The Crystal Variation

The Crystal Variation

by Sharon Lee

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The Crystal Variation by Sharon Lee, Steve Miller

The Liaden Universe® "origin" novels, which set the standard for full-on, audacious space adventure, collected together for the first time in one omni edition.

Crystal Soldier: The galaxy is in danger. A mysterious alien race of energy beings called the shereika is destroying entire star systems and humans are making their last stand. Their only hope: soldier M. Jela and talented space ship pilot Cantra yos'Phelium.

Crystal Dragon: Cantra is revealed to be not merely a great pilot, but a genetically engineered aelantaza, or assassin and spy. She infiltrates the world of Landomist and liberates Liad dea'Syl, along with the equations stored inside his head. Then, she founds an alliance to protect her child by Jela—to be known (and become legendary) as Clan Korval.

Balance of Trade: Jethri Gobelyn is a young Terran, working on his family's trading spaceship. When he finds that he has invested in a con game, he must master the intricacies of Liaden society to regain his place—and face—within the clan.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940148519539
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Series: Liaden Universe combo volumes , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 1200
Sales rank: 234,316
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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 seen published short stories, newspaper pieces, and two mystery novels.

Steve was the founding curator of the University of Maryland's Kuhn Library Science Fiction Research Collection and a former Nebula juror. For five years, Sharon served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, consecutively as Executive Director, Vice President and President. Sharon's interests include music, seashores and pine cones. Steve also enjoys music, plays tournament chess, and collects cat whiskers.

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The Crystal Variation 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
"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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
The_Old_Spoke More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just when I think I have read everything along comes another Liaden universe book.