Depending on how you count it, this is the eighth, ninth, tenth, or eleventh book in a series--not all are about Miles or even his extended family. A good place to start is with the first Vorkosigan story, Shards of Honor.
I love the complexity, intelligence, and strength of Bujold's characters.
It would be well worth reading if it had only the great story, or only the incredibly well-drawn characters, or only the deeper layers of meaning.
So the book becomes a mystery with Miles as the investigator and - naturally - his cousin Ivan as the sidekick.
i consider Ms. Bujold and the Vorkosigan series especially as the standard by which I judge all other authors in the SF/Fantasy/character centric genres. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am a fan of the entire Vorkosigan saga, and I believe this is my favorite of them all. To think that I nearly didn't buy it because it covered such a small portion of time... Read morePublished 2 months ago by lunarennui
I'm not a huge space opera fan, but this is a favorite series, and this book is a favorite in the series (though I'm not sure it would be without getting to know Miles through the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by jr
This book, part of the Miles Vorkosigan series, deals with men (and women) at periods of transition. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nathan Albright
One of my favorite 'Mile's' books. If you haven't read any of Bujold's books you should. No one does character and setting better. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Janice
Bujold runs a real risk of having her novels turn into "Friends" episode in how they can be described, i.e. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michael Battaglia
Lois McMaster Bujold has created smart colorful characters that you will really care about. She is a masterful writer and will have you laughing, crying and really cheering for the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by AJW
This is an excellent book! But then, I will readily admit to being biased, as I feel that all Ms. Bujold's books are fascinating and interesting! Read morePublished 11 months ago by geminifem