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366 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published January 1, 1998
“She had met the enemy, mastered her moment, hung three hours on death’s doorstep, all that, and she’d emerged still on her feet and snarling. Oversocialized, hah. Oh, yeah, Da. I want this one.”It was easy to enjoy Komarr : Miles is one of my favourite characters and hanging out with him is delight. But Ekatarin was new to me, and although she grew on me as the book progressed, it wasn’t love at first sight. She’s complex, brave and strong by the end – but she’s timid, scared, insecure and joyless at the start. So it took me a little longer than normal to become enthralled. At one point I wondered if this might be my first Vorkosigan Saga to get just three-stars from me, but then it pulled round on the upward curve and thundered past the finishing line a very strong four-star rating. I finished it on my break at work today and had a big grin in the canteen – very tempting to just read straight on to the next in the series as I know my wife has bought it!
"My goodness. You've met with an accident."
"It wasn't us. It was her. The bitch from hell. Or Barrayar, which is almost the same..."
Miles's eyes widened, and his lips parted in breathless anticipation. "Remarkable. Um...how?"
All three Komarrans tried to answer him at once...by which Miles slowly pieced together the most glorious mental picture he'd had all day. All year.
I'm in love. I'm in love. I just thought I was in love before. I must, I must, I must have this woman! Mine, mine, mine.