In which Geral Jethri believes in the Envidaria.
If someone had asked me what I expected future Liaden Universe stories to be about, I don’t think I’d have picked “what Jethri’s descendants are doing in the present day” as a possibility, but now that it’s happened it seems like an obvious question to explore.
I like this story more than the last one. I found the characters and plot more engaging. I wasn’t always clear on just what was going on, but I was always clear on what the stakes were for the protagonist.
There are a lot of unpleasant details about how the system is set up on Spadoni Station that just get dropped in casually, because Geral doesn’t have anything to compare them to and thinks of them as normal. One day, after he’s seen more of the universe, he’s going to look back and be appalled.
Having a familiar face show up at the end (well, I say face…) was a nice surprise.
Here’s a question: At what point do we think Famy Binwa went rogue? Was it the plan all along to act while all the higher-ups were busy at the meeting, or did he learn something about what was happening in the meeting (perhaps during those few minutes where he went to take care of something) and decide to do something about it?