At 17, Miles Naismith Vorkosigan is eager to join the Barrayar Military Service but his body lets him down. Courtesy of the assassination attempt on his father when he was in his mother’s womb, it wrecked his bones, leaving them brittle and prone to fracture from little stress. On a visit to his maternal grandmother on Beta Colony, he accidentally forms a mercenary fleet called the Dendarii free mercenaries and uncovers a plot against his father. He must fulfill obligations he made, avoid treason charges back home and save his father from those that would see him fall.
I thoroughly enjoyed this installment of the Vorkosigan Saga. Miles is an engaging and funny character who tries his best to see those around him safe, even at huge cost to himself. I would have liked to have seen more of Aral and Cordelia but since the book was focused on their son, it wouldn’t have made much sense. The pace was good, the action exciting and the speed at which Miles’ mind works was often dizzying. I didn’t want to put it down and happily have the next book waiting – The Vor Game.