Set in the early space-trading days of the Liaden Universe®, the story of how an ordinary Terran became the pivot point in galactic clash of cultures, and how the more he tried to be just like his father, the less the universe seemed inclined to help. More than that: by trying to survive he became living proof that... ...A Little Knowledge is A Dangerous Thing.

Assistant Trader Jethri Gobelyn was an honest, hardworking young man who knew:

*a lot about living onboard his family's space-going trade ship Gobelyn's Market

*something about trade, finance, and risk-taking

*a little bit about Liadens

It was, oddly enough, the little bit he knew about Liadens that seemed like it might be enough to make his family's fortune, and his own, too.

In short order, however, Jethri Gobelyn was about to find out a lot more about Liadens... how far they might go to protect their name and reputation. Like the myriad of things one might say— intentionally or not—with a single bow. Like what it would take to make a Liaden trade-ship crew trash a bar. Like how hard it is to say "I'm sorry!" in Liaden.

Pretty soon it was clear that as little as he knew about Liadens, he knew far less about himself. With his very existence a threat to the balance of trade, Jethri Gobelyn needed to learn fast, or else help destroy all he held dear.


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Balance of Trade
by Sharon Lee, Steve Miller

Meisha Merlin
January 4, 2004
ISBN #1592220193
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