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NEW ENTRY IN THE LANDMARK LIADEN UNIVERSE® SERIES  Jethri Gobelyn has risen far: from despised youngest on a Terran family Loop ship to second trader on premier Liaden tradeship Elthoria under the guidance of his unlikely foster-mother Norn ven'Deelin Clan Ixin. Master Trader ven'Deelin has taught Jethri much, and she expects great things from him. Indeed, one might say she NEW ENTRY IN THE LANDMARK LIADEN UNIVERSE® SERIES  Jethri Gobelyn has risen far: from despised youngest on a Terran family Loop ship to second trader on premier Liaden tradeship Elthoria under the guidance of his unlikely foster-mother Norn ven'Deelin Clan Ixin. Master Trader ven'Deelin has taught Jethri much, and she expects great things from him. Indeed, one might say she demands them.  Jethri has inherited a mission from his father, a plan that will allow family Loop ships like the one he grew up on to survive the encroachment of Rostov’s Dust. In this, he’s backed by several prominent Looper families who are scheduled to meet and plan at the South Axis Trade Fair.  In what seems to be a fortunate pairing of missions, Master Trader ven'Deelin sees Jethri become lead trader on his own small ship, which is scheduled to arrive at the South Axis Fair.  Unfortunately, that “fortunate coincidence” may instead be a test of Jethri’s loyalties, as he’s thrust into a tangle of gray-trading, mistaken identity, misinformation, and galactic politics. . . . About Dragon in Exile: “. . . sprawling and satisfying. . . . Space opera mixes with social engineering, influenced by Regency-era manners and delicate notions of honor. . . . it’s like spending time with old friends.”—Publishers Weekly About Necessity’s Child: “Compelling and wondrous, as sharp and graceful as Damascus steel, Necessity's Child is a terrific addition to Lee & Miller's addictive series.”—Patricia Briggs 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.”—Elizabeth Moon “. . . delightful stories of adventure and romance set in a far future . . . space opera milieu. It’s all a rather heady mix of Gordon R. Dickson, the Forsythe Saga, and Victoria Holt, with Lee and Miller’s own unique touches making it all sparkle and sizzle. Anyone whose taste runs toward SF in the true romantic tradition can’t help but like the Liaden Universe.”—Analog “. . . the many fans of the Liaden universe will welcome the latest . . . continuing young pilot Theo Waitley’s adventures.”—Booklist on Saltation “. . . aficionados of intelligent space opera will be thoroughly entertained . . . the authors’ craftsmanship is top-notch.”—Publishers Weekly on Lee and Miller’s popular Liaden Universe® thriller I Dare


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NEW ENTRY IN THE LANDMARK LIADEN UNIVERSE® SERIES  Jethri Gobelyn has risen far: from despised youngest on a Terran family Loop ship to second trader on premier Liaden tradeship Elthoria under the guidance of his unlikely foster-mother Norn ven'Deelin Clan Ixin. Master Trader ven'Deelin has taught Jethri much, and she expects great things from him. Indeed, one might say she NEW ENTRY IN THE LANDMARK LIADEN UNIVERSE® SERIES  Jethri Gobelyn has risen far: from despised youngest on a Terran family Loop ship to second trader on premier Liaden tradeship Elthoria under the guidance of his unlikely foster-mother Norn ven'Deelin Clan Ixin. Master Trader ven'Deelin has taught Jethri much, and she expects great things from him. Indeed, one might say she demands them.  Jethri has inherited a mission from his father, a plan that will allow family Loop ships like the one he grew up on to survive the encroachment of Rostov’s Dust. In this, he’s backed by several prominent Looper families who are scheduled to meet and plan at the South Axis Trade Fair.  In what seems to be a fortunate pairing of missions, Master Trader ven'Deelin sees Jethri become lead trader on his own small ship, which is scheduled to arrive at the South Axis Fair.  Unfortunately, that “fortunate coincidence” may instead be a test of Jethri’s loyalties, as he’s thrust into a tangle of gray-trading, mistaken identity, misinformation, and galactic politics. . . . About Dragon in Exile: “. . . sprawling and satisfying. . . . Space opera mixes with social engineering, influenced by Regency-era manners and delicate notions of honor. . . . it’s like spending time with old friends.”—Publishers Weekly About Necessity’s Child: “Compelling and wondrous, as sharp and graceful as Damascus steel, Necessity's Child is a terrific addition to Lee & Miller's addictive series.”—Patricia Briggs 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.”—Elizabeth Moon “. . . delightful stories of adventure and romance set in a far future . . . space opera milieu. It’s all a rather heady mix of Gordon R. Dickson, the Forsythe Saga, and Victoria Holt, with Lee and Miller’s own unique touches making it all sparkle and sizzle. Anyone whose taste runs toward SF in the true romantic tradition can’t help but like the Liaden Universe.”—Analog “. . . the many fans of the Liaden universe will welcome the latest . . . continuing young pilot Theo Waitley’s adventures.”—Booklist on Saltation “. . . aficionados of intelligent space opera will be thoroughly entertained . . . the authors’ craftsmanship is top-notch.”—Publishers Weekly on Lee and Miller’s popular Liaden Universe® thriller I Dare

30 review for Fair Trade

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    This is the third book starring Jethri Gobelyn ven'Deelin who has come far from being an unwanted extra on his birth ship to becoming a fully trained and competent trader. This story sees Jethri gaining his own ship through the offices of his mother foster Master Trader Norn ven'Deelin Clan Ixin and Master Trader pin'Aker Clan Midys who both expect great things of him. They send him to the South Axis Trade Fair which is a gathering of Terran traders. This is an ideal location for him to talk abo This is the third book starring Jethri Gobelyn ven'Deelin who has come far from being an unwanted extra on his birth ship to becoming a fully trained and competent trader. This story sees Jethri gaining his own ship through the offices of his mother foster Master Trader Norn ven'Deelin Clan Ixin and Master Trader pin'Aker Clan Midys who both expect great things of him. They send him to the South Axis Trade Fair which is a gathering of Terran traders. This is an ideal location for him to talk about the Envidaria - a document talking about the future of trade which was first written by Jethri's father Arin who died when Jethri was a child. But the Envidaria is not a universally popular document. Members of the Combine and TerraTrade don't want anything to upset their very comfortable current situation. And, after all, the coming of Rostov's Dust won't affect very many worlds. Jethri disagrees and needs to get very political if he is going to be able to save the Loopers, and family ships, and the planets who will be disrupted by the coming Dust. Jethri has allies. Freza and Brabham from the Balrog have been working on Arin's plan since long before Jethri even knew about it. And other Loopers are also signing on to make the changes needed to survive the coming of Rostov's Dust. He also has enemies at the Trade Fair including Senior Technical Administrator Bory Borygard of TerraTrade who knew Jethri's father and disliked the Envidaria because it would disrupt his comfortable life. Jethri has obstacles outside the congress too. While his master and mentor want him to be raised to the rank of Master Trader, the Liaden Trade Guild has enough members who don't want a Terran to be admitted to their ranks to throw a number of obstacles in Jethri's way. Outside this main story of Jethri at the Trade Fair, we have the story of Dulcimer and her crew. They used to trade on the dark side with contacts who look like earlier versions of the Juntavas. But with the death of their parents, the new captain wants to shift their focus to the clean, legal side of trade. They also have a pod of norbears onboard which is causing conflict between those who want to keep them there and those who want to space the animals. Squithen Patel is the one who communicates best with the norbears but is otherwise a very low-ranked member of the crew. She was a very interesting character. The hints at the story of how the norbears came to be on Dulcimer is a story I want to know. There is also another plot line concerning the Elsavair and her crew who seem to be earlier versions of the Bedel. They trade in Old Tech and have deals with the Uncle who happens to be Jethri's actual uncle being the brother of his father Arin. Jethri is particularly sensitive to Old Tech, a tweak his uncle and father built into his genetics, and ends up buying some disturbing devices from the Elsavair including a device worn like a hood which is a teaching tool that almost overwhelms him. My only complaint about this story was that, while progress was made on a number of fronts, nothing was finished. It does make me eager for the fourth book in Jethri's story which is still mainly residing in the authors' brains as I finish this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Astra Astrid

    I absolutely adore the Liaden universe. And I've enjoyed Jethri's on going adventures. This book, however, felt almost unfinished - as though it were the first half of a two parter. Does that mean I didn't like it? Of course not. I do hope there's some sort of conclusion, however. I absolutely adore the Liaden universe. And I've enjoyed Jethri's on going adventures. This book, however, felt almost unfinished - as though it were the first half of a two parter. Does that mean I didn't like it? Of course not. I do hope there's some sort of conclusion, however.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary Soon Lee

    Note: I read an ARC (advance reader copy) of Fair Trade, so it will likely differ slightly from the final version. Fair Trade is the 24th novel in the Liaden Universe, and I'll begin by general remarks about the Liaden Universe as a whole. It's a sprawling science-fiction setting that spans a large expanse of time, many characters, and many plot threads, with a wealth of short fiction in addition to the novels. The stories are character-centered, and the characters are wonderful: likable, distinc Note: I read an ARC (advance reader copy) of Fair Trade, so it will likely differ slightly from the final version. Fair Trade is the 24th novel in the Liaden Universe, and I'll begin by general remarks about the Liaden Universe as a whole. It's a sprawling science-fiction setting that spans a large expanse of time, many characters, and many plot threads, with a wealth of short fiction in addition to the novels. The stories are character-centered, and the characters are wonderful: likable, distinctive, engaging, and, best of all, connected by their care for each other. Reading the stories makes me feel part of their collective found family. The Liaden Universe is a prime example of science fiction that makes me feel happier, and, taken as a whole, I would give the Liaden Universe 5 out of 5 stars. Moving to Fair Trade in particular. Mild spoilers ahead.... (view spoiler)[Fair Trade picks up one of the early chronological threads in the Liaden Universe, continuing the adventures of Jethri from the books Balance of Trade + Trade Secret. I was favorably disposed toward Fair Trade before I began, being fond of Jethri, so it didn't surprise me that I enjoyed his share of the book considerably. It did surprise me that I outright loved the share of the book centered on Squithy, a character who seemed new to me. I loved Squithy. I also very much liked her crewmate and friend, Klay. Better yet, Squithy and Klay are both strongly attached to a group of norbears, and, as always, I love the norbears. Three more remarks. Firstly, I wished I'd read the first two books about Jethri more recently, as I had forgotten some pertinent details (including, I deduce, a brief appearance by Squithy). Secondly, neither Jethri's story nor Squithy's story feels complete at the end of the book, and there is indeed a fourth book coming down the line. Thirdly, I found out from an online search that Squithy and Klay are centered in the short story "Out of True," which is reprinted in the anthology "A Liaden Universe Constellation Volume 3." (hide spoiler)] Overall: 4 out of 5 fairly traded stars. 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).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Excellent, superbly crafted as always.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eden

    2022 bk 148. Hmm. That was my first thought when I reached the end of the book. Hmm. I love the Liaden Universe and have enjoyed the other Jethri Gobelyn Van'Deelin books. This book is of lives in transition with no real conclusion - leaving me a little frustrated and in hopes that a sequel is not far behind. I loved the inclusion of the ship and its characters from an earlier novel. I loved the Norbears, Uncle was his normal "my way is the only way" and disappeared too quickly. I gave it four s 2022 bk 148. Hmm. That was my first thought when I reached the end of the book. Hmm. I love the Liaden Universe and have enjoyed the other Jethri Gobelyn Van'Deelin books. This book is of lives in transition with no real conclusion - leaving me a little frustrated and in hopes that a sequel is not far behind. I loved the inclusion of the ship and its characters from an earlier novel. I loved the Norbears, Uncle was his normal "my way is the only way" and disappeared too quickly. I gave it four stars because of the bringing together of characters I had missed and will have to read it again, perhaps when its sequel comes out, in order to feel more comfortable with the story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    CatBookMom

    Newest in a long-ago line of story, very important to the whole work of Lee & Miller. Good development, stops too soon (of course!). I went back and re-read the previous books, from when Jethri was first thrown off his birth ship, and, by doing the Right Thing, found himself joined with a Major Liaden House as a fosterling. Previous full books were *Balance of Trade* and *Trade Secret*. fwiw, if you really want to get into the Liaden books, imo, THIS is the best way to parse the intersections an Newest in a long-ago line of story, very important to the whole work of Lee & Miller. Good development, stops too soon (of course!). I went back and re-read the previous books, from when Jethri was first thrown off his birth ship, and, by doing the Right Thing, found himself joined with a Major Liaden House as a fosterling. Previous full books were *Balance of Trade* and *Trade Secret*. fwiw, if you really want to get into the Liaden books, imo, THIS is the best way to parse the intersections and storylines. It has been updated to reflect this published-last-week book. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liaden_...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Georgann

    The Liaden Universe books are among my favorites. I would have enjoyed this entry a great deal more if I had reread the previous two books in the Jethri arc. I kept being distracted by trying to remember what had happened before. There were a LOT of characters to keep track of. I loved the story about Squithy and the norbears, and will happily read the next book, whichever story arc the authors decide to write about next!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Carrigan

    Excellent! I particularly enjoyed the sections that involved norbears. The ending surprised me due to the threads left unresolved, but there is another book promised. Not a cliffhanger, though. Yes this book can be enjoyed without having read other books first. It’s best to have read the previous Jethri books Balance of Trade and Trade Secret. When I reread this series I’ll also want to reread the short story Out of True that is in A Liaden Universe Constellation: Volume III, because it give some Excellent! I particularly enjoyed the sections that involved norbears. The ending surprised me due to the threads left unresolved, but there is another book promised. Not a cliffhanger, though. Yes this book can be enjoyed without having read other books first. It’s best to have read the previous Jethri books Balance of Trade and Trade Secret. When I reread this series I’ll also want to reread the short story Out of True that is in A Liaden Universe Constellation: Volume III, because it give some background about the norbears sections.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Avid Reader

    Split into two, Fair Trade follows the adventures of the ship, Dulcimer, on one hand - and the rather less interesting exploits of Jethri, now a full on Trader. The story set on Dulcimer is by far the most interesting and exciting and ends much too quickly. I love, love, love Norbears - I imagine them looking rather like Koala bears but with empathy/telepathy. Unfortunately, I found most of Jethi’s section clunky and overly political and heavy going. Again there were a lot of open endings and I Split into two, Fair Trade follows the adventures of the ship, Dulcimer, on one hand - and the rather less interesting exploits of Jethri, now a full on Trader. The story set on Dulcimer is by far the most interesting and exciting and ends much too quickly. I love, love, love Norbears - I imagine them looking rather like Koala bears but with empathy/telepathy. Unfortunately, I found most of Jethi’s section clunky and overly political and heavy going. Again there were a lot of open endings and I get the impression that this is acting as Part 1, with Part 2 to come. Not a favourite, unfortunately- and, whatever you do - don’t start here to get a feel for the Liaden/ Terra worlds.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Blount

    While I appreciated seeing Jethri progress professionally and personally, too many threads are left dangling. It felt like 2/3 of a complete story. In fact, not one story line came to any sort of completion.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    I have been reading about Jethri Gobelyn's adventures since his first Liaden Universe novel Balance of Trade in 2004. I had definitely NOT realized that Jethri's first book was that long ago. No, Jethri is not a Pilot nor does he have any paranormal powers (particularly telepathy) but he is an honest Trader-in-training and Trade is important in the Liaden Universe. Some people might want to skip the Jethri books if all they want to read about is the derring-do of the Pilots and the Korval clan a I have been reading about Jethri Gobelyn's adventures since his first Liaden Universe novel Balance of Trade in 2004. I had definitely NOT realized that Jethri's first book was that long ago. No, Jethri is not a Pilot nor does he have any paranormal powers (particularly telepathy) but he is an honest Trader-in-training and Trade is important in the Liaden Universe. Some people might want to skip the Jethri books if all they want to read about is the derring-do of the Pilots and the Korval clan at the heart of this series. I decided that I liked Terran Jethri enough to see what his world looks like as he studies to become a Liaden Trader someday. Jethri had been the youngest in his large Terran family Loop ship (meaning that the ship had an established route and conducted trade at each stop on a reliable schedule). He had risen to Assistant Trader on his home ship Gobelyn's Market by the time of the first book. Mishaps/misadventure occurs and he finds himself taken under the wing of Liaden Master Trader Norn ven’Deelin Clan Ixin, his foster mother. In fact, he is adopted into the clan and Norn fully considers Jethri to be her son and he considers her to be his mother. So, Balance of Trade came out in 2004. The next book in Jethri's story was Trade Secret in 2013. Then we had to wait until 2022 for Fair Trade. By the time of Fair Trade, Jethri is Trader Jethri Gobelyn ven'Deelin, Second Trader on the premier Liaden tradeship Elthoria, where he had studied his craft under his Master Trader mother. As this book opens, however, Jethri is made a Liaden Trader in his own right. He is also provided with a small ship where he is to be the Lead Trader. (Trader is the first step to eventually achieving the status as Master Trader.) Jethri's father Arin Gobelyn had been a Terran Trade Commissioner and had also come up with a plan to deal with a new space hazard called Rostov’s Dust. This Dust messes with starship engines and navigation in a serious enough fashion that Trade is definitely affected. (Ships overshoot their marks, undershoot their marks, and one is even prevented from jumping into a particular solar system altogether.) So far, it has mostly affected the Terran Looper ships and their routes but the Dust is just as much a hazard for the Liaden ships (who have the same engines & navigation systems). Arin died some years ago so now it is up to Jethri with his dual Terran/Liaden heritage to try to get his father's plan accepted at the South Axis Trade Fair/Congress. Yes, a huge organization with PLENTY of galactic politics involved as to who the leaders are and how it is run. But Jethri & his friends are trying to bring the Dust management plan to the largest "stage" that they can so that the most traders can benefit by whatever Dust mitigation strategies might be developed. Jethri needs all his wits about him and help from his friends if he is to survive the South Axis Trade Fair/Congress!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tim Fay

    I Care! I have been following this series since I picked up an interesting looking paperback and read the blurb on the back cover. This was in the eighties, and was my introduction to Val Con and Miri in Agent of Changr. The story fascinated me, because of the singular quality of the story that made me care about these characters, want to know what happens next. This, in my experience does not happen nearly enough in prose. While there are writers aplenty on the scene, it is notable that there ar I Care! I have been following this series since I picked up an interesting looking paperback and read the blurb on the back cover. This was in the eighties, and was my introduction to Val Con and Miri in Agent of Changr. The story fascinated me, because of the singular quality of the story that made me care about these characters, want to know what happens next. This, in my experience does not happen nearly enough in prose. While there are writers aplenty on the scene, it is notable that there are few master level wordsmiths that can create a universe with characters that catch your heart and attention. As I said, since the Eighties. I STILL care. I want to KNOW what happens next! It's not just Val Con and Miri, but a veritable cornucopia of characters - Edger and his family, Pat Rin and his Natessa, Scout ter Alden, and so many more. Over I've lost track of how many books, chapbooks, anthologies. I STILL care about the the characters. This is very rare. Very few, even Master Level Wordsmiths can sustain this kind of devotion by their readers over an extended period of time and series of stories. I still breathlessly snap up stories as I find them. I wait, not so patiently, for the next story. Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have earned their place in the Pantheon. Normally one has to pass from this life before achieving accolades at this level. They are still here . So are we, their readers. I've never liked spoilers. I will tell you this - Lee and Miller are WORTH every cent you spend on their stories. The ONLY regret you will ever have is when they stop.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Siemer

    Like politics? If you like political drama, you may like this book better than I did (even though I did like it). It starts with Jethri getting a new Liaden Trader ring. Jethri is a hard working guy, and nice enough, but he lacks depth and attachments. His task is interesting, to change trade to accommodate new travel conditions. Jethri is related to earlier stories through the Uncle, whom he calls uncle I'm truth. There is a secondary plot about a small family trade ship changing from gray trade t Like politics? If you like political drama, you may like this book better than I did (even though I did like it). It starts with Jethri getting a new Liaden Trader ring. Jethri is a hard working guy, and nice enough, but he lacks depth and attachments. His task is interesting, to change trade to accommodate new travel conditions. Jethri is related to earlier stories through the Uncle, whom he calls uncle I'm truth. There is a secondary plot about a small family trade ship changing from gray trade to legit, focusing on a girl with an anxiety disorder and a pilot who likes her. They have rescued and taken care of a group of norbears, and Jethri was tangentially involved in that. Dorsey is involved in this side-plot, and I found it a lot more fun and interesting than Jethri's story. There is no real resolution to either plot line. Our lovers are separated at the end. Trade is up in the air, and Jethri is still in danger. He has to make some decisions of great import at the end. He does, and that's it. Wait for the next book. If you don't like cliffhangers, maybe wait for the next book to come out.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tea73

    I still love the Liaden Universe, but this one felt like a bit of a chore and an unfinished chore at that. There were three story lines - Jethri (now on his own ship) who is lobbying at a trade fair for his father's plan for dealing with the coming dust storm that will effect trading, the second follows the ship Dulcimer and their crew which includes Norbears and one bad apple, and the final one involves the ship Elsavair and a crew that reminded me a lot of the Bedel. The three threads kinda, s I still love the Liaden Universe, but this one felt like a bit of a chore and an unfinished chore at that. There were three story lines - Jethri (now on his own ship) who is lobbying at a trade fair for his father's plan for dealing with the coming dust storm that will effect trading, the second follows the ship Dulcimer and their crew which includes Norbears and one bad apple, and the final one involves the ship Elsavair and a crew that reminded me a lot of the Bedel. The three threads kinda, sorta meet at the fair. At the last minute some Liaden pair shows up. I'm not sure if I was supposed to recognize them from some earlier story (I did not.) The book might have been helped if I'd reread the two earlier Jethri books, and whatever the relevant short stories might have been. But Jethri is probably my least favorite character in this universe. He's nice enough, just not very interesting. So I didn't. There are tones of loose ends, so I am sure we will see more of him.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dlora

    This book follows Balance of Trade and Trade Secret to continue the story of Jethri Gobelyn ven'Deelin. Not only is he learning new things and becoming a better Trader, he is helping to facilitate new growth in the trading systems in the universe. I found this book a bit slow moving with less action, as perhaps is characteristic of a trader versus a Scout or a pilot lifestyle. I enjoyed more the chapters featuring young Squithy, who we've met before, and the telepathic race of furry creatures (l This book follows Balance of Trade and Trade Secret to continue the story of Jethri Gobelyn ven'Deelin. Not only is he learning new things and becoming a better Trader, he is helping to facilitate new growth in the trading systems in the universe. I found this book a bit slow moving with less action, as perhaps is characteristic of a trader versus a Scout or a pilot lifestyle. I enjoyed more the chapters featuring young Squithy, who we've met before, and the telepathic race of furry creatures (later known as norbears). Once Squithy's ship and crew meet up with Jethri, their story takes a back seat. I hope and suspect it will be picked up in the next book in this group: Trade Lanes, due to come out in 2023. Since these stories take place much earlier in the Liaden Universe, it is fun to see ideas and races and events that foreshadow later developments (for instance, Malu and Vally reminded me of the the Bedel).

  16. 4 out of 5

    Willuknight Stewart

    Well this is a frustrating conundrum. To review, I rated the first book in this sub-series 5 stars, and Trade Secrets, 2 stars. This book is significantly better than Trade Secrets, however the ending is lackluster to the point of being nonexistent. I feel like a guy whose organs are rended flaccid before climax. Did this book have a plot that arched towards a satisfying ended, it would achieve 5 stars easily. If it had, merely an ended, it would probably achieve 4 stars. Sadly, it has neither. I e Well this is a frustrating conundrum. To review, I rated the first book in this sub-series 5 stars, and Trade Secrets, 2 stars. This book is significantly better than Trade Secrets, however the ending is lackluster to the point of being nonexistent. I feel like a guy whose organs are rended flaccid before climax. Did this book have a plot that arched towards a satisfying ended, it would achieve 5 stars easily. If it had, merely an ended, it would probably achieve 4 stars. Sadly, it has neither. I enjoyed the new characters point of views and Freza as a character is definitely growing on me. Everything else though, is strictly entertaining without being a gourmet experience.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jon Willis

    A worthy continuation of the tale of Jethri the trader I must admit upfront that I have not yet read anything by Lee and Miller that I didn’t love, so perhaps it’s no great surprise that I loved this too. A second admission: their stories of Jethri Gobelyn are my very favourites of their many works, and this is a very good addition to their oeuvre. We are given two (three?) intertwined stories here that promise to come together spectacularly in the next instalment. Along with Jethri’s ongoing str A worthy continuation of the tale of Jethri the trader I must admit upfront that I have not yet read anything by Lee and Miller that I didn’t love, so perhaps it’s no great surprise that I loved this too. A second admission: their stories of Jethri Gobelyn are my very favourites of their many works, and this is a very good addition to their oeuvre. We are given two (three?) intertwined stories here that promise to come together spectacularly in the next instalment. Along with Jethri’s ongoing struggle to bring together Liaiden and Terran space trade in the face on encroaching Dust, we have a story of norbears and their human colleagues, and the ongoing story of Dulsey, and behind them all the shadow of the clone, Uncle. Nothing is resolved at the end, but all these various unresolved threads make for a rollicking and satisfying space opera.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Red

    A story in 2 arcs: 5 stars to the portion dealing with the trade ship Dulcimer, her crew & alt-crew of Norbears. 3 stars to the portion dealing with Jethri’s continues progress toward master trader & pilot. I found Jethri’s portion of the book to be on the dry side for me - lots of political intrigue which is not really my cup of tea. There are relationships being established and for whatever reason, they didn’t entertain me as much as the activities with the Dulcimer crew. (And who doesn’t love A story in 2 arcs: 5 stars to the portion dealing with the trade ship Dulcimer, her crew & alt-crew of Norbears. 3 stars to the portion dealing with Jethri’s continues progress toward master trader & pilot. I found Jethri’s portion of the book to be on the dry side for me - lots of political intrigue which is not really my cup of tea. There are relationships being established and for whatever reason, they didn’t entertain me as much as the activities with the Dulcimer crew. (And who doesn’t love Norbears?)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Wagner

    This is the third Jethri book - best enjoyed if you've read at least the other two in Jethri's arc, if not the entire Liaden series. If you haven't, your reading might be slowed by wondering how all these people got where they are. Once you're caught up, then the fun begins, in seeing the seeds being sewn for things that appear in the books set in later centuries. There are some neat tips of the hat to various other giants of the SFF field - I 'll probably catch more of them in the reread! This is the third Jethri book - best enjoyed if you've read at least the other two in Jethri's arc, if not the entire Liaden series. If you haven't, your reading might be slowed by wondering how all these people got where they are. Once you're caught up, then the fun begins, in seeing the seeds being sewn for things that appear in the books set in later centuries. There are some neat tips of the hat to various other giants of the SFF field - I 'll probably catch more of them in the reread!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sctechsorceress

    A fascinating book! In this novel, we pick up the story of Jethri Gobelyn ven'Deelin, who you know if you have been reading this series. If you haven't, no problem. Everything you need to know about any of the characters in this book will be found among it's pages. Like most of the Liaden Universe books, this one is character driven, and Lee and Miller stil do that as well as anyone. I found it to be a compelling story. It was very hard to put down. A fascinating book! In this novel, we pick up the story of Jethri Gobelyn ven'Deelin, who you know if you have been reading this series. If you haven't, no problem. Everything you need to know about any of the characters in this book will be found among it's pages. Like most of the Liaden Universe books, this one is character driven, and Lee and Miller stil do that as well as anyone. I found it to be a compelling story. It was very hard to put down.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary Good

    Outstanding! It is so interesting watching Jethri maneuver through both Liaden and Terran issues. The world building is fantastic. You almost feel like they are real people. People actually get to know each other in the books and relationships build on each other. I love the Liaden Universe, it is so intricate and well thought out. I can't wait for the next book to figure out how they will fix the Dust issues and the potential trade challenges. Outstanding! It is so interesting watching Jethri maneuver through both Liaden and Terran issues. The world building is fantastic. You almost feel like they are real people. People actually get to know each other in the books and relationships build on each other. I love the Liaden Universe, it is so intricate and well thought out. I can't wait for the next book to figure out how they will fix the Dust issues and the potential trade challenges.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Cummin

    The story goes on, Tree and Dragon, banished from Liaden have found a new home on Surebleak, but now they have to find new trade routes too, if they are to thrive economically. Shan, Priscilla and Padi (still recovering from an encounter with a very dangerous dramliz) are out on the hunt, but it is tough going . . . at first . . . Fun to watch Padi growing up. Enjoyable as ever. *****

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carol DeVoss

    Fair trade. Indeed. My time reading this book was a fair trade for an excellent read! The continuation of Jethri's story has been on my wish list. Such a great fulfillment. Thanks to the authors who tell great stories. I am happy at the inclusion of Dulcy, the Uncle and especially Freza. Lovers of the Liaden Universe, here is a book to read with all joy. Fair trade. Indeed. My time reading this book was a fair trade for an excellent read! The continuation of Jethri's story has been on my wish list. Such a great fulfillment. Thanks to the authors who tell great stories. I am happy at the inclusion of Dulcy, the Uncle and especially Freza. Lovers of the Liaden Universe, here is a book to read with all joy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I stayed up late Monday night so I could grab this one as soon as midnight Tuesday rolled around and it was definitely worth losing sleep for! I'm generally partial to books in this series that take place on Surebleak but I really enjoyed this latest installment of Jethri Gobelyn Van Deelin's adventures in trade I stayed up late Monday night so I could grab this one as soon as midnight Tuesday rolled around and it was definitely worth losing sleep for! I'm generally partial to books in this series that take place on Surebleak but I really enjoyed this latest installment of Jethri Gobelyn Van Deelin's adventures in trade

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy Hay

    A proper space opera cliffhanger . . . Jethri's story continues as he seeks to advance the trade and deals with sullen youths, Terran intrigues, family, and Old Tech. Good thing the next installment will be out this fall, not only to find out what happens but because the Liad Universe is addictive -- filled with honor, villains, and friendship. A proper space opera cliffhanger . . . Jethri's story continues as he seeks to advance the trade and deals with sullen youths, Terran intrigues, family, and Old Tech. Good thing the next installment will be out this fall, not only to find out what happens but because the Liad Universe is addictive -- filled with honor, villains, and friendship.

  26. 4 out of 5

    KDinSC

    So good! I really enjoyed this next novel in Jethri's story (along with others we may or may not have met before ). As a long team reader, I feel like a proud Auntie watch him grow into a fine young man, and look forward to watching him and his team solve for the dust problem and others! So good! I really enjoyed this next novel in Jethri's story (along with others we may or may not have met before ). As a long team reader, I feel like a proud Auntie watch him grow into a fine young man, and look forward to watching him and his team solve for the dust problem and others!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christine Stewart

    well crafted tale It’s a genuine pleasure to get a chance to see what Jethri makes of his various challenges. Sharon and Steve give us the usual well crafted tale. Fun to get more about the norbears as well. I look forward to the next book about Jethri (and more about the side characters as well, especially Squithy)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brent Mitchell

    As with all the Liaden Universe books I've read, the prose is so addicting. I find myself thinking in these same terms long after I've put these books down. And they are just good storytelling! Many people call these great comfort reading and I agree, but also great characters, great story lines, and fun, fun, fun! As with all the Liaden Universe books I've read, the prose is so addicting. I find myself thinking in these same terms long after I've put these books down. And they are just good storytelling! Many people call these great comfort reading and I agree, but also great characters, great story lines, and fun, fun, fun!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This was exactly as good as I was hoping for. A real pleasure to be with Jethri again after so long, and wonderful to see his character growth. I purchased this book as an eARC on Baen.com. You can too if you'd like a peek before the paperback comes out. This was exactly as good as I was hoping for. A real pleasure to be with Jethri again after so long, and wonderful to see his character growth. I purchased this book as an eARC on Baen.com. You can too if you'd like a peek before the paperback comes out.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carol Landry

    FAIR TRADE, I WANT MORE The authors have done it again, left me wanting the sequel tomorrow. What is happening with the norbears, what is Jethri’s next step? The only recourse is to get acquainted with others in the Liaden Universe.

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