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Book Title: I Dare|
The author of the book: Sharon Lee
Edition: Meisha Merlin Publishing
Date of issue: September 15th 2007
ISBN 13: 9781892065032
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Reader ratings: 3.8
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Here is a BOOK QUIZ.
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 much like him, at first.
But many things change in I Dare...I guess this book might explain why Delm Chi yos'Phelium, farsighted, gave her son Daav "a mandate to preserve Kareen's life" despite her continual obstructive negativity (Local Custom, chapter 7). She had to live, and bear a son, and he needed to turn out as he did, partly due to her influence, and also due to his foster father, Luken bel'Tarda.
I was happy to see Pat Rin come into his own. Finally, somewhere in his mid-or-late thirties, circumstances push this debonair lordling to reach his full potential. Also, I like Pat Rin's new lifemate. Fairly poignant scene between Pat Rin and Val Con. Touching, but also a little shocking. Satisfying bonding between Pat Rin and several other kinsmen. I liked seeing Pat Rin transform a lawless planet but didn't really buy the rapid transition, nor the ease by which he accomplished his goals. Still, I enjoyed it.
Sexy and sweet scenes with pilot Ren Zel dea'Judan and (view spoiler)[his new lifemate Anthora. (hide spoiler)]
Enjoyed the battle scenes towards the end, with the whole gang almost, including (view spoiler)[Jeeves, Clutch, Howlers, Juntavas, and Korval-serving Yxtrang, especially our Beautiful man Nelirikk (see PLAN B). And now, he has some Yxtrang friends and a potential heart throb...Hazenthull Explorer and Diglin Rifle. (hide spoiler)]
Quibbles: At first read, I gave the book 3 stars, for varied reasons. To my mind, the biggest flaws with this series are 1) constant head-hopping / scene-shifting; and 2) too many problems are solved magically, by Tree, goddess, and wizards. The various wizardly powers displayed are not consistent.
More specific, spoilery quibbles: (view spoiler)[ Agent ter'Fendil killed his DoI Commander? He broke with training and did not self-destruct, but walked tamely out with Val Con?? Also, I didn't buy the transformation of the Juntavas organization, from murderous thugs, conniving liars, and drug dealers (see Agent of Change) to ....what? It felt like their characterization changed for plot contrivance, at the author's convenience. Also, in general, I Dare plot threads felt too thinly sliced, characters and events not portrayed with sufficient depth.
And...hello, Ren Zel! Did you know that he's an exceedingly powerful dramliza??? Yup! In fact, Clan Korval abounds with wizardly talents, superior artificial intelligence (Jeeves) and goddesses. Not to mention fabled felines (Merlin), Luck, Hunches, and Gambles. Such a cheat, really, to solve things thus, but so it goes across this series. If the enemy also had some of these miraculous dramliz, the plot would be more interesting.
Inconsistency of Anthora's characterization: In this book, Anthora is held at gunpoint, and she does nothing, yet in the short story, Close Kin, she magically pulls the bullets from an enemy's gun. What's the logic? Also, in Plan B, speaking of Anthora: "idly, experimentally, almost playfully she exerted her will...and felt something move, deep within the construct imposed by the Department of the Interior..." (she drove several agents of change away, and even crazy, by messing with their mental programming when they invaded Jelaza Kazone). Why not do the same here, when confronted by the commander and his agents? Conditions were even more dire, with Dea'Gauss so ill. If she didn't have enough magical power left, after being placed in the dramliza box, that needs to be rectified with her ability to arrive in the DoI tunnels and leave the tunnels, both done with magic, with help from Tree and Ren Zel.
Also, the author needed to account for the decisions made by the Council of Clans. Which clans voted in defense of Korval? (hide spoiler)]
Cross-Series Discrepancy:: The given dates are wrong. I Dare must be dated after (not before) the prequel, Plan B.
Another discrepancy: The villain in the prequel short story, Daughter of Dragons (see chapbook Dragon Tide) is the (big spoilers!) (view spoiler)[Council Protocol Officer, subverted by the DoI, but this contradicts the final chapters of I Dare, which states: "The Protocol Officer consulted with the Speaker on the precise placing of balance against Anthora yos'Galan, who had casually and brutally murdered an unarmed council proctor." That protocol officer died in Daughter of Dragons, and so cannot still be alive in the sequel I Dare. Unless they subverted the successor to that position. (hide spoiler)]
Despite these quibbles, I quite enjoyed I Dare -- especially after reading the short stories (see below).
Audible Narration of I Dare: Andy Caploe's portrayal of Pat Rin did not fit perfectly for me, but he does very well with most of the other characters, including Val Con, Miri, Edger, Natessa, Anthora, Shan, etc. However, I didn't like his squeaky, querrulous voice for old lady Delm Erob. I liked Caploe's narration of the three prequels Agent of Change, Carpe Diem, and Plan B.
Related short stories enrich I Dare, as listed below:
In the short story Persistence, Pat Rin, Cheever, and Natesa go to Bazaar to buy rugs. We see a different perspective of the trio. It fits directly into the plot of I Dare after they leave Trieste, before arriving on Surebleak. Persistence is located in the chapbook Eidolon.
Also, I liked seeing how Pat Rin handled himself in the days and months after I Dare, in Halfling Moon).
Another favorite short sequel is Skyblaze, where a gutsy taxi driver meets Cheever McFarland and "The Colonel" Andy Mack.
See what happens to Pat Rin's mother, Kareen yos'Phelium, back on Liad, just as Plan B is in motion. Her story is called "Daughter of Dragons" (see Dragon Tide). It's also located in one of the Constellation collections, as are most of these short stories.
Also, see the prequel Shadows and Shades, featuring 23-year old Pat Rin, setting up his gambling establishment, entering marksmanship tournaments, failing his piloting test for the nth time, and helping his young cousin Nova with a problem.
For author-written fanfic (e.g., not "true" and not part of the official Liaden lists) see With Stars Underfoot, featuring Pat Rin at a dance, after settling on Surebleak with the entire Korval Clan. He learns something important about his past. Sad, but joyous. Originally written to be true, but struck from the lists because it clashed with a key event in Dragon Ship.
Also, to learn the origins of Jeeves, the robotic butler of artificial intelligence who played a solid role in several books, particularly this one, read the FREE story posted online at Baen Books. See Intelligent Design here: http://www.baen.com/IntelligentDesign....
Most of the short stories mentioned in this review have been re-published in one of the three Liaden Constellation collections: A Liaden Universe Constellation: Volume I and A Liaden Universe® Constellation: Volume Two and Liaden Universe Constellation: Volume III.
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Read information about the authorSharon Lee has been married to her first husband for more than half her lifetime; she is a friend to cats, a member of the National Carousel Association, and oversees the dubious investment schemes of an improbable number of stuffed animals.
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 has written five novels set in Maine; contemporary fantasy trilogy Carousel Tides, Carousel Sun, Carousel Seas, and mysteries Barnburner and Gunshy.
With the aforementioned first husband, Steve Miller, Sharon has written twenty novels of science fiction and fantasy — many of them set in the Liaden Universe® — and numerous short stories. She has occasionally been an advertising copywriter, a reporter, photographer, book reviewer, and secretary. She was for three years Executive Director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc., and was subsequently elected vice president and then president of that organization.
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