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Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Lois McMaster Bujold
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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. Aral and Cordelia survive countless mishaps while their mutual admiration and even stronger feelings emerge. A science fiction romance by a Hugo and Nebula Award winning master. Bujold's SHARDS OF HONOR is the first book in her SF universe to feature the Vorkosigan clan, followed by the Hugo award-winning BARRAYAR. The Nebula award-winning FALLING FREE precedes it by internal chronology in the same future history.

"This superb first novel integrates a believable romance into a science fiction tale of adventure and war."
- Booklist

"Possibly the best first novel of the year"
- The Chicago Sun Times

“Bujold continues to prove what marvels genius can create out of basic space operatics.”
- Library Journal

“Bujold is not just a master of plot, she is a master of emotion.”
- SF Site

“Bujold is one of the best writers of SF adventure to come along in years.”
- Locus Magazine

“A superb craftsman and stylist, Ms. Bujold is well on her way to becoming one of the great voices of speculative fiction.”
- Rave Reviews

“Bujold has a gift, nearly unique in science fiction, for the comedy of manners.”
- Chicago Sun Times

“Superb far-future saga.”
- Publishers Weekly on the 'Vorkosigan' series

Bujold's "work remains among the most enjoyable and rewarding in contemporary SF."
- Publishers Weekly

"Bujold is also head and shoulders above the ruck of current fantasists and well as science-fictionists."
- Booklist

Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children. She began writing with the aim of professional publication in 1982. She wrote three novels in three years; in October of 1985, all three sold to Baen Books, launching her career. Bujold went on to write many other books for Baen, mostly featuring her popular character Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, his family, friends, and enemies. Her books have been translated into twenty-one languages. Her fantasy from Eos includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife series.

About the Author

Lois McMaster Bujold burst onto the SF scene in 1986 with SHARDS OF HONOUR, closely followed by BARRAYAR, and THE WARRIOR'S APPRENTICE, which introduced the physically handicapped military genius, Miles Vorkosigan. Since then she has won four Hugo Awards and two Nebulas. The mother of two, Bujold lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the Record Aright 2 Dec 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I write this primarily to note to others browsing for an excellent read (which this book most certainly is!) that it is NOT, however, a Star Trek novel of any sort. _Shards of Honor_ is Lois McMaster Bujold's first published novel, and the stage-setter for the rest of her extraordinary Vorkosigan series. It's a marvelous book from a master storyteller and will certainly whet the reader's appetite for more, more, more... though not to worry, there *are* (many more, that is!). The complete Vorkosigan saga is, to date, up to the fourteenth volume.
Also, the rather anemic-sounding synopsis doesn't begin to describe it, either accurately or with any real sense of the page-turning treat it truly is. Merely recommending that you "Read this book, it will delight you" isn't quite enough, in my opinion; the better phrase would be: "Meet these people, you will come to love them as among the best of fictional friends you will ever know."
Did you note that this edition is marked unavailable? Well, not to disappoint. Browse for _Cordelia's Honor_, which is an omnibus edition containing both _Shards_ and the novel which immediately follows it in the series timeline, _Barrayar_.
Do, really. Then make room in your bookshelves for all the others. In fact, clear that space as soon as you order--you're going to need it.... ;D
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an old friend 8 Nov 2002
Format:Hardcover
This is a book that I return to time and again, and it's worth it every time. You can read it on so many levels, thumping good sci-fi, the characters are real ppl, the politic challenges, the differing societies. This wasn't the first Bujold book I read, but it is the one I read most often. I like Miles and the books about him, but I love Cordelia, and I return to her as I do to many old friends, to check out aspects of my own life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I was introduced to Lois McMaster Bujold's work through her fantasy novels "The Curse of Chalion" and "Paladin Of Souls", both of which deserve ten stars at least. Having devoured those books (not literally) I decided to read some other stuff by her - this time in the Science Fiction genre. My library kindly offered up "Shards of Honour" and what a brilliant read it was.
Most fortuitously, I now discover I happened upon the initial instalment of what has become a whole series of books (16 to date) in the Miles Vorkosigan series (I've bought the rest and am working my way through them. I liked this first one that much!) But don't worry that this book is incomplete on its own - it isn't. Although it's the scene-setter for a lot of other books it works on its own as a story of politics, war, human nature, personality and love.
Cordelia Naismith is the captain of a Survey ship that is checking out a new planet. She's off in the undergrowth with her botanist when her base camp is attacked and her colleagues flee in the shuttle. When going back to investigate Cordelia and her companion are attacked and she loses consciousness. When she wakes up, there is a soldier guarding her.
And from this point the story diverges from a basic "heroine rescues herself from tricky situation" type story. Cordelia and her 'captor', who says he is Captain Aral Vorkosigan, have to make a journey 200kms across this unknown and, as it turns out, rather dangerous planet in order to find a cache of stores and a way for Vorkosigan to communicate with his ship. It appears that there has been a mutiny in his command and he was knocked out and left on the surface of the planet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the Record Aright 2 Dec 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I write this primarily to note to others browsing for an excellent read (which this book most certainly is!) that it is NOT, however, a Star Trek novel of any sort. _Shards of Honor_ is Lois McMaster Bujold's first published novel, and the stage-setter for the rest of her extraordinary Vorkosigan series. It's a marvelous book from a master storyteller and will certainly whet the reader's appetite for more, more, more... though not to worry, there *are* (many more, that is!). The complete Vorkosigan saga is, to date, up to the fourteenth volume.
Also, the rather anemic-sounding synopsis doesn't begin to describe it, either accurately or with any real sense of the page-turning treat it truly is. Merely recommending that you "Read this book, it will delight you" isn't quite enough, in my opinion; the better phrase would be: "Meet these people, you will come to love them as among the best of fictional friends you will ever know."
Did you note that this edition is marked unavailable? Well, not to disappoint. Browse for _Cordelia's Honor_, which is an omnibus edition containing both _Shards_ and the novel which immediately follows it in the series timeline, _Barrayar_.
Do, really. Then make room in your bookshelves for all the others. In fact, clear that space as soon as you order--you're going to need it.... ;D
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the Vorkosiverse 20 Feb 2004
Format:Paperback
Whilst there is one novel set earlier in the same time-line, this is a 2-in-1 volume of the novels Cordelia's Honour and Barrayar, which form a sort of prologue to the series that is commonly referred to as the Vorkosiverse and most people assume that this is due to the principle protaganist of the latter novels, Miles Vorkosigan. This is the story of his parents. I make this statement because I read Shards of Honour after novels such as the Warrior's Apprentice, the Vor Game, etc, and so this was more of a filling in of the back ground. I'm not sure what I would have made of it if I had read these first. The synopsis above is correct in the essential details although the first mission is actually the survey mission with the "throw-away" ship coming later Whilst quite dark in some places the series is full of wit and humour, as well as excellent writing, and these early novels are no exception. They are, perhaps, a little less polished than the latter ones, but Bujold not at her best is still a lot better than many other writers. These are either an essential read for those already hooked on the series, or a good starting place for those who wish to learn what good SF is all about.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The story starts here
I started at the beginning having heard great things about the Vorkosigan saga.

This first tale isn't enthralling. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. King
2.0 out of 5 stars clumsy plotting and unconvincing relationships
I am not sure exactly what kind of story this was meant to be - seemed to cross lines between schmaltzy romantic fiction and low intensity sci fi. Disappointing
Published 9 months ago by SusieBo
5.0 out of 5 stars From a reader new to Bujold
I had never heard of this writer until someone recommended her as being similar to early Le Guin. That was my loss! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Suchea
2.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas, but poor execution
Cordelia Naismith, commander of a survery ship from Beta Colony, is marooned on an uncharted planet when her vessel is attacked by Barryarans. Read more
Published 15 months ago by A. Whitehead
4.0 out of 5 stars Complicated plot, great characterisation
Captain Cordelia Naismith meets Admiral Aral Vorkosigan - she is from a peaceful, democratic, liberal planet; he is notorious as the Butcher of Komarr - and yet there is a strange... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Roman Clodia
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
I do like it. I do. It has plenty of plot and beautifully drawn, understated Heyerian characterisation. Is it better than Linnea Sinclair? I am not sure. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bella Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Bujold on top form: first (pre-Miles) in the Vorkosigan saga
The book (without giving away too many spoilers): Commander Cordelia Naismith is working on an uninhabited planet for her Government's Survey Service. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2012 by Henk Beentje
5.0 out of 5 stars Bujold on top form: first of the Vorkosigan saga
The book (without giving away too many spoilers): Commander Cordelia Naismith is working on an uninhabited planet for her Government's Survey Service. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2011 by Henk Beentje
4.0 out of 5 stars Love and Politics
Now, when I first started this book, my second foray into the Vorkosigan Saga, I had to roll my eyes at the initial setup. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by David Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars An addictive start to a series
Captain Naismith and her team are part of scientific expedition studying the ecology of an alien world. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by Rod Williams
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