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Would you try another book from Sharon Lee and Steve Miller and/or Eileen Stevens?
I have read all of their books in this series and will continue to do so. I love the world they have created.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
As normal the authors did not complete any of the story lines only introduced new ones.
Which character – as performed by Eileen Stevens – was your favorite?
She did an excellent job especially in the beginning where a new language was used extensively
Did The Gathering Edge inspire you to do anything?
Any additional comments?
If I had not personally met the authors I would swear the books in this series are written by a group of different people. There is such a dichotomy in writing styles between the books. I love the world created and some of the writing. You have the books written with great understanding, feeling and humor: Local Custom, Fledgling and Saltation come to mind. You have the war books like Crystal Dragon where you get to the pinnacle of the book and a main character is nobling sacrificing himself and you yawn as you turn the page because you have no emotional investment in the character. You have Plan B where you are totally committed to the action and the characters. You have really fast paced battle sequences Plan B and Dragon Ship where you are almost dizzy with all the action and techno speak. Finally there are books like Trade Secret where you are put to sleep by minutia.
The Gathering Edge had some moments from several of these styles. It was a very intimate look at life on board ship, Bechimo and the interactions of the crew and some new passengers. In bringing on board the new passengers you had a new language introduced and the authors spent a lot of time with the concept of communication difficulties and learning abilities of the participants. For me the best parts of the book revolved around the 2 ambassadors and the possible story line convergence, alas to be in a future book, hopefully. Finally you see Theo in the role of rescuer again, putting ship, crew and their future in danger to rescue a former mentor.
As normal with these authors in their later books, there is no closure or resolution of any of the threads left to dangle…But the possibilities, oh the possibilities.
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Theo Waitley and her intelligent, self-aware ship, Bechimo, are still looking for the proper balance between them, even as they try to make the best choices in a galaxy where it seems everyone is out to get them. Both the Scouts and rather darker forces want to seize Bechimo; various powers want to arrest various members of her crew, and of course Theo has learned she has an unlooked-for connection to Clan Korval, a connection which possibly brings her allies, but certainly makes her a target.
So she and Bechimo have temporarily retreated to his "safe space," which has been essentially a dead zone. Now, though, things are leaking through there, from another galaxy, or another universe.
The latest thing to "leak through" is a badly damage, large spaceship. The ship is seemingly a derelict, and there are only three survivors on board.
And two of those survivors may be members of Theo's ancestral line, her own family.
With assorted people after Theo, Bechimo, some of their crew members, and even Hevelin, the duly constituted norbear Ambassador, even Bechimo's "safe space" isn't, very. When the pilot who guided Theo through earning her First Pilot rating gets caught in a trap intended to relieve him of his ship and reputation, Theo has to act.
It's compelling watching Theo and Bechimo work out their relationship, even while those around them, or rather on Bechimo, also work out whether Theo needs support or rescuing. The character development is artfully and effectively done, the world-building is very good, and the plot moves along very effectively.
I bought this audiobook.
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