Test of HonorLois McMaster Bujold
science fiction > military science fiction + space opera, collection
An omnibus edition.
- Shards of Honor (1986)
- The Warrior's Apprentice (1986)
The point of conflict is clear and straightforward: the democratic Betans versus the ultra-militaristic Barrayarans. At least that's what biologist Cordelia Naismith, heroine of Shards of Honor believes.
But when she's stranded on an unexplored planet — at the mercy of Aral Vorkosigan, the very Barrayaran she's been taught to despise — she discovers that the truth has become crudely twisted. And when Vorkosigan, himself the victim of a political inspired mutiny, tries to draw Cordelia into the struggle against his culture's fascist military elite, she has to make a choice. A choice that wil mean betrayal, no matter which side she's on.
In The Warrior's Apprentice, Cordelia's son, Miles, depressed and angry after failing the entrance exams to military training school, decides to take a long vacation — and inadvertently falls into a deal well suited to his abilities and sense of adventure. He buys a starship, contracts to smuggle contraband into a battle zone — and without quite meaning to, he finds himself a far-too-active participant in the war!
Lois McMaster Bujold (born 1949) is an American speculative fiction writer. She is one of the most acclaimed writers in her field, having won the Hugo Award for best novel four times, matching Robert A. Heinlein's record, not counting his Retro Hugo. Her novella "The Mountains of Mourning" won both the Hugo Award and Nebula Award. In the fantasy genre, The Curse of Chalion won the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature and was nominated for the 2002 World Fantasy Award for best novel, and both her fourth Hugo Award and second Nebula Award were for Paladin of Souls. In 2011 she was awarded the Skylark Award. In 2013 she was awarded the Forry Award. In 2017 she won a Hugo Award for Best Series, for the Vorkosigan Saga.
The bulk of Bujold's works comprises three separate book series: the Vorkosigan Saga, the Chalion Series, and the Sharing Knife series.