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 by Lois McMaster Bujold – FIRST BOOK FEATURING CORDELIA NAISMITH. Journey back to where it all started, from multiple New York Times.

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By clicking ‘Sign me up’ I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of use. They are torn apart and reunited led both by their own loyalties and the vicissitudes of war times. mcmasyer

There were many types of honour in this book and it struck me as quite a thoughtful look at the dynamic of people and events. Lord Aral Vorkosigan is the commander shardss a secret military mission from the warlike planet Barrayar.

Barrayar and Beta are not, after all, in a state of war so far as she knows.

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View all 18 comments. Vorkosigan even goes out of his way to help Cordelia care for one of her wounded crewmen, when most enemies would have abandoned or killed him outright. It is a part of the Vorkosigan Sagaand is the first full-length novel in publication order. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them.

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While I can’t say that I found the same sophistication and characterization that I read in The Curse of Chalionit still had melty goodness. A listing of her awards and nominations may be seen here: Ergo, dramatically the crap I shall cut! Will she reunite with her love? In some ways I think this is the darkest one in the series, though, possibly excepting the much-later Memory–Cordelia, being a woman, endures some different trials and dangers than the main character of most of the books in the series.


The new weapons enable the Escobarans to drive the Barrayarans back with heavy losses. Back when I first picked up Shards of Honor as a Baen paperback with mediocre cover art this is true for the entire series, I’m afraid, e I really liked the Miles Vorkosigan Saga when I first read it in high school over 20 years ago, having read through The Vor Game before heading to college and finding myself too busy to read much SF for the next two decades.

The second half takes place as the war comes to a close, and their relationship comes to fruition. Learn more about Amazon Prime. View all 9 comments. There we A little dated but I really enjoyed it. First, the fact that this novel is, essentially, a sci-fi romance.

Cordelia instinctively believed him. You’ve successfully reported this review. Share your thoughts with other customers. While investigating, she discovered her base camp destroyed by plasma arc fire, and one of her men Lieutenant Rosemont dead from nerve disruptor head wounds. It’s free and yours to keep.

She even wore the wrong uniform; Cordelia Naismith, Betan Expeditionary Forcehad been hurried into battle still wearing her old tan Astronomical Survey fatigues.

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Set in the distant future when humanity has for all intents and purposes colonized all of creation, the story begins when Cordelia Naismith, the commander of the civilian Betan Expeditionary Force researching an unnamed but climatically very pleasant planet, meets Aral Vorkosigan, the captain of a war cruiser from the imperialist planet of Barrayar.

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A nice change of pace for space opera, where the stories are most often plot-driven.

If your nonor for a fast and fun science fiction read I would definitely give this a try. It’s very clear why Aral, being who he is, would find her irresistible and the things that both of them have to overcome to be together make for a great story.

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Most of all, I loved the way this worked as a complete package which felt so satisfying as a whole. This unlikely partnership brings them closer, each learning to respect the other and change their perceptions and indeed prejudices. Their gradually developing relationship is totally plausible: I’m definitely sold on this series by now. There are some very not nice men in here, but there are some quite good ones, too.

Shards begins as kind of a survivor romance. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Little did she know that the enemy Barrayarans had chosen this place as their secret base for an as-yet undeclared war. And just because Aral is who he is doesn’t mean that he is a caveman who would hold Cordelia sharde from being who she is.