Test of Honor
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Test of Honor

by Lois McMaster Bujold
Release date: 1987
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fictionmilitary 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!

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