Necessity's Child

Necessity's Child

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#16 in the popular and exciting science fiction Liaden Universe®. A man without a past caught between powerful Clan Korval and secretive kompani.

Stirring SF adventure from master storytellers Sharon Lee and Steve Miller--#16 in the award-winning Liaden Universe® saga. Space ships, action, adventure--all tied together with a strong dollop of romance and clan intrigue - make this a compelling series for a wide range of readers, from romance to military SF lovers.

The kompani sees none as an enemy, and yet few as friend. The kompani exists in many places, living quietly in the shadows, thriving off the bounty that others have no wit to secure, nor skill to defend. Their private history is unwritten; their recall rooted in dance and dream.

The humans of Clan Korval is in many ways the opposite of the kompani. The interstellar trading clan is wealthy in enemies, fortunate in friends. Korval protects itself with vigor, and teaches even its youngest children the art of war.

And when representatives of Clan Korval arrive on the planet Surebleak where the kompani has lived secret and aloof, it seems to the kompani that they are borne by the very winds of change.

Change can be a boon for in change lies opportunity. But the arrival of Clan Korval, establishing itself upon Surebleak with its friends, its enemies, and, most of all, its plans may bring catastrophe, changing the culture and the kompani , forever.

In this time of change, the lives of three people intersect -- Kezzi, apprentice to the kompani's grandmother; Syl Vor, Clan Korval's youngest warrior; and Rys, a man without a world, or a past.

Necessity's Child is a standalone adventure in the popular and exciting Liaden Universe®

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."--#1 New York Times best seller, Patricia Briggs

Ab out 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

"[A] recommended, powerful pick. . .a fast-paced military and political thriller."-- Midwest Book Review on Ghost Ship

"[D]elightful 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 Millier'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

"[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
Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen Publishing, 2013.
ISBN: 9781451638875
Branch Call Number: LEE S
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Miller, Steve 1950 July 31-


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lhlmeg Sep 26, 2014

A great continuation of the Liaden universe moving the plot on Surebleak forward. Wonderful for those who like the world building setting of a large science fiction universe with compelling characters.

Dec 21, 2013

Because this book sets the characters and scenes for a whole different section, perhaps previous to some of my other reading, and because it is following 3 different character sets, I'm having trouble following what is going on in each and in seeing how they will come together. However, I am enjoying the challenge and the quality level of the writing and creativity is as good as always. I give it a 3.5 for now due to that difficulty but the mark could well improve by the time I finish. Merry Christmas to all.

HanakoGal Jul 01, 2013

I loved seeing more in the Liaden universe. We met some new characters on Surebleak as the clan is settling in there. I loved getting to know Syl Vor and look forward to reading more with him. We also have time with several characters from previous books. I enjoyed the whole book.


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