Shards of Honour Paperback – 19 May 1988
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About the Author
A science fiction legend, Lois McMaster Bujold has won six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. HerVorkosigan saga is a massively popular science fiction mainstay.Her many "New York Times" bestsellers including previous entries, "Cryoburn, Diplomatic Immunity "and "Captain Vorpatril's Alliance." The mother of two, Ms. Bujold lives in Minneapolis." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it. I'm working my way through this series and will definitely go on to Bujold's other books/series.Published 3 months ago by Internet shopper
This was a brilliant read. I couldn't put it down. As someone who couldn't keep up the politics and science there's a lot of instances where you just have to go with it, but all of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by psb-kinks
This was enjoyable but fairly predictable and very much of its time. The writing and characterisation are old-fashioned, so reading it was a little jarring to me. Read morePublished 18 months ago by emily husain
As with all Bujold books, a definite keeper and mind-expander.Published 22 months ago by Octavia Leigh
I started at the beginning having heard great things about the Vorkosigan saga.
This first tale isn't enthralling. Read more
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. DisappointingPublished on 3 Nov. 2013 by SusieBo
I had never heard of this writer until someone recommended her as being similar to early Le Guin. That was my loss! Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2013 by Suchea
Cordelia Naismith, commander of a survery ship from Beta Colony, is marooned on an uncharted planet when her vessel is attacked by Barryarans. Read morePublished on 10 May 2013 by A. Whitehead