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Necessity's Child Audiobook

Necessity's Child: A Novel of the Liaden Universe

The kompani see none as an enemy, and yet few as friend. The kompani exist in many places, living quietly in the shadows, thriving off the bounty that others have no wit to secure, nor skill to defend. Their private history is unwritten; their recall rooted in dance and dream. The Clan Korval is in many ways the opposite of the kompani. The interstellar trading clan is wealthy in enemies, and fortunate in friends. Korval protects itself with vigor, and teaches even its youngest children the art of war
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Space ships, action, adventure - all tied together with a strong dollop of romance and clan intrigue - make this a compelling series for a wide range of listeners, from romance to military Science Fiction lovers.

The kompani see none as an enemy, and yet few as friend. The kompani exist in many places, living quietly in the shadows, thriving off the bounty that others have no wit to secure, nor skill to defend. Their private history is unwritten; their recall rooted in dance and dream. The Clan Korval is in many ways the opposite of the kompani. The interstellar trading clan is wealthy in enemies, and fortunate in friends. Korval protects itself with vigor, and teaches even its youngest children the art of war.

And when representatives of Clan Korval arrive on the planet Surebleak where the kompani has lived, secret and aloof, the lives of three people intersect - Kezzi, apprentice to the kompani's grandmother; Syl Vor, Clan Korval's youngest warrior; and Rys, a man without a world, or a past.

Necessity's Child is a standalone adventure in the popular and exciting Liaden Universe.

©2013 Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Charlie Russel Sunshine Coast, BC, CA 02-08-14
    Charlie Russel Sunshine Coast, BC, CA 02-08-14
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    "Excellent addition to the Liaden Universe"

    Clan Korval is on Surebleak, and the Bosses have started a school. Young Syl Vor, bored by himself in the clan house, moves to the city to live with his mother, Nova yos'Galan to attend school. Meanwhile, the Kompani have saved the life of Rys Lin pen'Chala, a Field Agent of the Department of the Interior who was beaten and left for dead near the underground home of the Kompani and found by Kezzi, a young apprentice healer.

    Kezzi is caught as a truant by Mike Golden (Nova's "Hand"), and taken to the school where she meets Syl Vor. Syl Vor proposes her to Nova as his Sister, and they become good friends while building a bridge between the Korval and the Kompani. To tell more would be too much, however.

    The story could easily be a simple YA addition to the Liaden Universe, but it actually explores more than that and introduces characters that I think will have a significant influence in the future. And to dismiss it as mere YA is to totally miss the point.

    The reader is Eileen Stevens, who is also the reader for the Fledgling Arc of the Liaden Universe. I found her reading quite good, with characters easily distinguished while not being overly intrusive. If I had one complaint it is that when the story switches viewpoints and storylines, which it does regularly, Ms. Stevens didn't provide a "whitespace" break between the story lines. Even a 1/2 second gap would have helped clarity. But really, I'm nitpicking. A thoroughly enjoyable story, and highly recommended. If you're new to the Liaden Universe, this story is essentially standalone, but still probably not the best starting point. I'd start with Balance of Trade, Local Custom, Agent of Change, or Fledgling. Really, any would do, but I think personally I'd go for Agent of Change, which was the very first published book in the series, though not the chronologically first. IAC, if you're just starting, you have a treat ahead of you!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Skipper 08-21-13
    Skipper 08-21-13

    Skipper

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    "Schoolyard Thugs, Gypsies, Dragons, & Spies"

    Space Opera, set on Planet Surebleak. Much MUCH richer as part of the Liaden Series, but comprehensible as a stand alone. One of my favorites in the series, even though the chief protagonists are only about 12 years old. These two kids outwit school-yard bullies and deadly Agents of Change. No magical dramliza to save the day (which gets boring). Instead, Nova's fierce and honorable son Syl Vor (aka "Young Dragon") must duke it out.

    He's a fabulous character, a little lonely, at times bored, and striving to overcome his recent nightmare experiences on Runig's Rock, when he was hiding from merciless killers while protecting newborn twins. He's smart, stubbornly tenacious, sweet, and sometimes still adorably child-like.

    Is the plot improbable? Yes, but not nearly as fantastical as most books in the series.

    Secondary characters from the series include Ren Zel, Anthora, Tree, Pat Rin, Miri, Val Con, Daav, Shan, Padi, and Mr. Shaper, the neighbor. Nova plays a big role, but the others get only bit parts.

    We see plenty of Syl Vor, the tween-ager, and his new friend Kezzi, a delightful girl of the romany-like Bedel People. She is training to be a healer and seer. Together, they confound bullies and killer-spies.

    The scenes showing how Syl Vor and Kezzi became "friends" are a hoot!

    Content: One sex scene involving M/F adults, some violence, death. No profanity.

    The narration is decent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila A. Sherwin Michigan, USA 02-08-13
    Sheila A. Sherwin Michigan, USA 02-08-13 Member Since 2013

    A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!

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    "Great Story"

    Another story in the Liaden Universe! Yaaaay! It is well-written, though it seems (except for one scene) that the target audience may be YA. Doesn't bother me at all, just realize that the majority of the story is from the viewpoint of young adolescents. The narrator did an OK job, though I wish the various narrators would use the same pronunciation of Liaden words! Or even the word Liaden! Also, pronouncing 'kompani' as if it were 'company' just didn't make sense to me. All in all, a good addition to the universe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kyahgirl Alberta 11-30-15
    Kyahgirl Alberta 11-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A great story but confusing format."

    4/5; 4 stars; A-

    This is the review of the audio version.
    I gave 5 stars to the book format. Why? Well, I have to say the way that Lee and Miller write can sometimes be confusing, especially on audio. They often have long, long chapters with lots of 'scene breaks' throughout. In the audio version of this book, its easy to get lost. As I listened I found myself thinking, more than once, that I was glad I had already read the book. I don't know if the narrator could have done a better job or not. I liked Eileen Stevens narration overall.

    I LOVED this story, don't get me wrong. Here is my review of the actual story.

    4.5/5; 5 stars; A

    The concepts and characters introduced in this book open up a whole new range of intriguing possibilities for future Liaden Universe stories. I thought the idea of the Bedel people living on Surebleak as a separate society was brilliant. What better place to find dramliza than in a group of 'gypsy' type people, imbued with various gifts such as the sight and far seeing. I liked the variety of characters in the Bedel clan.

    I thought that Syl Vor yos'Galan stole the show in this book. He was such a great character. (When I recently re-read Crystal Dragon I saw that Syl Vor is a a yos'Galan family name from way back. Tor An yos'Galan thinks about his grandfather Syl Vor living in his bedroom at the clanhome which was ultimately destroyed by the sheriekas) Although the story takes place after the Korval clan has been kicked off Liad, a person could read this book without having read any of the previous books and still feel satisfied. Reading the short story "Hidden Resources" would give a bit of backstory on where the clan's children were situated before they got settled on Surebleak. In the course of Necessity's Child, there is mention of the strain of the situation on Syl Vor and the dark time before which seemed to make him so somber. (Hidden Resources can be found in the chapbook 'Halfing Moon', available from Smashwords and other ebook sellers).

    Another character I really liked was Rhys. His virtual re-birth in the Bedel clan was bitter sweet.

    This book didn't really move the overall Korval/DOI battle forward, some of that is going on in other books thats run concurrently, but I thought it enriched the picture of the world being created on Surebleak and set the stage for interesting future developments.

    I love this series. I really do.

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    derines 01-17-15
    derines 01-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Korval continues"

    Love this series and universe. The characters are well drawn out as is the story.
    The narrative performance is excellent as usual with this performer.

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    Edmund Wanat 06-17-14
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    "Excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very enjoyable. I hope this is the beginning to a new series and a new character like "Fledgling" was.


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    Amazon Customer 02-21-13 Member Since 2011

    Coasty

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    "Awesome as usuall!"
    Where does Necessity's Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book rates in the top ten I have listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Necessity's Child?

    To share that would be a spoiler because there were several that really stood out!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed for hours.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer benson, AZ, United States 02-07-13
    Amazon Customer benson, AZ, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2012

    Aging hippie

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    "Story suffers from poor performance"

    Followers of the Liaden Universe series will be thrilled to have a new installment, but the performance is a real disappointment. Readers may decide they would rather read the print version.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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