Vorkosigan Saga #8: Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold

Read: 2 January, 2018

The Cetagandans have lurked in the shadows of this series since the beginning, but – other than a brief glimpse in Warrior’s Apprentice – this is the first time we’ve gotten to meet any of them.

The stakes don’t feel quite as high in this book, for some reason, but the worldbuilding is incredible. It reminded me a bit of A Door Into Ocean and Dune, in the sense that women are in charge of bio-engineering. And, in all three books, it’s through the monopoly of bio-engineering that these women secure their power/freedom.

I liked the way the female and male spheres were separated, yet also intertwined and interdependent – mirrored by the relationship between the haut and the ghem classes.

Mostly, though, I liked that all of this was just a glimpse. Miles is permitted a peek at the inner lives of the haut, but no more than that. I can’t wait to see both how Miles’s actions in this book will affect the Cetagandans of the future, as well as how his experiences with them will affect his own responses to their future conflicts.

I love seeing how much Miles seems to be maturing as the series progresses. He seems more self-aware now, with a greater understanding of why he does the things he does (like keep problems secret from his superiors until he can solve them himself).

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. Brothers in Arms
  12. The Borders of Infinity
  13. Mirror Dance
  14. Memory
  15. Komarr
  16. A Civil Campaign
  17. “Winterfair Gifts”
  18. Diplomatic Immunity
  19. Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance
  20. CryoBurn
  21. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

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