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Necessity's Child (Liaden Universe) (edition 2013)

by Sharon Lee, Steve Miller

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Title:Necessity's Child (Liaden Universe)
Authors:Sharon Lee
Other authors:Steve Miller
Info:Baen (2013), Hardcover, 336 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:Kindle, science fiction, nan 3/13

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All the action is on Surebleak and focuses on Nova's son Sly Vor and his newly adopted sister Kezzi and her people that live hidden on Surebleak. Mix in an very injured Liaden man with amnesia taken in by Kezzi's people the kompani and trouble will bubble to the surface of the city. Change is coming to city with new rules and schooling for kids as well and not everyone likes what is happening. As Rys heals, he slowly remembers things about his past and it seems his past is trying to get in touch with him as well. This gels quickly at the end bringing the two storylines together in a fast paced ending.
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  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jul 8, 2014 |
The development of a multicultural society on the planet Surebleak continues to fascinate me. This is a great addition to the books of the Liaden Universe and the story of clan Korval. The new story thread of the Bedel people works and I hope we will hear more about their interactions with the gadje on Surebleak. Great stuff. ( )
  Kali.Lightfoot | Jan 10, 2014 |
Syl Var, his older cousins having moved on to more age-appropriate tasks, is feeling less than useful. The solution he proposes to his mother and the Delm involves serving as appropriate for a young dragon.

Kezzy, a child of the Bedel, like Syl Var is young only in years, although she can give a good redition on child-like behavior when necessary.

Lys... has no idea who he really is, and only honor drives him to find out. One thing he does know: dragons are deadly.

Lee and Miller weave the threads of lives together with their typical deftness. As other reviewers have commented, although a few familiar faces are encountered, this is a story of the next generation. It will be interesting to see where the weavers take us next. ( )
  SunnySD | Oct 7, 2013 |
This story takes place on Surebleak shortly after Clan Korval has arrived. It is told from three points of view. The narrator most known to readers of the Liaden series of books is Syl Vor yos'Galan Clan Korval. Syl Vor is a child who is somewhere between eight and ten. Syl Vor has recently come to Korval from the place where he, his cousins, and his great-aunt and uncle were hidden while Plan B was in effect. He lived under the constant threat of danger. Now that the immediate threat has passed, his older cousins have gone off to their aprenticeships and Syl Vor is at loose ends. He wants to be of use.

The second point of view is that of Kezzi who is a daughter of the Bedel who have been hidden on Surebleak for a number of years. They have taken space under some old, abandoned warehouses and come out only to steal stuff they need from the unsuspecting gadjes in the City Above. Kezzi is the youngest of the Bedel and apprentice to the tribe's wisewoman—Silain the luthia.

The third point of view is that of Rys Lin pen'Chela. We first meet Rys when he is found beaten almost to death outside one of the entrances to the Bedel's hidden home. He is taken in and cared for by the wisewoman and befriended by the Bedel. He has been so damaged both physically and mentally that he doesn't remember his past or how he came to be where he now is. We watch him heal and come to feel that the Bedel could be a replacement for the clan he lost. But his past, once remembered isn't ready to let him go.

These three characters come together when Syl Vor begins to attend school with other Surebleak natives. Kezzi is found on the street and brought to the school too. Syl Vor is determined to befriend her and make her his sister. Kezzi just wants to get back to her own people and leave all this school stuff far behind her.

It is the thinking of the adult leaders of Surebleak that they way to make life better for all citizens and to change the social culture is for all the kids to go to school at a consolidated school. They can learn that kids from one Boss's turf aren't different than kids from another. However some adults—notably the remains of the Department of the Interior—do not want Korval's plans for social engineering to succeed. Street patrols have managed to stop most of the sabotage around the new school and capture most of the Department's agents but there is no guarantee that the school will be safe.

There fears are justified because the leader of those agents from the Department of the Interior has one more plan in mind and intends to use Agent of Change Rys Lin pen'Chela to carry it out—no matter how he might feel about massacring a bunch of children including his young sister Kezzi and her friend Syl Vor.

The story was exciting and we did get some cameos by characters we learned to know in earlier books in the series including Daav yos'Phelium, Val Con yos'Phelium, Miri, Nova, Anthora and Ren Zel. I really enjoyed getting to know at least one member of the next generation of Clan Korval and am eager for more adventures. ( )
1 vote kmartin802 | Feb 18, 2013 |
Yeah, that's good. The usual Lee & Miller immersion - while I was reading (even though it was in ebook form), I was _there_. Nice to get to know some more of Korval - to know more about Syl Vor, in particular. And the Bedel are fascinating people. It's nice seeing what's growing on Surebleak, too. The authors have stated that this is a stand-alone story, but I assume it was written for the same reason Conflict of Honors and Changeling were - these people, some of them at least, are going to be important later and needed to be explained. Rys, definitely, and quite likely Kizzi as well - in the long term, if not immediately. Though I don't know about the three months thing - it's never explained. Very rich - not all the questions raised are answered, but enough to make it a story complete in itself. I'll greet any of these people showing up again with delight, though - I like them. I expected this to be great, and it was. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Jan 23, 2013 |
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When the arrival of Clan Korval on the planet Surebleak threatens the secret existence of the native kompani, catastrophic changes bring together three individuals, including a kompani apprentice, a young Clan Korval warrior, and a man without a world orpast.… (more)

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