Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan returns to the planet that changed her destiny in a new novel by multiple New York Times best-selling author Lois McMaster Bujold.
Future imperfect: Three years after her famous husband's death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, admiral, Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans in ways he'd never imagined, bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his life. Meanwhile, Miles Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregor's key investigators, this time dispatches himself on a mission of inquiry into a mystery he never anticipated - his own mother.
Plans, wills, and expectations collide in this sparkling science fiction social comedy as the impact of galactic technology on the range of the possible changes all the old rules, and Miles learns that not only is the future not what he expects - neither is the past.
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Misses the thrill of the earlier books
Still a typical Lois McMaster-Bujold book from the Vorkosigan series - this is the weakest of the series. It lacks the unexpected plot twists. It is more fiction than science fiction.However, the story features some interesting sociocritical discussions on consequences of in vitro fertilization and the application of uterine replicators.
About the speaker: Grover Gardner is still one of my favourite voice actors.