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The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold Review

Title: The Vor Game

Author: Lois McMaster Bujold

First published January 1, 1990

346 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 9780671720148 (ISBN10: 0671720147)

Rating: 4.27


Another thrilling installment in the Vorkosigan Saga, The Vor Game follows Miles Vorkosigan as he navigates through a series of dangerous and unpredictable events. From joining a mutiny to being placed under house arrest, Miles’ journey takes him on a secret mission and reunites him with his loyal Dendarii Mercenaries.

Along the way, he must rescue his Emperor and prevent an interstellar war. For Miles, it’s just another day on the job.

This Hugo Award-winning novel is a must-read for fans of science fiction and space adventures.

About the Author

Lois McMaster Bujold, a renowned author of science fiction and fantasy, was born in 1949 to an engineering professor at Ohio State University. Her father’s love for science fiction inspired her at a young age.

Now residing in Minneapolis, Bujold is a proud mother of two grown children.

Her impressive portfolio includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife tetralogy in the genre of fantasy, published by HarperCollins. Meanwhile, her science fiction books published by Baen Books feature the bestselling Vorkosigan Saga.

With her exceptional talent, Bujold’s work has been translated into over twenty languages, reaching a wider audience.

Her accolades and nominations can be viewed on her website, along with a collection of interviews that showcase her insights and creativity. Fans of her work can also visit The Bujold Nexus, an older fan-run site dedicated to her literary contributions.

Editoral Review

Lois McMaster Bujold’s science fiction novel, The Vor Game, first published on January 1, 1990, is a thrilling and thought-provoking addition to her beloved Vorkosigan Saga. Bujold is a renowned author in the science fiction genre, and her unique blend of humor, action, and complex characters make her work accessible for fans of all backgrounds.

The Vor Game follows the story of Miles Vorkosigan, a former cadet at the Imperial Military Academy who has been dishonorably discharged and sent to serve with the Dendarii Free Mercenaries. Miles is tasked with returning a political prisoner to his home planet, but he soon finds himself on a mission to save the empire from an internal threat.

Along the way, he must confront his own past mistakes and prove himself to his superiors and crewmates. Bujold’s talent for world-building shines in The Vor Game, as she effortlessly creates a vast universe that feels both futuristic and grounded in reality.

The characters are multidimensional, and the plot twists and turns in unexpected ways, keeping readers engaged from start to finish. The humor that Bujold infuses into her writing adds a welcome levity to what could otherwise be a dark and heavy story.

As with all books in the Vorkosigan Saga, The Vor Game explores themes of power, loyalty, and identity. Miles, in particular, is a complex character who grapples with the consequences of his actions and the expectations placed on him by his family, society, and military.

Bujold explores these themes with nuance and sensitivity, making the reader empathize with the characters and their struggles. One of the strengths of The Vor Game is Bujold’s pacing.

The story moves at a brisk pace, never dragging or feeling rushed. The action scenes are thrilling and well-written, and the quieter moments of reflection are just as impactful.

Bujold’s prose is clear and concise, and she has a talent for writing dialogue that feels natural and engaging. While The Vor Game is an excellent addition to the Vorkosigan Saga, it may not be the best place for readers new to the series to start.

The book assumes familiarity with the world and characters, and some of the plot points may be confusing without that background knowledge. Additionally, some readers may find the science fiction elements of the story to be overwhelming or confusing.

Overall, The Vor Game is a fantastic addition to the Vorkosigan Saga and an excellent example of Bujold’s skill as a writer. Fans of science fiction, action, and complex characters will find much to enjoy in this book.

While it may not be the best starting point for new readers, those who take the time to explore the Vorkosigan universe will find a rich and rewarding experience. The Vor Game earns a well-deserved 4 out of 5 stars.