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Barrayar

(Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) #7)

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Hugo Award winner! Cordelia Naismith was ready to settle down to a quiet life on her adopted planet of Barrayar. But bloody civil war was looming, and Cordelia little dreamed of the part she and her unborn son would play in it.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Baen Books (first published 1991)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
4+ stars. Barrayar--a Hugo winner and Nebula nominee back in 1991--is a book that improved dramatically for me on reread. It's more interesting, subtle and complex than I initially gave it credit for. And it's fascinating to see the development of Cordelia and Aral's characters from their initial beginnings in Shards of Honor, and their growing relationships with each other and with the people around them.

The first half of Barrayar is a little on the quiet side, more deliberately paced, as Corde
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Evgeny
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
A buddy read with Choko.

After the events of the last book Cordelia ended up on Barrayar. She thought she would be able to get used to new life fairly soon, but Barrayar is always full of excitement and surprises - like assassinations, civil war, regicide, forbidden duels
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external conquerors and such. You are guaranteed to never have a boring moment, but such lifestyle surely takes quite a while to get used to. Cordelia however was determined to fit in as best as she could which means she had to
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karen
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
many thanks to eh and elizabeth etc, because i would never never never have read a book with a cover like this, but i did it for youse, and it has been wonderful, really.

but so if i am understanding this correctly (and i hope that i am not) ms. bujold created one of the most interesting and likable-while-still-being-flawed characters ever and then abandoned her to write books about this character's son?? and all the rest are about him??

so lame.

because i loved this book. i love cordelia. i love
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Bradley
Third read, update 12/6/17:

The love story between Aral and Cordelia continues, but it's really a tale about Barrayaran politics and cultural horrors. To cull genetic mistakes or not? To break from the hold of barbaric cultural practices or not?

Hell, it even goes a long way to toward teaching us forgiveness for the mentally ill. Although, to be perfectly fair, Cordelia's bulldog of a man has a lot of nobility in him for latching on to a truly noble mistress, but maybe that's missing a point somew
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Choko
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*** 4.75 ***

A buddy read with Evgeny, because we love Sci-fi!


Wow!!! Just WOW!!! This is the third book in the chronological order of the series and I am already addicted to it!

It is Sci-fi, but this one was on a planet very similar to Earth, Barrayar. No space battles, no new monsters, if we don't count the Barrayar Vors, the planet's nobility, who all act like monsters most of the time. No robots and no new races of humanoids. Just the life of Vorkosigan and Cordelia four months after they got
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Melindam
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Barrayar - chronologically Book #2 in the series, the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold - is Space Opera at its best. Describing it in opera terms: it is bel canto ("florid and intricate, requiring supreme agility and pitch control") combined with powerful and dramatic storytelling and LMB just got what it takes to write a damn fantastic libretto. The first part seems restrained, introducing dramatis personae & laying the ground for further action. LMB is gradually raising the stakes o
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mark monday
Barrayar continues and completes the story of former survey ship captain Cordelia Naismith and her husband Aral Vorkosigan, Regent of Barrayar. it is pretty enjoyable. is Bujold becoming one of my favorite scifi authors? i'm surprised at that realization. her style is not particularly striking, often rather plain and unadorned. i don't usually gravitate to those sorts of writers - the straightforward ones. but her themes, her careful way with characterization, her undramatic recognition of the c ...more
Lizzy
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I am afraid.” So simply opens Barrayar with Cordelia words. It takes places immediately after the events of Shards of Honor and starts out with low-key family strife that sets the tone along with political developments. All the time, Lois McMaster Bujold’s character build up takes center stage. All in all, it is much more than the science-fiction tag that describes it.
“My home is not a place, it is people.”
The beginning might be slow though not less significant, and it is preparing for what i
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Trish
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so sold on Cordelia and Aral as a couple. This might be an old scifi saga but it's one that has aged well in my opinion.

This is the third book, chronologically, and tells of Cordelia after she married Aral Vorkosigan and came to live with him on Barrayar. Naturally, a few things about this society are alien to her (and to us) but she also realizes some weird things about her own culture and that both aren't exactly perfect. Moreover, since the Emperor has appointed Aral regent, there is a l
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Clouds

Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.

On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.

While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became
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Milda Page Runner
Mar 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Milda by: Caro M.
Shelves: science-fiction
3.5*
Similar to previous book the first half is slower – mainly focussing on family melodrama and politics with a few assassination attempts to spice things up. Half way though pacing changes dramatically and then we get all the action and suspense one could hope for from the book. Cordelia shines in it.

Whilst I loved second part of this book I also had few issues with this instalment. With all the time spent on Barrayar it becomes obvious that Barrayar is remarkably similar to Earth. The same g
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Conor
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jumping around a bit in reading book 7 after book 1 in this series but it worked pretty well. This book started out brilliantly with some understated (well as understated as assassination attempts and high risk experimental surgeries can be) family turmoil, politics and character development taking center stage. While it wasn't particularly dramatic Bujold's masterful writing of interesting, nuanced characters kept me engaged. However about half-way through the focus turned into an isolated trek ...more
Althea Ann
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The chronological sequel to 'Shards of Honor' follows Cordelia Naismith as she defects from Beta, in order to make her way to Barrayar and find her former captor Aral Vorkosigan - a man she has come to love and respect.

It's not incomprehensible that her Betan psychologists assume that she must be suffering from something like Stockholm syndrome, or some more insidious mental conditioning. The suspicion cast on her means that even though the war between Beta and Barrayar is technically over, Cord
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Daniel
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Znaci wow. Odlicna knjiga, mnogo bolja nego ocekivano. Mnogo bolja nego prethodna. Prica kao prica je dobta mada nista posebno ali zato likovi i nacin na koji su prezentovani je savrsen. Drze paznju, dobri da za njih navijas, losi da ih mrzis. Isto tako niko nije savrsen, dobri prave greske, nekada i glupe, losi momci i nisu tolko losi kolko su vodjeni drugom ideologijom i kulturom u kojoj su odrasli. Nije sve suvese crno/belo ima i sivog.

Nacin pisanja je takav da me,a dosade, prica te stalno vu
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Kathleen
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars — it's even better on the second go-round. Chronologically, book two in this nicely-paced, militaristic space opera / romance, set centuries in the future on planets peopled by various descendants of Earth (two planets are Barrayar and Beta). I liked this book more than Shards of Honour. In sum, Cordelia and Aral Vorkosigan take no prisoners, protecting their marriage, their unborn son, and the empire.

Plot, major spoilers hidden: At the end of book one, Cordelia and Aral married. Now,
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Justine
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read, audiobook
An excellent sequel to Shards of Honor, picking up right where things left off. At first this one moved a bit slowly for me compared to the previous book, but as always, there were many emotional and exciting incidents throughout. My favourite part comes near the end, when the intrepid Cordelia again takes charge and goes all badass on the Barrayarans.

The thing I love most about her character is that she is tough when she needs to be, but inside she experiences all the doubt that any sane person
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Caro the L. of the H.
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I'm reading it in order suggested by author, so after nr 1 comes nr 7, instead of nr 2. Barrayar is a sequel to Shards of Honor and a prequel to Warrior's Apprentice.

Cordelia Naismith becomes Cordelia Vorkosigan and as a Vor lady she must play by new rules of Vor class (call it military junta, call it samurai, depends on your feelings for army) and get used to life on Barrayar
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Lindsay
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is for my reread of the Vorkosigan Saga with SpecFic Buddy Reads during 2017/18. I read this for the first time sometime during the 1990s directly after Shards of Honour and as a follow-up after reading much later books in the series (Memory and onwards).

Masterful introduction to the planet of Barrayar and the foundations of the Miles Vorkosigan books with a strong theme of parenting, responsibility and legacy.

Cordelia is now Lady Vorkosigan and Lord Aral is the Regent of Barrayar. T
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Jim
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Absolutely wonderful as an audio book & the story was much tighter than the previous one.More great history & expanding internal politics of Barrayar. A lot of tough decisions & some remarkable adventure. There are also some shining moments, especially by Cordelia.

Two of the things I loved; Cordelia goes off & completes her own adventure much to Aral's dismay & delight. He tells her not to do that to him again. She simply tells him to make sure she doesn't have to again
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Sarah
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
These characters are so wonderful that I'm regretting not buying every single book in the series when that Audible sale was happening a few days ago. Sigh.

One of the things that I appreciated about this book was the way that it dealt with pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. It was a small part of the book but I like that it was in there at all. It's just not something I've run across often. There was quite a bit of danger and some heart pounding situations, and then there's Cordelia herself. She's
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aPriL does feral sometimes
'Barrayar' is the sequel to Shards of Honor, the first novel in Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan science fiction series. Neither book is about the main character Miles Vorkosigan with whom most fans are familiar. Instead, we are treated to exciting wars of succession in which the two characters most responsible for raising Miles - his parents! - become unavoidably involved. In following novels (or preceding, depending on the order the reader chooses to read the series, because 'Barrayar' is act ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4.5/5; 4 stars; A

I first read this book 7 or 8 years ago and couldn't remember all the details. I'm glad I re-visited it. Cordelia is one of my favorite heroines. She is smart, courageous, snarky, and kind hearted. (view spoiler)

This book has political intrigue
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Veronique
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5*
“I don't want power. I just object to idiots having power over me.”

The previous two books in the saga were ok but this one finally got under my skin. We’re back with Cordelia, witnessing her efforts in trying to adapt to her new life as Aral’s wife and to the social rules of Barrayar. The couple seem to work well together but the stress and weight of the regency does put them into ever worsening situations. The narrative starts slowly, setting the scene, letting us get the lay of the land an
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Ben Babcock
Immediately after finishing Shards of Honour , I jumped into Barrayar with gusto. I’d say this is the payoff to Shards of Honour, but that might give you the wrong idea. Both novels are good—but this is where it gets really interesting. Cordelia has married Aral Vorkosigan and left everything she knows behind to live with him on Barrayar, capital planet of the interstellar empire of the same name. Things are complicated: she’s pregnant and has very progressive ideas about raising kids; Aral get ...more
C.T. Phipps
Lois Bujold follows up Shards of Honor with a work that actually makes me feel the series could have been solely about Cordelia and her husband instead of their ill-fated son Miles. The pair is a contrasting one of equals that gets along splendidly because of their differences rather than in spite of them. I also like how their marriage is not portrayed as something which is smooth sailing from beginning to end--something any married person will say is true to life.

Following her immigration to
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Stephen
4.0 to 4.5 stars. I started reading the Vorkosigan Saga in chronological order (rather then publication order) with the first "Miles" story, The Warrior's Apprentice. I have gooten around to focusing on the first two books in the Saga and I must say that I really liked this one. I have always been a fan of Miles' mother, Cordelia, and she really shines in this story.

Opening right after the events in Shards of Honour (which I still need to read), Cordelia, who has recently married Aral Vorkosiga
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Jacqueline
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, sci-fi
Oh Barrayar! LMB is a suberb writer. I knew what was going to happen in this book because I've read much of the later books about Miles and yet I was still on the edge of my seat hoping it wasn't going to happen. Had to laugh at myself. Lots of back story about characters you meet later and Barrayar itself. I loved the epilogue where we see Miles as a 5 year old.

I can't stress enough the quality of the writing. It never drags and you truly believe in the characters. It's easy for an author to sa
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Cathy (cathepsut)
The third book in my chronological series read of the Vorkosigan Saga. Published as the 7th book of the series. All about Cordelia and Aral and complementing the story that started in Shards of Honor. Their early days on Barrayar, about family, politics, intrigue and war.

This time I went for the kindle version, as I did not enjoy the first two audiobooks very much. The narrator came across as very old fashioned and it gave the previous two books a very dated feel. I am happy to report that I lik
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Joaquin Garza
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
La segunda novela de la Saga Vorkosigan (en orden cronológico) continúa argumental y temáticamente la historia familiar de la generación de los padres del protagonista. Éste aparece ya formalmente en el epílogo del libro como personaje, y más o menos a la mitad del mismo como macguffin.

La temática es la misma de Fragmentos de Honor, pero más profunda y sin batallas espaciales. Esta entrega es más bien un Romance Planetario que ahonda en el conflicto cultural de Cordelia, ya avecindada en Barraya
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Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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