Cordelia's Honor (Vorkosigan Saga Omnibus: Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

By Lois McMaster Bujold

While enemies turn into mare that buddies they win. In her first trial by way of hearth, Cordelia Naismith captained a throwaway send of the Betan Expeditionary strength on a challenge to spoil an enemy armada. learning deception inside of deception, treachery inside treachery, she was once pressured right into a separate peace together with her leader opponent, Lord Aral Vorkosigan he who used to be known as 'The Butcher of Komarr' and may accordingly develop into an outcast on her personal planet and the woman Vorkosigan on his. in poor health of wrestle and betrayal, she used to be able to quiet down to a quiet existence, interrupted in simple terms by means of the social gathering ceremonial appearances required of the girl Vorkosigan. but if the Emperor died, Aral grew to become mum or dad of the baby inheritor to the imperial throne of Barrayar and the objective of high-tech assassins in a dynastic civil warfare that was once similar to Earth's heart a long time, yet fought with up-to-the minute biowar know-how. Neither Aral nor Cordelia guessed the half that their cell-damaged unborn might play in Barrayar's bloody legacy. Publisher's word: Cordelia's Honor is made out of components: Shards of Honor and Barrayar. jointly they shape a continuing tale following the lifetime of Cordelia Vorkosigan nee Naismith from the day she met her then-enemy Lord Aral Vorkosigan throughout the boyhood of her son Miles. Barrayar gained the Hugo Award for top technology fiction novel of the 12 months.

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Some people find their duty more elastic. " "With Dubauer? Heavens, no! I'm no cradle snatcher. He was a good kid, though. " "Sure. My mom and brother, back home on Beta Colony. " "No, he died in a shuttleport accident, not ten kilometers from home. " Getting a little personal, isn't he? she thought. But it was better than trying to deflect military interrogation. She hoped fervently that the subject, say, of the latest Betan equipment would not come up. "How about you? " It suddenly occurred to her that this phrase was also a polite way of asking, Are you married?

He cleared his throat, but said no more. They found a rocky place to sit, eat their cereal and salad dressing, and dry awhile before moving on. Kilometers fell behind them, while their view of the great mountain to their right scarcely seemed to change. At some point Vorkosigan took a bearing known only to himself, and led them more westerly, with the mountain at their backs and the sun beginning to slant into their eyes. They crossed another watercourse. Coming up over the lip of its valley, Cordelia nearly stumbled over a red-coated hexaped, lying quite still in a depression and blending perfectly with its background.

But of course it would almost have to be—" "Hydrogen! Bet you anything those darling little chemistry sets are electrolyzing water. Notice how they hang around rivers and streams? " His grin winked out of the fire-streaked dark at her. He jumped up and hooked a radial out of the air by its writhing maroon tendrils, and flung it to earth before the approaching scavengers. Cordelia, holding her torch like a fencer's foil, thrust toward it at full extension. Sparks scattered as she jabbed two, then three times.

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