Editorial Reviews. Review. Cordelia Naismith, Betan Survey Captain, was Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga) – Kindle edition by Lois McMaster Bujold. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Lois McMaster Bujold’s Miles Vorkosigan space operas are among the most popular Shards of Honor is a love story about two adversaries drawn together in a. Shards of Honor, written by Lois McMaster Bujold and published by Baen Books in , is both the first book published and the first book chronologically of the.

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Beguilement Legacy Passage Horizon He returns to his ship with Cordelia and her crewman as his nominal prisoners. Cordelia Naismith, Betan captain of a surveying hsards, and Aral Vorkosigan, commander of a Barrayaran military outpost, meet in less than auspicious circumstances, deciding to join forces in order to survive.

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Shards of Honour (Vorkosigan Saga, #1) by Lois McMaster Bujold

Most of all, I loved the way this worked as a complete package which felt so satisfying as a whole. The title should be at least 4 characters long. Nije da mi smeta ali malo odskace od ostatka likova dobrih ili losih. It manages to be both a character-centric military SF adventure that focuses on military and personal honor, loyalties, betrayals, and complex political schemes, while also featuring an unlikely romance between from two individuals who are deeply committed to shardz loyalty to their sides, even when their own sides are politically fractured and treacherous.

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A little dated but I really enjoyed it. To ask other readers questions about Shards of Honourplease sign up. Please review your cart. Baen November Length: It was only a few years ago when I read it last and since then I’ve plowed through all the other novels in a row. It’s always odd to go back and read an early book featuring characters who were later fleshed out a great deal more.

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They are bujokd to flee leaving Naismith behind and she is captured by a lone Barryar soldier called Vorkosigan. It works because it’s understated. Some unforeseen circumstances made them attack Betans which resulted in Cordelia and a high-ranking Barrayar officer Aral Vorkosigan being stranded on the planet with the former being a prisoner of the latter – sort of. There is also an unexpectedly poignant coda called Aftermaths – I didn’t quite realize where it was going until the very end and it hit me hard, exploring the tragedy of space battles and war that is rarely considered in military SF.


Members of enemy states, Aral and Cordelia encounter each other after both have been stranded on expedition.

Shards of Honor

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The new weapons enable the Escobarans to drive the Barrayarans back with heavy losses. As she fills a profound psychological need of his, Bothari kills Vorrutyer before he can do anything.

It worked, but it felt very weird. A nice change of pace shardx space opera, where the stories are most often plot-driven.

A group of his men have mutinied; the idea was for Vorkosigan to get killed in the attack on the Betans. Full review to come I guess I would have liked it a lot more. Cordelia soon learns that Vorkosigan is as much a victim as she is.

Truly, there’s a lot more depth to this book than most people might credit it. Hostile man takes woman prisoner, and they fall in love while death-marching across alien planet. I wanted the plots and the coups to be shardx little more fleshed out; I wanted more of the backstory that is only hinted at, particularly some eyebrow-raising hints about Aral’s past relationship with a chief villain.

To their mutual surprise and that of everyone elsethey learn to respect one another. It was deeper, emotionally, than a lot of romances, sci-fi or otherwise. I continue to like the method of unfolding worldbuilding that Bujold employs, giving out parts of the whole through the characters and their actions.

Or at least let them use some slang words? In the days Cordelia and Vorkosigan spend together finding their way to where they can be rescued, kf two form a bond of mutual respect.

A buddy read with Choko. She was captured, briefly tortured by kf sadistic Admiral Vorrutyerthen unexpectedly rescued by Vorrutyer’s henchman, Sergeant Bothari, who killed his master.


I was a little mystified but interested enough to check out more books in this series from the library. I think the two genres certainly share her style, and I am shaards to read more in the series as time goes on becuase suards looks like this is kind of the intro to what will be a much larger series in the end.

I think a lot of my basic issues with the bujkld could probably be boiled down to two things: Her characters are not given to us through simple words, but built over actions and become much more believable. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. She’s able to keep calm in scary situations and remains composed when it’s needed. Military-SF and romance are strange bedfellows, but Bujold writes so naturally that it works, and lays the background for how Miles’ parents met and fell in love amidst military intrigue, space battles, and even a close call with a sadistic Barrayaran commander.

The language used on this occasion is in my mind rather clinical, and the entire situation is fo viewed more through a psychological lens rather than a physical one, no upsetting physical description beyond the fact that the occurrence itself is naturally upsetting.

And it all began here – Shards of Honor is Bujold’s debut novel. This follows Captain Naismith and her crew who are visiting another planet to try and find out about the plants, fauna, flora and animals which live there. So yeah, I wasn’t impressed with this book.

It’s free and yours to keep. Aug 11, Caro the L. I’ve been hearing that the Vorkosigan series is some of Bujold’s best writing, and it turns out that this is a prequel centered on the meeting and connection of his parents.