The sci-fi in this book is more perpendicular to the main story than it was in Shards of Honor; Barrayar reminds me more than anything of those classic books where people duked it out for the succession of some kingdom and there's a lot of conspiracies and spies and stuff. And fighting! So if you like more action than romance, you're set. (But the romance is SO NICE! Yes.)Read the rest of my review at my book blog.