by Lois McMaster Bujold
REVIEW SUMMARY: 2 novels and a novella from Bujold that really delivers.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: This book contains 2 novels, The Warrior’s Apprentice and The Vor Game, and a novella named “The Mountain’s of Mourning.” The novella is the real gem here (oh and surprise, it won both Hugo and Nebula awards) but the books are very good too (Vor won the Hugo.) I hate to give anything away from the plot though – know that this details the beginning of Miles’ career where he takes over a band of mercenaries and rescues his Emporer.
PROS: Great story-telling, deep characters, and sci-fi that is integral to the plot but not overwhelming. Miles’ exhibits elements of Horatio Hornblower and The Mercer Boys. Bujold also has a dry wit that works.
CONS: Nobody would confuse this with Gene Wolfe, but so what – the thing is just flat out fun to read.
BOTTOM LINE: Excellent story – definately worth the read.