Three years after her famous husband's death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed Vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Read more...
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Three years after her famous husband's death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed Vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, Admiral, Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans in ways he'd never imagined, bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his career.
Meanwhile, Miles Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregor's key investigators, this time dispatches himself on a mission of inquiry, into a mystery he never anticipated - his own mother.
Plans, wills, and expectations collide in this sparkling science-fiction social comedy, as the impact of galactic technology on the range of the possible changes all the old rules, and Miles learns that not only is the future not what he expects, neither is the past.
About Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga:
"Fans have been clamoring for Hugo-winner Bujold to pen a new Vorkosigan Saga novel. . . her deft and absorbing writing easily corrals the complex plot."--Publishers Weeklyon Cryoburn
"Bujold mixes quirky humor with action and] superb character development... E]normously satisfying."--Publishers Weekly.
"One of sf's outstanding talents . . . an outstanding series."--Booklist
." . . an intelligent, well-crafted and thoroughly satisfying blend of adventure, sociopolitical commentary, scientific experiments, and occasional perils . . . with that extra spicing of romance. . . ."--Locus
About Vorkosigan series entry Captain Vorpatril's Alliance:
." . .this may be one of the most anticipated and long-awaited entries to Bujold's acclaimed Vorkosigan saga. For years fans have clamored for Ivan Vorpatril's story, and at last Bujold delivers something that will both thrill the devoted audience and entrance new readers . . . Longtime readers will love seeing a new side of Ivan as well as hearing his views on many of the series characters. New readers can enjoy Ivan's story on its own . . . Essential for all SF collections and a must-read for Bujold and Vorkosigan fans."--Booklist
About Vorkosigan series entry Diplomatic Immunity
"Bujold is adept at world-building and provides a witty, character-centered plot, full of exquisite grace notes. . . fans will be thoroughly gripped and likely to finish the book in a single sitting."--Publishers Weekly
The Vorkosigan Series in Story-based Chronological Order
Shards of Honor
The Warrior's Apprentice
The Vor Game
Ethan of Athos
Borders of Infinity
Brothers in Arms
A Civil Campaign
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-12-21
- Reviewer: Staff
This enjoyable addition to the Vorkosigan family saga (after Captain Vorpatrils Alliance) will work best for readers who dont expect interstellar derring-do but are prepared to amble through a gently developing romance. Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, now vicereine of the colonial planet Sergyar, and Oliver Jole, admiral of the fleet guarding the planet, have discovered that they not only both loved Cordelias dead husband, Aral, but are ready to care passionately for each other. Theres still the question of what to do with frozen genetic material that can let Cordelia have six more daughters and Oliver three sons, but no onenot even series hero Miles Vorkosigan, Cordelias sonis terribly upset by the thought of such a large expansion of the family. The tender feelings and humor add up to a droll tale thats more comforting than exciting, like a space opera written by Jane Austen. (Feb.)