Bujold hits it out of the park again here. I've grown to not expect standard science fiction from her, but this... this is extraordinary. A mannered romance on the face of it, but not all that many pages in, one realizes that it's another meditation on humanity, on honor, on love. The sort of thing Bujold apparently turns out by the dozen. This is exceptionally well-done, with moments of hilarity interspersed with jump-out-of-your-skin tension and plenty of stand up and cheer as well. Highly recommended, but read the other 11 first.