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).
My, oh my, Lois McMaster Bujold does it again. Just about the time you might think the Vor stories are fully disclosed, comes another so vibrant and from such an unexpected direction.
Heart pounding action, such gallantry to inspire one step up and be a better person, and side splitting laughter. The characters are so developed that one could swear they are family members.
I sadly thought a few books ago that this series was surely about ended, and have been delighted at each new one since. Thank you, Ms. Bujold for this gift. May you be bless with unending inspiration and delight.