The Crystal Variation

The Crystal Variation

by Sharon Lee, Miller Steve


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ISBN-13: 9781439134634
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Series: Liaden Universe Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 1200
Sales rank: 296,949
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.20(d)

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 published short stories, newspaper pieces, and two mystery novels, and, most recently, Carousel Tides, from Baen.

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The Crystal Variation 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 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
CatherineCl on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I must confess that I love Liaden Universe books and I had been waiting and waiting for this omnibus volume to be published.The first two books in this omnibus edition, Crystal Soldier and Crystal Dragon tell the story of beginnings, of Clan Korval, Jela, The Tree and even the planet Liad. So I think it is much more enjoyable if you have read some other books in the Liaden Universe first. I found the books a little melancoly but wonderful fun.Balance of Trade is a standalone story and tells how the first Terran Trader, Jethri Gobelyn learnt Liaden style trading. Some characters appear briefly in later stories. It is a 'coming of age' story set approx 300 standard years before the Agent of Change sequence.
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.