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The Heart of Valor (Confederation #3)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  2,165 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr's goal is to keep both her superior officers and her troops alive as they face missions throughout the galaxy. But she's been sidelined with endless briefings and debriefings for a while, so she jumps at the chance to go to Crucible-the Marine Corps training planet-as temporary aide to Major Svensson. The major was reduced to little more than a br...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by DAW (first published June 5th 2007)
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Michael
The third of Tanya Huff’s Confederation series. For those who haven’t encountered the series yet it’s a boots’ eye view military sci-fi, heavy on command structure but always viewed from the NCO/grunts on the ground perspective. Those looking for anything deep or meaningful should look away now. It has no noticeable political or philosophical agenda beyond war is hell but someone’s got to do it. It follows the career of Torin Kerr, a female career military NCO. The first time we meet her in the...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This book must get a 4 star rating, it's better than a 3. Still it's not as good as the two earlier books in the series. In a way we set up the same type of situation that (now Gunny) Kerr faces (view spoiler). It's not precisely the same (view spoiler) but close enough. Secondly side issues are crowding in more on our stories.

Still the story is interesting...more
Chuck
84 out of 100 for 2010

In case you're counting, I did not skip 83 but instead re-read an Elizabeth Moon novel for a class I'm teaching (Victory Conditions). Hey, when you're trying to plow through 100, you count re reads.

Another continuation of Tanya Huff's confederation series. Huff is really statring to grow on me; I'm comign to realize ther's a real divid in Military SF between those who write bout tactics and use officers as their main character and those who write about battle and use enlist...more
Christopher
Part of my Father's day gift from my wife...mostly because she wanted to read it too.

The genre of hard military sci-fi can be fun, but tends to start falling into a rut in my opinion. I love that Torrin Kerr is an uber-competant Marine without being an Honor-Harrington-level super-being. The technology is cool, and new tech mash-ups are important to solving problems, but it never becomes just a story about the technology.

This book is starting to get into the deeper diplomacy of the world of the...more
Otherwyrld
I was ready to give this book 3 stars for much of the story, as it seemed to be going through the same formula as previous books in the series. Towards the end though, some of the assumptions I was making about where the story was going turned out to be quite wrong, and the book headed off into a completely different direction. So, while it still wasn't as good as the first two books, it at least deserves 3.5 stars for blind-siding me.

Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr, now promoted to Gunnery Sergeant,...more
Joy
Just as Gunnery Sgt. (she got promoted!) Torin Kerr and her lover, salvage operator Craig Ryder, start to notice that other people don't remember the same things about the alien ship from book #2 as well as they do, she is assigned to accompany a biologically-rebuilt officer on a medical evaluation to the Marine training planet of Crucible. Things almost immediately start to go awry in unpredictable ways: the senior Drill Instructor starts behaving erratically, and the preprogrammed drones seem...more
Heather
The Heart of Valor is book three in Tanya Huff’s delightful Confederation series. Book one, Valor’s Choice, introduces us to Torin as she and her company of marines are taken off of leave and sent on a diplomatic mission. Book Two, The Better Part of Valor, sees Torin and a handful of new people checking out a mysterious alien ship that has appeared in the middle of nowhere, only to find themselves racing against time–as well as the enemy Others–just to survive the experience. In The Heart of Va...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Torin is in a hot mess as usual. In this book she escorts a major and his doctor to a marine training planet, and of course there are a bunch of recruits too that will finish their training. And then boom the planet turns on them. But Torin can sure handle herself, and see to that people around her stays alive. She is so very kick-ass.

But what I liked the most was that Torin started to question things, and I never questioned things either but now I did that too. Humans and other beings help The...more
kvon
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K.D. Sarge
I love this series. I love Torin Kerr, and how she proves over and over that "by the book" means "know what you're doing." Leadership and teamwork, resourcefulness and loyalty and honor--that's how she wins, and I love watching her do it.
Kim Aippersbach
This one almost got 3 stars, because the first part dragged a bit and once they got into the battle scenario it seemed repetitive, but the payoff was the best yet--redeemed the whole book.

More development of Torin Kerr—competent, decisive, let's get everyone out alive. More development of the politics and context of the war she's fighting; I'm intrigued; I want to know more. I liked the romance—it's believable, it's hot, but it keeps an appropriate subsidiary role in the plot. I like the annoyin...more
Viridian5
I'm a big Tanya Huff fan, so I picked up her latest Confederation novel, The Heart of Valor. It continues following Marine Torrin Kerr's military career, this time with a stay to a testing ground planet with a group of recruits, Major Svensson, and his doctor going really, really wrong as the battle simulations are turning deadly. Torrin is a fun, smart, snarky character and great main POV narrator, and the aliens of the Confederation are interesting and different. You feel invested in these peo...more
Robert Runte
This is the third novel in Huff's Confederation series, following the adventures of Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr (here promoted to Gunnery Sergeant). The first two novels, Valor's Choice and The Better Part of Valor have been conveniently reissued in the omnibus volume A Confederation of Valor in case you missed them the first time round, and all three are well worth picking up, but each novel can stand alone on its own merits. Huff does develop a story arch across the series, but the mystery of c...more
Mardel
I am still loving this series. Torin, newly promoted (though she really would rather stay away from being top brass) to gunny sargeant has agreed to accompany Major Svensson as an aide to Crucible. Crucible is the training planet for the Marines. That's where they put all their learning to practical applications. The planet sounds kind of cool - the marines have a few different training situations complete with terrain and weather variations;winter with below zero temperatures or tropical with a...more
Alan
One of the infamous kitchen books is finished. I tend to keep books in various places. The Heart of Valor was in the discard bin at the local library and was handy for reading a few pages while waiting to move onto the next step of cooking/baking/coffee making.

That the adventures of Torin Kerr is part of series is not a drawback in reading this installment. Enough background is given throughout the story to enable the reader to understand what Big Yellow is, and how the Confederation is set up....more
Lauren
I started reading Tanya Huff’s Confederation novels a while back after picking up the omnibus of the first two novels. The world was fantastic, the characters were believable, and Kerr was just all kinds of awesome. I must admit that I was a little hesitant in reading Heart of Valor because of the return of Craig Ryder, the stubborn love interest from the previous book, he seemed a little unnecessary in that capacity.

After fighting the Silsviss and exploring Big Yellow, Gunnery Sergeant Torin Ke...more
Corry L.
I love this series. The main character is kick-ass and the world is wonderfully, solidly filtered through her eyes. And the world? How can you not love a military composed of humans, aliens obsessed with sex, and aliens that can (and will) eat pretty much anything? Huff's ability to make me laugh in the middle of otherwise serious scenarios is amazing.

Although apparently I read books 1 and 2 too long ago to remember the details that kept getting referenced in this book. Ah, the delight that awa...more
Rachel
After a three-year hiatus, Huff returns to one of my favorite worlds: that of Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr, who has been promoted to Gunnery Sergeant Kerr after her last encounter with an alien species. This is the third book in the Confederation series, and while it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel it really can best be treasured after having read the first two books in the series. My favorite is the Better Part of Valor. Kerr's world used to be uncomplicated: she was a Marine, and the Ma...more
Jacey
One from my comfort reading pile because Tanya Huff rarely disappoints and – indeed – this is another page turner. I’m not particularly into Military SF but I like Torin Kerr, Huff’s rough, tough Marine sergeant. She’s already had two outings in ‘Valor’s Choice’ and ‘The Better Part of Valor’ both of which I read in a Huff-binge when first I discovered her a few years ago. She’s a storyteller with an eye for detail, a good insight into character and thoughtful world-building. One of the things t...more
Anna
On the front of the book is a quote from Locus, which says The Heart of Valor is "A great mix of military action and mystery with lots of twists and fun characters." I don't think I could sum it up any better, but hey, I'll try anyway.

The book is pretty classic Huff, which is a synonym for awesome. (No really, it is. Look it up.) It's tightly plotted, full of action, with strong characters in a creative setting. There's a lot going on, but Huff manages to keep things moving without overloading t...more
Andreas
Torin Kerr is now a Gunnery Sergeant. She is assigned to babysit a Major who has recently recovered from very serious injuries, and who has arm bones made of experimental plastics. They travel to Crucible, the Marine Corps training planet, and embed with a training platoon going through their rotation. Things soon start to go wrong as the Crucible systems go out of control. In parallel, Torin’s now boyfriend, a salvage operator she met in The Better Part of Valor, investigates a possible alien i...more
Angela
Dec 11, 2008 Angela rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: sf
Tanya Huff's Confederation novels are still maintaining combat readiness as of the third one, The Heart of Valor. This time around we've got Torin Kerr, newly promoted to Gunnery Sergeant, being grilled in depth about her adventures in Book 2--and leaping at the chance to escape endless debriefings even if it means she has to babysit a convalescent major and a platoon of Marine recruits on a training planet. Problem is, the planet's supposed to train the recruits, not kill them.

Heroine Torin Ker...more
Kathy
Torin Kerr, promoted to Gunnery Sargaent... at base, providing information about the Slyss... and is invited to go to Crucible, the marine 'real life' training facility... before she goes, she and Craig realize that no one remembers their freedom from Big Yellow via its escape pod (craig wants them to make good on his right to salvage)...

She goes to Crucible as guard to a doctor and a major, who is recovering - having had an arm regrown... but almost immediately when they get there, the drones...more
Gail
I couldn't get book 2 of Huff's Confederation books in e-book form, so I settled for Book 3, after re-reading VALOR'S CHOICE. It's semi-standard military science fiction--Torin Kerr has been promoted to a Gunnery Sergeant, and is stuck on the Marines training station to give briefings on the new Confederation allies encountered in the first book. In book 2, she also went out on a first-contact exploratory mission to investigate a big unknown alien ship, where weird stuff happened. Both those eve...more
Eve
I find these a bit fluffy, but in all the fluffiness it's a little easy to forget that Tanya Huff is a feminist writer. She doesn't write specifically about gender, but in the universe she has created for this series, gender is irrelevant. The main protagonist, Torin Kerr, is a sergeant in an inter-galactic Marine corps, and a woman. She appears to be straight, or at least into men (so far her liaisons have been with men), so gender is relevant in that context, but otherwise male and female sold...more
Annette
I'm enjoying this series. The aliens are interesting, the plot and various mysteries adequately... mysterious, the writing snappy, and the heroine a fun embodiment of the classic omniscient sergeant. By no means spectacular enough to get my coveted 4th star, but still a fun read!

One complaint on the edition: I downloaded an e-version from my library, and quite annoyingly there were no demarcations - not even a double-space - between sub-chapters. The chapters themselves were divided, but the au...more
Donna
Third book in the Confederation series. Torin Kerr has been promoted to Gunnery Sergeant and is busy giving de-briefings about Big Yellow, the alien ship she encountered in The Better Part of Valor. She gets the chance to take a break and spend two weeks on Crucible, the planet used for final combat training of new Marine recruits. (Only Gunnery Sergeant Kerr could view this as a "break".) Soon after arrival, everything goes to pieces as someone, presumable the Others, takes over control of the...more
Wayne
As with most of Huff's books, this was very hard to put down. This is excellent military fiction, with an SF slant to it. I've never been in the military, but to this civilian's eyes this seems like it's probably fairly true to what basic training is really like. The characterizations were quite good, as was the plot. I really like Torin Kerr and hope Huff continues writing about her for a bunch more books.

I'd have given this five stars, but for a couple things. First, the time on Crucible ends...more
John
Essentially a continuation of the testing that the unknown aliens set up in the previous episode....though we do find put some important things about said aliens. Action is hot and heavy, but, again, not unlike the us-against-zillions-of-them siege in the series opener. High quality military SF, but I felt there were too many recycled elements for a five star rating.
Nicole Lisa
Sadly, I might have enjoyed the book more if the formatting in ebook wasn't so terrible. There were no scene breaks, which meant several times each chapter I had NO IDEA what was going on for a paragraph or two, would realize there must have been a scene break, and would go back to re-read. Sometimes re-reading wasn't enough to untangle the confusion as it often seemed like there were several very short scenes one after another. I even wondered if parts of the book were missing I was so confused...more
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