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Stirring SF adventure from master storytellers Sharon Lee and Steve Miller#16 in the award-winning Liaden UniverseÂ® saga. Space ships, action, adventureall tied together with a strong dollop of romance and clan intrigue make this a compelling series for a wide range of readers, from romance to military SF lovers. The kompanisees none as an enemy, and yet few as friend. The kompaniexists in many places, living quietly in the shadows, thriving off the bounty that others have no wit to secure, nor skill to defend. Their private history is unwritten; their recall rooted in dance and dream. The humans of Clan Korval is in many ways the opposite of the kompani. The interstellar trading clan is wealthy in enemies, fortunate in friends. Korval protects itself with vigor, and teaches even its youngest children the art of war. And when representatives of Clan Korval arrive on the planet Surebleak where the kompanihas lived secret and aloof, it seems to the kompanithat they are borne by the very winds of change. Change can be a boon for in change lies opportunity. But the arrival of Clan Korval, establishing itself upon Surebleak with its friends, its enemies, and, most of all, its plansmay bring catastrophe, changing the culture and the kompani, forever. In this time of change, the lives of three people intersect -- Kezzi, apprentice to the kompani'sgrandmother; Syl Vor, Clan Korval's youngest warriâˆ¨ and Rys, a man without a world, or a past. Necessity's Childis a standalone adventure in the popular and exciting Liaden UniverseÂ® About the Liaden UniverseÂ® 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 "[A] recommended, powerful pick. . .a fast-paced military and political thriller." Midwest Book Reviewon Ghost Ship "[D]elightful stories of adventure and romance set in a far future. . .space opera milieu. It's all a rather heady mix of Gordon R. Dickson, the Forsythe Saga, and Victoria Holt, with Lee and Millier's own unique touches making it all sparkle and sizzle. Anyone whose taste runs toward SF in the true romantic tradition can't help but like the Liaden Universe." Analog "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 latestâ€¦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 LiadenÂ® thriller, I Dare
Maine-based writers Sharon Lee and Steve Miller teamed up in the late 80's to bring the world the story of Kinzel, a 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 eighteen 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 a web presence at www.korval.com