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Tej reveals that she is the youngest daughter of baron Cordonah from Jackson's Whole, a planet based on Laissez-faire free market economics where what would be illegal activities elsewhere abound.
House Cordonah had been recently taken over by force by a competitor, who put a price on the life or capture of the remaining members of the House, making bounty hunters track them all the way to Komarr. Now part of the family of a High Vor lord, Tej and Rish travel with Ivan to Barrayar, where the two women can be more secure.
Back in Barrayar, Rish gets involved romantically with Byerly. Tej and Ivan attempt to get a divorce by petition to Count Falco Vorpatril, but are rejected.
Falco tells Ivan that he will have to face the consequences of his own actions for a change. Ivan and Tej begin developing feelings for each other, until unexpectedly Tej's entire family arrives.
Under the cover of reuniting with them, their relatives have come to Barrayar to acquire the financial resources needed to attempt to take back their House. Tej's grandmother, a former Cetagandan haut lady, knows of an underground bunker forgotten since the Cetagandan invasion of Barrayar had been defeated a century before. And Ivan proves that he is not without a share of the family ability to produce insane-plans-that-turn-out-brilliant-in-the-long-run: when placed into a situation that, on a smaller scale, greatly resembles some of Miles's, he panics, and then produces a workable, spur of the moment solution.
What turns this on its head a bit, however, is the fact that there is, overall, a notable lack of angst. To be sure, Ivan is faced with a little bit when he realizes that, despite years of avoiding it, he quite likes being married, and to his wife in particular, and he ends up with a bit of worry over whether or not he can convince her to stay put.
She has some of the same angst, and like previous Vorkosigan saga heroines who are not Cordelia, she has Relatives, and they are a Pain.
Loveable, but a Pain. Insofar as suspense goes, there really isn't much in the book. Because it's set a good six years before Cryoburn, we all know that Ivan gets out of any serious danger.
I'm racking my brain though--I've only read Cryoburn once so far--and I don't recall there being any hints in there about the events of this book. But as it's about Miles, and as it's six years down the road, well It's not as though the Vorkosigan books were written in order, after all.
And, considering the light, fluffy fare of Alliance here, it's really a very good thing that it's not set after Cryoburn, as one would expect any follow-up to THAT one to deal with the bombshell dropped at its end. It's fairly clear, too, that things will work out for Ivan, despite his romantic frustration as we last saw it in A Civil Campaign.
Like his uncle, he had better luck in marrying a galactic--and unlike Miles, he had no trouble convincing her to stay on Barrayar. Some reviews I have seen found Tej to be a bit mild and boring and unworthy of Ivan. I have to disagree, at least on the boring and unworthy-of-Ivan part. Granted, compared to most of the sites that Miles tended to hook up with--and even bearing in mind her quiet nature, Ekaterin is still a warrior woman, albeit of the Vor type--Tej is a bit "dull.
Ivan likes order, and stability, and organization, remember?
I think many of us and I admit to falling for it myself from time to time often forget that Ivan is not, in fact, an adrenaline junkie like Miles. To be sure, he popped up in many of Miles's insane adventures, particularly early in their careers, and he pulled through more than adequately.
She suggests torture, and Ivan suggests they ask politely; Tej says that torture would be too noisy. Rish points out that whoever gave him her picture and address undoubtedly knows where he is; when Tej asks him, he says that one of his friends sent him to look after her, thinking she might be in danger.
Rish points out that they took him out pretty easily, for a protector, and Ivan says he has a thing about hitting girls, except that one time with Delia Koudelka when they were kids…. The title, of course, as well as early buzz about the book, promised that Ivan would finally find that elusive girlfriend, romantic liaison, possibly even bride.
The second viewpoint in the chapter, then, is the mysterious Tej a. Nanja , not a native Komarran, on the run, or at least hiding from somebody.
My first reads were in no particular sequence; I bought whatever titles I could find at the local book stores and had to order Shards direct from the publisher. That was the 80s, another era! They were quite pleasant to have while recovering from surgery. I like how Bujold sneaks in a reference to the length of the Barrayaran day 26 hours as I recall Ivan complains a bit about the contrasting shortness of the Komarran one at 19 hours in later chapters.
Forget jet or jump lag, planet lag would be awful.
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