The tenth book in the Vorkosigan Saga, Komarr marks the maturation of both main character Miles and author Bujold. Despite coming so late, it is also an acceptable place to jump into the series -- and a good place for people who were turned off by Miles' youthful high-jinks to give one of the greatest space opera series ever written another try.
It is a mystery, it is a love story, it even has as a viewpoint character someone very unusual for science fiction -- a woman with no skills to speak of, a husband, a child, and concerns completely outside politics or the military. Ekaterin is a wonderful character, and a wonderful foil for an older, more sober Miles.
Bujold's prose is excellent as always, and the pacing is spot-on, but above all this novel should be read for the characters. If you have read the previous nine novels, Komarr marks the start of a brilliant story arc -- concluded in A Civil Campaign -- that pays off all the character-building done throughout the series. It is a wonderful novel, and a must for any fan of modern science fiction.
Imperial Auditor sounds like a sedate, boring job. Unless of course you're Imperial Auditor Lord Vorkosigan, in which case you're about to have another exciting adventure, this time on Komarr, site of your father's worst hours.
Fast paced, interesting read about planetary terraforming, rebellion and a hint of a possible Lady Vorkosigan make this one of Bujold's better novels.
Bujold continues her high standards for Miles. As a new Imperial Auditor, he finds a trip to investigate an accident turns into an investigation of sabotage, murder, treason and, oh, just a bit of unrequited infatuation, (again). Miles Vorkosigan is just as interesting as an Auditor as he was as a mercenary Admiral.