By Lois McMaster Bujold
While the Cetagandan empress dies, Miles Vorkosigan and his cousin Ivan are despatched to Cetaganda for her funeral as diplomatic representatives of Barrayar. Upon arrival, the 2 males are inexplicably attacked by means of a servant of the overdue empress. whilst a similar servant turns up lifeless the next day to come, Miles and Ivan locate themselves in the course of a secret. Miles attempts to play detective in an odd, advanced, and deceptively alien tradition, whereas lascivious Ivan manages to get himself concerned with numerous noble women whilst, a diplomatic no-no of the 1st order. because the plot thickens, it turns into transparent that it's as much as Miles to save lots of the empire. together with her ordinary ability, Bujold addresses undying problems with human id in the course of the own dramas of her characters.
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