 bk 406: A new Liaden Universe novel is an early Christmas present to myself. This is set in the trader's world, mostly aboard space ship. Shan is trying to find new customers and trade routes for Korval. His daughter, Padi, is working to achieve her master trader's ring when her dramliza skills emerge and threaten to sidetrack her goals in life. Together, father and daughter, and their ship must find a balance, new customers, trade partners, and essentially a new life for Korval to continue. These author's never fail to satisfy the reader.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Blount

    An altogether excellent installment in this long-running series, which ties up some older arcs and introduces new ways to move forward. Once again, I ponder the unfairness of how long it takes to write a book as opposed to read the same.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Felicear

    I read the ArC....and loved it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sonic Rainboom

    What was happening across the universe while some of our intrepid heroes were fighting to close the door on a very old enemy? Find out in this book, a great addition to the Liaden universe.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    I purchased an eARC directly from Baen. This is book 23 in the Liaden series, so by all that is good--don't start here! The high quality of this series written over decades and extending over universes and millennia in storytime continues the adventures of Clan Korval as they face their enemies and gain new allies. Trader's Leap is a direct sequel to Alliance of Equals and occurs simultaneously with Neogenesis and Accepting the Lance. So no Theo (who is one of my favs) or Val Con but honestly it's I purchased an eARC directly from Baen. This is book 23 in the Liaden series, so by all that is good--don't start here! The high quality of this series written over decades and extending over universes and millennia in storytime continues the adventures of Clan Korval as they face their enemies and gain new allies. Trader's Leap is a direct sequel to Alliance of Equals and occurs simultaneously with Neogenesis and Accepting the Lance. So no Theo (who is one of my favs) or Val Con but honestly it's a bit of a relief to be off Surebleak for a while and moving from spaceport to spaceport until we get to a surprising new world. Padi is the young viewpoint character and she is struggling to understand her new abilities and focusing on attaining her Trader's status. She is very much a child of Korval and her interactions with everyone make for fun reading. At the heart of the story is Shan and Priscilla who are the current incarnations/vessels for Moonhawk and Lute. I'll admit to beginning the Liaden journey way back in the 90s with my first book, Conflict of Honors, and not really understanding the Moonhawk and Lute business. It was perhaps not the best choice as an entry into the series, but as I've gone on in the series their mystical natures have become clearer and I really loved their journey as individuals and as a couple in this story. Shan has been hurt and his actions have hurt others and he has to come to terms with that. Priscilla has to guide the ship and consider her role as a leader, lifemate, and dramaliz. So many plot lines come together in this book in a very satisfying way and there is closure for some characters who have been left hanging. I had fun with this one, particularly given our difficult times; it reminds us of how much the moral arc of the universe bends towards justice, mercy, and joy. And love.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary Soon Lee

    This is the latest novel set in the authors' Liaden Universe, a character-centered science-fiction setting spanning over twenty novels and many shorter stories. Let the record show, I have derived huge amounts of pleasure from the Liaden Universe. Many of the characters have come to feel like part of my family. This particular installment picks up characters and plot elements from earlier threads, which is a delight for those (like me) who are eager to see more of Shan, Priscilla, et al, but woul This is the latest novel set in the authors' Liaden Universe, a character-centered science-fiction setting spanning over twenty novels and many shorter stories. Let the record show, I have derived huge amounts of pleasure from the Liaden Universe. Many of the characters have come to feel like part of my family. This particular installment picks up characters and plot elements from earlier threads, which is a delight for those (like me) who are eager to see more of Shan, Priscilla, et al, but would carry little weight with one new to the books. I do not recommend it as an introduction to the series, but I do, very much, recommend the series. N.B. Author Sharon Lee offers recommendations on possible entry points into the books at https://sharonleewriter.com/correct-reading-order/. I will skip detailed comments on "Trader's Leap" itself, but will note -- mild spoilers ahead -- (view spoiler)[that I especially enjoyed the norbears, the threads with Shan and Padi, and, of the newer characters, particularly liked Vanz and Mar Tyn. (hide spoiler)] About my reviews: I try to review every book I read, including those that I don't end up enjoying. The reviews are not scholarly, but just indicate my reaction as a reader, reading being my addiction. I am miserly with 5-star reviews; 4 stars means I liked a book very much; 3 stars means I liked it; 2 stars means I didn't like it (though often the 2-star books are very popular with other readers and/or are by authors whose other work I've loved).

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jan Schroeder

    This book picks up very shortly after the events in "Alliance of Equals" where Master Trader Shan yos'Galan and Apprentice Trader Padi yos'Galan were injured and are now recovering from injuries and Padi's newly emerged talent needs to be categorized and trained. The Master Trader is exploring the possibility of a new trade opportunity. We meet the people on a planet that was colonized in large part by people banished from Liad long ago. Here's where it gets confusing. "The ambient' is refered to This book picks up very shortly after the events in "Alliance of Equals" where Master Trader Shan yos'Galan and Apprentice Trader Padi yos'Galan were injured and are now recovering from injuries and Padi's newly emerged talent needs to be categorized and trained. The Master Trader is exploring the possibility of a new trade opportunity. We meet the people on a planet that was colonized in large part by people banished from Liad long ago. Here's where it gets confusing. "The ambient' is refered to regularly but no information is given about it. All came clear when I read the novella and short story "Ambient Conditions" and 'Prefered Seating' which explained the ambient and how some people are too sensitive to that condition to stay there. It probably would have been less confusing if I hadn't read 'Trader's Leap' as an e-ARC a few months before the novella and short story came out but I can't help thinking that more of the information could have been included in the book. Other than that I enjoyed the book thoroughly and hope to see more of all of the new people we met including a new trade alliance and the people of the new planet.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I mean it's book 23 in a Universe I like, of course I'm going to like it. And Shan & Patricia are some of the originals! Padi's fun too, but wooph that is going to be some more intense worldbuilding. One of the fun things about Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's Liaden books is the ever-extending universe. Each character has an origin story that brings a new planet or port or family into the world. And like that process, a merchant trader needs to bring new ports into trading routes - and here is The D I mean it's book 23 in a Universe I like, of course I'm going to like it. And Shan & Patricia are some of the originals! Padi's fun too, but wooph that is going to be some more intense worldbuilding. One of the fun things about Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's Liaden books is the ever-extending universe. Each character has an origin story that brings a new planet or port or family into the world. And like that process, a merchant trader needs to bring new ports into trading routes - and here is The Dutiful Passage doing exactly that. I would not recommend this as the first book to start the series. This would be a specifically bad place to enter the Liaden universe, or these books. I would definitely recommend reading all the books with Patricia Mendoza first, and probably the Shan & Padi books too. You probably don't need to read the Theo Waitley or Surebleak books, although of course none are so easily categorized. Just read them all, they're fun and if you don't like the first one, you can stop reading. It's space opera with comedy of manners - so it's got spaceships and aliens and very specific manners, with elements of what is almost but not quite regency romance.

  20. 4 out of 5

    DemetraP

    I liked this book. I've read all of the Liaden Universe books. I enjoy the world building details, all of the intertwined characters, and the action and romance. SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER I felt like this book was a "clean up" novel. It focuses on the viewpoint of Shan, Priscilla, Padi, and Tarona Rusk (evil dramliza now healed and out to kill the Department of the Interior) It also seems like after 23 books 2 huge evils have been defeated: The Dept of the Interior and the I liked this book. I've read all of the Liaden Universe books. I enjoy the world building details, all of the intertwined characters, and the action and romance. SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER I felt like this book was a "clean up" novel. It focuses on the viewpoint of Shan, Priscilla, Padi, and Tarona Rusk (evil dramliza now healed and out to kill the Department of the Interior) It also seems like after 23 books 2 huge evils have been defeated: The Dept of the Interior and the evil aliens (ilaheen) from the old universe. So I'm not very sure where the series will go from here. And lots of pregnancies: Anthora and Ren Zel and Shan and Priscilla are expecting babies.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sctechsorceress

    Another marvelous Liaden novel. This book is set on the Dutiful Passage, which has been sent out to find a newtrading loop. As any reader of Lee & Miller's Liaden books would expect things do not go as they expect. It is not necessary to re-read previous books in the series. Lee and Miller have a knack for giving enough information to get readers up to date without ever doing one of those boring info-dumps. If you haven't read any of the Liaden books, I would not recommend this book as a place t Another marvelous Liaden novel. This book is set on the Dutiful Passage, which has been sent out to find a newtrading loop. As any reader of Lee & Miller's Liaden books would expect things do not go as they expect. It is not necessary to re-read previous books in the series. Lee and Miller have a knack for giving enough information to get readers up to date without ever doing one of those boring info-dumps. If you haven't read any of the Liaden books, I would not recommend this book as a place to start, The best place to find out a good reading order is at https://korval.com/publication-list/c...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Clan Korval has been kicked off the home planet Liad. Korval's flagship tradeship Dutiful Passage's Master Trader Shan yos'Galan has been instructed by the delm to set up new, profitable trade routes ASAP. Time for a leap of faith. Time for Trader's Leap! Reading Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's Liaden Universe books is always a treat. If, like me, you love character-driven space opera tales combined with discovering new cultures & ways, this is the series for you, too! Highly recommended for sf fans, s Clan Korval has been kicked off the home planet Liad. Korval's flagship tradeship Dutiful Passage's Master Trader Shan yos'Galan has been instructed by the delm to set up new, profitable trade routes ASAP. Time for a leap of faith. Time for Trader's Leap! Reading Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's Liaden Universe books is always a treat. If, like me, you love character-driven space opera tales combined with discovering new cultures & ways, this is the series for you, too! Highly recommended for sf fans, series fans, and, of course, for Liaden Universe fans!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    I enjoyed spending time with Shan and Priscilla again, though I should have done some rereading before diving into this. The cast of characters has gotten so big that it's hard to remember what happened to whom in which previous book. Also, Padi is fun. However, the Lute/Moonhawk subplot involving the prior universe has never been my favorite part of the Liaden Universe. That said, any authors who can build a plot point around a pod mount adapter auction can certainly convince me to preorder Boo I enjoyed spending time with Shan and Priscilla again, though I should have done some rereading before diving into this. The cast of characters has gotten so big that it's hard to remember what happened to whom in which previous book. Also, Padi is fun. However, the Lute/Moonhawk subplot involving the prior universe has never been my favorite part of the Liaden Universe. That said, any authors who can build a plot point around a pod mount adapter auction can certainly convince me to preorder Book 24.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jo (Mixed Book Bag)

    Shan yos'Galan has a charge. Getting it done is going to be difficult as he is not up to par after being almost killed in the previous book. Now he and crew are looking for a new trade route and danger is just around the corner. Great addition. Fills some holes in the story arc. Not for the first time reader. Start at the beginning not here. I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review. Shan yos'Galan has a charge. Getting it done is going to be difficult as he is not up to par after being almost killed in the previous book. Now he and crew are looking for a new trade route and danger is just around the corner. Great addition. Fills some holes in the story arc. Not for the first time reader. Start at the beginning not here. I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    MAB LongBeach

    This appears to be the final book in the sequence that began with Agent of Change so many years ago. There is plenty of room for more stories with these characters, but the Department of Interior plotline is neatly wrapped up. Frustratingly, a lot of the wrapping-up happens off-stage--but there is so much else of worth going on that it almost doesn't matter. A worthy addition to the Liaden chronicles in general and the adventures of Clan Korval in particular. This appears to be the final book in the sequence that began with Agent of Change so many years ago. There is plenty of room for more stories with these characters, but the Department of Interior plotline is neatly wrapped up. Frustratingly, a lot of the wrapping-up happens off-stage--but there is so much else of worth going on that it almost doesn't matter. A worthy addition to the Liaden chronicles in general and the adventures of Clan Korval in particular.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aaron L Hanks

    There should be a rare option for 6 stars Another great book by my favorite authors. There is something about the Liaden universe that draws me deeply in. In between Liaden these books I read a lot but really struggle a lot to find a rare gem like these that draws me in so deeply. This book to me was one of the best in this series. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Adam Walker

    Fantastic! It's always so much fun to return to Liad. This one focuses on Shan and Priscilla, who are not my favorite couple in the Liaden mythos, but this story really works. Padi is great fun, and the Caressens-Denobli characters are great. I'm only disappointed that the story of the Civilized siblings was dropped and not taken back up, or even left with a strong suggestion that we're coming back to them. Fantastic! It's always so much fun to return to Liad. This one focuses on Shan and Priscilla, who are not my favorite couple in the Liaden mythos, but this story really works. Padi is great fun, and the Caressens-Denobli characters are great. I'm only disappointed that the story of the Civilized siblings was dropped and not taken back up, or even left with a strong suggestion that we're coming back to them.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    Not my favourite, especially the first 1/4 or so. Too much dramliza, too much Lute, for my taste. But then it finally settles down and we get a good story. So, 4 stars, but not my usual 5 for anything Liaden. (Note: This review refers to the eARC, not the final book, though the differences will be small.)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Howard

    What a fantastic story! The stories of Korval just keep getting better. I look forward to each new story. It often feels like I've actually met the characters. Their stories are always entertaining and thought provoking. I almist never read a book more than once but these stories are worth the second read. What a fantastic story! The stories of Korval just keep getting better. I look forward to each new story. It often feels like I've actually met the characters. Their stories are always entertaining and thought provoking. I almist never read a book more than once but these stories are worth the second read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Whittington

    Maybe the best yet Traders Leap , like all the Liaden books, is immersive, exciting, in depth, fun, and, in a word, great reading. This book introduces new characters and ideas to an already fascinating culture. This book classifys as space opera and it is that only in the sense that opera is sophisticated, well structured and full of spectacle

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