In another superb space opera by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, the most brilliant mathematician Liad has ever had cowers in her own home, controlled by her abusive brother. A chance remark allows Aelliana Caylon the freedom to invest her own allowance, and she wins a Class A Jumpship in a gambling den. Now she just needs to become a pilot so she can escape.
Scout and Master Pilot Daav yos'Phelium goes to the Binjali Repair Shop when he needs to escape his clan duties. Here, he's simply "Daav," a casual laborer for Master Jon. Assigned to help Aelliana earn second-class pilo- ting time, Daav soon discovers she is a natural pilot and no scenario is too advanced for her. An emergency flight showcases her extraordinary piloting aptitude, and she is promoted by pilot acclaim. However, her name is headline news and now her brother knows about the ship.
Wow! The Liaden Universe just gets better! Gut-wrenching emotion and wonderful surprises make this a page-turning keeper. However you feel about this book, it won't be lukewarm. (May, 320 pp., $6.50)