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Heris Serrano (The Serrano Legacy #1-3)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  2,412 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Science fiction hardcover.
Hardcover, 1041 pages
Published August 2002 by Windhaven Press / Simon & Schuster (first published December 1st 2000)
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Feb 06, 2016 Shan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Well, I'd call it good old fashioned space opera except for the starring roles for old ladies. The three books in this volume were a lot of fun to read. Quick, too - I got through them in three days while homebound with the flu. There's a bit of romance, plenty of adventure, realistic-to-my-eyes technology, and some big ideas to think about. The technology is really well done, too; it's dropped in matter-of-factly and not overexplained. The action isn't nail-bitingly tense; I always felt confide ...more
Aug 11, 2013 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a different take on this each time I read it.

I've been dealing with some personal issues about getting older, so the theme that jumped out at me was the how the different generations were portrayed, and the questions about Rejuvenation.

Heris Serrano is a mature woman who has worked her way up to Captain in the Fleet, but is now a civilian employed as ship captain by a wealthy elderly woman, Cecilia de Markos. In the first book "Hunting Party" she becomes Cecilia's friend as well as her em
book 1, Hunting Party, starts this 3-in-1 out very strong. the story of a falsely disgraced military commander trying to wade through the politics of high-society civilian life, this scratches all the same itches as a Miles Vorkosigan tale: inane classism, horseback riding, military maneuvers, a dastardly villain, and witty grown-up folks surviving adventures all make appearances. if you liked The Mountains Of Mourning, this will also be a fave. a solid 4 stars.

book 2, Sporting Chance, builds a
George Miles
Jan 23, 2016 George Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a omnibus edition of the first 3 of 7 books in the Familias Regnant universe. I really like Moon's books. As usual, she has created a strong female character, not perfect by a long shot, but striving to deal with her own flaws and the bad situations she finds herself in. This collection is space opera at a high level - lots of space battles, a load of characters, good and (really) bad, and just a little too much about horse jumping.
Sep 03, 2013 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a book involving space travel in years. This was a very enjoyable trio of stories. I found it interesting that the author spent as much time developing the supporting characters as much as Serrano's, however, this may be due there being other books about her prior to this volume.

I was a teensy bit disappointed that Heris did not develop into a horse riding enthusiast, even after apparently becoming quite an adequate rider.

I felt the question of regeneration and the possibility of
Oct 05, 2009 WillowBe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it. I have learned to like Space Opera/military sci-fi , but only the writer is female- specifically, Elizabeth Moon.

On one hand, it's kind of dry, because the charactar is ex-military and has a particular way of thinking. Also, I am not a huge fan of the aristocracy, so that took a bit of getting used to also. However, there was enough human drama and anthropological details for my interest. I think that Ms. Moon does a good job of balancing the military with the humanistic drama, the
Dev Null
May 27, 2009 Dev Null rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want to actually drive a spaceship
Shelves: science-fiction
Interesting little collection of space operas. Unlike most of the sort, these aren't (at least so far) to do with gigantic galaxy-spanning events of universal importance. Half the first book feels like a day-in-the-life-of travelogue of a space captain without any real hint of plot whatsoever. That's part of the charm of the books though; it makes some of the nitty-gritty of running a space ship feel real. The regular "rich kids off on adventures" subplots don't ring as true to me, but Moon does ...more
Sep 28, 2016 Espen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elizabeth-moon
Easy to read and entertaining
Peter Tillman
Jul 02, 2016 Peter Tillman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heris Serrano, cashiered from the RSS on trumped-up charges, starts a new career as captain of a rich old lady's space yacht in HUNTING PARTY. The old gal turns out to be a fox-hunter - red coat, tally-ho, what? - & shortly has Capt. Serrano riding to post (albeit reluctantly).

Add in pranks by odious adolescents, young love in the afternoon, a vast country estate, LOL dialog & you have -- Wodehouse In Space!

Well, Wodehouse with a feminist, military edge -- the story turns darker as a der
Going into this series, I had high hopes. I had read previous work by Elizabeth Moon (Sassinak with Anne McCaffrey) that I quite enjoyed, and was told that The Deed of Paksenarrion was an excellent series as well.

I was hoping that I would encounter in the character of Heris Serrano a new (to me) female heroine, one who, if not the same as Honor Harrington, Sassinak, or any number of other strong, female sci-fi characters, at least was similar in stature and ability.

I was sadly disappointed. I'm
Aug 11, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I enjoyed the books, but my rating would probably be not quite 4 stars. I'd never given much thought to the consequences of rejuvenation, and these stories got me thinking about it. I did find that each book wrapped up too quickly; story line threads that had been building for a long time got dropped or resolved in a way that felt rushed, leaving me faintly unsatisfied. Elizabeth Moon writes great characters and a universe that you can completely fall into and accept. She also introduces ideas t ...more
Mar 29, 2016 hrh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one took a while because it was an omnibus three novels in one, 1,041 pages. I'm a first-time reader of Elizabeth Moon's and I really enjoy her storytelling. Science fiction with strong plot, characters, and female protagonists. Political intrigue, galaxy building, battle scenes, science plots (chemistry in this case), friendships, and a dash of romance. I'd give it a PG rating regarding violence and romance. No foul language.

I ordered the rest in this series from the library, so actions sp
Jeremy Preacher
Oct 12, 2010 Jeremy Preacher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As a political space opera, this was fine but not outstanding. I do appreciate the strong female characters, and particularly the positive portrayal of a woman in her late 60s-early 70s rather than the usual 20s-and-hot. The part I found most baffling was the continuous digressions about... foxhunting. Yeah, like with horses. Don't get me wrong, I like horses fine, but it felt like the "spin" on the genre that never really fit or was entirely critical to the plot. Not bad for a big cheap three-i ...more
I had read "Once a Hero", which is something like the 4th of 7 books in the Serrano series a long time ago on a used book. Then I got a couple more, again out of order from the Baen free library.

I quite liked them so I took a chance now at paying the author and getting the whole story by reading the three omnibus editions.

Conclusion: I did not like them as much as I remembered but they are still pretty good. They do suffer a bit of the hypercompetent scifi hero syndrome, but at least they are n
Jul 23, 2015 Stevelvis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Serrano series of books are fun and adventurous. The characters are well-defined and are allowed to grow and mature through the series. Military technology and space technology are important in the action. Cloning and anti-aging regeneration science and potential problems are very important in the plots. The adventures are sprinkled with a little bit of romance and plenty of humor. Social class differences, family struggles and military loyalty issues impede battles against rogue military of ...more
Richard Rosenthal
Aug 11, 2014 Richard Rosenthal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read these books for the first time when they were first published. I remember walking through the aisles at the local Borders and always checking to see if there was a new Elizabeth Moon in the science fiction and fantasy section. So picking up the first three novels in an electronic omnibus at the price of a single paperback was an easy decision. These books are fun to read. They are space opera without focusing too much on the minutia of interstellar battle.
Eddy Allen
Mar 29, 2014 Eddy Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Fleet officer Heris Serrano came from a family of Fleet officers, so when a lying superior forced her to resign, life lost all meaning. To pay the bills, she became "Captain" of a rich old lady's interstellar luxury yacht, adding insult to injury. But Cecelia, the rich old lady, had more brains than most admirals Heris had known, and before it was all over, Heris would have a chance to rejoin her beloved space navy -- if she could manage to stop an invading armada.

by Elizabeth Moon
Adon Coya
Satisfying and interesting, yet not really deep. Definitely not a masterpiece; I won't be re-reading it. If it was a movie, it'd be a hollywood action movie; or a babylon-5 caliber tv series. An interesting universe for basing sci-fi rpg campaigns, although the writer only scratches the socio-political surface (quite unlike what grandmaster Asimov would have done). She is probably better suited for tv series scripting than fiction writing...
Mary Brodd
Feb 22, 2012 Mary Brodd rated it liked it
I read some of this online a few years ago, and had a hankering to read it again. Could not, for the life of me, remember title/author! to the rescue, some nice person ID'd it there almost before I'd finished typing the details I remembered!

It falls into the "ripping yarn" category. Definitely will look up the sequels over the summer.
Apr 27, 2014 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well worth the read. I cried at the end.

The Serrano ConnectionThe Serrano Succession
Well, as an omnibus edition, it's a lapful. But I so enjoyed this volume, so I'm eventually going to buy the second (and, I think, third) volumes. There's going to be lots of happy reading in the future.
Heris Serrano and her following kept me highly entertained for the time it took me to read this (I forget how long).
Jun 28, 2009 DavidO rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The main character spends most of the fist chapter whining about the fact that she is no longer in the military. (Yawn) That was as far as I could stomach. I read the summary on the back of the rest of the book and they didn't seem all that great.
Oct 09, 2015 Meg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great trilogy!

A great trilogy , good character development , interesting situations and sometimes unexpected solutions . I like Ms. Moon's approach to all the above and always . Looking forward to the next trilogy .
Erica Anderson
I stalled out on this, so no rating. I enjoy David Weber's Honor Harrington books, and parts of Heris Serrano reminded me of that series. But when chapter after chapter recounted a fox hunt dirt-side, I lost interest.
Feb 14, 2013 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Occasionally the fore-shadowing was a little obvious but on the whole I found it gripping and did not want to put it down. Elizabeth Moon was a new author to me but I shall be looking out for more of her work.
Jul 05, 2011 Elsie rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Well I wouldn't generally pick up a three books in one but it was the only way to continue reading this series since the library only had copies of the novel in this form. Even though I'm not so sure what a "space opera" is...I like it.
Jun 02, 2011 Susan marked it as to-read
Shelves: book-club
I read these individually back when the were fairly new releases... found the omni at Savers this past weekend... now I guess I'll be re-reading them ^_^
May 07, 2011 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I got this as an omnibus edition. The endings would have been rather ubrupt if the next book wasn't sitting there.
T Hill
Apr 22, 2009 T Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, space-opera
Entertaining, fast, light read with strong female characters. I read this series straight through and enjoyed the the last book in the series as much as the first.
Sep 21, 2008 jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light reading. Enjoyable Elizabeth Moon. You have to have time and read fast to make it worth reading.
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Elizabeth Moon was born March 7, 1945, and grew up in McAllen, Texas, graduating from McAllen High School in 1963. She has a B.A. in History from Rice University (1968) and another in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin (1975) with graduate work in Biology at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

She served in the USMC from 1968 to 1971, first at MCB Quantico and then at HQMC. She marrie
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Other Books in the Series

The Serrano Legacy (7 books)
  • Hunting Party (The Serrano Legacy, #1)
  • Sporting Chance (The Serrano Legacy, #2)
  • Winning Colors (The Serrano Legacy, #3)
  • Once a Hero (The Serrano Legacy, #4)
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