Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold
Thu, 11-15-2012 - 6:36pm

This is the fifteenth/ fourteenth book in this series, but I've been reading this series for years and years and would recommend that new readers of this series starts with Shards of Honor  (aka Cordelia's Honor) or the Warrior's Apprentice. Other people are saying you could start here. And you could. This is a book being told by the cousin/ nephew of the main characters so far.

(If you don't think you like science fiction, but you do like humor, mysteries, intrigue and great characters I think you'll like this series.)

Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold 422 pages 11/11/12 pub 2012

Of course I loved this book!

That idiot, who is mostly not called that this in this book, Ivan tells his own story. Or as the bookmark the publishers put out: “Now it’s Ivan’s turn!”

We’ve only had Miles, Ivan’s illustrious cousin as the point of view character in the past, and his aunt and uncle Cordelia and Aral. In this novel Ivan is asked to look out after a woman in trouble. Ivan marries her, then gets to know her.

Here is what she says about him to his mother the formidable Lady Alys. “He has so very many good qualities. He’s brave, he’s kind, he’s smart, he has excellent manners, and he thinks quickly in emergencies. Very good looking too. And um… Chivalrous, which is why he rescued us and brought us here, but really, he owes me nothing.” (140)

Ivan Xav describing Miles. “The man swinging a cane who limped after the child was less than five feet tall, shockingly short for an adult Barrayaran male, which he obviously was. Dark hair neatly cut, a slightly oversized head set on a short neck, faintly lined face, hunched shoulders, fine white shirt, gray trousers and matching jacket, and …this man’s authority filled the hall…” (154)

And “How did I get into this mess? Miles isn’t even here.”(337)

(SFBC 0, preordered in September, book published 11/6/12, arrived 11/9/12, but Lois McMaster Bujold came to Flights of Fantasy bookstore in an hour from my house on 11/6/12. She graciously signed others of her books.)

Julia