The Warrior's Apprentice

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The Warrior's Apprentice
Cover of the first edition (art by Alan Gutierrez)[1]
AuthorLois McMaster Bujold
Audio read byGrover Gardner
CountryUnited States
SeriesVorkosigan Saga
GenreScience fiction
PublisherBaen Books
Publication date
Preceded byShards of Honor 
Followed byEthan of Athos 

The Warrior's Apprentice is an English language science fiction novel by Lois McMaster Bujold, part of the Vorkosigan Saga.[2] It was the second book published in the series, and is the fifth story, including novellas, in the internal chronology of the series. The Warrior's Apprentice was first published by Baen Books in 1986, and was included in the 1997 omnibus Young Miles.

Plot summary[edit]

When Miles Vorkosigan is disqualified from joining the Barrayaran Imperial Service Academy because he broke both his legs during the initial physical entrance exams, he sets about trying to prove himself a hero by other means. The resulting chain of events leads to his taking command of a company of space mercenaries, under the alias "Admiral Miles Naismith".


Jo Walton, writing for, described The Warrior's Apprentice as having "about ninety percent more depth than you’d expect it to have", but also notes that "the series does get a lot deeper and more complex as it goes on from here."[3]

Cover art[edit]

Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff has reported being told by Bujold that the novel's cover art had originally been intended for a Keith Laumer novel, "(b)ut [Laumer] didn’t want it. So they painted Miles into the command chair and put some clothes on the woman."[4]


  1. ^ Cover Stories: (the inside story) by Lois McMaster Bujold, at The Bujold Nexus; retrieved August 15, 2021
  2. ^ Bujold, Lois McMaster (1986), The Warrior's Apprentice, Baen Books
  3. ^ Walton, Jo (April 1, 2009),, "Forward Momentum: Lois McMaster Bujold’s The Warrior’s Apprentice", retrieved November 1, 2012
  4. ^ There’s a Bimbo on the Cover of My Book: Verse One, by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, at BookViewCafe; published October 26, 2016; retrieved August 9, 2020