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First he had to conquer himself. After that, the universe would be easy.

by Becky C | Mar 10, 2017
Book Review:  The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold

Miles Vorkosigan is just shy of 5 feet tall, has a crooked spine and incredibly brittle bones.  He’d hoped to follow in his family’s military footsteps but an accident in the testing process resulted in his early discharge from the Academy.  Unfortunately, there’s not much else for a royal to do on the planet of Barrayar, a world which values physical strength and military prowess.  At his father’s suggestion, he sets off for his The Warriors Apprenticemother’s home world of Beta Colony for an extended vacation.

Once on Beta, things begin spiraling out of control.  On a whim, Miles bluffs his way aboard a jumpship and determines a new path for himself:  shipping.  He purchases a decrepit ship and, hoping to find a way to pay it off before the bluff is discovered, takes a risky commission into a war zone.  More bluffing and many coincidences later, he finds himself the leader of the Dendarii Free Mercenaries, a force sizable enough to make the Emperor of Barrayar question his motives . . . .

One of the things I liked best about The Warrior’s Apprentice is that we see characters working to redefine themselves.  Miles is a great character: his exasperating hyperactivity is mostly entertaining, his compassion is endearing, and his determination to make something of himself is admirable.  That said, he is reckless, and his deceptions threaten to catch up to him.  Thankfully he has a quick mind, plenty of charisma, and lots of sheer dumb luck.  The Warrior’s Apprentice is a fun adrenaline-ride with a couple of dark moments (even Miles can’t halt everything he’s set in motion).

Looking forward to more Miles Vorkosigan adventures!


Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.

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  1. Becky | Mar 14, 2017

    Thanks for commenting, Diana!  Cordelia and Miles are two of my favorite characters of all time (and I've only begun the series!)

    Becky

  2. Diana | Mar 14, 2017
    I love all of Lois McMaster Bujold's writing, but Mile's adventures, actually beginning with his Mother's adventures are super.  I reread some of them, because of the "character" built into Miles.  Memory is one of my favorites.
  3. Becky K | Mar 14, 2017

    You won't regret it!  Thanks for commenting -- it makes my day when something I write strikes a chord with readers.

    :)

    Becky (mama to Sadie-Cat and Pippin-Cat)

  4. 3catmama | Mar 14, 2017
    Ok. From the review to the comments you guys have convinced me I simply must read these books!
  5. Becky K | Mar 14, 2017

    Thanks for commenting, Jess!  I agree, Bujold's world building is excellent.  Have you read any of her other series?

    Becky

  6. jess | Mar 14, 2017
    I love these books! I've been reading them out of order as I can get my hands on them and they're still lots of fun. Shards of honor to gentlemen jole and the red queen, A++. And a ton of them are on overdrive for on the go listening :D Bujold's world building is excellent.
  7. Becky | Mar 14, 2017

    Shards of Honor is excellent!!!  I've only gotten as far as Warrior's Apprentice but The Vor Game is next on my list.

    Thanks for commenting!

    Becky

  8. Georgean Johnson-Coffey | Mar 14, 2017
    I love this series!  My favorites are Shards of Honor and The Borders of Infinity! Lois McMaster Bujold has deep character development and intriguing plots.

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