April 4th, 2016

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Aral Vorkosigan’s Dog by Philomytha (R)

Title: Aral Vorkosigan’s Dog
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga
Pairing: Gen
Categories:  Political, Action/Adventure, Drama, Character Study, Action/Adventure
Length: Epic
Warnings: Violence, Non-Con, Minor Character Death, Abuse of Power, War

Author on LJ:  philomytha
Author Website: Dreamwidth AO3

Author’s Summary:
Illyan is assigned to watch Aral Vorkosigan during the Escobaran war. Soon he has to choose between his duty and his conscience, and the consequences rapidly get beyond him.

Review:

This fic is set during Shards of Honour. It follows Simon Illyan’s career, showing the war, its attendant politics and the ascension of Aral Vorkosigan from Illyan’s perspective.

Illyan is a fairly interesting character; much too human to be the ultimate spy, but much too bland to be easy to categorise outside of his job. Philomytha carefully and effectively develops Simon’s perspective on the world through the normal course of his duties, moral dilemmas and a growing, compromising fondness for his charge. The same story looks very different through his eyes than Cordelia's.

This fic is probably comprehensible and enjoyable for those who haven't read Shards of Honour, like adventure and political intrigue, and don't mind and skimpy set-up and a lot of spoilers. Please do heed the warnings, though.

Aral Vorkosigan’s Dog