Cetaganda is the latest installment of the Hugo-award winning adventures of Miles Vorkosigan, in which Miles and Cousin Ivan go to Cetaganda to play the part of sprigs of the nobility doing their diplomatic duty by good old Barrayar. The idea is that they will gain diplomatic polish on this simple mission, but when the Cetagandan empress dies naturally and her lifelong attendant dies unnaturally - apparently a suicide, but there are rumors - Miles and Ivan find themselves in the thick of it.
Miles tries to play detective in a strange, complicated, and deceptively alien culture. Meanwhile, handsome and lascivious Ivan manages to get himself involved with several women at the same time - all of whom are TROUBLE from the word go. Miles had always wanted to save the Empire - it was just that the Cetagandan wasn't exactly the empire he'd had in mind...
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Review: Cetaganda (Vorkosigan Saga (Publication order) #9)User Review - Andrea - Goodreads
Four stars because I adore Miles, and Miles & Ivan in particular. The pacing was clunky and the plotting was occasionally dull but since the McMaster Bujold Vorkosigan quality baseline is so damn high ... Read full review
Review: Cetaganda (Vorkosigan Saga (Publication order) #9)User Review - Claire - Goodreads
2013 reread. Love the plotting in this one; it's still entirely enjoyable despite the fact I know every single beat in the story off by heart - it just works. Read full review