OK, so I caved in and ordered the next Lois McMaster Bujold book and the next Laura Anne Gilman. Warrior’s Apprentice and Bring it on should be here sometime next week hopefully 🙂
I love Amazon marketplace, it’s such a good way to get new stuff to read if you are on a very limited budget! I do prefer to buy new, so the authors benefit but it’s just too expensive 🙁 If Libraries stocked enough of what I like to read, I would be there all the time 😉
Commander Cordelia Naismith of the Betan Astronomical Survey team finds herself stranded on the surface of the latest planet she, and her team, were surveying for colonisation suitability. After an attack forced the majority of her colleagues to leave the planet to save their lives, she was left downside with a horribly injured companion, few supplies and one of the enemy who was apparently as stranded as she was. The Butcher of Komarr, Lord Aral Vorkosigan of Barrayar was a victim of Mutiny and betrayal that threatened the core of honour bound Barrayaran society and, as Commander Naismith realised, much more to him than met the eye. After rescue and escape, distrust from her own people, Cordelia throws her lot in with the enigmatic Vorkosigan who is not without troubles of his own. Can they do what must be done, with honour?
Cordelia’s Honor is actually 2 books – Shards of Honor and Barrayar that were published together to make a continuous story of the life of Cordelia Naismith and Aral Vorkosigan. They run consecutively and to my mind make a great single volume. This is the first book by Lois McMaster Bujold I’ve read, and it definitely won’t be the last. By the end of the first chapter I was hooked, the flow of the story and the characterisations just superb. Sometimes sentence structure was a little complex but that smoothed out towards the middle. It didn’t detract from the story nor put me off continuing eagerly. It actually has so many facets to it, I can’t imagine there not being something in it for everyone. It’s a love story as well as a war story. It’s science fiction along with fantasy and the history side follows old russian society lines. The differences between Betan and Barrayan values is very distinct and Bujold’s writing manages to display both at the same time even in the same conversation. Cordelia is very urbane and can be amusingly sarcastic whereas Aral Vorkosigan is very military and can be almost rigid but also ironic. They bring out the best in each other and it’s great to see how they evolve from their original personalities to who they are by the end of the book. I don’t have the next in the series but I will be getting it as soon as I can!
- Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
… is finally a promise kept 😉
Several years ago, a good friend of mine (Graham!) urged me to read Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan saga. I bought the first book and it has since languished on my shelves, looking forlorn. Another friend of mine (Jody!) who is another book nut made me promise to read it, and that was a couple of years ago 😉
After a recent conversation about it with Jody, I finally dug it out and started it, almost certain it would be OK, but not fire me up. How wrong I was! 🙂
I’m about half way through Cordelia’s Honor and loving it. I hate it when people are so right 😉
Will do a full review when I’m finished 🙂
Thanks Graham and Jody!