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"Thrust mid-year into a school for pilots far from the safe haven of her birth home on scholarly Delgado, young Theo Waitley excels in hands-on flying while finding that she's behind the curve in social intricacies as well as in math." "After surviving a mid-air emergency with a spectacular mountain-top landing in her training soar plane, Theo's notoriety brings her attention from local thugs as well as a gift from Win Ton, a Scout pilot with whom she enjoyed a flirtation on her first space voyage. When Win Ton appears on campus, Theo throws

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"Thrust mid-year into a school for pilots far from the safe haven of her birth home on scholarly Delgado, young Theo Waitley excels in hands-on flying while finding that she's behind the curve in social intricacies as well as in math." "After surviving a mid-air emergency with a spectacular mountain-top landing in her training soar plane, Theo's notoriety brings her attention from local thugs as well as a gift from Win Ton, a Scout pilot with whom she enjoyed a flirtation on her first space voyage. When Win Ton appears on campus, Theo throws herself into a relationship even as he's on his way to a Liaden marriage-bed." "Meanwhile her mentors try to guide her studies and training into the channels best suited to her special abilities and inclinations, and all Theo wants to do is fly. After a series of confrontations, fights, and ultimately a riot after which she is thanked for not killing anyone, Theo is named a "nexus of violence" by the school's administration." Facing suspension and carrying little more than a hastily procured guild card, a pistol, and the contents of her pants pockets, Theo must quickly decide if she's ready to return to Delgado in disgrace, or launch herself into the universe as a freelance pilot.

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Blazing into their 12th Liaden novel, Lee and Miller prove they can still deliver elegant variations on the theme in this coming-of-age story, a sequel to 2009's Fledgling. Theo Waitley, half-Terran daughter of a Liaden pilot, escapes her stifling homeworld to attend pilot school, where her fierce attitude and extraordinary competence earn her enemies and friends. When her boyfriend's keepsake makes them both a target for galactic-level bad guys, Theo must head to Liad to ask for help from the leader of her father's clan. The story will not disappoint longtime Lee and Miller fans, but readers don't need to know the series to understand or care about the characters, who will also appeal to fans of Elizabeth Moon's Kylara Vatta and other strong young adult heroines. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439133453
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Series: Liaden Universe Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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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 LiadenTM 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 May 5, 2010

    A little disappointing.

    We have the continuing adventures of Theo as she works her way through pilot training. Overall this was a good read, and I am really excited that the next book will start resolving Theo's complicated problem. Unfortunately this book felt a little weak to me. I know the main purpose was to see Theo get her pilot's license and get into trouble big enough that she needed to go to Korval. The authors even prepare you for the jumps by explaining the term Saltation, but since we covered so much time, I felt like the character development was somewhat lacking, especially in the people around Theo. At times I found myself saying who is this character again? Because we were seeing Theo's backstory, there didn't seem to be a plot to drive the story. Also its been long enough that I can't remember who Dulsey and Uncle are, even though I'm pretty sure they were in the Crystal Duology. Sadly there was very little Liaden culture, and I really missed that. All in all not as enjoyable as Fledgling.

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  • Posted July 16, 2010

    Disappointing

    What little story there is here takes ages to develop without ever bothering to flesh out the one dimensional characters that pass through it. Opportunities to expand the story and add real depth and flavor come and go but are provided little attention resulting in a very bland and uninvolving recitation of day to day life.

    I've been reading the series since it was first published and find the afterword from Fledgling both alarming and telling at the same time, this book and its predecessor appear to have been written simply to get something out to earn a paycheck rather than to write a story worthy of the series. I understand the need for a positive cash flow but this book was a sad disservice to the authors and the readers alike.

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    Posted May 16, 2010

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    Pleasant diversion

    I recently discovered the Liaden series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. This book is a sequel to Fledgling, a coming-of-age story about an interesting teenager, Theo. I found the book a pleasant diversion and captivating enough to re-read it a few times. As space opera goes, it's pretty good - not as good character development as Lois McMaster Bujold's novels, but good enough to keep my interest engaged. I look forward to republication of more of the Liaden series as I think this book might be more enjoyable with more context from the other works, and I do not think it is a good starting point for new readers

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  • Posted April 1, 2010

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    This is an interesting coming of age science fiction thriller that fans of Liaden will appreciate

    Theo Waitley grew up in the gentle scholarly world of Delgado. However, the half-Terran daughter of a Liaden pilot manages to enroll in pilot school. She proves incredibly adept at flying and even more incredibly inept at relationships.

    When Theo landed her crippled plane on a mountain (see Fledgling) she gained fame and envy. Scout pilot Win Ton gives her a keepsake and himself though he is to marry a purebred Liaden. However she is soon caught in a "Nexus of Violence" as a target of off-worlders and others that endanger her schoolmates and the faculty. As she struggles to survive and avoid expulsion, she wonders whether to go humiliatingly home, become an aviator free lancer, or trek to her father's clan to demand their help.

    This is an interesting coming of age science fiction thriller that fans of Liaden will appreciate while newcomers will easily soar with the beleaguered heroine. Theo is a wonderful lead as a student with flying talent but is socially dysfunctional and educationally innumeracy. The audience will enjoy her escapades while new readers will be able to fly from the start, but to better understand how far Theo has come reading Fledgling provides the background.

    Harriet Klausner

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