Too often science fiction writers try to focus on what is important to planets and lose track of what is important to people. Lois McMaster Bujold never loses track of her characters. All of her created persons are rich and complex while still being active and lively.
Miles Vorkosigan, the books principle, or at least most famous, character is science-fiction's most unlikely Romeo. He is a strategist and tactician on both military and political battlefields, a man who eats his homeworld's powerful enemies for breakfast and washes them down with a swig of political panache. He has faced crippling birth defects, social prejudice, battlefield capture, torture, amnesia, baroque plots involving clones, insane superiors, charges of high treason, and worst of all, Simon Illyan's paperwork, and emerged victorious if not unscathed.
Only one thing in the universe holds terror for him right now, and her name is Ekatarin Vorsoisson. She is the beautiful widow of a man recently murdered during the course of one of Mile's investigation, and she is now the focus of all Mile's romantic hopes.
Unable to bear the thought of rejection, miles approaches courtship the only way he knows how, like a covert-ops mission. What he thinks he cannot ever be given, he will attempt, through guile, to steal, with predictably disastrous results.
Add in a few political scandals, a very buggy biological experiment, and the planetary emperor's upcoming wedding and the stage is set for an incomparable comedy of biology and manners.
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