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The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Lois McMaster Bujold
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Book Description

Discharged from the Barrayan Military Academy, Miles Vorkosigan chances on a jumpship with a rebellious pilot and arranges to take over the ship. Events escalate from there, and soon Miles is commander of a mercenary fleet and reinvents himself as Admiral Naismith of the Dendarii Mercenary Army. “The pace is breathless, the characterizations thoughtful and emotionally powerful… Highly recommended,” writes Booklist.

"Bujold's first book SHARDS OF HONOR was called 'possibly the best first novel of the year' by the Chicago Sun Times. THE WARRIOR'S APPRENTICE is even better."
- Fantasy Review

"The action is fast, furious and delicious... Best of all, Bujold achieves a fine balance of comedy with intelligence, heroics with loss, so THE WARRIOR'S APPRENTICE goes far beyond simple entertainment."
- Locus Magazine

"The pace is breathless, the characterization thoughtful and emotionally powerful, and the author's narrative technique and command of language compelling. Highly recommended."
- Booklist

“Bujold continues to prove what marvels genius can create out of basic space operatics.”
- Library Journal

“Bujold is not just a master of plot, she is a master of emotion.”
- SF Site

“Bujold is one of the best writers of SF adventure to come along in years.”
- Locus Magazine

“A superb craftsman and stylist, Ms. Bujold is well on her way to becoming one of the great voices of speculative fiction.”
- Rave Reviews

“Bujold has a gift, nearly unique in science fiction, for the comedy of manners.”
- Chicago Sun Times

“Superb far-future saga.”
- Publishers Weekly on the 'Vorkosigan' series

Bujold's "work remains among the most enjoyable and rewarding in contemporary SF."
- Publishers Weekly

"Bujold is also head and shoulders above the ruck of current fantasists and well as science-fictionists."
- Booklist.- Publishers Weekly

"Bujold is also head and shoulders above the ruck of current fantasists and well as science-fictionists."
- Booklist.

Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children. She began writing with the aim of professional publication in 1982. She wrote three novels in three years; in October of 1985, all three sold to Baen Books, launching her career. Bujold went on to write many other books for Baen, mostly featuring her popular character Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, his family, friends, and enemies. Her books have been translated into twenty-one languages. Her fantasy from Eos includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife series.


Editorial Reviews

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Author's Note:
 
The Vorkosigan Saga Reading Order Debate: The Chef Recommends
 
 
Many pixels have been expended debating the 'best' order in which to read what have come to be known as the Vorkosigan Books, the Vorkosiverse, the Miles books, and other names, since I neglected to supply the series with a label myself.  The debate now wrestles with some fourteen or so volumes and counting, and mainly revolves around publication order versus internal-chronological order.  I favor internal chronological, with a few caveats.
 
I have always resisted numbering my volumes; partly because, in the early days, I thought the books were distinct enough; latterly because if I ever decided to drop in a prequel somewhere (which in fact I did most lately with Captain Vorpatril's Alliance) it would upwhack the numbering system.  Nevertheless, the books and stories do have a chronological order, if not a strict one.
 
It was always my intention to write each book as a stand-alone so that the reader could theoretically jump in anywhere, yes, with that book that's in your hand right now, don't put it back on the shelf!  While still somewhat true, as the series developed it acquired a number of sub-arcs, closely related tales that were richer for each other.  I will list the sub-arcs, and then the books, and then the caveats.
 
Shards of Honor and Barrayar.  The first two books in the series proper, they detail the adventures of Cordelia Naismith of Beta Colony and Aral Vorkosigan of Barrayar.  Shards was my very first novel ever; Barrayar was actually my eighth, but continues the tale the next day after the end of Shards.  For readers who want to be sure of beginning at the beginning, or who are very spoiler-sensitive, start with these two.
 
The Warrior's Apprentice and The Vor Game (with, perhaps, the novella "The Mountains of Mourning" tucked in between.)  The Warrior's Apprentice introduces the character who became the series' linchpin, Miles Vorkosigan; the first book tells how he created a space mercenary fleet by accident; the second how he fixed his mistakes from the first round. Space opera and military-esque adventure (and a number of other things one can best discover for oneself), The Warrior's Apprentice makes another good place to jump into the series for readers who prefer a young male protagonist.
 
After that: Brothers in Arms should be read before Mirror Dance, and both, ideally, before Memory.
 
Komarr makes another good alternate entry point for the series, picking up Miles's second career at its start.  It should be read before A Civil Campaign.
 
Borders of Infinity, a collection of three of the five currently extant novellas, makes a good Miles Vorkosigan early-adventure sampler platter, I always thought, for readers who don't want to commit themselves to length.  (But it may make more sense if read after The Warrior's Apprentice.)  Take care not to confuse the collection-as-a-whole with its title story, "The Borders of Infinity".
 
Falling Free takes place 200 years earlier in the timeline and does not share settings or characters with the main body of the series.  Most readers recommend picking up this story later. It should likely be read before Diplomatic Immunity, however, which revisits the "quaddies", a bioengineered race of free fall dwellers, in Miles's time.
 
The novels in the internal-chronological list below appear in italics; the novellas (officially defined as a story between 17,500 words and 40,000 words, though mine usually run 20k - 30k words) in quote marks.
 
 
Falling Free
Shards of Honor
Barrayar
The Warrior's Apprentice
"The Mountains of Mourning"
"Weatherman"
The Vor Game
Cetaganda
Ethan of Athos
Borders of Infinity
"Labyrinth"
"The Borders of Infinity"
Brothers in Arms
Mirror Dance
Memory
Komarr
A Civil Campaign
"Winterfair Gifts"
Diplomatic Immunity
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance  (upcoming in late 2012)
CryoBurn
                  
 
Caveats:
 
The novella "Weatherman" is an out-take from the beginning of the novel The Vor Game.  If you already have The Vor Game, you likely don't need this.
 
The original 'novel' Borders of Infinity was a fix-up collection containing the three novellas "The Mountains of Mourning", "Labyrinth", and "The Borders of Infinity", together with a frame story to tie the pieces together. Again, beware duplication.  The frame story does not stand alone, and generally is of interest only to completists.
 
 
The Fantasy Novels
 
My fantasy novels are a bit easier to order.  Easiest of all is The Spirit Ring, which is a stand-alone, or aquel, as some wag once dubbed books that for some obscure reason failed to spawn a subsequent series.  Next easiest are the four volumes of The Sharing Knife--in order, Beguilement, Legacy, Passage, and Horizon--which I broke down and actually numbered, as this was one continuous tale divided into non-wrist-breaking chunks.
 
What have come to be called the Chalion books, after the setting of its first two volumes, were also written, like the Vorkosigan books, to be stand-alones as part of a larger whole, and can in theory be read in any order.  (The third book actually takes place a few hundred years prior to the more closely connected first two.)  Some readers think the world-building is easier to assimilate when the books are read in publication order, and the second volume certainly contains spoilers for the first (but not the third.)  In any case, the publication order is:
 
The Curse of Chalion
Paladin of Souls
The Hallowed Hunt

The short story collection Proto Zoa was an e-book experiment; it contains five very early tales--three (1980s) contemporary fantasy, two science fiction--all previously published but not in this handy format. The novelette "Dreamweaver's Dilemma" may be of interest to Vorkosigan completists, as it is the first story in which that proto-universe began, mentioning Beta Colony but before Barrayar was even thought of.
 
My latest original e-edition is Sidelines: Talks and Essays, which is just what it says on the tin--a collection of three decades of my nonfiction writings, including convention speeches, essays, travelogues, introductions, and some less formal pieces. I hope it will prove an interesting companion piece to my fiction.
 
Happy reading!
 
-- Lois McMaster Bujold.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You are in for a treat December 20, 2012
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Should be at least 6 stars. There is simply no one who does it better. I have read every book Ms. Bujold has written multiple times (and a couple something like 20 times) since she began her career in the early 1980's. Why? The characters. I get to missing them and go back and read the books again and again just so I can spend time in their company. With my Kindle, I have bookmarked passages that I have read scores of times. The people are fascinating and compelling. They make you laugh, they make you cry. They amaze you with their wit, their humanity, their foibles and their genius. Even though I know every nuance of the plots, I go back to visit the characters again and again.

Warrior's Apprentice is the beginning of the Miles Vorkosigan saga with him at the age of 17. He is physically stunted because of prenatal fetal damage. He is the scion of a military/noble family in a world that practices infanticide for children with mutant genes. He fails for physical reasons to gain entry into the military academy of his home world and takes a galactic trip to get away from his disappointment. From one misadventure to another, he becomes a mercenary admiral. He does it by wit and because he has an uncanny ability to see what people could become and challenges them to go there. Some people grow plants; he grows people.

Ms. Bujold is a fine writer who uses words carefully. What some writers need chapters to say, she convey in a couple of pages and leaves memorable quotes by the dozen. You are fortunate if you are new to Ms. Bujold. When I began reading her work with Warrior's Apprentice, it was her second or third book, and craftwoman that she is, it often was years between stories and they were often out of order. You have the advantage of seeing the banquet of her work spread before you and can move from one book to the next in chronological rather than published order. Enjoy the journey.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars None April 23, 2012
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One of the best sf series written. Miles Vorkosagan has the spunk of Han Solo, the charm of Bill Clinton, the command presence of Picard, and no girl friend. Depth, humour, mystery, and space ships. I read this book more than once. Got my Mom to read it. Got my wife to read it. You should read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling June 4, 2013
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Some books you read once and that's enough but this one and the whole saga sit on bookshelf and get dusted off at least once a year for rereading. Complex, multidimensional characters are excellent. You won't be sorry for meeting Vorkosigan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great (and funny) read! July 18, 2014
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This book is such a great story. It grabs you early and keeps you wondering how Miles is going to get out of his latest scrape. I originally read this story in paperback MANY years ago and still have it somewhere ion my bookshelves in the basement. I saw this on special on Kindle and thought it would be a good thing to re-acquaint myself with the series, I had forgotten just what a good story line the Miles Vorkosigan saga is. I couldn't put it down. If you like classic science fiction, you won't be disappointed in this book. It is a good starting point to the rest of the series. the author's notes at the end give you the chronological sequence of the books, which is somewhat important as they originally were not published in chronological order. Having said that, you can read the novels separately and out of sequence, they are all stand alone stories. What you might miss is how MIles got to that particular point in time.

I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am a huge fan of Miles June 4, 2014
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I have all of the Miles Vorkosigan books and for ease of reading I am now buying all of them in electronic form. The stories are full of action with the most delightful protagonist I know. Miles stumbles from crisis to crisis with brilliance and the most incredible HEART. For anyone who has not read the series, I simply cannot recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like meeting an old friend again.. loved it. September 25, 2014
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I love Miles.. I read these books so many years ago,.. I honestly can't remember how long it was... His character comes alive in the words of Lois McMaster Bujold. and while the male voice doesn't always perform the female characters voice that well.. his voice is easy to listen to, and gets the emotions of Mile's inner thoughts across really well.. I'm glad to see he's reading some of the other books in the series that I'm also going to listen to. It's like running into an old friend and finding out that you're just as good friends as you were before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars <3 <3 <3 October 15, 2014
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Miles is a complete treasure of a character, and I love this earlier adventure of his, where his youth and incompetence only just barely fail to trip him up fatally. Warrior's Apprentice isn't the best of the Vorkosigan Saga by a long shot, but it's still head and shoulders above most of the sci-fi I've read in terms of relatable characters and plot that takes human motivation into a consideration. Bujold deserves every award she's ever won and more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I love the fact that he is three steps ahead of ... September 19, 2014
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I'm not a major fan of space Fantasy but I found the story to be intriguing especially of the main character. I love the fact that he is three steps ahead of the situation and his storyline drew me along with the politics and conspiracies. I wish I would've read the first two books before reading this one, I will go back and read those before jumping into the fourth book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Find out about the young Miles
The Vor storyline has always been a favorite of mine. I was hoping that this was an omnibus edition. Unfortunately not.
Published 11 days ago by Paul F Conwell
2.0 out of 5 stars ... this series (shards of honour and Barrayar) were very good books,...
The first two books of this series (shards of honour and Barrayar) were very good books, but this third one wasn't the most thought out plot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Denis Marin
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written science fiction novel that continues the saga of ...
Well written science fiction novel that continues the saga of Miles and his coming of age. Bujold always creates believable characters with an emotional impact that goes beyond... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vivian Gardonio
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great story and well written
Published 3 months ago by Frankie Masters
5.0 out of 5 stars Instead I got one of the best sci-fi adventures ever
Given the title I was expecting first class cheese. Instead I got one of the best sci-fi adventures ever. I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gareth Cox
3.0 out of 5 stars Really wanted to enjoy this.
Really wanted to enjoy this...but the writing style was too awkward and 'undeveloped' for me to really get into it.
Published 4 months ago by Jaeggermeister
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Good story line. It finally explains how the Dendarie Mercenarys came to be. I loved Miles' performance for the Counts.
Published 5 months ago by pmstrn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Give a kid terrible handicaps and indomitable sprrit and you've got a good story.
Published 7 months ago by Jon deNeui, JdN
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and exciting book.
A nice and short sci-fi book that is absolutely recommended. For me this was a delightful break between the usual door-stoppers that I read. :)
Published 8 months ago by The Paper Dragon
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