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Sporting Chance (Serrano Legacy Series #2)

Sporting Chance (Serrano Legacy Series #2)

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by Elizabeth Moon
In their last adventure, Hunting Party, Captain Heris Serrano and her employer, Lady Cecelia, had just triumphed over a heinous cabal that used human beings as prey. Now it turns out that one of the hunters was Prince Gerel, first in line to the throne. The prince, proclaiming his innocence, is spirited home by Captain Serrano and Lady Cecelia, but soon a foul plot is

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Sporting Chance (Serrano Legacy Series #2) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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I didn't much care for the first book in this series, but when I had a chance to buy this book used for $0.50, I figured that was a good price with which to give the series another try. As much as I loved the author's The Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy, the first book in this trilogy, Hunting Party was pretty boring and took waaaaaay too long to get to the action. This book does not have that problem. The action starts right where it should, and sticks it all the way to the end. After dealing with Lupescu at the end of the last book, Heris Serano and her new crew (which was her old crew when in the space fleet) are ready to shuttle the Lady Cecilia DeMarkos wherever she wants. But political intrigues rear their head, and Cecilia is struck down by an illness that may not be, and her family frames Heris for it. There is a certain problem with the crown prince, however, and Cecilia and her crew end up embroiled in it while trying to avoid the machinations of a rival nation. In fact, while the action was good, the opportunity to actually see a lot of more of the universe the characters live in was the primary benefit to this book. The last book took place on a yacht in space, and on a planet where rich people hunted foxes. That was it. Here we get to visit many space ports, the Familias' capital world, other worlds in other nations, and more. Maybe the first book was just an overly elaborate setup for the rest of the series. Even the young rich snobs from the first book get fleshed out pretty well here, which was nice to see. I will admit that the ending didn't have the kind of poetic justice I like best, but knowing that there is another book in the series, maybe the poetic justice comes at the very end.
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Heris Serrano, who resigned her Regular Space Service commission after disobeying orders for good reason, chose not to go back when her chance came at the end of Hunting Party. In this trilogy's second volume, Heris is still captain of Lady Cecelia's yacht; but she now has several members of her former crew with her, including the man who couldn't be her lover in the old days. After delivering Prince Gerel home following certain embarrassing events on Seralis, Lady Cecelia orders the Sweet Delight into a redecorating company's drydock. As Heris prepares to oversee the yacht's refitting, she feels great uneasiness about Lady Cecelia's safety. But trouble, when it comes, strikes the unconventional old lady down in one of the places where she should have been safest. The family rebel, who never needed anyone before, lies helpless in a blind, mute, paralyzed body; and the only people who know she's aware inside that body, Heris and two of her employer's young relatives, also know that what felled her wasn't a massive stroke. As her enemies move to lock Lady Cecelia away permanently and take control of her vast holdings, the disgraced ex-RSS officer and two young socialites form a desperate plan. This story works well on all of its several levels. It's a seat-of-the-pants adventure, set in a well-conceived future universe, cast with characters who change in believable ways as a result of their experiences. It also manages to delve into such serious themes as how families behave toward their nonconforming members in time of crisis, how societies treat their disabled citizens, and how fear of aging can stunt - or even warp - not just individuals, but entire cultures. An excellent read!