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Accepting the Lance

by Sharon Lee, Steve Miller (Author)

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Series: Liaden Universe Novels (22), Liaden Universe Publication Order

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NEW NOVEL IN THE NATIONALLY BEST-SELLING LIADEN UNIVERSE® SERIES. Sequel to national bestseller Neogenesis. Exiled from Liad after bombing a city to save it from The Department of the Interior''s infernal weapons and plans, Clan Korval has gone to ground on the back-water planet Surebleak, whose people are as untamed as its weather. The old Boss-controlled fiefdoms largely fell to Pat Rin yos''Phelium''s influence, but the world is restive, the influx of outworld lawyers, guns, and money a brewpot for armed dissatisfaction. Far beyond the surface of frigid Surebleak Korval''s farflung trade network needs a serious reset to recover from exile. From flagship Dutiful Passage to the experimental--if centuries old--self-aware Bechimo co-captained by the Delm''s blood-sister Theo Waitley, the clan''s ships are prowling space lanes seeking trade. Meanwhile, Old Tech from a failed universe--the ancient but revived Tinsori Light--and the machinations of the mysterious Uncle are coalescing into dangerous opportunity or nefarious trap. And the Department of the Interior is not done with Clan Korval yet. They seek a final fully reckoned revenge, with Surebleak and Korval''s ships and people everywhere in the crosshairs. About Accepting the Lance: "Accepting the Lance is a tour de force! So many threads woven, so many pieces moved on the board, old and new friends met, this book is an extraordinary installment in a brilliant series. I stayed up till 3 a.m. reading it and I have zero regrets. An incredible ride of a book!"--Nalini Singh Praise for The Liaden Universe®:  "This series [is] . . . the premier place to find good romantic SF adventure. . . . strong characters finding their own way (and, often, each other) in an action-packed galaxy of worlds. . . . Every story stands on its own; readers don''t have to be familiar with the Liaden universe. Those who have had the pleasure, though, will find many connections to existing tales." --Analog on A Liaden Constellation, Volume 1 "As always, this intelligent space opera focuses on matters of manners, honor, duty, and clever repartee; violence is rarely the solution, and subtlety wins out over overt force. . . . [Neogenesis] provides thoroughly satisfying progression or resolution for multiple threads and will feel comfortably familiar for fans of Korval''s escapades."--Publishers Weekly on Neogenesis "[S]prawling and satisfying. . . . Space opera mixes with social engineering, influenced by Regency-era manners and delicate notions of honor. . . . [I]t''s like spending time with old friends . . ."--Publishers Weekly on Dragon in Exile "Compelling and wondrous, as sharp and graceful as Damascus steel, Necessity''s Child is a terrific addition to Lee & Miller''s addictive series."--Patricia Briggs on Necessity''s Child "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 "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 "[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 Miller''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 "[T]he many fans of the Liaden universe will welcome the latest...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 Liaden Universe® thriller, I Dare… (more)
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The most recent novel in the Liaden series. There was a bit of backing up in time to follow the people sent out to attack the Department but we did get to the the Turtles eventually and find out why one of them landed on Surebleak without warning. Some of Korval's problems cleared up but lots of room for more books. Not a good place to enter the series but recommended for those who are pretty much caught up.
  hailelib | Feb 2, 2020 |
The latest book is a collection of stats and finishes to some story arcs. The plus with this universe is there are so many interesting characters in it to follow and the downside is that your favorite people never get enough screen time. This isn’t the best book to start the series with but fans that have come in the series at the several points that you will be very happy to read with happens in this book. I don’t think I can give too much of the plot out without ruining some thing for a reader that wants to be surprised about X but needless to say this is a book that fans of the series will be glad to read.


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  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jan 6, 2020 |
The good part is that the DOI is done for. I took this up hoping for a fast moving, absorbing read in which the good guys survive the baddies and trounce them. It was fast, if a bunch of quick views of near critical events, one after the other, is fast. Absorbing it was not, rather the the quick switches, as the different groups one after the other make clever or lucky escapes from peril, were jarring, and the inevitable drastic wounds to cared for characters who nonetheless survive did not create tension, but felt same old, same old. Then there were the multiplicity of mannered language usages different with each group visited, Bedel, Surebleakers, Pathfinders, and of course Liadens™️. Some of that was cool when lightly used and wrapped around a coherent narrative. But maybe there's hope for fun stories in the future now that the DOI is out of the way. ( )
1 vote quondame | Dec 27, 2019 |
The team sent off to take down the Department of the Interior are running into some interesting challenges--and an unexpected development.

Someone calling themself "Boss Surebleak" has demanded that Boss Conrad and the Road Boss be "retired," in the Surebleak sense, all their property stripped from their families, and those families deported from Surebleak, and Surebleak returned to its "native" laws and customs.

Theo, Bechimo, and crew are working off two serious demerits Theo and Bechimo earned while entering the Surebleak system in their previous adventure. The Portmaster is being hardnosed about it, which she admits is not really fair, but...

There's a Terra Trade survey team on planet, evaluating the port for the upgrade to "regional port, all services" status that it clearly needs for Surebleak to continue to grow. The presence of Clan Korval, and the bad reputation the Department of the Interior has managed to saddle them with, is of course one of the biggest obstacles to this. The fact that Theo, while being the Delm's sister, isn't really Clan Korval, is a detail that the Portmaster can't really expect to sell to the Terra Trade team. While doing their public service work, they find a gathering of Old Tech ships and devices, some of them from the old universe. Currently, the Old Tech intelligences are discussing whether or not the orders they have to destroy Surebleak are valid. Obviously, hot-headed Theo is the right one to convince them they're not, right?

Meanwhile, the Bedel have received an automated message from the Ship. When they reply, the Captain will notify them of when to be ready for their very late pickup. But do they want to go? A couple of generations at least have been born and have grown up on Surebleak. Some of them have strong local ties.

And if that's not enough excitement, a Turtle has arrived, not one of Edger's clan, but she does know Edger. Her name is Emissary Twelve, and she's been sent with some really bad news. If repair work on the damage done, apparently by the Gilmour Agency's mining operations, doesn't start soon, Surebleak will come apart in just twelve thousand years.

So, yes, okay, that particular disaster is on a timescale that makes it seem more urgent to Turtles than to humans, but still, why wait?

There's a lot going on here, and it's a lot of fun, if also pretty high stress to everyone involved. The Liaden universe, the Surebleak culture, and the new and old characters continue to grow and develop. It's an enjoyable and satisfying story.

Recommended.

I received this audiobook as a gift from a kind friend. ( )
  LisCarey | Dec 15, 2019 |
Accepting the Lance ties up all of the "contemporary" story lines in the Liaden Universe in a satisfying way. Because of that, this is definitely not a good starting place for the series. But those who have been following it should be satisfied.

There is a lot going on here, so many of the ongoing characters are on-stage only briefly, but giving each their full due would drag the book out past enduring. The only thing that feels slighted is in the attack on the Department of the Interior's base. A major development comes from nowhere; I felt off-balance through that whole sequence because of it.

The ending is satisfactory, but leaves plenty of room for more stories in this universe. Recommended ( )
  readinggeek451 | Nov 18, 2019 |
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NEW NOVEL IN THE NATIONALLY BEST-SELLING LIADEN UNIVERSE® SERIES. Sequel to national bestseller Neogenesis. Exiled from Liad after bombing a city to save it from The Department of the Interior''s infernal weapons and plans, Clan Korval has gone to ground on the back-water planet Surebleak, whose people are as untamed as its weather. The old Boss-controlled fiefdoms largely fell to Pat Rin yos''Phelium''s influence, but the world is restive, the influx of outworld lawyers, guns, and money a brewpot for armed dissatisfaction. Far beyond the surface of frigid Surebleak Korval''s farflung trade network needs a serious reset to recover from exile. From flagship Dutiful Passage to the experimental--if centuries old--self-aware Bechimo co-captained by the Delm''s blood-sister Theo Waitley, the clan''s ships are prowling space lanes seeking trade. Meanwhile, Old Tech from a failed universe--the ancient but revived Tinsori Light--and the machinations of the mysterious Uncle are coalescing into dangerous opportunity or nefarious trap. And the Department of the Interior is not done with Clan Korval yet. They seek a final fully reckoned revenge, with Surebleak and Korval''s ships and people everywhere in the crosshairs. About Accepting the Lance: "Accepting the Lance is a tour de force! So many threads woven, so many pieces moved on the board, old and new friends met, this book is an extraordinary installment in a brilliant series. I stayed up till 3 a.m. reading it and I have zero regrets. An incredible ride of a book!"--Nalini Singh Praise for The Liaden Universe®:  "This series [is] . . . the premier place to find good romantic SF adventure. . . . strong characters finding their own way (and, often, each other) in an action-packed galaxy of worlds. . . . Every story stands on its own; readers don''t have to be familiar with the Liaden universe. Those who have had the pleasure, though, will find many connections to existing tales." --Analog on A Liaden Constellation, Volume 1 "As always, this intelligent space opera focuses on matters of manners, honor, duty, and clever repartee; violence is rarely the solution, and subtlety wins out over overt force. . . . [Neogenesis] provides thoroughly satisfying progression or resolution for multiple threads and will feel comfortably familiar for fans of Korval''s escapades."--Publishers Weekly on Neogenesis "[S]prawling and satisfying. . . . Space opera mixes with social engineering, influenced by Regency-era manners and delicate notions of honor. . . . [I]t''s like spending time with old friends . . ."--Publishers Weekly on Dragon in Exile "Compelling and wondrous, as sharp and graceful as Damascus steel, Necessity''s Child is a terrific addition to Lee & Miller''s addictive series."--Patricia Briggs on Necessity''s Child "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 "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 "[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 Miller''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 "[T]he many fans of the Liaden universe will welcome the latest...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 Liaden Universe® thriller, I Dare

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