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.
Lois Bujold's writing is absolutely world class. My wife is an author and has often remarked that her fondest wish is to someday pen something half as amazing as Ms. Bujold. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Mike Briggs
I've been reading that line (headline) in the Vorkosigan timeline in the back of 10 books now- it's great to finally know what it means. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BellaGrace
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 3 months 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 5 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 6 months ago by jr
This book, part of the Miles Vorkosigan series, deals with men (and women) at periods of transition. Read morePublished 7 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 10 months ago by Janice