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Warrior's Apprentice

A book by Lois McMaster Bujold

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  • Jul 7, 2004
Book Review by C. Douglas Baker

The Warrior's Apprentice is a typical Miles Vorkosigan adventure. To those who are not familiar with Miles that last sentence may look like a derogatory comment. That could not be further from the truth. The Warrior's Apprentice is typical because it is a fast paced, seat of your pants, romp through the universe adventure with the eccentric Miles Vorkosigan. Bujold's entire cannon set in this universe merits high praise.

The Warrior's Apprentice finds Miles breaking his leg and being unable to complete his training in the Barrayan military academy. A deeply depressed Miles feels he has let his father and grandfather down and becomes inconsolable. His mother, Cordelia, sends him to Beta Colony hoping it will take his mind off his troubles at home. Once on Beta Colony the fun begins. Miles saves a deranged jumpship pilot from Betan security forces and in the process purchases a jumpship. He then offers to use his new found toy to deliver armaments to a warring planet in a dead-end worm hole nexus. The catch is he must break through an embargo being enforced by mercenaries on the other side of the worm hole. In the meantime Mile runs across a deserter from the Barrayan military who he decides to take along with him. Miles, accompanied by a mentally unstable jumpship pilot, a Barrayan deserter, Sergeant Bothari, Bothari's daughter Eleni, and the agent for whom Miles is working, Daum, breaks the blockade and become embroiled in a battle between mercenary fleets. Miles, using the ingenuity he is now well know for, finds himself the captain of the a rag-tag group of mercenaries who he eventually dubs the Dendarii Mercenaries.

Unfortunately for Miles, the act of creating a standing army of one's own is a capital offense on Barrayar and he must go face the Council of Counts. In an emotionally wrenching scene Miles' father attempts to protect him from these charges.

This short sketch of events masks both the humor and sadness that accompany Miles on his adventure. Bujold has the ability to elicit both laughter and sadness in her writing and she does both here. There are few writers of any genre who are as good at characterization as Bujold. Even peripheral characters take on a complicated psyche of their own. And the interaction between Miles and his father, Aral, are superbly written.

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review by . July 14, 1998
Hypatia, the recommendation system of Alexandria Digital Literature, said I would like this book. As I had already found many books that I did like through the system, I tried it, but this one wasn't to my taste. Maybe in the future, when the system has 10s of thousands of patrons, the recommender will be right on, but for now, there's bound to be some things a little off. Why? With so few patrons, the number of books that have a large enough percentage of people who have read them is fairly small, …
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Bujold's well-drawn characters are brought to life by the versatile voices of Hanson and Cowan. They skillfully adapt the pace and adjust tone and emphases to heighten the drama of this well-crafted, action-packed SF novel. --KLIATT, September 1998

First I want to tell you that the awards you have received are well deserved! NOBODY can tell a good story like Carol and Michael. The performances are exactly on par, if not better than, the works of art that are read. Audio book companies should place THE READER'S CHAIR as their goal. --M. P., 8/1/98

Greatly enjoyed Warrior's Apprentice from LMB. Thanks muchly for another great job narrating the book. Now the question... When is The Vor Game going to be available? --douglas.tillyer, 05/04/98

I am planning to put on my Xmas list some of the Bujold titles. The awards your company has are truly well earned. --DjacksonT, 7/10/98

I just *loved* "Warrior's Apprentice" (up to your usual excellent standard I was happy to hear!) and I can't wait for the next in the series..... --aknorth, 6/15/98

I just started re-listening to TWA. I can't believe how much I hear new each time! --Dwerning, 05/28/98

Michael Hanson and Carol Cowan probably are the best team of performers in the business. This novel has to rate among the award-winning author's most entertaining works. --St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 3, 1998

Tell Michael and Carol "thank you" for doing such a superb artistic work. We appreciate it. Many many thanks. --jdprestn, 05/08/98

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ISBN-10: 067172066X
ISBN-13: 978-0671720667
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Baen
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