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*Starred Review* Set a few years before the most recent Miles Vorkosigan story (Cryoburn, 2011), 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. For many years, Ivan has been perfectly content to live a quiet bachelor life and serve as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. With no desire for the imperial throne or the types of death-defying adventures that his cousin Miles so adores, Ivan has become a master at avoiding political intrigue and entangling alliances. Asked to look after a young woman during a brief trip to Komarr, Ivan is happy to oblige. 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 the only way Ivan can save himself and his charge is to marry Tej Arqua and bring her home to Barrayar. 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 but will miss many of the nuances that add depth and character; best to begin at the beginning. Essential for all SF collections and a must-read for Bujold and Vorkosigan fans. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: In the SF world, a new release doesn’t get much bigger than this one. The wait is finally over for Bujold’s followers. --Jessica Moyer
A science fiction legend, Lois McMaster Bujold has won six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. Her Miles Vorkosigan saga is a hugely popular science fiction mainstay with multiple New York Times bestsellers including previous entries, Cryoburn and Diplomatic Immunity. The mother of two, Ms. Bujold lives in
It's grand to see Ivan take center stage away from Miles in this installment of the Vorkosigan saga. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book but I am a fan of Ivan ("you idiot") and wanted him to find happiness and get away from the giant shadow cast by his small cousin. Read morePublished 16 days ago by goddessIMHO
Love this book, its so much fun. "That idiot Ivan" really finally gets to shine on his own. If you've read any of the others where Ivan plays, a part, Memory, Brothers in... Read morePublished 25 days ago by D. S. Northcote
OK, good times, fun to read, and nice to know that he's not so dumb.Published 1 month ago by L. Kjonnerod
Really enjoyed the tale from Ivan's Viewpoint. Great series, this book can be separate or read as part of the series.Published 1 month ago by Angelina Christian
As always, Lois McMaster Bujold creates a masterfully written, delightfully inventive novel, this time showcasing Miles' relative Ivan.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I was undecided how to rate this one, & have put it off for a very long time. I pre-ordered it when Audible got the audio version in; i've taken in the entire Vorkosiverse thru the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kelly Howard