I read this book about 15-Dec-2003. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1991. This note was last modified Tuesday, 16-Dec-2003 22:03:54 PST.
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First reread, I believe. I enjoyed this somewhat more than I remembered, so that's always good.
This is pretty early in the chronology, with Cordelia recently married to Aral. She thought Aral was retired; but he's now been asked to be Regent for Gregor after Ezar dies. Oops.
Cordelia hasn't found her Barrayar legs yet, this early. She isn't the power whe is in say A Civil Campaign, but she still does pretty well fencing (verbally) with Vordarian and acting as informal go-between for Kou and Drou. No mention of an old couch, though.
Her little shopping expedition to the city, where she ends up rescuing Lady Alys and newborn Ivan, oh, and bringing back Vordarian's head, is quite spectacular.
We also get a nice tour of tech levels, from lightflyers to horses, cabins without indoor plumbing, and underground stables in the capitol. And weapons, from fine swords, through stunners, to nerve disrupters and plasma arcs.
Old general Piotr is really amazingly not okay with saving Miles.