Back to the free stuff! And back to the Vorkosigan saga. Today we have The Warrior's Apprentice, the first book in the series that features Miles Vorkosigan. This book was actually published before Barrayar, but comes after it in the Vorkosigan chronology. I am choosing to read them in internal chronological order.
In this book we see Miles display his seriously over the top charisma. He is such a born leader that a troop of mercenaries basically forms around him. This is how he views it as well. There's plenty of adventure here, though really the book is focused on developing Miles' character. It's pretty much a "galactic fantasy", there's very little about the science that is particularly important, though Miles does have to deal with space armor and free fall. Miles is by turns charming, emotional, intimidating, etc. etc. It's easy to think Bujold was a bit in love with him at this point, maybe like Dorothy Sayers and Lord Peter Wimsey. In any case, this is pretty much what there is in the book. Cordelia is mostly an offstage presence, the Botharis ultimately disposable. But that may sound too critical--the book was quite fun to read and I'm looking forward to the next one. This one gets three stars, and an exhortation to "soldier on".