Thursday, June 18, 2020

Book Review: A Liaden Universe Constellation Vol. 2 by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

A Liaden Universe Constellation Vol. 2
Author: Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Series: Liaden Universe
Publication: Baen Books; 1 edition (December 15, 2013)

Description: BOOK 2 in  The First Liaden Universe ® Collection. Fifteen short 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.

Thirty-three shorter tales of the Liaden Universe® brought together for the first time in two mega-volumes. Fifteen tales complete Volume Two!

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.

My Thoughts: This collection of 15 previously published stories adds depth and detail to the Liaden Universe. Some of the stories feature characters who have a bigger role in other Liaden Universe books. We have the history of Inas Bhar who becomes Natesa the Assassin and Pat Rin's lifemate. We have a story about how Clarence O'Berin came to Liad and met Daav. We find out what happens when Val Con and Nelirikk go to Vandar to rid it of the Department of the Interior. We see what happened when Plan B was called by Kareen had a meeting she didn't want to miss. We have a story set in Runig's Rock where the Clan children are hidden until it is time to call them home.

Some of the stories are about side characters who make a brief appearance in the novels. We have a story that takes place at the same time the Clutch turtles visit Shaltren told from the point of view of a pilot/ship owner coming to rescue a friend. We learn about the people Pat Rin bought rugs from to stock his new store on Surebleak. We have the story of the taxi driver who took Cheever to Korval and also drove mercenaries around when Korval fired on the planet. 

I was less familiar with these stories than the ones in Volume 1 and enjoyed learning more about the Liaden Universe. I also like the idea that I have all the stories in one convenient location on my Kindle. 

Favorite Quote:
"If Clonak was half as stupid as he acts, something with lotsa teeth would've had him for lunch a long time ago."

I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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