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Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga Book 2) Kindle Edition
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However, the pleasures in this engrossing story are found in the details of the journey, not merely the destination. The twists and turns of the protagonist duo's relationship are enthralling, because Bujold crafts the intelligent, thoughtful Cordelia and the conflicted, trapped Aral with such skill as to make the reader root for them the whole way.
As well as a star-crossed romance, the author also manages to work in the ramifications of an interstellar war and the dangers of propaganda-led, knee-jerk reactions. With some abruptness, we are also shown how the main pair become part of a particularly nasty bit of political skullduggery.
While not ending on a cliffhanger exactly, the end of the book makes it clear that our heroes' journey is not over yet; considering how enjoyable this installment was to read, I have no qualms about continuing on to the next story.
In the first of the Vorkosigan Saga, we are introduced to the couple who will become Miles Vorkosigan's parents. It's extremely rare for me to read any kind of sci-fi or space opera, but this is a good series which hangs on complicated plots and great characterisation. I've dipped in and out of the series rather than reading it right the way through so it is nice to get right back to the start.
Bujold often mixes genres - here romance with a sci-fi plot involving colonial wars and political assassination - and pulls them off brilliantly. This doesn't have the same level of comedy as some of the later Miles books I've read, but compensates with emotional depth, especially around Aral Vorkosigan. This is a good read even for those of us who don't normally like the genre.
I have discovered a new fantasy/sci fi writer to keep me happy for the winter! Recommended for a good read.
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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