Dragon in Exile : Liaden Universe

  • by Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
  • Narrated by Kevin T. Collins
  • Series: Liaden Universe
  • 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Star-trading Clan Korval - known to Terrans as the Tree-and-Dragon Family and to the locals simply as the Dragon - has been convicted of crimes against the homeworld. No matter that one of the "crimes" consisted of saving the elitist planet of Liad from very real internal threats, the Council of Clans wanted Korval heads to roll. Unfortunately for the council, the Dragon's allies conspired to impose a milder punishment for saving the world: banishment rather than execution.
Now relocated to the free-for-all world of Surebleak, the Dragon is under contract to keep the Port Road open to all traffic and to back the New Bosses in imposing law and order on a society originally based on larceny and assassination. This modest rustication is going surprisingly well until Korval discovers that the enemy they'd sought to destroy wasn't quite destroyed. And is more determined than ever to eradicate Korval.
While the banishment killed no one initially, many of Korval's trading allies are spooked. Some are reneging on ancient agreements, leaving the Dragon to make its own way. The clan's efforts to stealthily recruit new allies is going haywire, and a secret death toll is rising even as the clan's adherents endure increasing exposure to danger and deceit off world.
To make matters worse, an active portion of Surebleak's native population liked the Old Ways just fine and are conspiring to take the New Bosses - and the Dragon - down and are sure they have the firepower and people to do it.
The exiled Dragon has to make an urgent choice: accept an alliance with criminals or face down each and every enemy in person, one by one.


What the Critics Say

"[S]prawling and satisfying.... Space opera mixes with social engineering, influenced by Regency-era manners and delicate notions of honor.... [I]t's like spending time with old friends...." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Korval on Surebleak, many story lines progress

Dragon in Exile continues the story of Clan Korval on their new home of the planet Surebleak. Almost all the various storylines progress in this book with the exception of Theo Waitley and Bechemo, who appear, but where we don't get a lot that moves their story forward. This is an excellent addition to the Liaden Universe from Sharon Lee and Steve Miller and the story is highly recommended. The narration from Stephen T. Collins is not his best. He still seems to be struggling with his sense of pace and narrative volume, though it's certainly better than his last Liaden reading, Trade Secret. I'm disappointed in Mr. Collins, because I know he can do better.

But please, don't let that minor complaint slow you down. This is an excellent addition to the Liaden Universe and highly recommended.
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- Kindle Customer

The Clan Korval on Sure Bleak story continues

Readers who have been waiting for new installments in the Liaden universe will be pleased to revisit several of their favorite characters. Almost everybody from previous books makes an appearance or gets a mention in this book. So my only quibble with the book is that it covers so many story lines that some of them don't get as much attention as the listener might want. The plot is rather a stew of many ingredients.

A note to new readers: This book is heavily dependent on previous history in at least 3 other books; it is not the book to pick up without previous reading. I think new readers should start with "I Dare", at least to follow this plot sequence, but check out the authors' online resources to verify that. There is a lot of back story concerning the many (more than ten) main characters mentioned in this installment. Even readers of previous books might want to review previous books, to remember who is who.

As for the performance: it is painful to listen to. The performer spends the first 3 hours in William Shatner mode. He eventually tones it down it a bit, but the character voices are all over the place and he changes the pronunciation of some names. He reads most of the Liadens as if they were 19th century English gentry. Worse, he reads Pat Rin as if he were a character out of Dickens. I like Pat Rin but his dialog is unbearable. Then the performer reads the lower class SureBleak characters as if they were either out of a western or Chicago mobsters.

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- Amazon Customer "Aging hippie"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios