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In aristocratic splendor on his home planet Barrayar Cordelia agrees with the dying old em. Barrayar chronologically Book 2 in the series the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold is Space Opera at its best Describing it in opera terms it is bel canto florid and intricate reuiring supreme agility and pitch control combined with powerful and dramatic storytelling and LMB just got what it takes to write a damn fantastic libretto The first part seems restrained introducing dramatis personae laying the ground for further action LMB is gradually raising the stakes or increasing the volume intensity if you like until a breathtaking climax descends upon us The story starts right where Book 1 Shards of Honour finished The emperor of Barrayar is dying and has appointed Aral Vorkosigan as regent until his grandson Gregor now 5 grows up Aral s wife Cordelia coming from a technologically socially much developed planet finds it hard to fit into to Barrayaran society and struggles to come to figure out its strange and complicated customs Barrayar is rigidly feudal dominated by a military caste and its technology borders on medieval due to an almost complete isolation from other planets Most of the leaders the so called Vors resist change and consider Aral s leadership as revolutionary and endangering their very existence After the emperor s death a period of political and military unrest begins that endangers both Cordelia Aral as well as the child emperor their friends allies and has far reaching conseuences none of them foresaw I continued to like both Cordelia and Aral they are wonderfully strong characters in their different ways The love respect trust and support they give each other is amazing As for Cordelia she gets baffled by her new home planet and its people but won t let herself be manipulated or frightened for a second by political enemies She is one hell of a brave and capable woman view spoilerWhen her unborn baby s life is endangered due to an assassination attempt she never plays the big drama ueen but grabs the doctors by the balls and forces coaxes bribes them into saving the fetus even though she is aware of the strong animosity concerning disabled people referred to by most Barrayarns as mutations her own father in law threatens to abort the baby personally hide spoiler duplicity you like until a breathtaking climax descends upon us The story starts right where Book 1 Shards of Honour finished The emperor of Barrayar is dying and has appointed Aral Vorkosigan as regent until his grandson Gregor now 5 grows up Aral s wife Cordelia coming from a technologically socially much developed planet finds it hard to fit into to Barrayaran society and struggles to come to figure out its strange and complicated customs Barrayar is rigidly feudal dominated by a military caste and its technology borders on medieval due to an almost complete isolation from other planets Most of the leaders the so called Vors resist change and consider Aral s leadership as revolutionary and endangering their very existence After the emperor s death a period of political and military unrest begins that endangers both Cordelia Aral as well as the child emperor their friends allies and has far reaching conseuences none of them foresaw I continued to like both Cordelia and Aral they are wonderfully strong characters in their different ways The love respect trust and support they give each other is amazing As for Cordelia she gets baffled by her new home planet and its people but won t let herself be manipulated or frightened for a second by political enemies She is one hell of a brave and capable woman view spoilerWhen her unborn baby s life is endangered due to an assassination attempt she never plays the big drama ueen but grabs the doctors by the balls and forces coaxes bribes them into saving the fetus even though she is aware of the strong animosity concerning disabled people referred to by most Barrayarns as mutations her own father in law threatens to abort the baby personally hide spoiler

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Peror that the Empire would be better if Aral would serve but he knows secrets she does not. I am afraid So simply opens Barrayar with Cordelia words It takes places immediately after the events of Shards of Honor and starts out with low key family strife that sets the tone along with political developments All the time Lois McMaster Bujold s character build up takes center stage All in all it is much than the science fiction tag that describes it My home is not a place it is people The beginning might be slow though not less significant and it is preparing for what is to come Cordelia is adjusting to an overly formal aristocratic and warlike Barrayar However half way through the rhythm changes Then there is a revolution a secret journey vital prisoners bloodshed and death a rescue a raging fire and ultimately a triumphant return Yes there is so much to enjoy in Barrayar It might be very character driven but there is plenty of action to satisfy any reader Above all Bujold s masterful writing keeps the reader s interest fully engagedThe action scenes are well written and believable but it s Bujold s characters that lift the book to another level They are all very human I particularly appreciated the relationship between Cordelia and Aral There is tension as should be expected but their marriage comes out solid in the end They are a team against whatever comes against them And Bujold establishes it particularly well through their dialogues His naked agony terrified her She held him tightly in return I don t know I don t know But somebody has been making these kinds of decisions right along while we went along blissfully unconscious taking the world as given And they were only humans too No better no worse than you Frightening thought She sighed You can t choose between evil and evil in the dark by logic You can only cling to some safety line of principle Dear Captain If I m still sane fifteen years from now I believe it will be your doing For those that enjoyed Shards of Honor like me it is very satisfying to see how well Cordelia adapts to her new home how easily she wins accomplices to her side how furious or even murderous she is with those that hurt her loved ones Above all she is still her own woman When after an assassination attempt Cordelia and Aral s unborn son suffers permanent after effects their relationship is tested but comes out strong as he supports Cordelia s effort to save their son When Miles is born I felt her words to him were meaningful and particularly poignant Welcome to Barrayar son Here you go have a world of wealth and poverty wrenching change and rooted history Have a birth have two Have a name Miles means soldier but don t let the power of suggestion overwhelm you Have a twisted form in a society that loathes and fears the mutations that have been its deepest agony Have a title wealth power and all the hatred and envy they will draw Have your body ripped apart and re arranged Inherit an array of friends and enemies you never made Have a grandfather from hell Endure pain find joy and make your own meaning because the universe certainly isn t going to supply it Always be a moving target Live Live Live The conclusion is not only strong but also lays the groundwork for the rest of the series And leaves us wanting Highly recommended

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On opposing sides Captain Cordelia Naismith and Admiral Lord Aral Vorkosigan marry and live. A buddy read with ChokoAfter the events of the last book Cordelia ended up on Barrayar She thought she would be able to get used to new life fairly soon but Barrayar is always full of excitement and surprises like assassinations civil war regicide forbidden duels external conuerors and such You are guaranteed to never have a boring moment but such lifestyle surely takes uite a while to get used to Cordelia however was determined to fit in as best as she could which means she had to organize some of the fun from the above list herself on the top of everything else The only weakness I found was that the whole story is told from Cordelia s POV She is a great and interesting character but the position she was in almost always forced her to take a passive role Aral Vorkosigan had complete picture and as such his POV would make an excellent story As it is now we only see conseuences of his behind the scenes actions while he desperately tried to hold the Empire together If I overlook this biggie I have no complaints other than somewhat slow start As I mentioned Cordelia is a great character and so are a few secondary ones Aral does not get enough screen time to ualify for a main character but he is great in the rare scenes he appears Even with Cordelia s limited information the story is not boring but I would not ualify it as a space opera as everybody remains firmly on the surface of a planet here Passive role or not she still had to act at critical moments and make some key decisions by herself I consider this book to be a good bridge between the previous book and the next one Speaking about the next book it is much better and can be fully ualify as a space opera as it has literally everything the genre reuires My rating is 35 stars rounded down because of my frustration with limited view on goings on most of the time this is a good connection story between its preuel and seuel but as a standalone it is nothing to write home about


10 thoughts on “Barrayar

  1. says:

    4 stars Barrayar a Hugo winner and Nebula nominee back in 1991 is a book that improved dramatically for me on reread It's interesting subtle and

  2. says:

    many thanks to eh and elizabeth etc because i would never never never have read a book with a cover like this but i did it for youse and it has been wonderful reallybut so if i am understanding this correctly and i hope that i am not ms bujold created one of the most interesting and likable while still being flawed characters ever and then abandoned her to write books about this character's son?? and all the rest are about him??

  3. says:

    A buddy read with ChokoAfter the events of the last book Cordelia ended up on Barrayar She thought she would be able to get used to new life fairly soon but Barrayar is always full of excitement and surprises like assassinations civil war regicide forbidden duels external conuerors and such You are guaranteed to never have a boring moment but such lifestyle surely takes uite a while to get used to Cordelia however was determined to fit in

  4. says:

    Third read update 12617The love story between Aral and Cordelia continues but it's really a tale about Barrayaran politics and cultural horrors To cull genetic mistakes or not? To break from the hold of barbaric cultural practices or not?Hell it even goes a long way to toward teaching us forgiveness for the mentally ill Although to

  5. says:

    Barrayar chronologically Book #2 in the series the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold is Space Opera at its best Describing it in opera terms it is bel canto florid and intricate reuiring supreme agility and pitch control combined with powerful and dramatic storytelling and LMB just got what it takes to wr

  6. says:

    475 A buddy read with Evgeny because we love Sci fiWow Just WOW This is the third book in the chronological order of the series and I am alread

  7. says:

    Barrayar continues and completes the story of former survey ship captain Cordelia Naismith and her husband Aral Vorkosigan Regent of Barrayar it is pretty enjoyable is Bujold becoming one of my favorite scifi authors? i'm s

  8. says:

    “I am afraid” So simply opens Barrayar with Cordelia words It takes places immediately after the events of Shards of Honor and starts out with low key family strife that sets the tone along with political developments All the time Lois McMaster Bujold’s character build up takes center stage All in all it is much than the scien

  9. says:

    I am so sold on Cordelia and Aral as a couple This might be an old scifi saga but it's one that has aged well in my opinionThis is the third book chronologically and tells of Cordelia after she married Aral Vorkosigan and came to live with him on Barrayar Naturally a few things about this society are alien to her and to us but she

  10. says:

    Let's file this Hugo Award in the Regrettable category along with those granted to The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber and Redshirts by His G

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