Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Book Review: A Liaden Universe Constellation Vol. 3 by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

A Liaden Universe Constellation Vol. 3
Author: Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Series: Liaden Universe
Publication: Baen Books; 1 edition (July 16, 2015)

Description: BOOK 3 in the multivolume Liaden Universe ® short fiction collection. Tales of the Liaden Universe® brought together for the first time. Space opera and romance on a grand scale in a galaxy full of interstellar trading clans.

A dozen recent Liaden Universe short works are added to the collection in the third volume of A Liaden Universe Constellation. Ranging from comic to cosmic, only one of these works was first published before 2011. These welcome new additions bring the collected Constellation of Lee & Miller Liaden short stories to 45 works in three mega-volumes.

The nationally best-selling Liaden Universe® novels are treasured by space opera aficionados for their wit, world-building, strong characterizations, tender romance, and edge-of-the-chair action.

Since 1995, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller also created shorter tales, illuminating additional facets of the Liaden experience. Here is a vast tapestry of tales of the scouts, artists, traders, priestesses, sleight of hand magicians, and pilots who fill the Liaden Universe® with the excitement, action, and romance that readers of the hit series have come to adore. Contains all new entries published after 2011.

My Thoughts: This is the third collection of Liaden short stories and novellas in the series called Liaden Universe Constellation. It contains twelve stories and, surprising to me since I thought I never missed a story, had a couple of stories that I hadn't read before.

I liked Intelligent Design which tells the story of how an AI former war machine came to be the butler for Korval. There was also a story which starred the Bedel on a world other than Surebleak. I liked Roving Gambler which stars Quin and tells us a lot more about him than we learned in other stories where he appeared. I also enjoyed King of the Cats which combined two of the authors' fantasy worlds by combining Val Con and Kinzel on Kinzel's world. 

This collection also included Moon's Honor which is another Lady Moon Hawk and Lute story and talks about their meeting. I thought it gave quite a different take on them than Crystal Dragon - the novel where they also make appearances. I prefer their appearances in the short story and wish that novel starring them could have sold and therefore been written.

All in all, it was an enjoyable collection. I'm glad to have a convenient source of all of the stories on my Kindle. 

Favorite Quote:
Whoever had come, whoever had heard, and heeded his call. That one he would serve, as well as he was able, for as long as he could.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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