Ethan of Athos
This is apparently a standalone, which I didn’t realize before I read it. If you take all of my reservations about Cetaganda and multiply them, that’s how I feel about Ethan. The only person I really cared about was Elli, and considering that her previous appearance was extremely brief, she was only a tenuous connection to the heart of the other books.
The nuances of the different societies were well done, and I really admire Bujold for writing about a society like Athos’ without coming across as completely preachy and awful.
(Continuing the trend of…interesting covers: Exhibit B. Not as bad as the first one, BUT STILL.)
I’m ready to get back to Miles and Barrayar and the Dendarii Mercenaries, so hopefully the next one will give me that. [Nov. 2010]