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When Cordelia Naismith and her survey crew are attacked by a renegade group from Barrayar she is taken prisoner An all time SF favorite Final review first posted on Fantasy Literature Shards of Honor often packaged with Barrayar and sold as Cordelia's Honor is one of those SF space opera books that I love beyond reason and pull off my bookshelf every few years to reread contentedly immersing myself in Bujold’s well imagined world and the relationship between two characters I adoreA bit of background I started my VORKOSIGAN SAGA experience years ago when I grabbed A Civil Campaign off the library shelves and was introduced to the very short brilliant terrifyingly competent and wildly adventurous Miles Vorkosigan Though I didn’t realize it at the time that book was not the best place to start with this series; it assumes a lot of background knowledge about the characters and events in their lives and really isn’t characteristic of the series with its focus on romance and social satire over adventure I was a little mystified but interested enough to check out books in this series from the libraryAnd eventually I ended up here with Shards of Honor and Cordelia Naismith and Aral Vorkosigan’s first meeting She’s the Betan captain of a surveying team exploring an uninhabited she thinks planet; he’s the commander of a Barrayaran military outpost on that planet Beta is extremely socially progressive; Barrayar has a rigid traditional and militaristic society Their groups clash in a deadly meeting and Aral and Cordelia are abandoned among the dead and wounded They need to cooperate to survive As they trek to Aral’s camp running into deadly alien animals along the way and surviving on scanty rations they gain respect for each other and love starts to develop Cordelia is loyal to Beta however and she can’t imagine living and raising a family in the paternalistic society of Barrayar That and the conflict between their worlds pull her and Aral apartI totally fell in love with these two characters and their adventures a mix of political intrigue and battles both in space and on land and between individuals as well as societies Cordelia’s and Aral’s unusual romance went straight to my heart and their respective moral dilemmas were heartrending Shards of Honor might not be the best book in the VORKOSIGAN SAGA but it’s the one most beloved by me

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Shards of HonorEmber Aral and Cordelia survive countless mishaps while their mutual admiration and even stronger feelings emer I'm definitely sold on this series by now These books might be old this particular volume was published in 1986 but they hold up very nicely and address ageless topics some even in a better way than modern books doThis second volume my group and I read them in chronological order is about Cordelia Naismith a Betan captain of a survey team and Aral Vorkosigan a commander of a Barrayaran military outpost They meet on an almost unexplored planet one day and need to join forces in order to survive To their mutual surprise and that of everyone else they learn to respect one another The reason simply is that both of them are honourable people serving their respective society Cordelia's people are a bit advanced when it comes to the role of women and euality less stiff one might say but also kind of unorganized and childish in many instances while the Barrayaran society is patriarchal and militaristic However none of those societies are without fault just the author's way of being realistic There are really bad examples of human beings in both of them The book is full of battles not just mindless action but intelligent war tactics and freuent political intrigue that give it a very nice pace while we also get a wonderful non cheesy romance that progresses nicely throughout the story Cordelia is very much her own women capable and strong but that doesn't mean she can't fall in love with Aral And just because Aral is who he is doesn't mean that he is a caveman who would hold Cordelia back from being who she isThe characters are vivid and realistic the secondary ones such as Bothari as much as the two MCs just like the warring cultures presented Nobody and nothing is perfect there is a semi unexpected turn in the last bit of the book setting the scene for the rest of the series There are some deeper levels to the story as well such as change being necessary and inevitable everyone having to adapt in order to stay true to oneself and do the right thing or sacrifice and costs Cordelia put that very nicely The overall writing pulls the reader in from start to finish and the narrators did a wonderful job in bringing the story to life again despite the age which is a funny remark considering how much I hated a certain psychologist for stating that the romance between Cordelia and Aral was obviously fake because Cordelia was already 34 and Aral even older lolPS This also had the short story Aftermath at the end of the actual novel and it was an interesting insight into what the war had done to both societies and the pychology of people on both sides

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reader » doc Shards of Honor º 9780743468428 ↠ [KINDLE] ❤ Shards of Honor ➜ Lois McMaster Bujold – 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 Aral Vorkosigan commander of the Barrayan ship that has been taken over by an ambitious and ruthless crew m A buddy read with ChokoCommander Cordelia Naismith of Beta Colony and her crew were doing some harmless exploration on an unassuming planet when Barrayars guys from another planet decided they like the place Some unforeseen circumstances made them attack Betans which resulted in Cordelia and a high ranking Barrayar officer Aral Vorkosigan being stranded on the planet with the former being a prisoner of the latter sort of At this point practically anybody can figure out these two were destined to fall in love with each other However the obstacles they have to face would make Romeo and Juliet look like a happily ever after tale You will also learn a lot about Barrayar's politics and Betan bureaucracy The writing was good and so were the main characters I liked the character of Cordelia and to the lesser extent Aral From the secondary characters Sergeant Bothari deserves to be mentioned The story was entertaining enough for me to never get boring So why 3 stars only?Because if you strip the outer layers and the space opera layer is good underneath it all is a fairly standard love story cleverly disguised I have to add As a preuel of the type How I Met Your Mother it works laying the background for further development so I will continue with the series without even thinking about it twice Conclusion a good enough tale but Falling Free is much better starting point for the series I need to mention the book also has a short story called Aftermaths which takes place before the end of the main plot but it is very much unrelated Bujold's strength as a writer shows in fact that she managed to create a heartbreaking sad story in just a few pages