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Saltation by Sharon Lee, Steve Miller

#12 in a breakthrough space opera series with a huge and active base of fans – this is Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Academy in a science fiction setting. A young maverick star-pilot Theo Waitley enters the pilot’s academy where she discovers the heroine inside herself as she follows her destiny as an ace starship pilot and budding leader of a powerful Liaden® clan.

#12 in the Liaden® space opera series. Theo, star pilot wannabe and troubled misfit has been accepted, against all her expectations, to Anlingdin. It’s the Hogwarts of star piloting academies, and Theo has been selected to train there with the best-of-the-best. Even better – she can finally leave behind the gawky, misfit days of teenage angst her previous life so complicated before. Great Liaden star pilots are born with a bang and not a whimper–and Theo has set a course to graduate from misfit to genuine maverick.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439134528
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Series: Liaden Universe Series , #12
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 351,747
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(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 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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Saltation 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
madame_librarian More than 1 year ago
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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agoner More than 1 year ago
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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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
harstan More than 1 year ago
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