Vorkosigan Saga #7: The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold

Read: 21 December, 2017

Miles is at it again!

Freshly graduated from the academy, Miles’s first posting is in an isolated polar base where they send people they’d rather just forget about

This book reminded me somewhat of Shards of Honor, at least in its structure. Both books can be divided neatly into two – each portion having its own separate plot, its own resolutions, its own setting. But, at the same time, the events of the first come back to become integral to the events of the second. So in both books, we get two distinct novellas that complement each other. In this case, we get Miles at the polar base, and then Miles in space and far, far away from home.

Warrior’s Apprentice came with something of a wakeup call. It’s all fun and games as Miles gallivants around the universe having adventures, until responsibility starts hitting him in waves – first the danger to himself, then the danger to his friends and crew, and then the danger to the entire political system of Barrayar.

In The Vor Game, we get a somewhat wiser, more jaded Miles. He’s not much older, but he has a better understanding of his responsibilities, and of how badly his actions can harm others. Even better, we get to watch, from his perspective, as the Emperor Gregor goes through the same lesson.

It’s this negotiation of danger (especially as the spheres of danger come into conflict with each other) that makes this book so interesting.

Read more in the Vorkosigan Saga series:

  1. “Dreamweaver’s Dilemma”
  2. Falling Free
  3. Shards of Honour
  4. Barrayar
  5. The Warrior’s Apprentice
  6. “The Mountains of Mourning”
  7. The Vor Game
  8. Cetaganda
  9. Ethan of Athos
  10. “Labyrinth”
  11. “The Borders of Infinity”
  12. Brothers in Arms
  13. Borders of Infinity
  14. Mirror Dance
  15. Memory
  16. Komarr
  17. A Civil Campaign
  18. “Winterfair Gifts”
  19. Diplomatic Immunity
  20. Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance
  21. CryoBurn
  22. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

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