Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Trade Secret (Liaden Universe #4) (Books of Before #4), by Sharon Lee (author), Steve Miller (author), Kevin T. Collins (narrator)

Audible Frontiers, November 2013 (original publication  July 2012)

Jethri Gobelyn is now an adopted son of Clan Ixin, and he's back on his new mother's trade ship, Elthoria after his time on Irikwae learning Liaden ways and getting his certification as a junior trader. He still has a lot to learn, though, and when Scout ter'Astin arrives with word that the book and other items Jethri entrusted to the Scouts for study have been stolen by someone inside the Scout, it sets in motion a much riskier "learning experience." He's soon off with ter'Astin, pursuing his stolen property and representing Clan Ixin as a trader without the backup of his new mother and his friend s on Elthoria.

Meanwhile, his old ship, Gobelyn's Market, is going through its own complex challenges, and adjuting to the absence of Jethri, who was the least important crew member as long as he was with them. And their secrets, long-buried secrets involving Jethri's father Arin. Those secrets are going to have repercussions on both sides of the Terran-Liaden divide.

And just to make things a little more complicated, Jethri's accidentally acquired enemy, the heir of Clan Rinortk, is determined to Make Jethri Pay.

Oh, should I mention that Uncle makes another appearance?

There's action, politics, and even, as Jethri starts to move in Liaden society as an adult, romance.

The only real question is whether he can survive his adventures.

This is a lot of fun, a really enjoyable addition to the Liaden universe. Recommended.

I bought this book.