A NEW NOVEL IN THE AWARD WINNING SERIES FROM MULTIPLE NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR LOIS MCMASTER BUJOLD! Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan returns to the planet that changed her destiny.
Three years after her famous husband’s death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed Vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, Admiral, Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans in ways he’d never imagined, bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his career.
Meanwhile, Miles Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregor’s key investigators, this time dispatches himself on a mission of inquiry, into a mystery he never anticipated – his own mother.
Plans, wills, and expectations collide in this sparkling science-fiction social comedy, as the impact of galactic technology on the range of the possible changes all the old rules, and Miles learns that not only is the future not what he expects, neither is the past.
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This enjoyable addition to the Vorkosigan family saga (after Captain Vorpatril's Alliance) will work best for readers who don't expect interstellar derring-do but are prepared to amble through a gently developing romance. Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, now vicereine of the colonial planet Sergyar, and Oliver Jole, admiral of the fleet guarding the planet, have discovered that they not only both loved Cordelia's dead husband, Aral, but are ready to care passionately for each other. There's still the question of what to do with frozen genetic material that can let Cordelia have six more daughters and Oliver three sons, but no one not even series hero Miles Vorkosigan, Cordelia's son is terribly upset by the thought of such a large expansion of the family. The tender feelings and humor add up to a droll tale that's more comforting than exciting, like a space opera written by Jane Austen.
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Standard Bujold, but with a lot less action than the rest of the Vorkosigan Saga. It's a relatively calm walk through of a post bereavement Cordelia establishing another relationship.
Quite an enjoyable read if you liked the rest of the series, but does look like all of the main characters are winding down.
As a widow also familiar with other aspects of the story, I feel the characters journey and development is fantastic and real. We also learn a lot about how more recently seen characters are developing from an outside perspective, as well as life on Sergyar.
Fantastic short story.
The folks who are upset at the turns in the story might feel barrayaran at heart. If you might find komar or Beta Colony comfortable I think the plot will be enjoyable to you.
I wish I hadn't read this
This book completely strips beloved characters of their integrity and honesty, and turns them into unrecognizable people that you can no longer respect and love. I truly wish that I had never read it.