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By Lois McMaster Bujold

THIRD ENTRY IN A BELOVED SERIES. The Vorkosigan Saga spans over a dozen novels and has gained a number of awards and bought 1.8 million copies.

Sick of wrestle and betrayal, Cordelia Vorkosigan is ready to cool down to a quiet lifestyles. but if the Emperor dies, her husband Aral turns into mum or dad of the child inheritor to the imperial throne of Barrayar and the objective of high-tech assassins in a dynastic civil warfare. yet neither Aral nor Cordelia can bet the half that their cell-damaged unborn will play in Barrayar's bloody legacy. Winner of the Hugo Award.

About Lois McMaster Bujold:
“. . . the entire virtues we now have come to count on from Bujold, together with an increasing number of prose that sings.”—The Chicago solar Times

“Bujold keeps to end up what marvels genius can create out of simple area operatics.”—Library Journal

“Bujold isn't just a grasp of plot, she is a grasp of emotion.”—SF Site

“Bujold is among the top writers of SF event to come back alongside in years.”—Locus Magazine

The Vorkosigan sequence in Story-based Chronological Order
Falling Free
Shards of Honor
The Warrior's Apprentice
The Vor Game
Ethan of Athos
Borders of Infinity
Brothers in Arms
Mirror Dance
A Civil Campaign
Diplomatic Immunity
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

Omnibus Editions
MILES, secret & MAYHEM
contains Cetaganda, Ethan of Athos

contains The Warrior's Apprentice + stories

contains Shards of Honor, Barayarr

contains Falling unfastened, Diplomatic Immunity

contains Komarr, A Civil Campaign

contains Brothers in fingers, reflect Dance

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