Mouse and Dragon
by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
Series: Liaden Universe #7
Genre: Science Fiction (space opera)
Published by Baen, 2010
Synopsis: Aelliana Caylon has endured much, and finally, she appears to have won all: a spaceship, comrades, friends — and the love of a pilot she adores.
Even better that her lover—the man who was destined for her, a man as much a loner as she—is also the Delm of Korval, arguably the most powerful person on all of Liad. He has the power to remove her and protect her from the toxic environment of her home Clan. Best of all, he agrees to sit as her co-pilot and her partner in a courier business.
Even happy endings sometimes show a few flaws. Such as Aelliana’s home clan being not as agreeable to letting her go as it had first seemed. And the fact that someone is stealing pilots in the Low Port, which falls within the Delm of Korval’s honor. Oh, and the revelation that the man she loves—the man who is destined for her—isn’t entirely the man she thought he was. And finally, she discovers that even the lift from Liad she’d so fervently desired, is part of a larger plan, a plan requiring her to be someone she never thought she was, or could be.
“…life is not safe. Random action threatens us all. The choices we have are between fear and boldness, between joy and terror.
“If at all possible, I believe it is necessary to choose joy. One may survive no longer, nor ever be safe, but one’s life will be worth living.”
“The clan is people, denubia; never forget that. We can only protect each other. Sometimes, in order to protect those others who are the clan, a person must do something that is very hard. The clan asks much because it gives much.”
- This is a hard review to write. It was a hard book to read in some ways. It is a sequel to Scout’s Progress which was published in 2002. I had read other books which are later in the series (but written before this book).
- I like Daav and Aelliana a lot. Scout’s Progress begins the story of Daav and Aelliana.
- I knew some of this story, but it’s nice to have more details filled in. I like that we see Val Con as a child.
- As I read this I had some feelings of déjà vu–because I knew so much of the story. That isn’t necessarily bad. As I said above I like getting the details.
- Korval’s Tree is always so interesting to read about.
- I did cry during parts of this book.
- This isn’t my favorite book in the series. It’s inserted between two books written years before so it has to work with Scout’s Progress and the books which come after it.
- I thought the ending threw lots of disparate things in without too much information about them all.
And a few thoughts . . .
- I’ve been reading the Liaden Universe series for over 15 years and I love the stories. I’ve read a few of them more than once. I’m so glad the early books written in the 1980’s were reprinted and that the authors are writing new books in the series.
- Even though this isn’t my favorite I’m looking forward to reading the next books in the series.
Have you read this book? How did you like it?
- Sharon Lee has been married to her first husband–Steve Miller–for more than half her lifetime; she is a friend to cats, a member of the National Carousel Association, and oversees the dubious investment schemes of an improbable number of stuffed animals. Despite having been born in a year of the dragon, Sharon is an introvert. She lives in Maine because she likes it there.
- Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have written twenty novels of science fiction and fantasy together— many of them set in the Liaden Universe® — and numerous short stories.