Dragon Ship is a stirring space adventure from master storytellers Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - number 15 in the award-winning Liaden Universe saga. Space ships, action, adventure - all tied together with a strong dollop of romance and intrigue - make this a compelling series for a wide range of readers, from romance to military-SF lovers.
First Class Courier Pilot Theo Waitley was already known as a nexus of violence - and then she inherited the precarious captaincy of a mysterious self-aware ship designed to serve a long dead trader. Now she has a trade route to run for Clan Korval while she convinces the near-mythic ghost ship Bechimo - and herself - that she wants to commit herself as the human side to their immensely powerful symbiosis. While her former lover battles a nanovirus that's eating him alive, she's challenged to rescue hundreds of stranded pilots and crewmen from an explosive situation in near orbit around a suddenly hostile planet. Lovers, enemies, an ex-roomie, and a jealous spaceship are all in peril as Theo wields power that no one in the universe is sure of - especially her.
©2012 Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I love all of the Liaden titles, but this one is winding an amazing number of strands toward a grand climax. Theo's story could be stand alone, though having read the others deepens the background and adds to the richness. I have read them all in print, so my listening to Dragon Ship was a wonderful re-visit, and I felt all the same delight as on my first reading. I do find that listening to a book expands the book. One hears bits that the eye may skip over. The reading was very good, with just a couple of words that the reader was not familiar with. I always find that a bit jarring. They were not "strange" words from the Liaden Universe, rather normal English words. I eagerly await the next step in the overall plot, and heartily recommend this title.
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