Review: The Flowers of Vashnoi by Lois McMaster Bujold

Series: Vorkosigan Saga
Published by: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
Published: May 2018
Pages: 98
Format reviewed: mobi
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Five out of Five
Related Reviews: Reading Challenge: Vorkosigan Saga Project

The first (and hopefully not last) Vorkosigan that I’m here to read on release! Woo!

We’re back with Ekaterin and Miles. And our favourite scientist Enrique Borgos who has now been successfully married to Martya Koudelka, and we’re able to see the continuing work with the horrible bugs. Yes, I’m firmly on Miles’ side for this one. Though I do like to see the application we see in this book – you remember the little bit of land left to Miles, that he used to gamble in an earlier book; the bit that’s radioactive? Well, Dr Borgos reckons he can engineer bugs that can fix that little issue.

Miles is mostly busy, so it’s up to Ekaterin to keep Borgos company through their business. Miles isn’t happy when it’s discovered that some of the bugs may not be able to be accounted for… considering they’re not able to fly, and should have been restricted to the sealed off radioactive bit… so Ekaterin and Borgos return for a more thorough search and to setup surveillance. And what they find is really quite interesting.

As we’ve already seen in previous books, Bujold continues to explore old fashions and those that continue long after they’re expected – we once saw Miles hold court for the murder of a child that shouldn’t have happened in their day and age… and we see that similar things are still happening in the remote parts of the world. Even as better health care is reaching all corners… in this case, thanks to Miles’ mother. It somehow made people hide all the more.

I do like that we get to see more of Ekaterin, and more interactions with the kids. I really hope we get more books, so we can see their kids, and the royal kids, and all the next generation and how they have their own lives, and get to see Miles and Gregor etc from afar, like we did at the start when we moved from seeing Miles’ parents as the main characters in the first book (in our reading order anyway), and then move to be seen from Miles’ perspective.

A wonderful way to spend my weekend.


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