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In the second book (by internal chronology) of the Vorkosigan series, Cordelia and Aral are married, and Cordelia is pregnant. All seems to be going well - but Aral's job as Regent to the young Emperor is becoming more and more dangerous. There's an attack on the Vorkosigan house, and Cordelia and her baby are exposed to a poisonous gas that damages the fetus. In order to save him, he's removed from her body and put in an uterine replicator - which is unfortunately kept in a hospital in part of the country that gets taken over in a subsequent civil war. Cordelia now has precisely one goal: to recover her baby before anyone else finds him. And she will stop at nothing...
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   factions fight within govt for control War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   hand to hand Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's


A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a contemporary society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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