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The Warrior's Apprentice

(Vorkosigan Saga (Publication Order) #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  26,506 ratings  ·  1,541 reviews
Between the seemingly impossible tasks of living up to his warrior-father's legend and surmounting his own physical limitations, Miles Vorkosigan faces some truly daunting challenges.

Shortly after his arrival on Beta Colony, Miles unexpectedly finds himself the owner of an obsolete freighter and in more debt than he ever thought possible. Propelled by his manic "forward m
Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published 2003 by Earthlight (first published August 1986)
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Elizabeth McCoy I started with The Warrior's Apprentice -- Shards of Honor was out of print, and Barrayar hadn't been published yet -- and it was just fine. Jump in h…moreI started with The Warrior's Apprentice -- Shards of Honor was out of print, and Barrayar hadn't been published yet -- and it was just fine. Jump in here and go back to the Cordelia books later, as you like!(less)
Ami I've just read the Warrior apprentice. It's great for 14 years kid, and probably for 13 too. It's a great lightweight action flick.
The book has some s…more
I've just read the Warrior apprentice. It's great for 14 years kid, and probably for 13 too. It's a great lightweight action flick.
The book has some sex references, but they are not explicit, minor to the plot, and probably not something that a 14 years kid haven't already seen on TV.(less)

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mark monday
so i was engaging in a favorite pastime on friday night, namely verbal one-upmanship slash sadistically using the power of my oh so mighty intellect to tease my poor innocent friends, when the very drunk birthday boy said "You know you are going to get smacked if you keep on talking like that." i couldn't help myself: i reached up and gave him a very light & friendly tap on the cheek with the palm of my hand while dropping another dazzling bon mot. sadly, in the middle of my witticism, birthday ...more
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
*** 4.44 ***

A buddy read with Evgeny and Maria, because we need some FORWARD MOMENTUM in our lives!

I have a new favorite Sci-fi series and this is it! I have been remiss in not picking it up sooner and I am repenting. By reading it a book a week with my friends ☺!

I was already in love with the Count and Countess Vorkosigan and I should have known that their progeny would not disappoint either. After all, Miles Vorkosigan is a combination of their genetic material complimented by the influence of
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are you bored? Are you looking at your evergrowing pile of books to read and can’t decide what to read next? Well, let me help you with that, start reading this book and kill two birds with one stone.

It doesn’t matter if you’re not a fan of sci-fi or space operas, this book will give you an opportunity to meet your new favorite character, or at least a new addition to your favorite characters list, Miles Vorkosigan.

If I had to compare Miles to a contemporary fantasy character I would compare hi
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Update 1/18/18, Read #3:

On some rather belated reflection and tears after this latest read, I have to say that I'm in love with this series. As if three reads wasn't proof enough, right?

The beginning and the end is completely scaled back from the wild as hell middle, but that's as it should be. Miles is a brilliant and very flawed character, showing signs of megalomania and depression, or perhaps just being a brilliant bipolar case. :) In that respect, he's a lot like Sherlock.

It sure as hell ma
Feb 12, 2022 rated it really liked it
This is part of a larger series, but is a fun stand alone read too. Science fiction thrillers are my favorite to read if done well and this one is. What I was drawn to the most was the main character's problem. Miles is an elite member of a renowned military family, but because of a terrorist attack on his mother with a deadly gas when he was in utero, his bones haven't developed properly.

He can't walk or run very well, but is brilliant, so he's hoping to balance his high exam scores for office
Impossible or preposterous are words Miles Naismith Vorkosigan neither understand nor wishes to master. I found The Warrior’s Apprentice incredible, hilarious and poignant all at the same time. With every page turned, you will live a spectacular adventure along with Miles (only offspring of Aral and Cordelia Naismith of Shards of Honor) and a delightful group of supporting characters. It’s a perfect example of Lous McMaster Bujold brilliant, inspired writing.

Instead of suffering and limitin
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I always knew I'll love Miles Vorkosigan. I only met him once and very long time ago in The Mountains Of Mourning and I recall I liked what I read, but it wasn't a full picture. It still isn't one, considering I have whole series ahead, but The Warrior's Apprentice gave me a nice teaser into what I'm going to get on my plate.

Miles Vorkosig
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This unfortunately didn't do it for me. Oh, sure, it's a heist novel (sort of) that is still better written than many others and it was only really slow at the beginning I guess (well, the first 30-40%). However, nobody is criticizing Bujold's craftmanshift.
No, my beef is with with the characters, mostly. Even the (former) military personnel was stupid beyond belief. To say nothing of the rest. I can make allowances, of course - initially, for Elena, who simply wanted to get off planet ONCE in
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2018, stars-4-0
“I've got forward momentum. There's no virtue in it. It's just a balancing act. I don’t dare stop."

Carrying on with my reading of the Vorkosigan Saga by internal chronology (could also be a good starting point to the series). This fourth instalment changes the focus from Cordelia and Aral to their son, Miles, who is now seventeen and making do with the consequences of the poisoning attempt on his parents when his mother was pregnant with him. Having a boy with brittle bone disease and of a very
May 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kat-scifi
Even after multiple re-reads pure enjoyment for me.

In this volume you find out how Miles managed to become a mercenary leader. Of course everything is highly unlikely, but so much fun.

If you care for a light and very entertaining space opera, read this series.

Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my FINISHING THE SERIES! list.

I loves me a good series! But I'm terrible for starting a new series before finishing my last - so this reading list is all about trying to close out those series I've got on the go.

Is this my favourite book in the Vorkisgan Sa
The Warrior's Apprentice: The first story of Miles Vorkosigan is a rollicking SF adventure
It's a cliche and publisher's catchphrase to call anything a "rollicking SF adventure", but if any book ever was that, this would be it. Lois McMaster Bujold has quietly and steadily created one of the most popular SF adventure franchises of the past few decades with her stories or Cordelia Naismith and Aral Vorkosigan in Shards of Honor and Barrayar, but it was The Warrior's Apprentice, her second novel, w
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
While this story is better than the last one, I get the sense this may be the peak and the writing not tight enough for me to continue the series. Perhaps after my next 1,000 stories, I'll get back to it. 6 of 10 stars ...more
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
*sigh* I really wanted to like this book, but...


(That disappointed baby is effing adorable though, so I guess this review won't be ALL bad.)

Well, it wouldn't be ALL bad anyway. I wanted to like this so much. I liked the idea of this book much more than I liked the actuality of it, actually. I feel like I've been disappointed with almost everything I've read lately, and I was really hoping for this to just wow me, for it to make me want to put everything else on hold and read the series and just
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was excellent. One of my favourite reviews for this is Mark Monday's where he talks about Miles:

I agree with what Mark says about Miles being the archetypal side-kick who is finally cast as a main character. Hallelujah!

I particularly like that Miles is not unconcerned or unaffected by his physical limitations. He isn't cast as a plucky go getter who thinks nothing will hold him back. He knows there are lots of things that will if he doesn'
Maria Dimitrova
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: barrayar
Buddy read with Choko and Evgeny.

The first time I read this book I wasn't impressed. I already knew the characters as they appear in later books thanks to the ridiculous way the publishing house in my country had published them. The awkwardness of many of the interactions was off putting and the angst and drama didn't appeal. Over the years I forgot the good parts and when I joined GR and started adding books I gave TWA an unfair rating.

This is still my least favourite book in the series. The a
Dirk Grobbelaar
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Forward momentum. That’s the key here. Miles has it. So has this novel. It’s easy to see why this series is such a fan favourite. This is a story that tells itself – the reader is only along for the ride. And it’s a rollicking one too. Not many books have this kind of impeccable pacing.

The story is finely balanced between the scampering plot and the ridiculously good character development of the physically challenged Miles Vorkosigan / Naismith. The supporting cast, though not as thoroughly dev
Daniel Roy
May 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
Having just finished "Shards of Honor" and "Barrayar", I simply couldn't wait to pick up the first book in the Miles Vorkosigan series. Unfortunately for me, it seems Mrs. Bujold has shifted tones when going from Cordelia to her son Miles.

Where Cordelia's novels were sometimes funny, sometimes inclined to the romantic, but as a whole well-crafted and dramatic, "The Warrior's Apprentice" feels more like a running joke. It seems Mrs. Bujold has decided she would show Miles is human by making him w
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review is for my reread of the Vorkosigan Saga with SpecFic Buddy Reads during 2017/18. I read this for the first time sometime during the 1990s directly after the Cordelia books and as a follow-up after reading much later books in the series (Memory and onwards).

Miles Vorkosigan is the teenage son of Aral and Cordelia Vorkosigan. He has several physical issues because of the treatment for soltoxin gas exposure that his mother had to undergo while he was in utero. These include brittle bone
Andreea Daia
I always thought that boys of Miles age (his age as in "The Warrior's Apprentice," that is) are particularly chafing in their self-centeredness, in their self-absorption which prevents them from understanding that their inoffensive acts of "proving themselves" are in actuality harmful to the people they love. Ms. Bujold creates such a believable character that two thirds of the book, I wanted to castigate and point out to him the consequences of his "quest." He is young, consumed by self-doubts ...more
Milda Page Runner
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
RTC maybe, if 'll find more time.

For now I'll just say it's a fun light sci-fi adventure (space opera) and I totally agree with my friends who compare main character Miles to Locke Lamora or Tyrion Lannister.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miles is the best MC I've come across for a while! I'd heard that Miles is a popular character in this series, but he was much more original than I imagined he'd be! Fantastic story! ...more
Wonderful in dialogue situations and in introspection of the main character. Bujold's light and witty hand does wonders there.
But the story itself couldn't grip me.
3.5 stars

This is my second time reading this, although apparently I have never entered it on GR. However, it's one of many books I didn't remember to add. This is where I stopped the first time I started this series, but this time I plan to continue.

This one starts about 18 years after Shards of Honour, but about 12 years after the epilogue in Barrayar. This is one of the great things about following, more or less, Bujold's recommended reading order now that so many books have been published. Ba
5.0 stars. Absolutely superb introduction to one of the top 10 best SF characters ever created, Miles Vorkosigan. Highly recommended.
Oleksandr Zholud
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vorkosigan-1
This is the second (by publication order; fourth by internal chronology) volume of Vorkosigan saga. The main character is now the son of Cordelia Naismith and Aral Vorkosigan named Miles. From the previous book we know that during the pregnancy Cordelia was affected by toxin that made Miles bones brittle (and stunted his growth). The book was read a part of Vorkosigan challenge at Hugo & Nebula Awards: Best Novels group.

The story starts as 17-year-old Miles tries to enter the military academy bu
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Huh. Didn’t they give you any medical treatment?”
"Oh, sure. I’ve had an Inquisition’s worth. That’s why I can walk around today, instead of being carried in a bucket.”

After meeting baby Miles at the end of Barrayar, I finally got to know the main protagonist of the Vorkosigan Saga.

Part of buddy reading the series with SpecFic in chronological order.

This book didn't pull its punches and got right into the middle of the action. Still, I felt no great need to keep going and it took me a week to j
Lee at ReadWriteWish
The Warrior’s Apprentice introduces Miles Vorkosigan as the ongoing lead protagonist of this book series, following on from his parents who were the leads in the previous two books. A lot of people say you can start the saga with this book but I would definitely recommend reading Shards of Honour and Barrayar first. I think you’d definitely be confused by quite a few aspects of Warrior’s Apprentice if you hadn’t bothered.

The beginning of the book is fantastic. 17 year-old Miles desperately wants
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Wonderfully fun!

‘The Warrior’s Apprentice’ is book two in the Vorkosigan Saga by publishing date, but I think it is actually book three, following the two books Shards of Honor and Barrayar chronologically in time. ‘Shards of Honor’ and ‘Barrayar’ show how the character Miles Vorkosian’s parents meet, and why Miles has a deformed body. The rest of the series after these two books follow Miles primarily in his adventures.

Miles clearly is a rascal character similar to Hans Solo of the Star Wars m
Wanda Pedersen
A rolling stone gathers no moss. Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, with his favourite saying at the ending of the book being “Forward momentum,” will never grow any moss. At the end of Barrayar, Miles is a small, brittle-boned child with a reluctance to sit still and preternatural speed for finding the next predicament to get into. He is able to keep three or four adults hopping and still regularly break his bones while performing these antics.

The Warrior’s Apprentice introduces the reader to Miles, th
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Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children.

Her fantasy from HarperCollins includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife tetralogy; her science fiction from Baen Books features the perennially bestse

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“Oh, was that liquor of yours a stimulant?" asked Elena. "I wondered why he didn't fall asleep."
"Couldn't you tell?" chuckled Mayhew.
"Not really."
Miles twisted his head to take in Elena's upside-down worried face, and smile in weak reassurance. Sparkly black and purple whirlpools clouded his vision. Mayhew's laughter faded. "My God," he said hollowly, "you mean he's like that all the time?”
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