Cordelia's Honor

Bujold, Lois McMaster

(Book - 1999)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Cordelia's Honor
Sick of combat and betrayal, Cordelia Naismith was ready to settle down to a quiet life, interrupted only by the occasion ceremonial appearances required of the Lady Vorkosigan. But when the Emperor died, Aral became guardian of the infant heir to the imperial throne of Barrayar.
Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen, 1999
ISBN: 9780671578282
Branch Call Number: SF BUJOLD 1999
Characteristics: 596 p. ;,18 cm


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Cordelia Naismith, from peaceful and liberal Beta Colony, falls for Lord Aral Vorkosigan of miltaristic Barrayar in this character-driven tale. The Vorkosigan saga has many great starting points, this is one of them.

A young female captain of a exploring space ship is taken captive by a militaristic society. Wonderful world-building, part of Bujold's far-reaching Vorkosigan saga.

This volume combines the first two novels in the popular "Vorkosigan" series, telling the story of Cordelia Vorkosigan nee Naismith from the day she met her then-enemy Lord Aral Vorkosigan through the boyhood of her son, Miles.

This volume combines the first two novels in the popular "Vorkosigan" series, telling the story of Cordelia Vorkosigan nee Naismith from the day she met her then-enemy Lord Aral Vorkosigan through the boyhood of her son, Miles. A Hugo Award winner.

The award winning story of how Miles Vorkosigan's parents met.

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Jun 10, 2013
  • BrickBook rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Barrayar remains my favorite of all the books in the Vorkosigan series. From Cordelia's point of view, her assimilation into Barayar's very odd culture is difficult, and her ultimate reaction to her own Betan version of success in the new culture is complex and most satisfying.

Feb 28, 2013
  • lij rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Both these stories are excellent. Lois McMaster Bujold writes complex characters in intricate plots. Her worlds are fully fleshed out, not glossy sci-fi without any logic. Cordelia and Aral are great protagonists and their love story has depth and power without schmaltz and clichés. Although the Miles part of this series gets more attention I think these two stories are equally good, just different in tone due to the personalities.

May 06, 2012
  • HanakoGal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Enemies have to join sides to save themselves and everything dear to them. Adventure, love, politics, war, relationships, and wonderful characters. The writing style is easy to read, enjoyable and clever. I just read this one again. My 5th time, yet I still had to stay up all night to finish. I love it. Cordelia is my favorite character not just in science fiction but in all fiction. I love seeing how she thinks and what she does. That is why I’ve read these books so many times. She is strong and smart and empathetic and feminine and resourceful. I can relate to her and want to be her.

Mar 25, 2012
  • BranaKing rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Books do not get better than this - my all-time favorite, read and re-read. Cordelia and Aral are 2 of literary history's great loves - and their story is just the beginning!

Dec 21, 2011
  • Sammiqat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This contains both Shards of Honor and Barrayar. The former is good; the latter is great and deserves five stars.

Dec 13, 2010
  • rixonk rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The first book, Shards Of Honor, couldn't really keep my attention. I guess it was good, but I only started getting into the story in the second half, Barrayar. The plot is complex and the characters are interesting and unique. You really feel the frustration that Cordelia has with the injustices of the Barrayaran society that she becomes a part of, to the point where I felt very upset on the behalf of the inhabitants of this world. Lot's of political intrigue and plotting, and enough hope for the future to keep me from getting totally depressed by the state of this society! I'd give Barrayar 5 stars. I've already ordered the sequels.

Dec 09, 2009
  • erysimum rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I gave this book to my brother to read. "There's a woman in a dress on the cover...," he said. No really, it's an amazing scifi book. "There's a WOMAN in a DRESS on the cover!" Three weeks later he was 5 books into this series. A Space Opera with drama, humor and compelling characters, I recommend this book as the best way to start Bujold's Vorkosigan saga.


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