Small but mighty.
Stars: Three and a half of five.Review format: Note plus links. The Warrior’s Apprentice – Lois McMaster Bujold. Cover summary: Discharged from the Barrarayan academy after flunking the physical, a discouraged Miles Vorkosigan takes possession of a jumpship and becomes the leader of a mercenary force that expands to a fleet of treasonous proportions. (from the publisher’s website) Provenance: Baen Free Library… then I bought the containing omnibus, Young Miles, so that I could read the rest of them. Date Read: Sometime in June or early July. Review written 3 months late. 😦
This is a very fun book. It introduces you to seventeen-year-old Miles Vorkosigan, the four-foot-nine heir to a Count within a space empire. Best of all, if you like this one, you can look forward to 15+ other novels and novellas in the same universe, most starring Miles.
There’s Admiral Naismith, and a great cast of family, comrades, and enemies. I found that the writing still seemed to lack a little technical competence here and there… but as a package it’s a blast. A roller-coaster of a space opera.
Ware Spoilers below
- The very first sentence is “The tall and dour non-com wore Imperial dress greens and carried his communications panel like a field marshall’s baton”. Aiie. Dour? Really?
- This is solidly fun literary junk food. It was the first book I read by Bujold, and it definitely inspired me to track down the rest of the series.
- Miles in fast-talker mode reminds me of Slippery Jim DiGriz, the Stainless Steel Rat.
Other links related to The Warrior’s Apprentice (added by me, not generated)
- Read it yourself for free at the publisher: Warrior’s Apprentice
- Lois McMaster Bujold – The Warrior’s Apprentice – Fyrefly’s review. Honestly, I agree with so much of what this review says, that you should just refer to it to know how I feel.
- The Warrior’s Apprentice (Miles Vorkosigan series) by Lois McMaster Bujold – Jen at Reading is Good for You
- Casey on Fantasy Works: The Warrior’s Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga), by Lois McMaster Bujold
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