Shards of Honour
Cordelia Naismith is enjoying a baptism of fire. Her first mission is to captain a throwaway warship of the Betan Expeditionary Force on a mission to destroy an entire enemy armada. Discovering deception within deception, treachery within treachery, she is forced into an uneasy peace with her... show more
Cordelia Naismith is enjoying a baptism of fire. Her first mission is to captain a throwaway warship of the Betan Expeditionary Force on a mission to destroy an entire enemy armada. Discovering deception within deception, treachery within treachery, she is forced into an uneasy peace with her nemesis: Lord Aral Vorkosigan. Discovering that astrocartography is not the soundest training for a military leader, Cordelia rapidly finds herself the prisoner of the Barrayaran Captain Aral Vorkosigan, also known as 'The Butcher of Komarr'. But the notorious captain is not quite the beast Cordelia was expecting and a grudging respect develops between the two of them. As captor and prisoner on an abandoned outpost planet, the honourable captain and the resolute scientist must rely on each others' trust to survive a trek across dangerous terrain, thus sparking a relationship that shares the struggles of culture and politics between their worlds.
Publish date: December 1st 2003
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
Series: Vorkosigan Saga (Publication order) 3 (#1)
This book combined one of my least favorite SFF genres, space opera, with one of my least favorite genres in general, romance, and yet I found it a very compelling read. Lois McMaster Bujold is clearly a master storyteller. If I were suggesting this book to someone, I'm not sure I'd call it a "scien...
This is the first part of the opening duology of the Vorkosigan Saga. Although I read the omnibus-edition containing both this one and Barrayar, I decided to review the books separately after my 2nd read-through in 2013 - be aware that because this is the review of a second-read-through it already c...
AudiobookI'm doing a re-read by audiobook. Love this series. I am crazy about how these two disparate people find enough in common to fall in love. My favorite book of the series. Grover Gardner does a fantastic job with the narration.
Count me as someone unashamed to read YA, but one of the things I love best about this multi-planet, clashing cultures, space opera is that its main character is a mature, take-it-as-it-comes thirty-something not an excitable, inexperienced sixteen. Cordelia Naismith is the captain of a survey ship...
The Platonic ideal of a space opera romance. The Platonic ideal of a storyline where soldiers on opposite sides of a war fall in love. The Platonic ideal of a romance without sex scenes. I could go on, but I'll spare you. This book was just as great as everyone's been saying for years. And t...