A fantastic book! Miles has faced many difficult tasks in the past but none so difficult as trying to court Ekaterin without letting her know about it. Not to mention the problems with butter bugs and the world of politics! This book is very funny (don't read in public unless you want people to stare at you when you start laughing), but in places it is also heart-breaking. It is told from several people's point-of-view, which allows us to get a different view of Miles than we had before, and gives us insights into other characters, including Ivan - who tries *so* hard to be an innocent bystander. You need to read Komarr, the book before A Civil Campaign, for this book to make sense, but if you've read all the Vorkosigan books you will appreciate more of the 'insider comments' such as the effect one particular couch in Vorkosigan House library can have on Kou and Drou.... Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the top writers in sf. I would recommend the whole series to anyone - they may appear to be standard 'space opera' but they are in fact so much more than just that.