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Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

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by Lois McMaster Bujold

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A new installment in the New York Times best-selling, award-winning Vorkosigan science fiction adventure series.

Book Fourteen in the best-selling Vorkosigan series.


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


A new installment in the New York Times best-selling, award-winning Vorkosigan science fiction adventure series.

Book Fourteen in the best-selling Vorkosigan series.


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 Rish—a 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 . . .

About Captain Vorpatril's Alliance:
“. . .this may be one of the most anticipated and long-awaited entries to Bujold’s acclaimed Vorkosigan saga. For years fans have clamored for Ivan Vorpatril’s story, and at last Bujold delivers something that will both thrill the devoted audience and entrance new readers. . .Longtime readers will love seeing a new side of Ivan as well as hearing his views on many of the series characters. New readers can enjoy Ivan’s story on its own. . . Essential for all SF collections and a must-read for Bujold and Vorkosigan fans.”—Booklist

About Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga:

“Fans have been clamoring for Hugo winner Bujold to pen a new Vorkosigan Saga novel. . . her deft and absorbing writing easily corrals the complex plot.”—Publishers Weekly on Cryoburn

“Bujold mixes quirky humor with action [and] superb character development...[E]normously satisfying.”—Publishers Weekly.

“One of sf’s outstanding talents . . . an outstanding series.”—Booklist

“. . . an intelligent, well-crafted and thoroughly satisfying blend of adventure, sociopolitical commentary, scientific experiments, and occasional perils . . . with that extra spicing of romance. . . .”—Locus

About Vorkosigan series entry Diplomatic Immunity:
“Bujold is adept at world-building and provides a witty, character-centered plot, full of exquisite grace notes. . . fans will be thoroughly gripped and likely to finish the book in a single sitting.”—Publishers Weekly

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Meet the Author

A science fiction legend, Lois McMaster Bujold has won six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. Her Miles Vorkosigan saga is a hugely popular science fiction mainstay with multiple New York Times bestsellers including previous entries, Cryoburn and Diplomatic Immunity. The mother of two, Ms. Bujold lives in Minneapolis.

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Captain Vorpatril's Alliance 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now that the yoke of being the Count has settled firmly on Miles' shoulders, Lois has turned her writing skills to the various cousins and characters that have adorned the pages of Miles' adventures.  This is good! I have often thought: 'that character is interesting, I'd like to know more about them.' I suppose that is a tribute to how well she draws all her characters, and not just the central one.  OK, if you're a diehard Miles fan (and who isn't?), you'll start off "Where's Miles?" However, you'll soon find yourself drawn into the story and familiar characters at hand. Afterall, Lois McMaster Bujold is a great story teller. And that's why you came. Isn't it?  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fun Vorkosigan book. Most similar to A Civil Campaign so if you enjoyed that this is a must.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bujold makes her characters believable within their world. I always get more than value for my money and time spent in her stories. This one brings a minor character into greater detail. He becomes more alive without changing his nature from previous stories. Good adventure and a lot of fun.
UtahSnowy More than 1 year ago
This is so good that I read it three times in the first week I had it. I have been wondering when she would finally get Ivan wedded. It fits into the Vor Saga even though Miles is not the main character.
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RLeon More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Ivan finally gets married - and is not as idiotic as he tries to appear. This with Memory and Civil Campaign are by far my favorite Bujold books. I already have the print copies but want to reread them while traveling and the print takes up too much room. Hooray for Ivan!
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EclecticReaderMD More than 1 year ago
I love the writing of Lois McMaster Bujold--she's smart, fast, wise, and can be very funny. In Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, she focuses on on the the regular characters in her wonderful Vorkosigan Chronicles, Ivan Vorpatril, cousin to the Miles Vorkosigan, the central character of the series. Ivan is Miles' cousin, and they were raised almost as brothers, with Miles as the mad disabled genius, and Ivan as the elusive underachiever who is nonetheless the first person Miles calls on when he needs absolute loyalty. In LVA, Ivan is drawn into helping a damsel in distress--and his life is turned upside down in the best possible way. Delightful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bujold is one of the best writers in the world. No hyperbaly, just fact. She never disappoints. Whether or not you have followed the lives in this universe from the beginning, or are here for the first time, you will love this book. VerityJDL
SHEN More than 1 year ago
Very good and kept me up nights reading it. But should start with the entire Vorkorsigan series from the beginning and work to this book and it will be more understandable. The series is also excellently written.
gust More than 1 year ago
DIS_WA More than 1 year ago
I bought this novel as soon as it was published. I have been a devoted fan of Ms. BuJold's series ever since I discovered it several years ago. This is a completely new novel and can be read independently of other novels in the series. It's, as always with this series, a very entertaining story that you simply don't want to put down until you finish it (and you ask when is the next book going to be published)!
ekaterin More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of the Vorkosigan series, and with the exception of a few  "side stories" (Winterfair, Ethan of Athos)I've loved every one. Of course the best Vorkosigan books have plenty of Miles in them, but the pre-Miles books were good, too. I've always found Ivan to be an interesting character, so I was kind of excited to see what Lois might do with him as the star of his own title. I wonder if she is still wondering what to do with him, because she did little or nothing with him in this book. It starts out with an interesting premise, and the "accidental" marriage could have been--should have been-- full of sparks, but when Bujold wrote Ivan like oatmeal and Tej, his new bride, like wall-paper paste, and then threw in a tedious family plot that went on forever with a climax that was hardly a climax at all, and then a "wrap up" that went down uninteresting side trails and probably the most boring epilogue ever written, I was left saying,  "What the hell, Lois?" Is this a case of getting too famous to listen to an editor or did her editor go on vacation? Lois knows how to write Miles--maybe she better stick with him.
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Ruthie0 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my Father's birthday and he handed it to me two days later with orders to "Read this now!" I'm so glad I got it for him and I'm so glad I read it, too! I laughed out loud too many times to count. What a great writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with suzanne's review. I enjoyed this book, and he whole series. Cannot wait for the next book to come out with Miles and Ivan and the regular cast of characters.
suzanne_earley More than 1 year ago
LMB is my all time favorite author, and I am a huge fan of the Vorkosigan's. Needless to say, I was beyond thrilled when I heard that she had a new book on its way, and it was about IVAN of all people. I love Miles** (the main character of most of the other books in the series) beyond reason, but I've also always had a very soft spot for Ivan. None of his family has been able to figure out that just because he's-not-like-Miles doesn't mean he is less-than-Miles, and I was glad to see him get a story of his own. I managed to avoid all spoilers about this book, and refused to be tempted by the e-ARCs that was available from Baen Books months ago, all because I wanted to be able to read this for the first time in hardcover. I was not disappointed. This was a very satisfying visit to the world of the Vorkosigan's and it had plenty of good cameos from nearly all of my favorite characters. Having said that: I'm not sure I would recommend this is as a point of entry in to the series. I think a new reader would enjoy it, but there are so many references that were made more meaningful to me because I knew the rest of the story. I'm die-hard enough about this series that I really think you should start all the way back at the beginning with Cordelia's Honor and then work your way forward. And know that I am jealous of you, starting these books fresh, because as much as I love re-reading them, I would dearly love to go back and read them all again "for the first time" -- they are that good. Yes, I know they are space opera, but that doesn't really matter. They are good stories with amazing characters. **As proof of my adoration: I named my cat Miles....
sansmerci More than 1 year ago
Bujold's subtle wit and deft characterization makes this an entertaining winner! It is a pleasure to see Ivan come into his own at last (although he has been showing signs over the last several books of this series that he is not quite the idiot he is so often called, after all). The author has an almost unique ability to make one care for her characters, even if you would disapprove of them heartily in normal circumstances,
lynn_del_sol More than 1 year ago
Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series is a long-running character-driven quasi-feudal space opera (with cast of thousands). Because the question is less whether to read Bujold than whether to pick up this particular volume, I'm posting my review in the form of a decision tree. 1.Are you a fan of romantic comedy? 1-YES-> This is a wonderful example. [CONTINUE to 1.1] 1-N0 -> This one might win you over. [CONTINUE to 1.1] 1.1.Are you already a fan of the Vorkosigan series? 1.1-YES-> [CONTINUE to 1.2] 1.1-N0 -> Are you an experienced reader of romance? 1.1.1-YES-> This is a brilliant riff on a well-known romantic trope. ------------[CONTINUE to 1.2] 1.1.1-N0 -> Start with one of the other books, such as "The Vor Game."[STOP] 1.2.Do you love Ivan? 1.2-YES he's brilliant!-> [CONTINUE to 1.3] 1.2-NO he's an idiot! -> Consult your psychoanalyst.[STOP] 1.3.Do you love Illya..er..Simon Illyan? 1.3-YES-> [CONTINUE to 1.4] 1.3-NO -> Simon has a great part in the story [FLAG] and [CONTINUE] 1.4.Do you require the presence of Miles Vorkosigan? 1.4-YES-> Miles & the Vorkosigan house have tiny cameos. [STOP] 1.4-NO -> [CONTINUE to 1.5] 1.5.Do you appreciate brilliant plotting? 1.5-YES-> This one is meets high-Vor standards [CONTINUE to 1.6] 1.5-NO -> Don't worry, the story is also loads of fun! [CONTINUE to 1.6] 1.6-Are you willing to accept a bit of uneven pacing in what is essentially two separate stories linked together by a central romance? 1.6-YES-> [CONTINUE to 1.7] 1.6-NO -> [STOP] 1.7-[BUY THIS BOOK!]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book, Ivan is Ivan. If you expect a Miles Vorkosigan type of adventure your going to be disappointed. This is an Ivan Vorpatil Adventure. What you should expect is to see what the guy who is always more comfortable in his role of dimmest star in a family of brightly shining stars acting on his own to handle situations that would flummox most people.
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Colona More than 1 year ago
Georgette Heyer's Cotillion meets the Addams Family -- an Addams family that has Godfather tendencies. A hero and heroine who are perceived as feckless and useless by their nearest and dearest seek their own happiness amid intergalactic family war. Add the cockiness of The 39 Steps to the banter of plays by Tom Stoppard or David Ives, as well as a bit of military adventure a la Indiana Jones, and you might approach the fun of Captain Vorpatril's Alliance. If you know any of the works I've mentioned -- or know other Bujold books -- you'll enjoy the references. However, no past reading is required to recognize and laugh with these characters, as we all know that the true term for inlaw is outlaw.