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Alliance of Equals by Sharon Lee
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it was amazing
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Well, here we go again. Another fine read in the Liaden Universe - over too soon.

Korval is once again dealing with the Department of the Interior only this time they are far away from both Liad and Surebleak. There are two major threads and one minor one running through the story.

The minor thread, at least in terms of words and pages, concerns the fates of Daav and Aelliana who are in the care of Uncle and Dulsey - and, of course, Korval's "damned meddling Tree" through its unripe pods. The results promise more action in future stories and several personal complications forthcoming.

The second thread, not minor, except in its use of previously minor characters involves Korval's response to Theo's "creation" of Admiral Bunter during her run in with the DOI at Jemiatha's Jumble Stop. This thread involves Tolly Jones, Hazenthull Explorer and Tocohl Lorlin and their attempt to help the Admiral. It seems to split into two threads of its own late in the book, one of which is left untouched.

The third thread, and the major one in the story, is about Dutiful Passage and its quest to forge new trade links for Korval out of Surebleak. The main concern of this story is not, however, the doings of Shan and Priscilla but of daughter Padi. Padi is Shan's apprentice trader and in this story she begins to come of age as a trader in her own right. However, she is also haunted by her fears stemming from her time at Runig's Rock and must learn to deal with them.

No story spoilers from me - I shall not divulge the outcomes of any of the above except to say that I really don't want to wait until next May to find out what happens in The Gathering Edge.

Alliance of Equals is the latest in a thirty-year line of books and stories, a universe rich in characters and their histories. If you're familiar with this universe, you'll find this a worthy edition.

If, however, you're new to Liad and Korval a few words of warning. The Liaden Universe is addicting. It consists of eighteen other novels and three collections of short stories - and you'll want to read every one - soon.
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Reading Progress

April 9, 2016 – Shelved
April 9, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
August 6, 2016 – Started Reading
August 10, 2016 – Shelved as: science-fiction
August 10, 2016 – Finished Reading

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