Series: Vorkosigan Saga
Published by: Baen
ISBN 13: 9781618242877
Format reviewed: mobi
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Five out of Five
Related Reviews: Reading Challenge: Vorkosigan Saga Project
Lord Miles Vorkosigan and his wife(!) Lady Ekaterin, are returning home from their honeymoon to count down the few days until their first children can be hatched from the uterine replicators. On their saunter back home, amidst chatter that something isn’t quite right with Cetaganda, actual issues start up in Quaddiespace, the place we were just in for our last book but only 200 years later (as we read a little out of our usual chronological order). They still have enough time to do so, and as they’re quite close by and work is work after all, the newlyweds (well, it’s been almost a year but it still feels so fresh), make their way over.
Bel Thorne, former pilot in the Dendarii Free Mercenaries that Miles created, just happens to be there on the down-low, secret to all but Miles and probably Gregor, which is to their huge advantage as they start trying to undo the tangled confusion that resulted in the disappearance of a man, the attack of another, and several ships now held in lockdown. Miles must win the affections of the Quaddies (or at least exasperate them enough that they’re glad to see the back of them) and get to the bottom of just how much the Barrayans have stuffed up… but as though that isn’t enough, of course, an attempt is then made on his life. And then Bel disappears. And then there a series of quite elegant and terrifying biological attacks. With Kat safely elsewhere and time running out in more ways than one, we get Miles back at his best as he does what few else can – bring sense to some nonsense and save lives doing so.
Oh it was such a relief to get back here after the difference that was Falling Free. The joy of our favourite characters and the return of the lovely Bel!
And it was clever and fun, and although biochemicals scare the daylights out of me it was so endlessly fascinating to follow. And then that there was so much more to this than you’re initially following for the majority of the book, but the earlier mentions all come back around to be so utterly crucial.
I do hope we get to see Gregor’s reaction to everything Miles managed to do for this one. I mean, he has other things on his mind but when it’s all going to shit he ultimately works for the benefit of Barrayar, regardless of everything else. It really was quite marvellous.
We’re getting to the end of the series. And I’m a little scared to keep reading, now.