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Both Cordelia and Aral are older protagonists with their own past histories and baggage.

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

View all 14 comments. She is captured by the sadistic Admiral Vorrutyer, who orders the mentally unstable Sergeant Bothari to rape her, then decides to do the job himself. My space heart is engaged! She is attractive, but much more than that, she is brave, vivacious, quick to act, quick to feel, and very capable to handle almost any situation.

This book, Shards of Honor or Honour is sometimes labeled Vorkosigan 1 and sometimes 2. In fact, all the characters were excellent. When Cordelia Naismith and her survey crew are attacked by a renegade group from Barrayar, she is taken prisoner by Aral Vorkosigan, commander of the Barrayan ship that has been taken over by an ambitious and ruthless crew member.

Ratings and Reviews 0 1 star ratings 0 reviews. Damn, do you really have to be so enthusiastic about this? And it all began here – Shards of Honor is Bujold’s debut sharsd. Barrayar and Beta are not, after all, in a state of war so far as she knows.

Pages to import images to Wikidata. View all 28 comments. Wagner took issue with the plausibility of some elements of the novel, but concluded by saying that ” Shards of Honor is, in the end, a fine debut for Bujold and a fine space opera”. This unlikely partnership brings them closer, each learning to respect the other and change their perceptions and indeed prejudices. Her stance throughout the book is admirable: But even after doing so the two are drawn together even though their worlds are at war.


At this point practically anybody can figure out these two were dest A buddy read with Choko. Bujold had written Shards of Hujoldits sequel The Warrior’s Apprentice and the standalone Ethan of Athos before all three were sold and published in Reading about space politics, galactic warfare, espionage, cloning, medical ethics, brainwashing, all that fun sci-fi shit, all filtered through a feminine viewpoint.

Her fantasy from HarperCollins includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife gujold her science fiction from Baen Books features the perennially bestselling Vorkosigan Saga. The first thing I liked were the older main characters, Aral and Cordelia, whose slow growing romance was decidedly mature and adult.

Borders of Infinity Vorkosigan Saga. It works because it’s understated. That being said, I think this novel is growing more and more on me. It’s always odd to go back and read an early book featuring characters who were later fleshed out a great deal more.

What do I feel about it? I just have this awful vision of being p-peeled like an onion, looking for the seeds. In the days Cordelia and Vorkosigan spend together finding their way to where they can be rescued, the two form a bond of mutual respect. Yes, yes, it’s a romance on the battlefield and we have tons of honir on a wild planet and in space with outright space battles, but it’s the interactions between all these fantastic characters that makes this shine. Not much more to be said on the topic.

An older fan-run site devoted to her work, The Bujold Nexus, is here: Readers new to the genre can easily read this, sahrds may I say for the record she’s much better at space opera than heroic fantasy.

But on the other hand, it takes skill to jerk your audience’s emotions around with this kind of ease — although from a storytelling perspective, it seems like the kind of lazy manipulation a writer with Bujold’s talents shouldn’t need to resort to.

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Their gradually developing relationship is totally plausible: In the ensuing months, llois 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 ov as is Vorkosigan’s. At the end of the book, ‘Aftermaths,’ a separate short story which was actually written and published before the rest of the book, goes even farther with that theme.


Plot wasn’t particularly remarkable, but managed an unexpected twist or two. Aug 11, Caro the L. There are really bad examples of human beings in both of them. It’s chronologically the second book in the series Falling Free is about years before itbut it was the first book in publication order.

Jackson Petro Not truly, but with a few important caveat. It’s a little unbelievable, but who cares? See more by Lois McMaster Bujold. All in all, delicious more for its accumulated weight of surrounding stories than for it, in itself, but it was definitely a charming space-operatic love story. They know that the reality of violence is neither so grand nor so certain, but they do what they must, even when it’s difficult.

Back when I first picked up Shards sgards Honor as a Baen paperback with mediocre cover art this is true for the entire series, I’m afraid, even the omnibus editions, which seems to be Baen’s preference for all their covers and not to my taste at allI had no idea it would lead to such an impressive franchise over the next three decades and winning a stack of Hugo, Nebula and Locus Awards and nominations along the way, including some excellent novellas like Mountains of Mourning.

They need to cooperate to survive. I continue to like the method of unfolding worldbuilding that Bujold employs, giving out parts of the whole through the characters and hobor actions.

It is a peace that earns her only ignominy — even though it foreshadows a new beginning, for herself, her lover, and both their peoples. Views Read Edit View history.

Read more Read less. Cordelia immediately accusd him of being a “hired killer” over the death of Rosemont, then quickly realized Vorkosigan had been the target of a mutiny. Their relationship isn’t easy – they have to go across their own cultural and societal norms to be together.