Grover Gardner does a fantastic job of bringing the world of Miles Vorkosigan to life. This book services all the characters you've known and lived throughout the series. If you haven't read Komar, go back and read that first. This book is a modern love story and a future love story set in the future. the science fiction is well thought out and seamlessly blends into the world so that the ethical and socio-political questions it presents are all the more poignant. The characters are so much fun to spend time with that I've listened to this book a literal hundred times. I often listen to it as I'm going to bed, kept company by my favorite characters written by my favorite author.
So, finally a Miles adventure that is not all about mercenaries, shooting, kidnapping, and so forth, but more about Barrayaran history and politics, hereditary wheeling and dealing, the council of counts, medical ethics, and romance.
Of course, the emperor's impending wedding is central, as expected. So, almost all the action takes place in the capital of Barrayar, Vorbar Sultana.
Yes, indeed, this is a bit different from the usual, but still very Miles... and Mark... and Vorkosigan. But with a bit more romance and comedy mixed in with the usual intrigue. Parts of it are hilarious!
I listened to this book via the Audible app and the narrator, Grover Gardner, is awesome.
how does the 15 + books by Lois McMaster Bujold, this is my favorite book yet. I love it. It brings together so many characters and so many storylines it's hard to imagine where she would go here.
Bujold does a wonderful job with the genre of a comedy of manners. It ends as a proper comedy should, and makes you feel for the characters-- even at the height of their stupidity.
one of the best written of the series. really fills out the Miles character as well as Ivan.
I have listened to these stories at least once, they are so intertaining that I will probably listen to them again. I love the humor.
Some new and old characters mixing together and ending up in one umorous situation after another. The other books in the series have a few humourous moments, but this one has many of them. There are some less light moments, but it is the comedic situations that the characters find themselves in that really makes this book great.
Perhaps the best of the Vorkosigan books to date. Despite a total absence of space battles and the majority of the book focusing on Miles' love life , this book is as great as any in the series. It's probably Bujold's wittiest piece, with some outright slapstick, and it packs a substantial emotional punch too.
We've all been living with these wonderful characters for so long that it feels very cathartic indeed as they pair up.
If you have made it this far in the saga then all you need to know is that this part lives up to its promise and more.
I read this book in print when first published, and enjoyed it greatly. The audible version brings the original story to life, richly. I've listened to many of Grover Gardner's narratives and he does an inspired job on this one! Highly recommended!