I Dare (Liaden Universe #13)
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After reading the e-book, I listened to Caploe's excellent narration.
FREE: The first book in this particular sequence, Agent of Change (FREE on Amazon, and at Baen).
Anyhoo...Pat Rin yos'Phelium takes center stage in I Dare. He is a gambler of extraordinary luck and a champion sharpshooter, but alas, he's also a frippery, an elegant lordling with no dramliz gifts and no affinity for piloting. An outsider on the inside. Sad. No wonder he seems so aloof, even cold. I didn't ...more
In the review I wrote for the paperback I said I couldn't decide if this was my favorite of the series or if Local Custom was. Well, I recently listened to Local Custom and I Dare came out way ahead. It had a fantastic mix of underhanded machinations, exploration, character development, magic, and moxy. This book is the culmination of a fairly significant story arc and it is very satisfying.
I've been fascinated with Pat Rin ever since his character was referred to in Conflict of Honors. While the first bit of Pat Rin we see is rather drab (no jewels or fancy parties to be seen), once he truly becomes involved in the action, his tran ...more
I can't decide if this is my favorite of the series or if Local Custom is. Never mind, it doesn't matter; I loved this book. I am so happy to have re-read it because there is an amazing amount of complexity that I missed the first time.
The story is like a complex weaving. The reader is kept abreast of several story lines on multiple planets and as the book comes to its conclusion the lines weave more tightly and faster and the next thing you know there is a fabulous cohesive ser ...more
I don't know if I got a credit or a few dollars back on this. And I'm really s ...more
This book concludes the story arc started in _Agent of Change_. For all that I'm very fond of Miri and Val Con, the real "meat" of this book (imo) is the story of Pat Rin and Natasa reviving Surebleak. But then I have a great fondness for stories about rebuilding stuff. More so then any of the other books in the series, the POV jumps around _a lot_; between Val Con, Miri, Shan, Pricilla, Anthora, and Pat Rin. Alot of different stories/relationships are being followed.
The "Agent of Change" Miller&Lee books are among my favorite re-read books. Adult and YA-able -- mature concepts/relationships, no current vulgarities, graphic sex or senseless violence.
If there's one thing (beyond my dislike of "futurisms" in the writing) that ...more
I DARE The dynamic conclusion to the Agent of Change series in Lee and Miller's Liaden UniverseÂ®! Val Con yos'Phelium-a Scout, former Agent of Change, husband, brother to Turtles, and designated heir to Clan Korval's fortune and mission... whether you considered him respectable or not, no one would call him a gambling man. When he reappears demanding Balance and retribution, he looks exactly like the kind of leader his clan has been producing for generations. On his capable shoulders the fate
So why does it leave me a little disappointed? I think the biggest issue is that it could easily have ...more
There are too many story lines going on. All of the lines from Plan B and 2 new ones. Having all but 1 take place in the same time line, and then having Pat Rin's story being told several months behind everyone else, isn't helping either. It feels like The authors suddenly realized in this the 3rd book of a trilogy, that they've left out someone pretty important, and are scrambling to get his story line included and up to speed, while still moving th ...more
I've read this at least twice since it came out. When I look back though, I always think of it as two very different books. One being the Surebleak Saga and the other being the attack on Liad. The strands do come together fine at the end...but the Surebleak story line so caught my attention and imagination that I wish we had had ...more
Suffers a little as all the protagonists seem to be just a little to god-like at this point with all their funky powers. Never really challenged in this book. Almost like Korval is the school for the XMen or the Avengers or something.
And seriously, another sci-fi book with a mob planet? Yawn. Surebleak was a disappointment.
The whole Anthora+RenZel do their magic thing at a convenient time sure seems like manipulating the ...more
Because this title is wrapping up several plot lines in the three book sequence (Agent of Change and Plan B precede it) it can seem a little choppy. But I found Plan B much less cohesive.
I loved getting to know Pat Rin and watching him solve so much more than his own problem!
Plotline: A little weaker than some of the others. Both the enemy and the RinTin thread seemed contrived
Premise: Excellent I love this universe
Writing: Beautiful, simple
Ending: Against all the odds ... good stuff
Pace: Never a dull moment
A great book. Recommended. another favorite re-read
Despite having been born in a year of the dragon, Sharon is an introvert. She lives in Maine because she likes it there. In fact, she likes it so much that she ...more