Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life of a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Ivan, cousin to Imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, Ivan's chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventures have once more found Captain Vorpatril.Tej Arqua and her half-sister and servant Rish are fleeing the violent overthrow of their clan on free-for-all planet Jackson's Whole. Now it seems Tej may possess a hidden secret of which even she may not be aware. It's a secret that could corrupt the heart of a highly regarded Barayarran family and provide the final advantage for the thugs who seek to overthrow Tej's homeworld.But none of Tej's formidable adversaries have counted on Ivan Vorpatril. For behind Ivan's faȡde of wry and self effacing humor lies a true and cunning protector who will never leave a distressed lady in the lurch-up to and including making the ultimate sacrifice to keep her from harm: the treasured and hardwon freedom from his own fate as a scion of Barrayar.At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
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Ivan in no longer a sidekick
Great series! Great book!
Almost took off a star or two because where is the sequel?
Masterful as always
If you are a fan of all things Vor, you will enjoy the next installation of Lois McMaster Bujold's Barranyan world? To become involved with my favorite characters again and have Ivan fleshed out more was so much fun. The twists and turns in the plot kept me turning the papers til the very end. I will definitely be reading this one again and again!
If you like the Vorkosigan Books You'll Like This.
This book puts one of the supporting cast from previous novels in the protagonist role. The story has it's share of fast action and breaks for introspection and character development typical of Bujold. The plot has a few unexpected twists and gives us a chance to see the Ivan character filled out a little more. I enjoyed my first read through, I enjoyed my second reading even more. Certainly worth reading, if you follow this author you surely must read it.