By Lois McMaster Bujold

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER in hardcover. With new conceal remedy for mass marketplace paperback.
a brand new installment within the award-winning Vorkosigan technological know-how fiction event series.

Captain Ivan Vorpatril occasionally thinks that if now not for his kinfolk, he may need no issues in any respect. yet he has the doubtful fortune of the hyperactive Miles Vorkosigan as a cousin, which has too frequently ended in his getting dragged into considered one of Miles’ schemes, with probability to lifestyles and limb—and army career—that Ivan doesn’t reflect on totally reasonable. a lot perform has made Ivan more proficient at keeping off his mother’s less-than-subtle reminders that he will be getting married and carrying on with the Vorpatril lineage.

Fortunately, his present accountability is on this planet Komarr as employees officer to Admiral Desplains, faraway from either his cousin and his mom again on their homeworld of Barrayar. It’s a simple task and no-one is capturing at him. What may perhaps cross wrong?

Plenty, it seems, while Byerly Vorrutyer, an secret agent for Imperial protection, indicates up on his doorstep and asks him to make the acquaintance of a tender lady, lately arrived on Komarr, who looks at risk. That Byerly is ordinarily imprecise in regards to the nature of the risk, let alone the lady’s identify, must have been Ivan’s first clue, yet Ivan isn't any extra in a position to flip other than helping a damsel in misery than he may perhaps withstand attempting to rescue a kitten from a tree.

It is yet a brief step down the line of fine intentions to the tangle of Ivan’s existence, in hassle with the Komarran specialists, along with his superiors, and with the deadly figures searching the mysterious yet attractive Tej and her unique blue better half Rish—a tangle to check the lengths to which Ivan will move as an encouraged protector.

But even though his drawback is complex, a minimum of Ivan doesn’t need to fear approximately difficulty from kin. Or so he believes.

About Captain Vorpatril's Alliance:
“. . .this should be some of the most expected and long-awaited entries to Bujold’s acclaimed Vorkosigan saga. For years fanatics have clamored for Ivan Vorpatril’s tale, and eventually Bujold gives you anything that may either thrill the committed viewers and front new readers . . . Longtime readers will love seeing a brand new facet of Ivan in addition to listening to his perspectives on a few of the sequence characters. New readers can get pleasure from Ivan’s tale by itself . . . crucial for all SF collections and a must-read for Bujold and Vorkosigan fans.”—Booklist

About Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga:
“Fans were clamoring for Hugo-winner Bujold to pen a brand new Vorkosigan Saga novel. . . her deft and soaking up writing simply corrals the advanced plot.”—Publishers Weeklyon Cryoburn

“Bujold mixes quirky humor with motion [and] great personality development…[E]normously satisfying.”—Publishers Weekly.

“One of sf’s extraordinary skills . . . an excellent series.”—Booklist

“. . . an clever, well-crafted and punctiliously enjoyable mixture of experience, sociopolitical remark, clinical experiments, and coffee perils . . . with that additional spicing of romance. . . .”—Locus

About Vorkosigan sequence access Diplomatic Immunity:
“Bujold is adept at world-building and gives a witty, character-centered plot, packed with beautiful grace notes. . . lovers could be completely gripped and certain to complete the publication in one sitting.”—Publishers Weekly

The Vorkosigan sequence in Story-based Chronological Order
Falling Free
Shards of Honor
The Warrior's Apprentice
The Vor Game
Ethan of Athos
Borders of Infinity
Brothers in Arms
Mirror Dance
A Civil Campaign
Diplomatic Immunity
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

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Possibly he must have attempted more durable to flee, prior. however the girls were taking him correct the place he’d desired to pass, within, for simply the aim he’d come, to speak. real, he’d been envisioning pleasant chat, now not opposed interrogation, yet what was once that quote Miles used to be so keen on? by no means interrupt your enemy whereas he's creating a mistake. now not that they have been enemies, unavoidably. He was hoping. via may have stood to be clearer on that time, on reflection. the following probably suspect at the physique amendment entrance was once, in fact, the planet and procedure of Jackson’s entire, a virtually both unsavory speculation supported, unfortunately, by way of any variety of small tricks the 2 girls had enable fall. Jackson’s entire didn't have a unified planetary government—in truth, it claimed to haven't any govt in any respect. as a substitute, it used to be governed via a patchwork of significant Houses—116 of ’em the final Ivan had heard, however the quantity shifted of their internecine competitions—and numerous homes Minor. They tended to not carry huge, unified territories at the planet’s floor, yet quite, interpenetrated extra like competing businesses. Granted, the method, or loss of it, did make it much less most probably for the Jacksonians to tug jointly for, say, a tremendous army invasion in their acquaintances. yet someone who had no apartment allegiance or employment there has been a really unprotected individual certainly. Ivan had no hassle imagining every kind of colourful purposes for the 2 younger ladies to be at the run from the full. Any brilliant folks no longer aligned with the ability structure—structures—would be emigrating, in the event that they might deal with it. the true secret used to be why an individual from there will be chasing them. Assassination wasn’t that informal a company cost, now not with interstellar distances in play. If the 2 had made all of it the best way to Komarr yet have been nonetheless this afraid, a person with assets needs to rather care, and never in an effective way. The room used to be no longer transforming into smaller. Nor darker. Nor damper. Nor altering in anyway. yet expensive God this chair used to be getting challenging. He hitched his shoulders and wriggled his butt, recalling all these dire warnings approximately deep-vein thrombosis and lengthy rides in travel seats. as though he didn’t have adequate paranoia working via his aching head instantly. notwithstanding his legs had stopped with the post-stun pins-and-needles, and have been all the way down to simply pins. So how had the 2 ladies fallen in jointly, and what used to be their courting, quite? used to be the blue girl buddy, company associate, servant, lover, or bodyguard to the opposite? a few mixture, or whatever much more arcane? whilst, unavoidably, he’d needed to pee, Rish had taken the con within the argument over even if it used to be secure to allow him up. Ivan’s plaintive, How lengthy do i must spend no longer attacking you to end up I’m no longer attacking you? had moved the hotter Nanja, yet now not the gold-eyed different. after all, Nanja had left the room, and Rish had held a plastic jug. Decanting his bladder used to be an excessive amount of of a aid through then for Ivan to be embarrassed, a lot. Rish’s unusual good looks didn't decrease pack up; it simply grew ever extra certain, nearly fractal, yet he’d stayed gotten smaller in her hand still, too alarmed to be aroused by means of her cool contact.

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