As the Linesman series continues, linesman Ean Lambert finds himself facing an alien ship he doesn’t understand—and a terrifying political threat he cannot fight…
The lines. The soul of every ship. It was once thought there were only ten, but that was before an alien vessel appeared at the edge of space—before Ean Lambert heard more lines singing. Ean’s ways of communicating with lines is strange. But his abilities make him a valuable tool—or weapon—to command.
Captain Selma Kari Wang has lost everything—her ship, her crew, her legs. But the New Alliance of Worlds is not done with her yet. After they rebuild her broken body, they send her to captain one of the new alien ships, teaming her up with Ean, the only one who can understand the alien lines.
Kari Wang and Ean are poised on the threshold of discoveries that could change the world. But not everyone wants the New Alliance to control the secrets they uncover—and those who oppose won’t hesitate to do whatever it takes to stop them…
Author: S.K. Dunstall
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Linesman, Confluence
Series: Linesman #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Linesman, Confluence
Published: February 23, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction
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It’s not often I like the second book in the series more than the first. In the case of Linesman versus Alliance, Alliance was the better read. For me it was less having to learn and more getting to enjoy what everything was. Ean is definitely less wimpy and more assure of himself. He has much more respect from others and is now in an instructor role. The other linesmen are expanding and there is less arrogance among them. There is much more intrigue this time around as someone, actually multiple someone’s, are trying to get to Ean. The exact reason why I’m not 100% sure why for both parties and I’m hoping it is clarified in the next book. There’s a lot more politicking this time around as well, but luckily, I now have a better understanding of it.
Now besides the new Linesmen, there is an additional character I feel is worth mentioning, Captain Selma Kari Wang. I think the importance of her in the story, at least for me, is because I now have a better understanding of ships and lines. I found it somewhat odd how the ships and their captains had the same names. What? Why? Was it the captain that changed their names or where the ships names after their captains? That just didn’t make sense…that is until Selma came into the picture. Just like in the first book where chapters alternated between Ean and Rossi, this time around Selma joins in on the chapter game. Her story plays an important part, which isn’t initially easy to detect, but by the end, fit takes me from just a passing character to a better understanding and ‘how did I not see that before!’ moment.
When I read the first book in the series, I had quite a bit of head-scratching going on. Absorbing what lines were, figuring out the politics, some of the items where a bit overwhelming to get. I finished up with a better understanding, which made for a nice lead-in to Alliance. Hope you caught that part about reading the first book. You really need to read these books in order because from the characters, to lines and everything else they build on each other so don’t expect a nice recap to catch you up. Alliance is worth the read but I can’t stress enough to read it as a stand-alone.