Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga)

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It was the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, for the wrong reasons. And Captain Cordelia Naismith of the Betan Expeditionary Force would be forced into a separate peace with her enemy, Lord Vorkosigan.

Shards of Honor is the novel in which Lois McMaster Bujold introduced the science-fiction world to Barrayar and Aral Vorkosigan, Beta Colony and Cordelia Naismith. From this beginning the author has created a multigenerational ...

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Overview

It was the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, for the wrong reasons. And Captain Cordelia Naismith of the Betan Expeditionary Force would be forced into a separate peace with her enemy, Lord Vorkosigan.

Shards of Honor is the novel in which Lois McMaster Bujold introduced the science-fiction world to Barrayar and Aral Vorkosigan, Beta Colony and Cordelia Naismith. From this beginning the author has created a multigenerational saga spanning time as well as space.

Bujold is generally recognized as the current exemplar of the character-based science-fiction adventure story.

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Faren Miller
(Bujold) gives (her) characters enough emotional depth, and enough sense, to raise their story beyond cliché.
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Tom Easton
…focusing on…the separation of lovers by politics and human depravity and their reunion in spite of it all. Yet the tale is not quite so simple…Bujold has a nice hand with the complications…all in all, Shards is a worthy effort, and worth reading for any fan of SF romance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886778207
  • Publisher: New England Science Fiction Association, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Series: Vorkosigan Saga
  • Edition description: First Hardcover Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy and has won five Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards, including a Nebula Award for Falling Free, included in Miles, Mutants and Microbes. She immediately attracted attention with her first novel, Shards of Honor, which began her popular Vorkosigan series, and quickly followed it up with The Warrior’s Apprentice, which introduced young Miles Vorkosigan, one of the most popular characters ever in science fiction.
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  • Posted August 1, 2013

    4.5 Stars! A man and a women from worlds in opposition. In thei

    4.5 Stars! A man and a women from worlds in opposition. In their initial meeting, stranded on a survey world, Lord Aral Vorkosigan and Captain Cordelia Naismith are are obliged to work together to survive. Their circumstances allow them to see each other as more than enemies.

    But after they return to their own worlds, the war continues. Cordelia goes back to being a scientist while Aral is enmeshed in the politics of an empire who's leadership is in turmoil. But as fate would have it, they are reunited just before the determinative battle of the war.

    Shards of Honor is part romance and part action. On the romance side, Aral and Cordelia are characters that are rare in today's novels - mature adults. They have already lived a full lives and have true experiences to draw. Watching the romance develop between two commonsensical people such as Aral and Cordelia was half the enjoyment.

    Also key to enjoyment was witnessing Aral and Cordelia maintain their own honor in the face of much contention. Aral experiences turmoil when he contrives to end the war, save lives and salvage the Empire - in a most unpatriotic way. After the war, Cordelia's own world brands Aral a butcher. She struggles to get back to her routine while she remains true to Aral, who she has come to love and respect.

    In this book, the writing is informal, yet direct and not overrun with descriptive paragraphs. Most of the exposition is done via smart dialog. After I had finished the book, I realized there was no language that one could consider offensive. First published in 1986, I supposed that was more common for the time. I really enjoyed this style of writing.

    To put it simply, smart characters and a great plot are the basis of a moving story of romance and Shards of Honor.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

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    okay, I read this book ages ago and just got it on my Nook. I a

    okay, I read this book ages ago and just got it on my Nook. I am as enthralled with this story now as I was when I first discovered it. It is science fantasy; it is romance that strikes adults; it has honor and duty and responsibility to self and others all over it. It is idealistic in a way that you wish the world would embrace as did the two lead characters. I guess this sounds as though I love the book. And I do. The characters acknowledge their age, their weaknesses and their strengths. They love despite reason and they love with respect and with an eye towards duty. Neither wants to lose their home and all that they have worked for in their careers. They have an innate sense of right and wrong. They have a respect for duty.
    It is something that you read to clean your palate from the overly cloying sweetness of a la-di-da romance. It is gritty and it appeals to the honesty of what one can have and what one cannot have. It shows sacrifice and respect for sacrifice.
    It is something that you can leave out for a young adult to read.
    I wholeheartedly recommend it for the idealistic romantic who believes that love needs grit to succeed.

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