5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)


A leap of faith is the only bridge between the past and the future.

The exiled Liaden clan Korval, pursued by rivals, is settling into a new base on the Surebleak backworld. It is costly to travel, as is battle, and Korval is strapped for resources. Therefore, Delm Korval instructed Master Trader Shan Yos ‘Galan to rapidly plan and introduce new trade routes.

But this is no simple assignment. Korval’s enemies are targeted by Dutiful Passage, denied docking at respectable ports, and robbed on those less respectable. Shan, trying to recover from an assault on his life, while handling the burgeoning psychic abilities of daughter Padi, runs out of options and time. His desire to build the all-important commercial route puts him at odds with his lifemate, while doubting the ship’s desert crew. Shan acknowledges the aid of chancy allies in the face of the possibility of defeat and turns the passage to a port just emerging from the Rostov Dust and flooded with mysterious energies.

Clan Korval would starve without trade. Can the leap of faith of a trader save everything or doom everything?

In Exile, About Dragon:
[S]prawling and satisfying.[S]prawling and satisfying. Space opera combines with social engineering, inspired by the manners and delicate notions of honor of the Regency period. It’s like spending time together with old friends. “Weekly Publishers

About The Child of Necessity:
Necessity’s Child is a perfect addition to the addictive series of Lee & Miller, convincing and wonderful, as sharp and elegant as Damascus steel. Patricia Briggs

About the series Liaden Universe®:

“I have every Liaden Universe novel ever written on my bookshelf. You should too.”-David Weber

You come across an author, or in this case, a pair, every now and then, writing just what you want to read, the characters and personalities that make you enjoy meeting them. I rarely rave about stories, but I’m dedicated to novels and stories by Lee and Miller. Anne McCaffrey

“These writers consistently deliver stories from fully-realized cultures, both human and foreign, with a rich, textured setting, intricate plotting, and vivid, interesting characters, and each book gets better.”

[D] enchanting fantasy and romance stories set in a far-off future. Milieu of space opera. It’s all a very heady combination of Gordon R. Dickson, the Forsythe Saga, and Victoria Holt, making it all sparkle and sizzle with Lee and Miller’s own special touches. Anyone whose taste in the true romantic tradition runs towards SF can not help but like the Liaden Universe. Analog

[T]he many fans of the universe of Liaden will welcome the new. The adventures of young pilot Theo Waitley continue.”-Saltation booklist”

[Intelligent space opera] aficionados will be thoroughly entertained. “[T]he craftsmanship of the authors is top-notch.”-Weekly Publishers on Lee and Miller’s influential Liaden Universe® thriller, I Dare
In the late 1980s, Maine-based authors Sharon Lee and Steve Miller teamed up to bring the tale of Kinzel to the world, an incompetent wizard with a passion for cats, a desire for justice, and a staff of real strength. Since then the husband and wife, most set in their star-spanning Liaden Universe®, have published hundreds of short stories and twenty plus novels. Steve was a traveling author, rock band critic, reporter, and editor of a series of regional newspapers before settling down to the serene and prosperous life of a science fiction and fantasy writer. Sharon, less creative, has been an advertisement copywriter, a small city newspaper copy editor for night-side news, a reporter, a photographer, and a book reviewer. Both credit their experiences in the newspaper with showing them the finer points of cooperation. Sharon and Steve passionately think that it should be fun to read literature, and that stories are entertainment. They maintain a presence on the internet at korval.com.