Tuesday, November 8, 2011
A Civil Campaign, by Lois McMaster Bujold
We are getting later in Miles' career, he has turned 30, and Bujold returns to the romance novel here. Still plenty of action, but Miles is ready to settle down, and this is the story of his pursuit of the One, Ekaterin. Particularly interesting here is that all the major characters get some attention and new strength--his clone brother Mark, the Koudelka clan, and most especially his cousin Ivan. They all get pulled into Miles and Ekaterin's somewhat agonized and self-reflective courtship. This installment has nicely woven plotlines, even working in a commercial thread. The march has been well worth it so far, and I fully intend to continue to the end. One gets the feeling Miles has to peak sometime in here--once he marries, he's already had such a career that one can't see much topping all this until he dies. But we've got three more stories. We shall see. 4 stars here.