This was my first foray into the Vorkosigan Saga. The story plows forward with event after event. The relationship between Cordelia and Aral is well developed and I was invested in it throughout. Nearly all the bit characters work. I can see why this is such well-regarded science fiction and I’m hearing Barrayar (the direct sequel) is even better.
Shards of Honor is the first novel in the Vorkosigan Sage by publication order and the second in Bujold’s recommended reading order. It’s the only Vorkosigan novel I’ve read, though Barrayar is on the “to buy” list. Bujold offers her thoughts on the reading order debate here: https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/293438-the-vorkosigan-saga-reading-order-debate-the-chef-recommends . Shards of Honor is quick, character focused and action packed. It’s heavy on the excitement more so than the science (and that is not a criticism). A worthy start to my countdown.
Book One of the Galactic Civilizations Series. Available on Amazon.com in all formats August 19, 2022. Ebook preorders available now.