Shadows and Shades
by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Adventures in the Liaden Universe(R) Number Eight
"Naratha's Shadow" pits a Scout and a priestess against a wandering artifact of the Old War -- a planet eater that hasn't, quite, run out of power.
In "Heirloom," Pat Rin yos'Phelium and his young cousin Nova must unravel the puzzle behind an old rug that has been stored, not only dirty, but bloodstained.