Series: Vorkosigan Saga
Published by: Baen
ISBN 13: 9781451638455
Format reviewed: mobi
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Five out of Five
Related Reviews:Reading Challenge: Vorkosigan Saga Project
So anyone who has been following my reviews of this series will know that I’m quite a fan of Ivan, and I think this book helped me figure out why. I’m not usually one to go for the good looking ones after all…
But first, the story at hand. We’ve left Miles and Ekaterin to go to some far off planet for work, and Ivan himself is a secretary to an admiral, and quite content to not rise much more above the rank of captain; the day is already filled with juggling enough snakes as it is. This is before By gets involved; yet another cousin who Ivan would certainly prefer to see less of, even when they’re to beg him to protect an attractive young woman, and then before he knows it Ivan is tied up in an apartment and perfectly placed to foil a kidnaping attempt.
Tej Arqua and her half-sister Rish are in hiding after the violent over-throw at Jackson’s Whole – though the use of the word ‘violent’ is almost a given, when is any business at the Whole not violent? They’ve lost contact with the rest of their sizeable family, and are ready to throw themselves off the balcony rather than be taken captive until Ivan begs them to give him a chance at giving them other options than death.
Together with By and dodging any unfortunate questions that may be asked at work or of the Barrayan work unit itself while they’re on Komarr, Ivan knows that he has to get both Tej and Rish off the planet, and, if possible, back to Barrayar where he has connections and protection. And what best than being married to a Barrayan and therefore a citizen? So then suddenly Ivan has a wife, and Tej is now Lady Vorpatril.
And I love it. We get to see how outsiders view Gregor, Simon, and all the rest – and how normal they all seem to Ivan. I always forgot just how close to the throne he was and yet never wanted it, and that’s what I like about him. Miles and everyone else were always trying to prove themselves, either to themselves or those around them, and Ivan is just content as is – yet he also works hard, and is passionate about Barrayar and so on – he’s not lazy and wishing he could just live a life of luxury.
I love the scenes we get of Simon in this. And even that we get to know By a little more, and how he is with Rish. And I love Rish. And all of them, really.
Apologies for the short review and if there’s any weird words. I almost have pneumonia and not currently getting enough oxygen according to doctor, and what do I do? I leave my humid home in the tropics and travel to Melbourne where they’re going to get a month worth of rain and hail in the next two days. And I went out shopping all morning. I’m super smart!