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Crystal Dragon (Liaden Universe #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,299 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
You can't go home again... What do you do when home is a conspiracy that's been discovered and destroyed? When home is a planet in a star system that's gone missing? When home means working for the destroyers of galaxies? When home is a spaceship that's calling out to the enemy? Cantra 'yos Phelium isn't a quitter, but she has more than a little problem: the Enemy has acce ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 15th 2007 by Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc. (first published April 5th 2006)
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I read this space opera in Kindle format (some typos) in a collection titled The Crystal Variation, containing the first three stories, in chronological order: Crystal Soldier, Crystal Dragon, Balance of Trade. There is no Table of Contents. No hyperlink to each book. Even worse, no link to the (duh!!) dictionary of invented words at the end.

So! Now we know there is a glossary at the end of the e-book. But I didn't know it when I was reading and — ugh! — unknown terminology set this book off to
Sherwood Smith
Crystal Dragon is the second half of the Great Migration Duology. Readers should realize that this is not a sequel so much as the second half of the story began in Crystal Soldier. In that book we met Jela (full name M. Jela Granthor’s Guard), the burned-out soldier who was a genetic experiment, and Cantra yos’Phelium, the burned-out smuggler pilot. Jela, stranded for a time on an empty planet, finds a single living tree, and rescues it.

Those who have never read a Liaden book will shrug at those
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Re-read, August 2013

This book has so much information about the sheriekas and the founding of the LIaden Universe that a fan of the series really must read it. However, it can confusing and heavy going so I wouldn't recommend it until they've read the Agent of Change series. I got even more out of it this third time through.

February 25, 2012

Can't believe I missed so much the first time.

November 2009
4.5/5; 5 stars; A

I loved this book. I wouldn't recommend reading it without reading Crystal Sol
Laura (Kyahgirl)
5/5; 5 stars; A+

Kevin T. Collins did a great job narrating this book. I wouldn't have thought I'd get anything more out of it since this is my fourth time through this story but I did, thanks to him.

There is so much complexity, excitement, detail, and human, plant, and feline interest in this story that it just leaves me speechless. The whole concept of what Cantra and Jela pulled off in order to get Liad Dea Syl away from Osabei Tower is fascinating. The Dramliz, the Tree, the great evil, the
Nicole Cadet
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
There are almost two distinct parts to this book - rescuing the mathematician, then everything that follows. The first part, while important to the story and the characterisation was for me far too slow. Probably because the story effectively became about different characters, one of which I really didn't like (I think that's the point, but it still makes the reading a bit of a slog). The second part moves at a much faster pace.

At times, there are characters that kind of make cameos. I'm sure t
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
How do you get home when home doesn't exist anymore? The Enemy has harnessed human and alien energy to decrystallize star systems, and human and alien energies are also manipulating luck in order to oppose it. In an attempt to obtain the work of an elderly scholar who may hold the key to humanity's survival, Cantra yos'Phelium and Jela must go undercover in a world where academic politics may be deadly, and where Cantra risks losing her identity entirely. Meanwhile, pilot-trader Tor An yos'Galen ...more
Oct 22, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amy, Nikki
This is my 2nd Read of Crystal Dragon. I'm a big fan of all of the Liaden Universe stories, but I have to judge them differently than I do other books. The Liaden books contain all the best (and worst) that Space Opera has to offer.
In Crystal Dragon we continue the story of M Jela & Cantra yos'Phelium begun in Crystal Solder. We are also introduced to Tor An yos'Gala. Crystal Solder / Dragon is the tale of the founding of Liad and House Korval as such I *highly* recommend them to any fans o
Sep 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, sci-fi, 2012
Lute, Moonhawk, and Rool Tiazan just aren't that intersting to me. I'm actually not very fond of the dramliza in general, to tell the truth. Maybe it's because I spent so many years thinking that this series was more pure sci fi than it was revealed to be after I read past the original trilogy.

Teleportation definitely tips this into the science-fantasy realm in my mind.

This book for the most part followed the plot I thought it would with no real surprises - that's the danger of prequels, I suppo
Excellent continuation of the Great Migration story - BUT. You have to accept a lot of story/world/mindset setup before you get to the "good stuff" of the actual story arc. All very necessary information, but the first read-through I had a lot of confusion. Going through this second (third? fourth? I lost track somewhere) time has had a lot of "ah-ha!" moments related to other books in the series, particularly Balance of Trade.

Required reading (and re-reading!) for Liadan Universe fans.
I love the crystallization of the characters and the foundation of clan Korval. Superb! 4/17/16 e-read: Such a joy to relive the founding of clan Korval what a marvelous story! I close my eyes and I see thousands of dragons soaring in the sky!
I love this Liaden series origination/migration duology. What is not to like about a book where one of the main characters is a sentient tree that can use biochemistry on the fruit it produces. Loving this!

The two stories explain a lot about the series,and are just very well written.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful conclusion to the Great Migration Duology!
In Crystal Dragon we continue the story of M Jela & Cantra yos'Phelium, and the tree begun in the Crystal Solder, book 1. We are also introduced to Tor An yos'Galan and Jela’s own troop as well as a few other names recognizable from other Liaden stories.
I love the Liaden Universe books and the Crystal duology; Crystal Soldier and Crystal Dragon are compelling and highly readable stories. If you are a Liaden Universe fan, you must read these as they give so much fascinating information about
(Note: this review addresses both Crystal Soldier and Crystal Dragon, as I read them together)
Lovely as it is to finally meet Jela and Cantra yos’Phelium, the rather unconventional founders of Liad’s most unconventional clan, I was not overly thrilled by these books. The essence of Lee and Miller’s storytelling in their later books is a rather impressionistic skitter of scenes that outline episodes from a life rather than, strictly speaking, “telling a story”. It works reasonably well for the ea
Carolyn F.
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carolyn F. by: Jacqueline
Shelves: library-book, sci-fi
It took me about halfway before the book started getting good, at least for me. I kept putting it down and doing something else.

Cantra and Jela are trying to infiltrate these groups of mathematicians according to what Rool and his lady ask of them. The problem is Cantra has to literally become another person. When they go to the planet with the mathematicians, it's a lot more brutal than you would think. She finally finds the man who made the formula that Rool says should help them, but loses s
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, keepers
Excellent read. I love the Liaden Universe books. The Liaden Universe is strongly drawn and the details are consistently well thought-out. The books have action, suspense, romance and characters you really care about. The hero and heroine of Crystal Dragon and the prequel Crystal Soldier are Cantra and Jela, both people you would like to know and definitely people you would want on YOUR side in any disagreement. In my opinion, though, neither is really the best place to start the series even tho ...more
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually have a problem entering a state of suspended disbelief in order to enjoy a science fiction or fantasy book ... but this one broke me a bit.

(minor spoiler)

You are expected to believe the following two things at the same time:

1. The characters are advanced mathematicians attending the Harvard of the Liaden Universe.

2. The validity of their mathematical proofs are determined by knife fight in an arena.

In another universe this might be OK, or even entertaining, but I can't quite dea
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, 9, sf, reread, 2011, 2006
ORIGINAL READ: 10/10 (16 May 2006 - 27 May 2006)

[Copied across from Library Thing; 17 October 2012]

REREAD #1: 9/10 (5 August 2011 - 3 October 2011)

I really enjoyed my second read of this one as I got back into the story. I think I understand a lot more of how everything began now, although I still have a number of questions I hope will eventually be answered as well.
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! So sad that Jela didn't survive.
Mary Soon Lee
"Crystal Dragon" is a direct sequel to "Crystal Soldier," which is chronologically the first book in the authors' Liaden Universe, although far from the first to be written. I highly recommend seeking out the Liaden Universe books ... but start somewhere *other* than this pair of books, perhaps with the thoroughly delightful "Conflict of Honors."

In the case of "Crystal Dragon," I found the sections about the Iloheen strange rather than intriguing, and the hinted-at mathematical theories unpersua
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 1st part with the forming of Rool was what kept this from 5 stars. Otherwise it was a very well wrote story. I will definitely start on more of the series.
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
An introduction to a fun world.
Joe Martin
(Reviewed together with Crystal Dragon.)

I read these two books back to back and they easily combine to form one large story. I’ll review them together. These books (the “Migration Duology”) form an origin story to the entire Liaden Universe. They literally explain how the universe came into being.

The story starts in the misty depths of history when a group of humans began genetically modifying themselves. They continually modified themselves until they no longer remotely resembled humanity or co
Lis Carey
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-sf, fiction, audiobooks
Having escaped the enemy for the moment, Cantra, Jela, and the Tree have to make some big decisions--the first of which is whether they're sticking together while Jela keeps his promise to Rool Tiazen and his lady, to get and distribute Liad dea'Syl's equations that hold the only hope of defeating or escaping the Sheriekas. Once they're all committed, things start to go a little haywire. Liad is inside a scholars' tower, Osabei, on Landomist. It's an inner world, and has harsh laws about the gen ...more
May 26, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on

In this continuation of the Liaden origin story that was started in Crystal Soldier (The Great Migration Duology, #1), the authors have chosen to open with a prolonged fantasy sequence. This is a departure from the first book which was more along the lines of science fiction adventure but does set the stage for the fantasy components of the series. However, this departure changes the overall feel of the duology, and although the later part of the book returns to the adventure meme, some of
Emily (BellaGrace)
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This book was much better than the first one. I really liked the characters - I cared about what happened to them. I never thought that I'd love a tree as a character in a book! I laughed, I cried, I enjoyed it. I still think that maybe I should have started reading this series in publication order instead of chronological order. A lot of the comments here are from readers who say how much this back story means to them - but for me it isn't the back story - it's the only story. I guess I'll see ...more
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Conclusion to the creation of the Liaden universe as it becomes. Inventive and a good read, good characterisations.

Plotline: Intricate, full of complexities, great stuff, but occasionally doesn't quite add up.

Premise: Yep one universe to another, all good

Writing: Simple, elegant, highly readable

Ending: We get the Liaden universe - what could be better!

Pace: A few slow bits but on the whole great.
Ju Transcendancing
I liked this second book better than the first overall. I think the story drew me in more - but I'm still partly reading out of faith that the 'thing' will hit me and I'll fall in love - I know others who love these books so much. There's certainly a lot to appreciate though, and Cantra is absolutely one of my favourite parts. Also the tree. Invested in keeping on going but want to love it more than I do presently.
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though sections of this book are dense with descriptions which I cannot understand, I still enjoyed it and am now looking forward to reading Agent of Change which I found on line in a digital form
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Other Books in the Series

Liaden Universe (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • Crystal Soldier (The Great Migration Duology, #1; Liaden Universe, #1)
  • Balance of Trade (Liaden Universe, #3)
  • Trade Secret (Liaden Universe, #4)
  • Local Custom (Liaden Universe, #5)
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