Monday, August 27, 2018

Duty Bound (Adventures in the Liaden Universe #3), by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Smashwords, May 2011 (original publication March 2001)

Again, two stories.

Pilot of Korval has the young Er Thom yos'Galan and Daav yos'Phelium, raised together, separated for the first time, as they each train as pilots and for their adult careers, Daav as a Scout, and Er Thom as a future ship's captain and Master Trader. For Er Thom, it leads to a test of both his commitment to his crewmates, and his judgment in pursuit of that. It's also a tricky test of his self-control, discipline, and relationship with his birth mother.

Breath's Duty gives us the adult Daav, long tucked away on Delgado, taking Ride the Luck into the middle of a battle to rescue old friend and ally Cronak, and his first, deadly encounter with the Department of the Interior. Along the way, he discovers he's maybe been insufficiently attentive to both what's happening on Liaden, and of who his son Val Con is growing up to be.

This stories both illuminate important characters in the Liaden universe. For Daav on Delgado, there were a couple of what seemed like possibly false notes, but not once he was off planet.

Overall, thoroughly enjoyable.

I bought this book.