The Crystal Variation

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#2 in our “Omni” three-volume compilations of Liaden Universe® novels. These are the “origin” novels in the breakthrough, hugely-popular Liaden Universe® space opera series! Across a fallen galaxy, the Liaden have risen to take on the challenge of bringing trade and civilization to the stars and, in the process, made themselves the aristocrats of known space. Adventure, intrigue, romance – on an interplanetary scale!

The three Liaden Universe® universe “origin” novels collected together for the very first time in...

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Overview

#2 in our “Omni” three-volume compilations of Liaden Universe® novels. These are the “origin” novels in the breakthrough, hugely-popular Liaden Universe® space opera series! Across a fallen galaxy, the Liaden have risen to take on the challenge of bringing trade and civilization to the stars and, in the process, made themselves the aristocrats of known space. Adventure, intrigue, romance – on an interplanetary scale!

The three Liaden Universe® universe “origin” novels collected together for the very first time in one omni edition! Across a fallen galaxy, the Liaden have risen to take on the challenge of bringing trade and civilization to the stars and, in the process, made themselves the aristocrats of known space. Bred to scout, to pilot and to trade, Clan Korval is ascendant among other families arrayed within the incredibly intricate and formal Liad social structure. But along the way Korval makes powerful enemies. Lee and Miller quite simply set the modern standard for full-on, audacious space opera.

Crystal Soldier
The galaxy is in danger. A mysterious alien race of energy being called the shereika is rapidly unmaking – dissipating, lock, stock and quark — entire star systems. Humans are making their last stand. M. Jela is a top-of-the-line of soldier who realizes the peril and persuades a talented space ship pilot named Cantra yos’Phelium to help what humans remain to escape to an alternate reality with unpopulated, but livable, star systems: the Liaden® universe!

Crystal Dragon
Cantra is revealed to be no merely a great pilot, but a genetically engineered aelantaza, or assassin and spy whose specialty is taking on the entire personality of her “cover,” so much so that she believes it herself. She remakes herself, as only a aelantaza can, and infiltrates the scholarly towers on the university world of Landomist where she narrowly avoids being killed in scholarly conflicts. There she liberates the scholar Liad dea’Syl, along with the equations for escape stored inside his head. Once in her new domain, Cantra creates a hereditary alliance to protect her child by Jela – to be known (and become legendary) as Clan Korval.

Balance of Trade
Young Jethri Gobelyn is a young Terran, working on his family's trading spaceship. Jethri has ambition, and he sets out to make a name for himself in the time-honored fashion of his family by investing in a trading scheme with what he takes to be a bona fide Liaden® master trader. But when Jethri discovers he’s been had, Jethri must master the intricacies of Liaden society, which include many formal rules and regulations of behavior, to regain his place – and face – within the clan.

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

“[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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439134634
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Series: Liaden Universe Series , #2
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 1200
  • Sales rank: 475,936
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Lee

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller live in the rolling hills of Central Maine with two insistent muses in the form of cats and a large cast of characters. The husband-and-wife team's collaborative work in science fiction and fantasy include twelve novels and numerous short stories in their award-winning Liaden Universe®. In addition to their collaborative work, Steve has seen short stories, nonfiction, and reviews published under his name, while Sharon has published short stories, newspaper pieces, and two mystery novels, and, most recently, Carousel Tides, from Baen.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

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    These three tales are the prehistory of the Liaden Universe with the first two entries being a duology

    "Crystal Soldier". Jela was genetically created to be the ultimate soldier. He knows the ruthless enemy former human Sheriekas are destroying the universe as his High Command is either treasonous or inept. Fearing he is losing his grip on being human, Jela finds hope when he meets Cantra and her Spiral Dance smugglers. Cantra needs to jettison this unwanted soldier and an escaped slave as they bring enemies in pursuit of them; she has enough of her own. They consider escape to the mythical Liaden universe

    "Crystal Dragon". Cantra recalls she is a genetically engineered aelantaza, which allows her to go so deep undercover that she believes that the persona she uses at that moment is truly her. Cantra gains access to Landomist University where she frees Liad dea'Syl. She also forges an alliance to protect her child that will one day shake the universe.

    "Balance of Trade". Jethri has lived on the spaceship Gobelyn's Market all his life going wherever the trading takes him. When the ship goes in to dry dock for repairs, Jethri is transferred to another ship. He rejects the ship his estranged mother Captain Iza Gobelyn chose for him. Instead Liaden Master Liaden Trader Norn Ven 'Deelin makes the human an apprentice aboard the Elthorial. As the first Terran to be apprenticed by a Liaden. Jethri has enemies who wish to see him fail

    These three tales are the prehistory of the Liaden Universe with the first two entries being a duology while the final story is a separate novel. Each thriller brings home a sense of realism that enables saga fans to believe in the Liaden Universe. However that also decelerates the overarching themes. Still this omnibus collection affirms Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have created an incredible universe.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Don't be put off by the cheesy covers! This is a must-read series.

    The review written by "Harstan" requires very little more in terms of a descriptive review, so I will just add that if you are wondering where to start in the exploration of the Liaden Universe, this is a great beginning. After reading the two "Crystal" books, move along to "Dragon Variation" which contains Local Custom" and "Scouts Progress". These are the two books that set the stage for all of the rest of the series. I will just add that this series and these authors (along with McMaster-Bujold and Cherryh) are my favorites. I have every novel in hard or paperback and now on my Nook. I was so pleased when B&N began carrying them. The short stories fill in and fill out many of the questions and situations left hanging in the novels. Don't miss reading them if you are or become a fan. If you like your science fiction to be well-written and to contain humor, action and romance, you will truly enjoy this series and these authors. IVAN TT

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  • Posted March 25, 2013

    Two very different people come together to save the galaxy.

    Love this book. Great origin story of the Liaden Universe. Plus characters that I'll miss. Am buying all the other books in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2011

    Great book.

    Just when I think I have read everything along comes another Liaden universe book.

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