Diplomatic Immunity

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What to expect

A rich Komarran merchant fleet has been impounded at Graf Station in distant Quaddiespace after a bloody incident involving the convoy’s Barrayaran military escort. Lord Miles Vorkosigan and his wife, Lady Ekaterin, have other things on their minds, such as getting home in time to attend the long-awaited births of their first children. But when duty calls in the voice of Barrayar’s Emperor Gregor, Miles, as imperial auditor, has no choice but to answer.

Waiting on Graf Station are diplomatic snarls, tangled loyalties, old friends, new enemies, racial tensions, lies and deceptions, mysterious disappearances, and a race with time for life against death in horrifying new forms. The downside of being a high-level troubleshooter comes when trouble starts shooting back.

Critics Review

  • “As usual, Bujold is adept at world-building and provides a witty, character-centered plot, full of exquisite grace notes…fans will be thoroughly gripped and likely to finish the book in a single sitting.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Vorkosigan (and family now!) is as winning as ever, with Bujold offering up her usual fun mix of space-opera action and droll social commentary in a character-centered plot.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review
  • “[Miles is] one of the genre’s most enterprising and engaging heroes.”

    Library Journal
  • “Bujold deftly mixes mystery and espionage into her usual well-developed plot…Extremely intelligent and manically energetic, Miles is one of the most enjoyable characters in science fiction.”

    School Library Journal
  • “[Gardener’s] got a dry tone that fits Miles Vorkosigan perfectly…Miles Vorkosigan is a fine character…His personality is entertaining, and the plot of this novel, in which Miles is called upon as both diplomat and detective, is just plain fun.”


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