The Wizard of Karres (The Witches of Karres #2) by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, Dave Freer 4*
BLURB: It just wasn't fair! Captain Pausert had foiled the deadliest of space pirates and eliminated the threat of the Worm World, yet his troubles kept piling up. Sent on a secret mission to stop the nanite plague, a self-aware disease that could devastate whole worlds, he quickly found that someone had convinced the Imperial Fleet that he was actually a wanted criminal, which led to a battle leaving his ship in urgent need of repairs. And while Goth and the Leewit, two of the notorious witches of Karres, could do amazing things, ship repair was not in their line. So he stopped at the next planet for repairs, but found that somehow his bank account had been cut off, and the authorities were looking for someone matching his description. There was only one thing to do-join the circus! An interstellar traveling circus, that is. All the galaxy loves a clown-as long as Pausert, Goth and the Leewit can keep their disguises from slipping. The show must go on-or the galaxy is doomed!
My Review: Many years ago I read a book by James Schmidt called The Witches of Karres. I really enjoyed it and was delighted to reread it when it was republished in about 2004/5. As you can imagine when I came across a sequel to it, written by three really good authors (all of whom I enjoy reading), I was delighted. Given that it was written by three people, none of whom had written the original, I was very pleased with the outcome. The characters of Pausert, Goth and The Leewit were consistent with their characters in the original and the main storyline was enjoyable too. I definitely recommend this to anyone who ever read James Schmidt's book but advise everyone else to try and read The Witches Of Karres first as this one will make more sense if you do.