Carpe Diem Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 2009
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Vandar had no contact with the outside universe and didn't even know that other cultures existed. With no spaceships and no radio comm that they could use, Val Con and Miri tried to resign themselves to a long stay and set about learning the culture and the language. Meanwhile, Shan yos'Galan, Val Con's brother and his lifemate, Priscilla, began searching the galaxy for him, as did Edger and Sheather, Val Con's Clutch brothers. Back on Liad, Nova yos'Galan, Val Con's sister, had translated a cryptic message from Val Con that, while ensuring the Clan of the heir's survival, told them precious little else. But she did discover that the Department of the Interior, a department that seemed shrouded in mystery and determined to conquer the planet of Liad and from there, the universe, was also looking for Val Con. The more she investigated, the more interested the Department became in Clan Korval...until Nova was forced to call Plan B - retreat strategically, trust no one, prepare for all out war....
Carpe Diem is the 5th book in the Liaden series if you read them chronologically, which I recommend. As with the other books, I simply loved Lee & Miller's characters and world building.Read more ›
Shan and Priscilla from _Conflict of Honors_ make small appearances throughout the story, as do other members of Val Con's family, Edger and others of the Clutch as well; as I would find out later, the first chapter of _Carpe Diem_ is edited from the closing of _Agent of Change_; while it is obviously a follow-up to _Agent of Change_, enough so that as I read _Carpe Diem_ I could tell that _Agent of Change_ would *have* to be about Val Con as well just for the level of development evident in the backstory.
_Carpe Diem_ is, however, fully enjoyable in its own right, offering the opportunity to "see" Nova and Anthora, the robotic butler Jeeves, and learn more about Liad and what might be up and coming in _Plan B_, all intertwined with a telling of Val Con's and Miri's struggle to make a place for themselves on an interdicted word--and, when the opportunity presents itself, to find their way off the planet and back to kin.
Intertwined with these plots are also the growth of Val Con's and Miri's relationship with each other, and the redemption--or resurrection--of Val Con himself from his bleaker persona of an Agent of Change. The friends whom Miri and Val Con make are worth remembering, as are the enemies; and I greatly anticipate the continued unfolding of their stories in _Plan B_!
The best description is that this is space opera for for grown-ups -- if you like CJ Cherryh's space books you'll like this and the rest of the Liaden series. This book is out of print but I found a copy at the World SF Convention in Baltimore, where I heard that it will be reprinted next year -- and that there's a fourth book in the series coming out soon.
I own all three of the Liaden books now and can't wait for the next one.
Most recent customer reviews
This is a fun book, third in the Liaden Universxe series -- read the other reviews for details -- but the first three are now in one book called Partners In Necessity from Meisha... Read morePublished on June 17 2000
Carpe Diem is back in print as part of the three-book omnibus _Partners in Necessity_ from Meisha Merlin. Read morePublished on March 17 2000
Third book in the Liaden Universe series (there are four so far) that continues the intriguing story of the two main characters from 'Agent of Change'. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 1999
Second of Miller and Lee's Liaden series. So good, it's one of a handful of books that I automatically buy in used bookstores and then give away to people. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 1999 by firstname.lastname@example.org
This exciting continuation of adventures in the Liaden Universe is too long out-of-print. It ended in a cliff-hanger that will soon be resolved in PLAN B.Published on Oct. 8 1998
This is one of my favorite books ever. Even though there is alot of action and movement from one planet to another, it is clearly written so that it is never confusing. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 1998