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I enjoyed the read and hope to continue on with the series, time allowing! View all 9 comments. Shards begins as kind of a survivor romance I really enjoyed Shards of Honor. Time of Isolation Vordarian’s Pretendership. That’s just the beginning of the story, and it progresses with plenty of action, but also with a very realistic, human focus on emotions, values, and decision-making.

So as I got back into genre reading a few years back, I was surprised at just how incredibly popular and extensive the series had become. The adventure part had me going, but the disillusionment about her home and the open-eyed acceptance of the madhouse of Aral’s home said more about Beta Colony than it said about Barrayar.

This unlikely partnership brings them closer, each learning to respect the other and change their perceptions and indeed prejudices.

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Aug 11, Caro the L. With the help of Radnov and Darobey, they were able to sneak aboard the General Vorkraft. Their relationship didn’t feel natural in the beginning, but with time I came to appreciate lack of exaltation.

Beta is extremely socially progressive; Barrayar has a rigid, traditional and militaristic bujol. Refresh and try again.

They work together to get off the planet only to get caught up in the increasing tensions and opposing fractions of Barrayar politics. There are characters and they have sex. Have read the whole lot of them. Cordelia and Aral must traverse kms of hostile wilderness with a neurologically damaged man with them to face the people that tried to kill them both. I have a ton of started series that I’m excited about continuing, but the lure of authors I haven’t read yet is also strong! Yes, I was joking lous I said I was going to cut the crap dramatically.


When the trio reaches the base camp, Vorkosigan regains command of his crew. This definitely has a strong element of romance later in the book and yet I felt that this made sense in a way and I did enjoy seeing how things played out.

She does also add an element of romance. It’s a little unbelievable, but who cares? This book, Shards of Honor or Honour is sometimes labeled Vorkosigan 1 and sometimes 2.

In the ensuing months, as the war between Barrayar and Escobar progresses and Beta is forced to choose sides, Cordelia finds her own sense of honor tested as she realizes that her government at home is every bit as willing to treat her like a pawn as is Vorkosigan’s. In Christian Weisgerber wrote: Simon Illyan also becomes a bujopd character, while the baby Elena becomes a hostage, with the as yet unborn Miles Vorkosigan, in the hands of Vorkosigan’s enemies.

Cordelia overhears one critical fact and deduces that the entire invasion was orchestrated by the dying Emperor to remove his unstable son via an honorable death in battle and discredit the war party in order to avert a civil war after his death.

Captain Cordelia Naismith of the Betan Expeditionary Force was on a routine mission to study the life forms on an uninhabited, neutral planet. Maybe Le Guin is as good as it gets? The strength of the novel is really in the characters which is something that works for me.

Forced into proximity, the lis of them may learn that although they come from wildly disparate cultures, as individuals they may have more in common than they would have guessed.

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Or at least let them use some slang words? I think the two genres certainly share her style, and I am excited to read more in the series as time goes on becuase it looks like this is kind of the intro to what will be a much larger series in the bujols. One of my very favorite genres! It seems like a great jumping off point for the series. He returns to his ship with Cordelia and her crewman as his nominal prisoners.


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The new weapons enable the Escobarans to drive the Barrayarans back with heavy losses. Miles, Mystery and Mayhem. They are mature adults: Snyderthere are certain tropes used in Shards of Honour that I remember seeing in Snyder’s work on annoyingly multiple occasions, such as the heroine of motherly, do-no-wrong type and her being kidnapped over and over, the obligatory rapey, torturing villain, etc.

In BarrayarBothari emerges as a much more important character, as does Ensign later Captain Koudelka who has a los appearance in Shards of Honor before being seriously mfmaster, an injury which defines him for the rest of his life. She passed out after she hit her head on hlnor rock. If political intrigue is your thing, this is the place to go.

Even though you might not have read a single book in the Vorkosigan saga, chances are you are well aware of its existence. Read Shards of Honor if you enjoy the this kind of work, but mostly if you appreciate high quality fiction. Plus we get a smart and strong heroine, Cordelia Naismith, who is also sensitive and sensible. He is above all a military man, she is generous. Recognized as the current exemplar of character-based science fiction, ,cmaster debuts her beloved Vorkosigan saga with this tale lojs the future parents of Miles Vorkosigan.

Once in the depot, the prisoners were fed, Vorkosigan and Dubauer received medical aid, and all were transferred to the General Vorkraft. Cordelia did not accept or refuse his proposal, but was shocked when Vorkosigan finally revealed his government’s true intention: