Ribbon Dance (Liaden Universe® #26) (Hardcover)

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On a world where cake is a necessity it takes the Grid to protect the civilized and the deaf from the dire influences of the ambient and to keep the chaotic Haosa at bay.

Having arrived at recently Dust-bound Colemeno, Trader Padi yos’Galan is essential to Master Trader Shan yos’Galan’s plan to recoup Clan Korval’s fortunes by establishing new routes for the clan’s tradeship. Shan’s inner Healer insists Padi come to terms with her as-yet unplumbed psychic abilities, which might place her in the top tier of dramliz, if she can learn control.

Padi yearns to concentrate on trade, but Colemeno’s fey ambient and deadly long-term politics combine to bring her face-to-face with the Haosa, and in particular with the mysterious and untouchable Tekelia, as Korval’s trade mission’s necessity of a port audit collide with a cruel history of murder, deception, and brutality. Amid the dangers, Padi unexpectedly finds herself eagerly exploring her dramliz side when faced with the unspoken powers of the ambient, the sky-filling energy of the Ribbon Dance, and Tekelia’s mutable eyes.

About the Author

Maine-based writers Sharon Lee and Steve Miller teamed up in the late 1980s to bring the world the story of Kinzel, an 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 more than two dozen novels, most set in their star-spanning Liaden Universe®.

Before settling down to the serene and stable life of a science fiction and fantasy writer, Steve was a traveling poet, 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 experience 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. Learn more about the Liaden Universe® at http://korval.com.

Praise For…

Praise for Ribbon Dance:

“I love the Liaden Universe books for their complex weaving of cultures and manners and the dangers of space travel. I was fascinated by Ribbon Dance’s focus on the careful work of establishing trade with a long-isolated world where psi powers are common. At play are the differences between offworld procedures and the traditions and suspicions of the planetary society. And an elderly, politely demanding norbear.” —Kathryn Sullivan, author of Talking to Trees

“Time spent with the Tree and Dragon is always a joy. Ribbon Dance is a marvelous tale, a feast for Liaden fans.  And everyone should be a Liaden fan.” —Patricia Briggs, NYT #1 best-selling author of the Mercy Thompson series

“Space Opera as finely crafted as a Tree-and-Dragon trade deal. Lee and Miller always deliver the goods.” —Jack Campbell, author of In Our Stars and Implacable

“Deftly written, with politics, passion and power winding together to create an incredibly satisfying story that spans generations, cultures, and worlds. What a treat. Sure to satisfy long-time readers and newcomers alike!” —C.E. Murphy, author of The Walker Papers series

“Starts fast and runs hot and true. Perhaps Lee & Miller’s strongest work to date. Space opera the way it should be.” —James D. Macdonald, coauthor of The Price of the Stars

“Lee and Miller once more bring the reader in close with complex, multi-faceted storylines that reveal breathtaking plots and absolutely charming characters.” —Lawrence M. Schoen, award-winning author of Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard

“A brilliant entry in the Liaden series, with romance, intrigue, new friends and old, and a new world to test Clan Korval!” —Ryk Spoor, author of Choosing the Players and Demons of the Past
Product Details
ISBN: 9781982193447
ISBN-10: 1982193441
Publisher: Baen
Publication Date: June 4th, 2024
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: Liaden Universe®