Blisteringly wonderful. One thinks, going in, that Bujold writes straightforward space opera. One sees a shelf of books called "The Vorkosigan Saga" and one draws these erroneous conclusions.Bujold is a splendid writer who in this book explores the human condition and what it means to decide who one is. What it takes to become wholly the person one wishes to be. What it means when one's agency is taken away, and what loyalty and love are all about. She doesn't miss a beat, either. Miles is one of my favorite fictional people, and he comes into his own in a big way here. Highly recommended.