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Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga)

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by Lois McMaster Bujold

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Faren Miller
(Bujold) gives (her) characters enough emotional depth, and enough sense, to raise their story beyond cliché.
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.
Library Journal
★ 08/01/2016
In the first two volumes of her long-running "Vorkosigan Saga," Bujold creates a classic sf romance in a military setting that was never named as such. Betan commander Cordelia Naismith and her planet's greatest enemy, Barrayaran admiral Aral Vorkosigan, are stranded on a hostile planet by his enemies. When they survive the trap by fighting and working together, they must battle planetary political intransigence on both their worlds in order to have the future that they have earned.

Product Details

New England Science Fiction Association, Incorporated
Publication date:
Vorkosigan Saga
Edition description:
First Hardcover Edition
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

A science fiction legend, Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most highly regarded speculative fiction writers of all time. She has won three Nebula Awards and six Hugo Awards, four for Best Novel, matching Robert A. Heinlein's record. The majority of Bujold's works comprise three separate book series: the Miles Vorkosigan Saga, the Chalion Series, and the Sharing Knife Series. The mother of two, Ms. Bujold lives in Minneapolis.

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Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Patokagwp More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I bought ages ago in hard copy. And I am excited to have it on my Nook. It is a book that appeals to those who honor strength, honesty, dedication and duty. It explores how honorable people choose how to respect the gift of finding love and try to find a way for it to succeed. It is a palate cleansing tale where both parties want to be together and due to the circumstances of their careers, their planets, must put personal preferences on the back burner until they can find a way to satisfy their honor and duty. Neither party wants to quit their life path and both would love to find a way to be together. This is a story where you do not want to skip a single paragraph. It is a story that you do not want to see end. It is a story that grows dearer as you age, because it is about love happening to two people who have more or less given up. One line stands out. "when did she stop being afraid of him and afraid for him..." And it goes on to say how it was worse to be afraid for him. Anyone who appreciates a military career will appreciate the choices. How realistic is this? I do not want to know. I just know that while I am in the midst of this story, I want to believe in it and the characters. Thank you for putting it in the eformat, so that I will always have it.
AstraCB More than 1 year ago
A great book by a great author. If you haven't discovered Lois McMastet Bujold yet, this is a great place to start. Bujold is equally strong in creating plot, character in a unique and inventive futuristic universe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this story years ago and became totally hooked on the Vorkosigan Saga, waiting each year for the next book to come out. For a light SciFi read it also raises some interesting questions about honor in wartime, and how the glare of publicity can damage good and heroic people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice SF novel that takes the Russian/Soviet paranoia into the future. Superbly done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic book. Now I have to read the series.
ramore More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A terrific book.  A wonderful combination of science fiction and romance.  I am not a romance fan and I read this book because it was part of the Vorkosigan series.  And I loved it as a fan of science fiction.  But I was surprised how much I enjoyed the romance. I later found the Vorkosigan series classified in the subgenre "military space opera" - a blend of soap opera and military science fiction - quite right.  This book is worthy of 5 stars and your should ignore the person who gave it one star without any explanation.  I hope B&N would change their policy so that a review (or explantation) would be required with rating a book (especially if the rating a one or five  stars). It's a shame that some people might not consider this book because someone gave it a one star rating.    So don't let the rating deter you. You won't be disappointed by this book. You'll love it. 
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Patokagwp More than 1 year ago
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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