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Blazing into their 12th Liaden novel, Lee and Miller prove they can still deliver elegant variations on the theme in this coming-of-age story, a sequel to 2009's Fledgling. Theo Waitley, half-Terran daughter of a Liaden pilot, escapes her stifling homeworld to attend pilot school, where her fierce attitude and extraordinary competence earn her enemies and friends. When her boyfriend's keepsake makes them both a target for galactic-level bad guys, Theo must head to Liad to ask for help from the leader of her father's clan. The story will not disappoint longtime Lee and Miller fans, but readers don't need to know the series to understand or care about the characters, who will also appeal to fans of Elizabeth Moon's Kylara Vatta and other strong young adult heroines. (Apr.)
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The many fans of the Liad universe will welcome the latest from it, continuing young pilot Theo Waitley’s adventures from I Dare (2002). She leaves her home planet, Delgado, to matriculate at a piloting academy. Complicating matters, she’s sponsored by one Liaden Scout and falls in love with another. She wins respect and envy at the academy but is forced to leave, thanks to vicious planetary politics, though not before getting her pilot’s license. She maintains a long distance relationship with young Liaden Scout Win Ton, and an odd gift from him draws her into the aftermath of the war against the Department of the Interior, which is even more savage than descriptions in previous Liad books indicated. Enjoyable without knowing its prequel, Fledgling (2009), Saltation is still more pleasurable read after it. The third story in the series, Ghost Ship, is in the works. --Frieda Murray --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Liaden Universe® (Book 12)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439134529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439134528
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maine-based writers Sharon Lee and Steve Miller teamed up in the late '80s to bring the world the story of Kinzel, a 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 twenty-two novels, most set in their star-spanning Liaden Universe®.

The eighteenth novel of Liaden Universe® adventures, Dragon in Exile, will be published in June 2015. The third collection of Liaden Universe® shorter works, Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume III, will be published in August 2015.

Carousel Seas, the concluding book in Sharon's Carousel trilogy (starting with Carousel Tides, and continuing in Carousel Sun) was published by Baen in January 2015.

All Lee-and-Miller, and Lee, novels (with the exception of work-for-hire Sword of Orion) are available as paper books, ebooks, and audiobooks.

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, reporter, and editor of a string of community newspapers. Sharon, less adventurous, has been an advertising copywriter, copy editor on night-side news at a small city newspaper, reporter, photographer, and book reviewer. Both credit their newspaper experiences with teaching them the finer points of collaboration.

Sharon and Steve passionately believe that reading fiction ought to be fun, and that stories are entertainment.

Steve and Sharon maintain a website at

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By JimH on April 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Saltation is a great story in its own right, while also both: (1) taking us through the next steps in Theo Waitley's youthful development into a stellar pilot, as the sequel to Fledgling, where we first met Theo and her parents, friends, and society, and (2) connecting Theo's stories into the ongoing Liaden Universe stories with the revelation that her father is actually one of our favorite characters from those preceding books. Now, with both lines of stories linked, the stage is set for the next story pushing forward our insight into the characters and epic events to come as Clan Korval seizes each day and wrings the most from it. Very enjoyable reading following Lee & Miller's superbe storytelling for past decades and more to come! Each story has been wonderful, but I can't help feeling that the subset of stories following Daav and his children forward is even more engrossing and nervewracking than even the early Cantra stories...and that's saying something! Love 'em all, but the latest are the greatest! Only wish I could find ways to help such wonderful storytellers and their publishers create tighter turn-around on spreading their stories...the ratio between (time-to-write + time-to-market) / time-to-read is just too large! Need more...sooner! Theo's great!
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I think I have finally done it. I think I have finally grasped what it is about the Lee and Miller Liaden books that makes them so damn appealing. On the face of it, they're nothing all that special. It's basically a bunch of traders swanning around the galaxy buying and selling stuff (along with the odd explorer-type known as a Scout), all of them eventually finding their soulmates and having a hand in foiling some big evil plot or another. Fun, yes, romantic, yes, convoluted and entertaining and intriguing, yes... but why, I've often wondered, are these particular merchants, these shopkeepers in space and their assorted paramours, so completely, utterly, irresistibly enthralling to me that each new Liaden novel is like a gift from a just and benevolent deity?

And today, it hit me. And then *I* hit me. And I deserved it. I mean, it's always been pretty obvious. It's 'cause of the Liadens, idiot. Liadens are cool. Why do you think the series is *named after them?* (Okay, no need to be mean, me! Move on.)

I'm right, though. The Liadens *are* cool. They're cool because their society is out of a bygone era, with an honor code straight out of Camelot. And there is something just so endlessly fascinating to modern day us about the storybook visions of a nobler time; these Liadens, with their formal manner of speech and their complex social mores, their ideas of "Balance" and absolute familial duty, hearken back to legends of Knights and Samurai and hell, even Jedi.

But it may be that formal manner of speech that is the real clincher.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Newell VINE VOICE on May 2, 2010
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"Saltation" is the sequel to "Fledgling," the first in a series of novels about heroine and pilot Theo Waitley. If you haven't yet read Fledging, by all means do so first. It's a very good story and provides essential background information. You won't make heads or tails out of Saltation if you haven't read Fledgling.

The first half of Saltation seemed very much a matter of "let's follow Theo's continuing adventures." Theo, after her experiences and growth in Fledgling, now is at Anglindin Piloting Academy, and we experience her new life with her. But for half the book, that's all we do.

There has been a lot of demand in fandom for more about Theo, and with good reason. She's an engaging, well-drawn character, with enough flaws to be real and believable, yet with enough going for her to be downright fascinating. Unfortunately that's not quite enough to carry about 180 pages of text without any sort of real plot. If you're a fan, you'll find it all interesting, as I did, but it leaves you wanting a little more.

A plot does begin to slowly develop in the second half of the book, and by the very end it's in full swing and of great interest. Then the book ends. It just drops you off a cliff. You reach the last page and it stops.

Now, there's nothing wrong with a cliffhanger, and there's nothing wrong with sequels and continuations, and I, as do many others, look forward to the next book in the series. But this is more like falling off the edge than it is a real cliffhanger. The book takes far too long to develop a compelling plot, and then fails to satisfy with an ending that seems based more on page count than it does on choosing a good breakpoint for the story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 22, 2010
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On her "safe" home planet of Delgado - "safe" meaning that curfews are strictly enforced, the police are really nitpicky, and conformity is encouraged - young Theo Waitley was considered non-conforming and accident-prone. Turns out, Theo, being half-Terran and half-Liaden, possesses extraordinary reflexes, superior to those of ordinary Terrans, and that youth and inexperience had rendered her "clumsy" amongst her peers. You'd assume then that once she'd arrived at the pilot academy on Eylot, where she can rub elbows with graceful fellow Liadens, that she'd fit in more seamlessly. But nah.

SALTATION, sequel to FLEDGLING, finds Theo more comfortable in her skin and demonstrating potential to be a gifted pilot. But it's not all "good lift and safe landing" for her. Theo still struggles with her math, and while she's busy garnering a reputation as a skilled flier, she's also gaining notoriety for her social behavior. It's a subliminal thing, but it seems that Theo's posture is at times one of unconscious aggression, something which cultured, subtle Liadens tend to associate with Terran demeanor. It's probably inevitable that she's later deemed a "nexus of violence" by the school administrators on Eylot. And I'll say this, Theo does get mixed up in a series of confrontations.

Oh, but Sharon Lee & Steve Miller have got big plans for Theo Waitley. First introduced in the last two pages of I DARE some years ago, Theo was the young Jump pilot who bum-rushed that book's central characters, frantic to apprise the Delm of Korval of "really bad trouble" (so, yes, I DARE ended on a cliffhanger). Not much was known of Theo Waitley back then, and I guess the authors felt the "necessity" (heh) to color in her backstory.
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