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Publisher's Summary

New entry in the nationally best-selling Liaden Universe series. Sequel to national bestseller The Gathering Edge.
Menace from Back Space Looming out of the Dust of Time
The Complex Logic Laws were the result of a war waged hundreds of years in the past, when two human powers threw massive AI navies at each other and nearly annihilated themselves. Being human, they blamed their tools for this near miss; they destroyed what was left of the sentient ships, and made it illegal to be, manufacture, or shelter an independent logic.
Strangely, however, the Free Ships and other AIs did not turn themselves in or suicide, they merely became wary of humans, and stayed under their scans. A clandestine support network grew up, including hidden yards where smart ships were manufactured, and mentors — humans specially trained to ease a new intelligence into the universe — socialized them, and taught them what they needed to know to survive.
Among those with a stake in the freedom of Independent Logics is Theo Waitley, who is somewhat too famously the captain of intelligent ship Bechimo. Theo's brother, Val Con yos'Phelium, presides over a household that has for a generation employed an AI butler. Recently, he approved the "birth" of the butler's child, who was sent, with human mentor Tolly Jones, to rescue or destroy an orphaned AI abandoned at a remote space station.
Then there's Uncle, the shadowy mastermind from the Old Universe, whose many projects often skirt the boundaries of law, both natural and man-made — and the puppet-masters at the Lyre Institute, whose history is just as murky — and a good deal less honorable.
All have an interest in the newly-awakening Self-Aware Logic that is rumored to have the power to destroy universes.
The question is: Who will get to it first?
©2018 Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Every now and then you come across an author, or in this case, a pair, who write exactly what you want to read, the characters and personalities that make you enjoy meeting them.... I rarely rave on and on about stories, but I am devoted to Lee and Miller novels and stories." (Anne McCaffrey)
"[T]he many fans of the Liaden Universe will welcome the latest...continuing young pilot Theo Waitley's adventures." (Booklist on Saltation)
"[A]ficionados of intelligent space opera will be thoroughly entertained...[T]he authors' craftsmanship is top-notch." (Publishers Weekly on Lee and Miller's popular Liaden Universe® thriller, I Dare)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 01-19-18

Excellent addition to the Liaden Universe

Scrumptious. The 21st, and next to last in this ongoing arc of the Liaden Universe brings many stories forward and allows us to see more about characters we'd nearly lost track of. Tocohl, Tolly (Tollance Berik-Jones), Hazenthull all get significant roles, as does Theo. The action takes place in multiple locations, including Surebleak, Bechimo, Admiral Bunter, Tarigan, and Tinsori Light. A thoroughly satisfying book, and an excellent precursor to the 'fifth of five' that is to follow. There are even some tantalizing hints to things we'd likely forgotten or thought unrelated. Highly recommended if you've been following the Liaden Universe at all, and superbly well read by Eileen Stevens.

Note: includes the full text of the earlier published short story The Space at Tinsori Light.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Robin C. Rutan on 04-09-18

Whew, no bad accents.

Love the series but have had painful trouble reading/ listening to the 2 previous books due to the terrible accents. Thank goodness they went back to a tried and true narrator of the series.

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