Jethri Gobelyn has risen far: from despised youngest on a Terran
family Loop ship to second trader on premier Liaden tradeship Elthoria
under the guidance of his unlikely foster-mother Norn ven'Deelin Clan
Ixin. Master Trader ven'Deelin has taught Jethri much, and she expects
great things from him. Indeed, one might say she demands them. Jethri
has inherited a mission from his father, a plan that will allow family
Loop ships like the one he grew up on to survive the encroachment of
Rostov's Dust. In this, he's backed by several prominent Looper
families who are scheduled to meet and plan at the South Axis Trade
Fair. In what seems to be a fortunate pairing of missions, Master
Trader ven'Deelin sees Jethri become lead trader on his own small
ship, which is scheduled to arrive at the South Axis
Fair. Unfortunately, that "fortunate coincidence" may instead be a
test of Jethri's loyalties, as he's thrust into a tangle of
gray-trading, mistaken identity, misinformation, and galactic
ISBN: 1982126086 / 9781982126087
Lee, Sharon / Miller, Steve
Liaden Universe #23: Trader's Leap
Signed by the author on tipped-in signature page.
The only bridge between past and future is a leap of faith.
Pursued by enemies, exiled Liaden clan Korval is settling into a new base on backworld Surebleak. Moving is expensive, as is war, and Korval is strapped for cash. Delm Korval has therefore instructed Master Trader Shan yos'Galan to design and implement new trade routes, quickly.
But this is no easy task. Dutiful Passage is targeted by Korval's enemies, denied docking at respectable ports, and cheated at those less respectable. Struggling to recuperate from an attack on his life, while managing daughter Padi's emerging psychic talents, Shan is running out of options—and time. His quest to establish the all-important trade route puts him at odds with his lifemate, while doubting crew desert the ship. Facing the prospect of failure, Shan accepts the assistance of chancy allies and turns the Passage toward a port only just emerging from Rostov's Dust and awash with strange energies.
Without trade, Clan Korval will starve. Will a trader's leap of faith save everything—or doom all?