Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures) Mass Market Paperback – 2 Sep 2014
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About the Author
A science fiction legend, Lois McMaster Bujold has won six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. Her Miles Vorkosigan saga is a massively popular science fiction mainstay. Her many "New York Times" bestsellers including previous seriesentries "Cryoburn" and "Diplomatic Immunity." The mother of two, Ms. Bujold lives in Minneapolis."
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Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.
Tej Arqua and her half-sister and servant Rish are fleeing the violent overthrow of their clan on free-for-all planet Jackson's Whole. Now it seems Tej may possess a secret of which even she may not be aware -- a secret that could corrupt the heart of a highly regarded Barrayaran family and provide the final advantage for the thugs who seek to overthrow Tej's homeworld. But none of Tej's formidable adversaries have counted on Ivan Vorpatril. For behind Ivan's facade of wry and self-effacing humor lies a true and cunning protector who will never leave a distressed lady in the lurch. But when his attempt to ask the woman out ends up with her handmaiden knocking him out and tying him to a chair, Ivan realizes that something very bad is going on. It quickly becomes clear that there is only one way Ivan can save himself and his charge but that is but a step into many sub plots and competitors' agendas.Read more ›
As ever there are some wonderful pieces of humour & drama in this book (and the two are not mutually exclusive) with the usual lively pace drawing you on to the end. "I'll just finish this chapter......".
If you are a fan of the series this is a must have on your bookshelf or e-reader.
My opinion: most enjoyable - not her *very* best, I think, but that is after just one readthrough - a bit unfair, that, since I have read Cordelia's honor at least six times, and the others in the wonderful Vorkosigan saga many times as well. Bujold is up to her usual tricks, both stylistic and story-wise: you are being seduced into a romantic mood when the next bomb explodes all over the plot, literally or otherwise, and throws it all into glorious disarray... with Ivan, as usual, muttering "*not* my fault... " I was taken aback in seeing a reference about consulting Aral on Sergyar, but in the timeline stat at the end of the book I see this (CVA) slots in just *before* Cryoburn. More to come, we all fervently hope!
P.S. I almost forgot - Baen has provided, as usual, a ghastly cover (back cover, the front is standard SF fare) with really *really* bad interpretations of what the main personages look like - you have been warned!
The most interesting thing about the Vorkosigan Saga has been Lois McMaster Bujold's willingness to experiment, switch protagonists and POVs and generally not sit still and bash out a load of action-adventure novels. Her willingness to put the series on hold for years at a time until she has a good idea for a new book has also helped it retain a high level of quality.
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance is one of the lighter novels in the series. It is a romantic farce with an underlying adventure story and also dwells on the notion of ageing, growing up and maturing, a theme of Bujold's that she returns to repeatedly in the later books in the series. Using Ivan, Miles's womanising cousin with no interest in settling down, to explore this theme is extremely effective. It would have been easy to have done a "growing and learning" story in which Ivan suddenly mans up and accepts responsibility, but this would not have been true to the character. Instead Bujold develops Ivan's character (and, we realise, how she's been developing it subtly in the background all along) naturally and much more convincingly, by having him fall for a woman who seems to be right up his street (superficial and pretty) but whose hidden depths and complex background make her a lot more interesting.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thoroughly enjoyable, read in one sitting. Not quite the best of the Vorkosigan universe, the plotting felt a little contrived in places, some characters (Gregor, Miles) seem to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. P. Oliver
Love it. I'm working my way through this series and will definitely go on to Bujold's other books/series.Published 4 months ago by Internet shopper
Well it is nice to get a book purely about Ivan Vorpatril. As a side-kick to cousin Miles in quite a lot of the Vorkosigan Saga Captain Vorpatril has always been an interesting... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
:Inveterate bachelor Ivan Vorpatril finds his life complicated when (somewhat against his better judgement) he allows Byerly Vorrutyer to involve him in some low level espionage on... Read morePublished 7 months ago by John Potts
My first encounter with this author. The cover suggested traditional sci-fi, but the novel was decidedly in the historical-romance genre, with a castle, a daunting and aristocratic... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Eq
This book starts brilliantly. And then gets better, and better, and better. If you're a fan of the Vorkosigan series books, this is a must-read. Read morePublished 10 months ago by B. Brooks
I bought this for my son on the basis of someone voting it "best SF novel of the year". We were both disappointed in the book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by abrahad
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