Young Miles (Vorgkosigan series)

Warrior’s Apprentice
The Mountains of Mourning
The Vor Game
by Lois McMaster Bujold

These three were collected in an omnibus edition, which proved to be my undoing. About 10 pm I started reading Warrior’s Apprentice on the grounds that “I’d just read the first one.” Yeah. I was up until 3 am, but I finished!

Warrior’s Apprentice
This is the first book where Miles is an actual person as opposed to a source of conflict. After reading Barrayar I wondered if our view of that planet’s society was colored by the fact that we were seeing it largely through Cordelia’s critical eyes. I think that I was right. Miles has issues with his world, obviously, but he also operates within it in a way that Cordelia doesn’t. (Not that I don’t love Cordelia, who is pretty amazingly awesome, the end.) I found myself really loving Miles too, and wanting a dinner party consisting of him, Eugenides, Lord Peter Wimsey, and Howl Jenkins. On the other hand, the world might implode from the collected awesome.

The Mountains of Mourning
This novella (it seems a bit long for a short story, I think) does two things: first it helps introduce us a bit more to the non-Vor Barrayarans. I don’t know if that will be important later or not, but it helped to round the world out a bit. Second, it shows Miles slightly less sympathetically. I don’t know, maybe that part was just me, but his role as detective and judge removed him a bit–sure it’s an intensely personal case, but at the same time he’s not simply Our Hero–he’s judging life and death. The mystery aspect was maybe a tad weak, just because it seemed like the solution came out of nowhere. But hey, that’s true of Agatha Christie too.

The Vor Game
I really liked this one, in large part because I liked the Dendarii Mercenaries and I like the tension stemming from Miles’ heritage as Piotr Vorkosigan’s grandson AND Aral Vorkosigan’s son. I wished we had a bit more of Elena in this one. I think in a way I wanted the kind of carefree, amusing Dendarii story that we had in Warrior’s Apprentice, and I didn’t get it. At the same time, I think that was the right choice. All of the characters involved have changed and you can’t just go back to what they were before. Gregor was kind of awesome in this one, and it was nice to see him developed a bit more.

Book source: public library
Book information: Baen, 1997; adult

My other Lois McMaster Bujold reviews:
Shards of Honor
Barrayar (down at the very bottom)

3 Comments

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3 responses to “Young Miles (Vorgkosigan series)

  1. This is the first Vorkosigan book that I read and I’ve been meaning to read all the others (I have copies of them) but I haven’t had time to do it. I’m really curious about Cordelia’s story so if I ever go back to this world then that’s what I’m reading.

    wanting a dinner party consisting of him, Eugenides, Lord Peter Wimsey, and Howl Jenkins. -> Telemakos from Elizabeth E. Wein’s books should be included in this dinner party. Oooh and maybe Aly from the Daughter of the Lioness books by Tamora Pierce.

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