- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (January 28, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441010229
- ISBN-13: 978-0441010226
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,999,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Agent of Change was a novel with not much action. But in the end it became exiting when Miri and Val Con escaped their persecutors. I expected that the action would continue in Carpe Diem, but no. They land on a distant planet and then the first half of the book unfolds like some kind of holiday romance with endless descriptions of simple things like drinking coffee, buying clothes and so on. The second half of the book has more action with several people trying to locate Miri and Val Con either to take revenge or to rescue them. But it was not enough to give me any sense of wonder.
In the previous volume, Edger convinced Justin to call off his Juntavas thugs. Borg got the message just in time to save Val Con. They freed the Liaden and the mercenary and gave them the yacht.
Unfortunately, the yacht had been damaged and the coils were good only for one jaunt. Then the Yxtrang returned to collect the ship. So Val Con tricked the Yxtrang commander and left them behind with a badly damaged ship.
In this novel, Val Con yos'Phelium is a Liaden. He had been a First-in Scout, but now is a spy for the Department of the Interior. He is married to Miri and is also the Delm of Clan Korval.
Miri Robertson is a Terran. She had been a mercenary, serving with the Gyrfalks. Then she left to become a bodyguard. Now she is married to Val Con and stranded near an interdicted world.
Twelfth Shell Fifth Hatched Knife Clan of Middle River's Spring Spawn of Farmer Greentrees of The Spearmakers Den, The Edger is a Clutch. He is about seven hundred years old and is a T'carais of his people. Val Con is the adopted and younger brother of Edger.
Shan yos'Galan is a Liaden. He is Theodelm of Line Galan and nadelm of Clan Korval, a Master Trader, and Captain of the Liaden ship Dutiful Passage. He is lifemates with Priscilla Delacroix y Mendoza, a Terran and a very powerful witch.
Nova yos'Galan is a Liaden. She is Shan's sister and Val Con's cousin. She is also First Speaker of Clan Korval.
Anthora yos'Galan is the younger sister of Shan and Nova. She is also the most powerful dramliz -- wizard -- on Liad.
Zhenu Estra Trelu is a native of Vandar, an interdicted world. She is a widow and her children have left home. The farm is showing signs of poor maintenance.
In this story, Val Con builds a topological model of the interdicted planet to choose a place to land. They decide to set down among large rocks in a northern mountainous region near a small town. Getting the damaged ship safely to the surface is tricky, but not too much for a First-In Scout.
After the landing, they hike toward the town. Miri has never before seen a town so small. Even the towns she has fought through were larger than this town. They soon find a farm outside the town and manage to get fed without either side understanding a word that the other was saying.
The first word Miri and Val Con learn is "Borril", the name of the farm watchdog. The second word Val Con learns is "sit". Then they learn the term "Zhenu Trelu" -- which they reckon is the woman's name -- and they state their own names. Val Con's name becomes Corvill and is soon shorten to Cory. Miri becomes Meri.
The pair settle in and start fixing things around the house and doing the chores. Val Con fixes the toaster and Estra steers him toward the carpet sweeper. Miri washes lots of dishes and starts bringing in the eggs.
Miri has some problems with the language. One day, the difficulties drive her out of the house to sit down and cool off. Van Con discusses her problems and then begins teaching her some Scout tricks.
Meanwhile, Nova discovers that Val Con is missing. Edger sends her a message about the Juntavas and the missing Clutch ship. When she contacts Scouts Headquarters, Nova learns that Val Con is on detached duty with the Department of the Interior. And Interior refuses to answer her questions.
Shan suggests that they consult Anthora. When asked if Val Con is alive, Annie immediately answers in the affirmative. When asked where he is, she takes a minute and then points in a direction. Later, Shan learns that Priscilla also can point toward Val Con.
This tale brings Clan Korval -- and the Scouts -- into a confrontation with the Department of the Interior. Within the Dutiful Passage, Shan and Priscilla are following her mental link toward Val Con. Edger's negotiations with the Juntavas reach a higher level. And Interior sends another agent to track down Val Con.
This story leaves Clan Korval and their allies in a mess. The next installment in this sequence is Plan B. Read and enjoy!
Highly recommended for Lee & Miller fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of interstellar adventure, cultural conflicts, and true romance.
-Arthur W. Jordin