In the second book in the Merchant Princes series, Miriam applies what she knows about modern business practices to the trade routes run by her newly discovered family. The routes, which run between her home world and theirs, are a combination of modern and medieval technology.

In doing so, Miriam discovers a quasi-Victorian third world, one that is exploited by a lost branch of her family. She sets up shop there, all while avoiding the baddies who want to deprive her of her inheritance and her life. This is a world where families are run like businesses and profit is the ultimate goal.

It is difficult to follow the action and relationships in this sequel if one is unfamiliar with the world established in the first volume. The characterization is adequate, but more insight into Miriam's motives would have made her actions more believable. (Jun., 304 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs