Captain Ivan Vorpatril sometimes thinks that if not for his family, he might have no troubles at all. But he has the dubious fortune of the hyperactive Miles Vorkosigan as a cousin, which has too often led to his getting dragged into one of Miles’ schemes, with risk to life and limb—and military career—that Ivan doesn’t consider entirely fair. Much practice has made Ivan more adept at fending off his mother’s less-than-subtle reminders that he should be getting married and continuing the Vorpatril lineage. Fortunately, his current duty is on the planet Komarr as staff officer to Admiral Desplains, far from both his cousin and his mother back on their homeworld of Barrayar. It’s an easy assignment and nobody is shooting at him. What could go wrong? Plenty, it turns out, when Byerly Vorrutyer, an undercover agent for Imperial Security, shows up on his doorstep and asks him to make the acquaintance of a young woman, recently arrived on Komarr, who seems to be in danger. That Byerly is characteristically vague about the nature of the danger, not to mention the lady’s name, should have been Ivan’s first clue, but Ivan is no more able to turn aside from aiding a damsel in distress than he could resist trying to rescue a kitten from a tree. It is but a short step down the road of good intentions to the tangle of Ivan’s life, in trouble with the Komarran authorities, with his superiors, and with the lethal figures hunting the mysterious but lovely Tej and her exotic blue companion Rish—a tangle to test the lengths to which Ivan will go as an inspired protector. But though his predicament is complicated, at least Ivan doesn’t have to worry about hassle from family. Or so he believes.
Udgivet af Baen
Lois McMaster Bujold
Amerikansk forfatterinde som begyndte at skrive i 1985. Hendes største og mest prisbelønnede værk er bøgerne om Miles Vorkosigan, som hun stadig skriver. Kronologisk starter den med "Falling Free" fra 1988 som vandt det års Nebula pris, men den foregår 200 år før Miles bliver født. "Shards of Honor" og Hugo vinderen "Barryar" handler om Miles's forældre. Miles selv dukker op første gang I "The Warriors Apprentice". Den efterfølgende bog "The Vor Game" vandt en Hugo pris. Hun har også prøvet at skrive fantasy, se f.eks "The Curse of Chalion" og fortsættelserne "Paladin of Souls" og "The Hallowed Hunt".