Dragon in Exile – Chapter 22

Boss Nova’s House
Blair Road

In which there is a nice dinner followed by serious conversation.

I find it interesting that Kezzi’s triumph at school is reported by Syl Vor, and vice versa.

The phrase “something so trivial as an apparent breach of contract” has an edge to it, coming after Val Con’s lecture on the importance to Liadens of the making and keeping of contracts. One might suppose that in the general way, the Liaden attitude about self-reliance being what it is, a breach of contract would be resolved between the parties to the contract without bringing in any outsiders, so a breach of contract wouldn’t normally be taken to the Council of Clans unless it developed into a major situation. This is not the general case, however – for one thing, the Council of Clans is one of the parties to the contract in question.

The mention of Quin in this context makes me belatedly wonder whether his current project – which is, you will recall, to gain piloting experience by flying off somewhere for several weeks – was already planned, or if it was invented as a way to keep him out of reach of any more Balance-seekers while his family determined whether any more are to be expected.

Val Con’s aunt Mizel would be his mother’s sister Sinit, who was appointed Nadelm Mizel in Mouse and Dragon and presumably has succeeded to the Delm by now. (She also formed an alliance with yo’Lanna in that book, so that mention is another pointer.) Seeing her mentioned now as still in contact with Korval, with Aelliana’s return in prospect, makes me wonder how she is going to react to having her sister come back from the dead.

2 thoughts on “Dragon in Exile – Chapter 22

  1. Ed8r

    PA: makes me wonder how she is going to react to having her sister come back from the dead.

    And now, after Neogenesis we are still waiting to see/hear about Aelliana contacting Sinit.

  2. Othin

    @Aelliana and Sinit
    I don’t think she will, Aellianas and Daavs return will be kept secret. They will take on different names. And I don’t think there will be many people knowing the true origins / identity of those two pilots.

    The Uncle, Dulsey and the Uncles sister, as well as Kamele Waitley and Theo already know, of course. The adults in Clan Korval will all know too. But I’m not sure about the children, if they will be told.

    And I’m not sure if Theo will manage to keep it secret or tell her crew. If Clarence happens to run into Daav, he will certainly know, but maybe he won’t react to it, if they are not alone.

    I also don’t think Fer Gun (Daavs father) will be told, since he has no reason to visit Korval and since this is a very loose connection now. The same holds true for all allies remaining on Liad. If some of them come to visit Korval, things might change. Or if Korval will be given reason to return to Liad – meaning the DoI thread becoming so important Korval has to move against it personally. Which I don’t see jet.

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