I read this book about 18-Mar-2007. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1994. This note was last modified Friday, 02-May-2014 23:47:45 PDT.
This is book 6 of the "Miles Vorkosigan" series.
This note contains spoilers for the book.
Quite a lot of important character development I didn't remember from previous reads here. Mark's introduction to Barrayar, for example, and to the Count and Countess. Also, Mark and Miles build some sort of relationship. Miles is committed to treating him as a brother from the beginning of the book, though.
And Miles dies in the rescue raid on Jackson's Whole, trying to get Mark. Sending the cryo-chamber through the shipping department is a brilliant move, and also a big kick to the reader. Which is where Miles gets his seizures, which is how Miles gives up Admiral Naismith in the next book. So all very important, as well as lots and lots of fun.
Quite a lot of action, too. None of it well commanded; Mark isn't very good, and Miles goes into a disaster and then gets killed. Lots of tense negotiations, and lots of confusion, both in viewpoint characters and induced in others.