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The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
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Jan 05, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: sf-milsf-milfic
Read in December, 2005

One of the slickest Comedies of Errors ever written--plus, hey, exploding spaceships! :) Lois is a master weaver of plots, characters, settings and extrapolation of science facts. There's a reason she's won enough Hugos and Nebulas to make a necklace out of them!! This book is not the "first" in the series but it is a really good starting point for new readers because it introduces the entire premise upon which the balance of the series is built. Much of the reference back to the earlier two books (found in the ever-so-convenient omnibus "Cordelia's Honor" another 5-star read!) is done so seamlessly, one might not even know there WAS another book previous to TWA, let alone two, but for one salient point. When Lois designed this universe of hers, she put Aral Vorkosigan at the center of it. Therefore, to truly understand Miles, one must first understand the Great Man from whom the little git descends. Plus Aral & Cordelia have quite the tale of their own. It's worth reading the series multiple times but for the first time through, start with TWA. You won't regret it!
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