Mouse and Dragon (Liaden Universe #7)
Aelliana Caylon has endured much, and finally, she appears to have won all: a spaceship, comrades, friends -- and the love of a pilot she adores.
Even better that her lover—the man who was destined for her, a man as much a loner as she—is also the Delm of Korval, arguably the most powerful person on all of Liad. He has the power to remove her and protect her from the toxi...more
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The first time I read this series 'Mouse and Dragon' wasn't published. Daav and Aelliana's story ended on a positive note at the end of Scout's Progress. Yet, as I meandered through the other parts of the this intriguing universe it became clear that 'events' had occurred. A child, was born...the reader meets Val Con in the Conflict of Honors series. (view spoiler)[ Also, its is clear that someone is leading a double life and that, alas, the partnership meets a tragic end. If not...more
On the positive side, there are some tender loving scenes between Daav and Aelliana. It was good to see Aelliana (abused so horribly for over a decade) continue to grow a spine, becoming a person of strong self-worth. Their wedding scene was certainly unexpected, and mildly amusing. I liked the (few) sc...more
Therefore no summary, as just about everything is a spoiler. I will state that this book forms the second half of Scout's Progress. Readers are in the position of knowing what is going to come: this book is all about...more
Great book, great read, great plot, great characters - and have the late...more
Though the book can stand alone, it has a whole lot more emotional weight if you have read Scout's Progress.
It looks like Daav and Aelliana are finally free to declare their love and forge a life together. But, that would be too simple! Of course there are obstacles!! Her clan does not want to lose her, members of his clan are reluctant to welcome her and then there are outside forces at work too.
Marvelous addition to the...more
There were some sad parts - as I knew there would be - but overall it was most enjoyable and left me feeling that all the pieces are now in place for the later books.
I had been planning to continue my reread by going to Val Con and Miri's first book, but I've decided to go back and do the earlier chron...more
So it was a peculiar reading experience - I kept on dipping in and out of the book, and maybe because of this, I never really got properly into the world, and found the characters and the language overdone at times. But when I took a deep breath and fi...more
Although I think this book stands alone, I really think you have to read _Scout's Progress_ for the beginning to make much sense...more
After the lifemating, though, the book became fragmented. I...more
The down side to this tight character focus is that when anything other than character interaction occurs, it feels almost like an interruption. That was...more
The story is a lovely one, definitely romantic, told almost entirely from Aelliana's point of view. Those who have read the other Liaden novels know how it will end, but the details are well worth reading. It fills in some details that are helpful to know leading up to Fledgling (Theo Waitley, #1).
It feels as if they are not so much writing these stories, as relating to us the stories of people they know well, who just happen to inhabit the Liaden Universe. It is as if they are relating the personal histories of actual people. It really is wonderful.
I enjoyed Mouse and Dragon even though at times it felt like an emotional roller coaster ride. I was deeply envious of the bond shared by Aelliana & Da'av.
However, I found the time and location changes between some chapters to be abrupt, and the accounts of their passion to be sometimes silly and overdrawn.
Overall, wonderful as usual, thanks to Lee & Miller!
In this one, the action is pretty light, and the ending is a little rushed and sketchy, but the love story and the manners issues are as good as ever.
This is definitely not the right place to start though. It is, at a minimum, the direct sequel to _Scout's Progress_.
I enjoyed it, yet it was an interlude and I hoped for more than I got. Recommended for fans of the series (like me) but start with the earlier novels if you're new to the universe.
I am thrilled to have more of Daav & Aelliana's story told. As far as I'm concerned, if Lee & Miller want to coax another book out of the timeframe of the last 3 chapters of this book it's fine with me! The storyline deftly links the core series of books/story lines to Theo Waitley's in Fledgling & Saltation.
Despite having been born in a year of the dragon, Sharon is an introvert. She lives in Maine because she likes it there. In fact, she likes it so much that she...more