Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

by Lois McMaster Bujold
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance - Lois McMaster Bujold 8.36   11

Hugo Award nominee 2013, Locus Award nominee 2013.

Good Intentions, Bad Intel...

Captain Ivan Vorpatril sometimes thinks that if not for his family, he might have no troubles at all. But he has the dubious fortune of the hyperactive Miles Vorkosigan as a cousin, which has too-often led to his getting dragged into one of Miles' schemes, with risk to life and limb — and military career — that Ivan doesn't consider entirely fair. Although much practice has made Ivan more adept at fending off his mother's less-than-subtle reminders that he should be getting married and continuing the Vorpatril lineage.

Fortunately, his current duty is on the planet Komarr as staff officer to Admiral Desplains, far from both his cousin and his mother back on their homeworld of Barrayar. It's an easy assignment and nobody is shooting at him. What could go wrong?

Plenty, it turns out, when Byerly Vorrutyer, an undercover agent for Imperial Security, shows up on his doorstep and asks him to make the acquaintance of a young woman, recently arrived on Komarr, who seems to be in danger. That Byerly is characteristically vague about the nature of the danger, not to mention the lady's name, should have been Ivan's first clue, but Ivan is no more able to turn aside from aiding a damsel in distress than he could resist trying to rescue a kitten from a tree.

It is but a short step down the road of good intentions to the tangle of Ivan's life, in trouble with the Komarran authorities, with his superiors, and with the lethal figures hunting the mysterious but lovely Tej and her exotic blue companion Risha tangle to test the lengths to which Ivan will go as an inspired protector.

But though his predicament is complicated, at least Ivan doesn't have to worry about hassle from family. Or so he believes...


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Release date November 1, 2012
Details updated June 23, 2022

Vorkosigan :: Series

Series contains 19 total works.

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Shards of Honor 7.40   52
The Warrior's Apprentice 8.60   15
Ethan of Athos 7.68   16
Falling Free 8.18   16
Brothers in Arms 9.00   16
Borders of Infinity 8.70   13
The Vor Game 8.66   15
Barrayar 9.32   19
Mirror Dance 8.86   15
Cetaganda 8.42   14
Memory 9.22   18
Komarr 8.70   17
A Civil Campaign 9.06   15
Diplomatic Immunity 8.22   14
The Mountains of Mourning 10.00   1
Cryoburn 7.86   14
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance 8.36   11
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen 7.00   5
The Flowers of Vashnoi N/A

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