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The Gathering Edge - eARC
by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Publisher: Baen Books

A series milestone as we welcome the twentieth amazing entry in the nationally best-selling Liaden Universe® series.

The luck runs rough around Theo Waitley. Not only are people trying to kill her and capture the self-aware intelligent ship Bechimo to whom Theo is bonded, they’re also trying to arrest her crew members, and throw the dignity of an important passenger, the duly-constituted norbear ambassador Hevelin, into question.

No wonder Theo and her crew felt the need of a break, and retired to what Bechimo refers to as "safe space." Unfortunately, safe space may not be so safe, anymore. It seems that things are leaking through from another universe, and another time. In fact, whole spaceships are coming through. One of those ships is a blasted battleship seemingly fleeing a long-lost war. What’s more, its crew may be members of Theo’s ancient ancestral line—her relatives. It’s certain that they are in dire need of help. Theo has a choice to make. It seems that Bechimo’s “safe space” is about to become deadly perilous.

Published: 2/6/2017
SKU: A9781476782188
Ebook Price: $15.00
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1. Minna R on 6/19/2017, said:

This was both the book I waited with bated breath for and the book I closed immediately turned to the first page and read again. Many series you read because the characters become friends and so a new book is a reunion of sorts. You know what the stories they have to tell will be and yet the friendship and good feeling wills you to listen as the same stories are retold again. Other books are wild adventures, as you hold on and let danger, tears, sweat, loss and triumph sweep through you. This book was both a long awaited reunion and a rollicking journey, making new friends and seeing old ones growup and tell new stories with echoes of old ones with new plot twists. This will be inevitably a favorite.
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2. Chris on 5/15/2017, said:

She's survived attacks ... she is a member of a family that shakes the universe when it needs a little re-shaping.
I've waited for this, through books about the action in other parts of the Liaden universe -- all good, all re-readable. Finally, here's Theo ... whose choices seem to create a bridge between history-myth and embattled today. Full of action, nail-biting anxiety, and people I want to know ... but not maybe hang out with right now!
Please write fast, Steve and Sharon.
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3. DrD on 3/30/2017, said:

I was disappointed at the end, which I felt was premature. I would have been satisfied if the ending had occurred on Surebleak with resolution and new direction rather than old plot limes left hanging, in space, so to speak.
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4. Cheyrl on 3/29/2017, said:

There has been only passing focus on Theo for the last several books, so this is wonderful to have almost an entire book just on her and crew, loved the two new Yxtrang and new plot elements developing.

It has been extremely frustating in subsequent books since Saltation, Fledgeling, Ghost Ship etc to have her present only in a few chapters. Yes, I want to know the status of Daav & Aelliana etc, but this focus on Theo is so satisfying that I can wait... and the ending gives an awesome hint that everything is coming together... soon!

Some of the other reviews make no sense or they are not adequately familiar with the series and characters. eArcs may not be 100% congruent with the final copy, but Sharon & Steve's eARCs are so close to be essentially indistinguishable to me. There was no feeling to me of missing chapters, and the ending was extremely satisfying. I think they need to re-read the eArc, or go read the rest of the series then edit their reviews.

Very good.
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5. Melvyn on 3/28/2017, said:

Wish I had known what an arC copy was before I purchased it. Got some interesting downloads with brief clips of readable material. Sigh. Won't do this again. Waste of time and frustrating.
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6. John D. on 3/25/2017, said:

After the last novel I find the focus on only Theo to date disappointing. The last novel had three main themes and I bought this one hoping the other two would be included as well. So in conclusion it is great for the one theme, Theo, but poor for the other two.
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7. Kim on 3/20/2017, said:

I'm a huge Liaden Universe fan and love any morsel I can get! This was not a conclusion to a story and I am sooo happy about that because I don't want the story to end! I want the authors to "keep it coming!" This outlay of Liaden Universe enriches the entire work and I look forward to the official release date so I can get the portions of The Gathering Edge that was not included in the e-arc!
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8. Aaron on 3/13/2017, said:

The Good: Much Less violence, more restraint and consequences of fighting than many other "adventure" authors at Baen. None of the "my way or the highway death and destruction, or end of the world, all or nothing so anything is justified stuff.

!BUT!

The Bad: At least 17 different characters, all with their sub-plot, each of which is interesting in themselves but not constantly interrupting each other and not over the span of ?3? books and more to come. Instead of resolving some plots continued over from previous books, this one just drags those out while introducing even more. Very hard to care about any of them. Very much not a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end: just a lot of "middle" which left me frustrated. Maybe great when the whole set is completed as an omnibus...
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9. Gary on 3/13/2017, said:

Ok, but not up to the author's usual standards. I really like Theo and her crew, so I was disappointed that the story seemed to lack focus and ended withou anything being resolved. Perhaps I am being a bit harsh, but I have such high expectations from these authors and their characters are amount my favorites, so.....just did't measure up this time around, For $15.00 I hoped for a novel not a novella.
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10. Keith on 3/13/2017, said:

Paid for this, could never dpwnload it. Complained and got no response. Mobi and epub formats fail, resolve to 20 bytes of nothing useful. ZIp format also unrecognized. And emailing to my Kindle resulted in getting a copy of some html pages about the book, but no book.

I"d take half a story over what i got.
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11. Jeff on 3/9/2017, said:

Folks, this is an eARC, electronic Advance Readers' Copy. That means it: a. is incomplete; b. never contains the resolution; c. is not as polished as the final published version; and d. may be missing several internal scenes or even whole chapters, especially bridge material. Please don't buy _any_ eARC expecting it to be a complete story.
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12. Michael on 3/7/2017, said:

I thought I was missing chapters.

This feels like half a story to be honest, maybe 3/4's of a story. There is no conclusion, there is limited build up, with minimal conflict to resolve, and almost nothing was resolved. I am unsure on the point of the book. Finished it in a day and was left feeling cheated at the ending.

I have enjoyed the previous Liaden novels but this is not a complete novel and literally nothing was resolved.
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13. Glenn on 2/22/2017, said:

Worth putting up with the slow start. Hang in and you'll be satisfied.
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14. Norbert on 2/21/2017, said:

Enjoyed the bringing together of Theo and company. Am waiting the next installment and can live with another ending that leaves you wanting more.
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15. Serge on 2/19/2017, said:

The slimmer thread never came to fruition. I feel like I only got 2/3 of the book. The two threads never came together. The story is good but left me wanting the rest before years go by.
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16. Pat on 2/14/2017, said:

The pace is slow, and I find myself hesitating to grab it up at every free moment. I feel that I'm reading it for the information about the Migration rather than for pleasure. The story arc of the Xtrang (not the X Strain) is confusing. I'm still waiting to find out just where they are in location as well as time. Someone please tell me if you know.

I find myself wanting someone to put the relevant information on Wiki. Maybe it will grow in me.

H I hope the next book finally takes us to Surebleak and all the other characters I love.
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17. tiffanyj on 2/11/2017, said:

mostly Theo and company here. i would recommend the book to anyone. it was very satisfying.
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18. M on 2/10/2017, said:

I read the sample chapters and enjoyed them so much that I decided to immediately buy the whole ARC. definitely did not disappoint. moves the story of Theo forward a lot, tying in a bunch of the older books (I am going to have the read some of the others again). Yes, ends with more story to go... but that is ok. I am looking forward to it.
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19. eskimodoc on 2/10/2017, said:

Took a bit to get going...I appreciate the need to develop the complicated strands of past and present Xtrang as well as the two new Xtrang...also additional development of Kara, WinTon, Joyita and Bechimo; however, I almost put the book down in its early stages. David Weber has done very nearly the same thing with extended exposition, and I have moved from waiting eagerly for new installments to eventually buying every other book in each series, usually after some time. Still, while I could easily edit Weber's books, removing large chunks of boredom, I could not do the same for this last Liaden book. The exposition seemed necessary, and overall, I enjoyed the book. The only other comment I have is that the end of the book seemed rushed and contrived as opposed to the usual well-crafted denouement and epilog. It seemed as tho (because of the need for initial exposition and character development) the authors couldn't figure out where to cut words, so they did it at the end. What they might not realize is that the the readers need that payoff, gentle letdown, and anticipation of the next installment, and we didn't get it. Basically, the whole pace was off (in my opinion). Still, good story, and I appreciate each and every character...especially seeing joyita coming into his own. Thanks guys!
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20. Charlie on 2/10/2017, said:

Loved the story. But I hate being left hanging, AGAIN!
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21. Pete on 2/8/2017, said:

"The luck" starts to look more like a digression after a while. Starts slow, then goes off on a tangent.
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22. Joel on 2/8/2017, said:

Great. SOOO many threads await resolution. Next book should see many tied off.
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23. James on 2/7/2017, said:

A great continuation of Theo's story. I cant wait for the sequel. The ending is a little abrupt. Reading this eARC was a great way to spend an evening.
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