The Gathering Edge
- Liaden Universe: Theo Waitley, Book 5
- Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
- Series: Liaden Universe: Theo Waitley, Book 5, Liaden Universe, Book 19
- Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 02-05-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Whispersync for Voice-ready
The luck runs rough around Theo Waitley. Not only are people trying to kill her and capture the self-aware intelligent ship, Bechimo, to whom Theo is bonded, they're also trying to arrest her crew membersand throw the dignity of an important passenger, the duly constituted norbear ambassador Hevelin, into question.
No wonder Theo and her crew felt the need for a break and retired to what Bechimo refers to as "safe space". Unfortunately, safe space may not be so safe anymore. It seems that things are leaking through from another universe and another time. In fact whole spaceships are coming through. One of those ships is a blasted battleship seemingly fleeing a long-lost war. What's more, its crew may be members of Theo's ancient ancestral line - her relatives. It's certain that they are in dire need of help. Theo has a choice to make. It seems that Bechimo's "safe space" is about to become deadly perilous.
Maine-based writers Sharon Lee and Steve Miller teamed up in the late 1980s to bring the world the story of Kinzel, an inept wizard with a love of cats, a thirst for justice, and a staff of true power. Since then, the husband and wife have written dozens of short stories and more than 20 novels, most set in their star-spanning Liaden Universe®. Before settling down to the serene and stable life of a science fiction and fantasy writer, Steve was a traveling poet, a rock-band reviewer, a reporter, and editor of a string of community newspapers. Sharon, less adventurous, has been an advertising copywriter, a copy editor on night-side news at a small city newspaper, a reporter, a photographer, and a book reviewer. Both credit their newspaper experiences with teaching them the finer points of collaboration. Sharon and Steve passionately believe that fiction ought to be fun and that stories are entertainment.
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By Avid reader on 06-05-17
Continuation of on going story
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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By Elisabeth Carey on 12-05-17
Another exciting Liaden adventure
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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