Alliance of Equals

Alliance of Equals

by Sharon Lee, Steve Miller


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ISBN-13: 9781476781488
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 07/05/2016
Series: Liaden Universe Series , #19
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 860,717
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Maine-based writers Sharon Lee and Steve Miller teamed up in the late 1980s to bring the world the story of Kinzel, an inept wizard with a love of cats, a thirst for justice, and a staff of true power. Since then, the husband-and-wife have written dozens of short stories and twenty novels, most set in their star-spanning Liaden Universe®. Before settling down to the serene and stable life of a science fiction and fantasy writer, Steve was a traveling poet, a rock-band reviewer, reporter, and editor of a string of community newspapers. Sharon, less adventurous, has been an advertising copywriter, copy editor on night-side news at a small city newspaper, reporter, photographer, and book reviewer. Both credit their newspaper experiences with teaching them the finer points of collaboration. Sharon and Steve passionately believe that reading fiction ought to be fun, and that stories are entertainment. Steve and Sharon maintain an online presence at, Facebook, and Twitter @ClanKorval & @bechimo.

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Alliance of Equals 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MaryTerryMZ More than 1 year ago
You know how you love an author's works, but are afraid of reading their next release, because what if it isn't as good? Well, don't worry about picking this book up, whether you're a veteran reader of Lee and Miller's Liaden/Korval universe series, or a neophyte. I deliberately did not refresh my memory by rereading any of the previous books so that I could come at it with a fresh look. Pick up any Lee/Miller book in this "universe" and you are dropped right into the middle of the characters' stories. The authors are excellent at getting into the characters heads; each speaks with their own "voice". The backgrounds are fleshed out just enough, but are so rich, you want to know more, which is why I love the short stories and novellas in this series. In the main storyline of this book, Padi, an Apprentice Trader, is dealing with suppressed trauma from recent difficult actions of her family and horrible choices that she had to make when her family was recently attacked by enemies. There's just enough explanation in here that you don't need to know all the details from other books; this story stands on its own, and it tore at my heartstrings. I think at least three times I said out loud"Oh Padi" and wanted to give her a hug. Because this is space opera, and space is big, there were two other side stories related to the series arc intermingled with this main story. They give more backstory -- or side story? -- to the book, but don't directly affect Padi's "coming of age" story. I love reading Sharon and Steve's books because there is so much in them, though not useless detail. They write compact, but deep, weaving into the story just the right amount of details you need to be able to understand what's going on, as well as making it relevant and interesting. Things tie together, sometimes within the same book, but sometimes details you learn help make another of the Korval books even richer. It's easy to get involved in the characters and watch them develop. It's even better to go back to a previous book and pick up motivations and connections and details you may not have noticed the first read through, because further information wasn't released until a later-released book. I guess I'm saying that there's something new with each reread. I know I'll be rereading some of my past favorites and picking up nuances I either missed the first time, and noticing events or actions that may have different significance than what I originally thought. I'm giving this 5 stars because I'm ready to reread "Alliance of Equals" immediately.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent addition to the series set in the Liaden Universe. Stirring adventures, interesting and complex characters, humor, suspense, and even romance -- all within a well-imagined universe with thought-provoking cultural and moral explorations to be made. And some fun tech and cosmic curiosities. Great stuff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great Liaden book from Lee and Miller. A long-time fan of this series, my only complaint is that they can't write them fast enough! But given the quality of writing and the excellent interweaving of multiple story themes within the main story, I understand why it takes time to produce a wonderful book. And these authors do so time after time. Thanks, Sharon and Steve!