Grade A space opera in the Liaden universe!
All her life, Aelliana Caylon has lived by the rules of her overbearing brother, the head of the Caylon family. Though she is a brilliant mathematician, he has convinced her that she has no worth beyond what value she might have in an arranged marriage. Then on a dare, she playes a game of cards--and wins a starship. It is her way to escape her home, her planet, her drab life--if she can qualify as a pilot.
Enter the accomplished Scout and Master Pilot known only as Daav. Aelliana hires him as her instructor. She finds him a gifted teacher. He finds her a quick study. And then they find an unexpected attraction, one that could have dangerous repercussions for them both . . .
Ellen (gremlin) - reviewed Scout's Progress (Liaden, Bk 2) on
i love this book. science fiction with a bit of romance. i've probably read it 3 or 4 times now, and it just gets better every time. great characters, a woman learning her own strength, and a very very careful dance towards love with a man who is delighted to help her grow.
and now years later there's a direct sequel - Mouse and Dragon - to tell the rest of the story!
If you have not yet discovered books by the couple Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, YOU SHOULD. Here is a chance to take a peak at the Liaden Universe. If you like sci-fi and a bit of romance, you will like this.