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Shards of Honour 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

  • Paperback
  • 253 pages
  • Shards of Honour
  • Lois McMaster Bujold
  • English
  • 04 July 2019
  • 0743468422

About the Author: Lois McMaster Bujold

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 Her fantasy from HarperCollins includes the award winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife tetralogy her science fiction from Baen Books features the perennially bestselling Vorkosigan Saga Her work has been translated into over twenty languages.A listing of her awards and nominations may be seen here A listing of her interviews is here older fan run site devoted to her work, The Bujold Nexus, is here



10 thoughts on “Shards of Honour

  1. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    An all time SF favorite Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Shards of Honor often packaged with Barrayar and sold as

  2. karen karen says:

    okay, so let me just say that i was totally dreading this book i promised some of the ladies in my online life that i would readfantasy and this was suggested, even though this issci fi space opera to my untrained eyes, yeah i mean where are my unicorns just one token unicorn will do this cover s got spaceships on it, and laser beams and futuristic clothing, and that is just not appealing to me, as a reader i look at books like this, and i feel like the author probably will okay, so let me just say that i was totally dreading this book i promised some of the ladies in my online life that i would readfantasy and this was suggested, even though this issci fi space opera to my untrained eyes, yeah i mean where are my unicorns just one token unicorn will do this cover s got spaceships on it, and laser beams and futuristic clothing, and that is just not appealing to me, as a reader i look at books like this, and i feel like the author probably will discuss speculative science with wormholes and alien warfare and gravity and i will be forced to skim until it gets back to interesting stuff, so i would typically give it a pass in favor of something that has at least one foot in a realistic atmosphere.but a girl makes promises.and then to my delight, this started off really strong scientists exploring the flora and fauna of an alien planet hazards vampire jellyfish what fly essplosions in the distance good stuff i loved the two main characters, and there was some equally strong supporting cast rounding it all off so far, so good.this is also a love story, but a love story without urgency this is not oh i must have you dooooo me in the vestibule love, it issensible and measured a love story than that and it is a slow build so that was a second thing i liked about this book strong characters who make sense as partners, not just falling in love because they happen to be near each other and so love naturally must follow but then, the whole middle was kind of a wash for me intergalactic battles and alliances and betrayals and umm stars i really wish i could get into those things i feel like i would be a better rounded person for it but my eyes tend to glaze with outer space battle fatigue sorry, ladies.it did pick up again at the close i enjoyed watching these characters, with their pasts and their flaws, make decisions that seemed grounded in realistic thought processes, in a world where cause and effect were operating correctly it never gets wacky.but then there was a final final chapter is this setting up the next book is it something she just felt like writing even though it wasn t really connected to anything dunno i am supposed to read the next book in the cycle, so ima get on that and maybe my questions will be answered so it is a three, but a three that leaves room to grow i could still come around come to my blog

  3. mark monday mark monday says:

    Cordelia Naismith is the captain of an astronomical survey ship from the peaceful Beta Colony Lord Aral Vorkosigan is the leader of a secret military mission from the warlike planet Barrayar the title Shards of Honor no doubt refers to the small bits of honor that Aral must cling to as he finds himself a central figure in a massive undertaking that will sacrifice thousands of innocents for the greater good it also may refer to the honor that Cordelia herself gains and loses and gains again Cordelia Naismith is the captain of an astronomical survey ship from the peaceful Beta Colony Lord Aral Vorkosigan is the leader of a secret military mission from the warlike planet Barrayar the title Shards of Honor no doubt refers to the small bits of honor that Aral must cling to as he finds himself a central figure in a massive undertaking that will sacrifice thousands of innocents for the greater good it also may refer to the honor that Cordelia herself gains and loses and gains again as her fate becomes increasingly intertwined with that of the unjustly infamous Aral also known as The Butcher of Komarr this excellent novel is the first in the massive Vorkosigan Saga, which currently numbers over 25 novels and short stories it is also Bujold s first full length work an impressive achievement.the novel is a chamber piece with a galactic background space opera boiled down to two major characters and several intriguing supporting characters, with acts of policy and war that become palpable moral and ethical conflicts for those characters it is space opera made intimate and personal space opera where the psychology of its characters is writ as large and made as important as the various exciting twists and turns of the narrative it is also a romance one that is by turns surprising and moving and life affirming there are no ridiculously giddy or angsty moments that made me roll my eyes Cordelia and Aral are decidedly adults, with a whole lifetime of pain and experience behind them watching them matter of factly fall in love was key to my enjoyment.it is a novel with some teeth as well its issues are timely and timeless is a terrible sacrifice worth all of those lives to stop the deaths of evenlives should nationalism be a thing that we live and die for, a thing that defines our lives trajectories and what is honor anyway a personal thing a public thing the thing that we cling to that gives our lives some kind of meaning, some sense of purpose all are interesting questions to contemplate.the prose is smart, clean, unfussy our heroes veer towards the nonchalant rather than towards the melodramatic they are life sized, not larger than life and so the prose is a perfect match for the characterization the whole novel is excellent and thoroughly entertaining, but my favorite part may be the opening third which is basically a two person trek across an unknown planet the reader gets to enjoy interesting bits of xenobiology not delivered via massive world building infodumps while Cordelia and Aral s intriguing and entirely sympathetic personalities slowly unfold, to the reader and to each other it was lovely lovely may be an odd word to use for a novel that encompasses war, assassination, depraved villains, forced drug use, attempted rape, the children of rape, a mental breakdown, and the abandonment of one s home but Shards of Honor is indeed a lovely thing a quietly moving experience

  4. Bradley Bradley says:

    Re read 11 18 17 Actually, it s my third read It was only a few years ago when I read it last and since then I ve plowed through all the other novels in a row It s so good that I have to do it all over again That being said, I think this novel is growingandon me I loved it before and I love it evennow Yes, yes, it s a romance on the battlefield and we have tons of action on a wild planet and in space with outright space battles, but it s the interactions between all these Re read 11 18 17 Actually, it s my third read It was only a few years ago when I read it last and since then I ve plowed through all the other novels in a row It s so good that I have to do it all over again That being said, I think this novel is growingandon me I loved it before and I love it evennow Yes, yes, it s a romance on the battlefield and we have tons of action on a wild planet and in space with outright space battles, but it s the interactions between all these fantastic characters that makes this shine Cordelia Aral Bathari.Bujold doesn t hold back on anything Do you want a loss of honor and the hope of regaining it A political mess How about respect at the deepest levels How about disillusionment with our homes and putting all our cards down on a gamble for the rest of your life and happiness Truly, there s a lotdepth to this book than most people might credit it And here s the best part if you re already invested in the series and know all the locations and references dropped, it still makes a perfectly coherent whole in the world building Everything was worked out to perfection Even the characters we meet fleetingly here get much bigger roles later, and revisiting them, in the beginning, is so gratifying Some books only get better with time This is one of them utterfanboyOriginal review I thought the careful and considered match between Aral and Cordelia was charming It was deeper, emotionally, than a lot of romances, sci fi or otherwise Much has been said about how strong a female lead Cordelia is, in both the stories and by the fans, and I have to admit they re correct She s got a solid grip on reality, and despite the situation, she steadfastly judges her situation based on what is done and not what is said That s always a great sign of sanity.The adventure part had me going, but the disillusionment about her home and the open eyed acceptance of the madhouse of Aral s home saidabout Beta Colony than it said about Barrayar All in all, deliciousfor its accumulated weight of surrounding stories than for it, in itself, but it was definitely a charming space operatic love story

  5. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    A buddy read with Choko.Commander 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 dest A buddy read with Choko.Commander 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 prequel 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

  6. carol. carol. says:

    Be warned the jacket blurb describes only a minor portion of the story My version, you ask Love in the background of space opera Female captain leads research team investigating exotic planet Expedition is attacked and a researcher is killed Hostile man takes woman prisoner, and they fall in love while death marching across alien planet Alas Woman and man are soon to be adversaries in an interstellar war, and are torn apart by loyalties to Be warned the jacket blurb describes only a minor portion of the story My version, you ask Love in the background of space opera Female captain leads research team investigating exotic planet Expedition is attacked and a researcher is killed Hostile man takes woman prisoner, and they fall in love while death marching across alien planet Alas Woman and man are soon to be adversaries in an interstellar war, and are torn apart by loyalties to their commands Then woman volunteers to captain a near suicide mission and is taken captive again, but this time by Marquis de Sade Junior Will she escape Will she reunite with her love Will they overcome obscure political maneuvers and overzealous patriots to ultimately consummate their love Complete cheese, right But it s American style cheese that does so well melted and grilled into a comfort food delight Shards is not particularly subtle or unusual, but it manages to be an engaging read While I can t say that I found the same sophistication and characterization that I read in The Curse of Chalion, it still had melty goodness For instance, there were vampire balloons and giant crabs hard to go wrong there Dialogue was engaging, and I find her writing style is a nice balance between world building and action, and pleasantly sophisticated in wording and ideas Her characters have nice flashes of humor in the midst of struggle Plot wasn t particularly remarkable, but managed an unexpected twist or two The first part of the book, the march across the alien world, was enjoyable, but I found the plot seriously disintegrating towards the end, especially when view spoiler Cordelia s people start to suspect her of being brain washed She talks her way onto a freighter And draws on enough funds to cross a galaxy despite being on the run But we gloss over those challenges hide spoiler As an ship captain, Cordelia displays a surprising amount of both political knowledge and naivete, and she wasn t perhaps as fleshed out as Lord Vorkosigan, despite the story being told from her perspective There s an interesting supporting role was given to a seriously mentally damaged soldier I ve been hearing that the Vorkosigan series is some of Bujold s best writing, and it turns out that this is a prequel centered on the meeting and connection of his parents As such, it might be a littleoriented towards fans than new readers For seriously good writing and world building, I d recommend her Curse Paladin books.Fun line Koudelka puzzled over this attempted readjustment of his point of view, then let it bounce harmlessly off his impermeable habits of thought Cross posted at

  7. Choko Choko says:

    4 A buddy read with Evgeny This was the first time we got to meet a Vorkosigan, the family name after which this series is named From what I have learned, he ends up being the father of the main protagonist in the series as we go along Although Vorkosigan is a perfect specimen of a man, smart, handsome, honorable, alpha as one can get, but sensitive and thoughtful, he is still lacking in comparison with the young female commander from Beta Colony, Cordelia N She is everything I would l 4 A buddy read with Evgeny This was the first time we got to meet a Vorkosigan, the family name after which this series is named From what I have learned, he ends up being the father of the main protagonist in the series as we go along Although Vorkosigan is a perfect specimen of a man, smart, handsome, honorable, alpha as one can get, but sensitive and thoughtful, he is still lacking in comparison with the young female commander from Beta Colony, Cordelia N She is everything I would like to be when I grow up She is attractive, but muchthan that, she is brave, vivacious, quick to act, quick to feel, and very capable to handle almost any situation The two of them are on opposite sides of a war and expect only the worst from each other, but a long week having to depend only on one another for survival, opens their eyes to their better features and brings them close together Until the real world shows them once again how impossible it is for them to ever have a chance to see if the mutual attraction they had developed could grow into somethingVery sad for both of themBeing the strong and independent individuals they are, Vorkosigan and Cordelia try to keep going, but faith has some very challenging and difficult tests to put them through before leading them back to each other Faith could be such a bitch at times I loved this book, I love the world building, and I really hope that the series continues in this manner, because if it does, Evgeny and I are in for a very interesting ride Once again my favorite part of the story is the thought out plot, the imaginative structure of the different cultures and their differences, and the balance between action and thepolitical sections of the story I know one thing for sure, this is a very welcome series in my life I wish you all Happy Reading and manywonderful books to come

  8. unknown unknown says:

    What happened What are these sensible, mature adults doing in the middle of my space opera Where are the hot headed, brash heroes Where is the sass mouthed young princess WHERE ARE THE ROBOTS AND ALIENS This is not your father s science fiction novel But it might be your mother s I don t mean that in a sexist or dismissive way, but reading this book feltlike reading a romance than it did a sci fi book I don t mean a bodice ripping space bodice romance, but a realistic, measured a What happened What are these sensible, mature adults doing in the middle of my space opera Where are the hot headed, brash heroes Where is the sass mouthed young princess WHERE ARE THE ROBOTS AND ALIENS This is not your father s science fiction novel But it might be your mother s I don t mean that in a sexist or dismissive way, but reading this book feltlike reading a romance than it did a sci fi book I don t mean a bodice ripping space bodice romance, but a realistic, measured and mature romance There are no sex scenes here, just a character study of two people, each slowly being drawn into the other s orbit obligatory space metaphor despite social planetary differences Despite galactic war Separated by wormholes, their love bound them together In the courtship of Cordelia Naismith and Aral Vorkosigan, this book reminds me of Regency Romances in her review, Elizabeth calls then them the space faring equivalent of Anne Elliot and Wentworth, which sounds about right These are adults who have lived through the disappointment of past relationships and the frenzies of first love They ve known pain and heartbreak, and they don t fall into each other s arms and beds immediately, nor do they obsess over or glorify one another I waited the whole book and I never found out if Aral had a rippling chest or not Probably he doesn t sparkle though Even in her first novel of many, many to come, including about a dozen in this series , Lois McMaster Bujold is an assured and witty writer, content to take her time with character, something that a lot of sci fi writers see little use for.Which brings me to the part of the book that didn t work quite as well for me the sci fi parts A lot happens in this slim tome, too much perhaps grand political intrigues, complex plots and betrayals, a war than spans worlds and we see just snatches of the action and intrigue, because the book isn t really about any of that Or if it is, only tangentially, in the ways these grand events impact Cordelia and Aral I feel like they need one of those shipper mash up names Cordaral I wanted the plots and the coups to be a littlefleshed out I wantedof the backstory that is only hinted at, particularly some eyebrow raising hints about Aral s past relationship with a chief villain.So I am giving this one three stars, even though I enjoyed it immensely For one thing, its direct sequel, Barrayar which has actually been bound together with Shards in my edition is by all accounts a much stronger book it won the Hugo award, one of several major awards Bujold has won for this series , and I wanted to leave myself some breathing room My space heart is engaged I want to see where these characters are going Also I already picked up about fiveof the books at a thrift shop

  9. Trish Trish says:

    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 do.This 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 t 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 do.This 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 bitadvanced when it comes to the role of women and equality 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 frequent 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 is.The 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 lol.P.S 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

  10. Emma Emma says:

    A little dated but I really enjoyed it I felt like I was entering a bit of a reading slump and I started about 5 books yesterday evening and couldn t get into any of them And then I lucked on this, lurking on my kindle, read the first chapter and that was all it took It s rare for me to finish a book in one sitting because I tend to have a few books on the go at any one time But this was one such book.I m not an enormous sci fi fan unless it s character driven, so this was perfect There we A little dated but I really enjoyed it I felt like I was entering a bit of a reading slump and I started about 5 books yesterday evening and couldn t get into any of them And then I lucked on this, lurking on my kindle, read the first chapter and that was all it took It s rare for me to finish a book in one sitting because I tend to have a few books on the go at any one time But this was one such book.I m not an enormous sci fi fan unless it s character driven, so this was perfect There were many types of honour in this book and it struck me as quite a thoughtful look at the dynamic of people and events.Recommended

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