History Literature / ConfederationOfValor

11th Jun '16 6:29:39 PM nombretomado
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The Confederation of Valor is a science fiction book series by {{Canad|aEh}}ian author TanyaHuff. The lead character is Torin Kerr, a non-commissioned officer in the Confederation Marines. Alongside her fellow humans, the Confederation has recruited the [[OurElvesAreBetter Taykan]] and [[ExtremeOmnivore Krai]] to fight their battles as they've [[PerfectPacifistPeople completely outgrown the desire, or even ability to fight]]. This becomes a problem when The Others, a war-like collective of various races, slowly start to attack Confederation space. The books follow Torin Kerr and the Marines serving under her as they face down various threats to their society and their lives.

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The Confederation of Valor is a science fiction book series by {{Canad|aEh}}ian author TanyaHuff.Creator/TanyaHuff. The lead character is Torin Kerr, a non-commissioned officer in the Confederation Marines. Alongside her fellow humans, the Confederation has recruited the [[OurElvesAreBetter Taykan]] and [[ExtremeOmnivore Krai]] to fight their battles as they've [[PerfectPacifistPeople completely outgrown the desire, or even ability to fight]]. This becomes a problem when The Others, a war-like collective of various races, slowly start to attack Confederation space. The books follow Torin Kerr and the Marines serving under her as they face down various threats to their society and their lives.
12th Apr '16 12:25:21 AM KeithM
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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The last line of defense [[spoiler: the H'san use to defend their ancient weapons cache from intruders are preserved corpses animated by cybernetics and robotic implants and contaminated with a biowarfare agent. And for good measure, they'll do the same to the bodies of anyone intruders who are killed.]]

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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The last line of defense [[spoiler: the H'san use to defend their ancient weapons cache from intruders are preserved corpses animated by cybernetics and robotic implants and contaminated with a biowarfare agent. And for good measure, they'll do the same to the bodies of anyone any intruders who are killed.]]
12th Apr '16 12:20:31 AM KeithM
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* ContrivedCoincidence: Discussed in-story. By the time of ''An Ancient Peace'', Torin is paranoid about how many coincidences have started to pop up in her life. Given the [[spoiler: revelations about the Big Yellow Aliens and their manipulations behind the scenes]], her concerns [[ProperlyParanoid are not unwarranted]].



* FamedInStory: Torin eventually becomes widely recognized by many civilians across Confederation due to what she's accomplished, and within the military has become somewhat legendary.



* NoOneGetsLeftBehind -- A rule of the Corps. If there's a body, it gets brought back. If there's an injured marine, there is no such thing as too injured to bring along.

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* NoOneGetsLeftBehind -- A rule of the Corps. If there's a body, it gets brought back. If only a trace of DNA or a speck of blood on someone else's clothing is all that's left, it gets brought back. If there's an injured marine, there is no such thing as too injured to bring along.


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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The last line of defense [[spoiler: the H'san use to defend their ancient weapons cache from intruders are preserved corpses animated by cybernetics and robotic implants and contaminated with a biowarfare agent. And for good measure, they'll do the same to the bodies of anyone intruders who are killed.]]


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** With the reveal of the [[spoiler: Big Yellow Aliens]], her paranoia cranks up a notch. When they visit a military Intelligence facility in ''An Ancient Peace'', it's noted that there's no visible plastic, and an offhand remark indicates that natural materials and fabrics are making a comeback. She also notes [[{{Foreshadowing}} that the H'San grave goods they find in the crypts are made of metal, wood, ceramic, fabric...essentially every type of material except plastic.]]


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* ShellShockedVeteran: Torin is eventually required to go through mandatory counseling because of all she's been through, and she regularly runs into other military and former military personnel who have suffered because of combat service, some irreparably.


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** By the start of the Peacekeepers series, Torin admits that Presit has become this with her.
11th Apr '16 9:30:49 AM ObsidianFire
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* GenreSavvy -- A lot of the marines display flashes of this.
** In the first book, one marine prevents her corporal from [[FatalFamilyPhoto showing pictures of his family]], telling him that it's practically a guaranteed death sentence. [[spoiler: Said death sentence is averted.]]
** In the second, Werst notes that Guimond, the overly-large, overly-friendly, but not overly-bright young marine everyone loves, will be the first to die, forcing the rest to avenge him and go on to win one for "poor Guimond." [[spoiler: He's pretty much right.]]
5th Feb '16 11:18:21 AM StarSword
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* SpaceIsAir: Averted: the Confederation doesn't even use the same vehicles for air and space combat because Marine 772 air fighters aren't spaceworthy any more than Navy Jade {{Space Fighter}}s are airworthy.
3rd Feb '16 5:30:18 PM StarSword
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* ForeverWar -- The Confederation, as a whole, wishes for a pacifist solution. The Others, as a whole, wish for everything that is not them to die.
** ''Valor's Trial'' reveals that [[spoiler:the Big Yellow aliens have been manipulating things for the entire length of the war, to keep their sociology experiment going.]]

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* ForeverWar -- The Confederation, as a whole, wishes for a pacifist solution. The Others, as a whole, wish for everything that is not them to die.
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die. ''Valor's Trial'' reveals that [[spoiler:the Big Yellow aliens have been manipulating things for the entire length of the war, to keep their sociology experiment going.going. The Others, who call themselves the Primacy, are actually a lot like the Confederation and thought ''they'' were the unreasonable ones. Soldiers from both sides, Kerr included, end up telling the Big Yellow aliens to stop screwing with them and the soldier species open peace negotiations.]]
3rd Feb '16 5:25:30 PM StarSword
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The series has six books as of 2016:

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The original ''Confederation'' series has six books as of 2016:contains five books:
3rd Feb '16 5:23:29 PM StarSword
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-->--''The Better Part of Valor'', by Tanya Huff

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-->--''The -->-- ''The Better Part of Valor'', by Tanya Huff



There are currently five books within the series:

* ''Valor's Choice (2000)'' -- Staff Sergeant Kerr, along with a platoon of marines, are sent on a diplomatic mission which turns out to be anything but diplomatic when their transport ship shot down.
* ''The Better Part of Valor (2002)'' -- Staff Sergeant Kerr, along with a hand-picked squad of marines, investigate a ship of unknown origin in a previously unexplored area of space, alongside the civilian salvage operator who found it.
* ''The Heart of Valor (2007)'' -- Gunnery Sergeant Kerr escorts a newly rehabilitated major to training grounds for a field exercise which does not go as planned.
* ''Valor's Trial (2008)'' -- Gunnery Sergeant Kerr must escape from an underground Prisoner Of War camp.
* ''The Truth of Valor (2010)'' -- Kerr has retired and is trying to build a life with Craig Ryder. Instead they're attacked by SpacePirates; Craig is taken prisoner and Torin is left for dead.

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There are currently five The series has six books within the series:

as of 2016:
* ''Valor's Choice (2000)'' Choice'' (2000) -- Staff Sergeant Kerr, along with a platoon of marines, Confederation Marines, are sent on a diplomatic mission which turns out to be anything but diplomatic when their transport ship shot down.
* ''The Better Part of Valor (2002)'' Valor'' (2002) -- Staff Sergeant Kerr, along with a hand-picked squad of marines, investigate a ship of unknown origin in a previously unexplored area of space, space alongside Craig Ryder, the civilian salvage operator who found it.
* ''The Heart of Valor (2007)'' Valor'' (2007) -- Gunnery Sergeant Kerr escorts a newly rehabilitated major to training grounds for a field exercise which does not go as planned.
* ''Valor's Trial (2008)'' Trial'' (2008) -- Gunnery Sergeant Kerr must escape from an underground Prisoner Of War camp.
POWCamp.
* ''The Truth of Valor (2010)'' Valor'' (2010) -- Kerr has retired from the Marines after learning the real reason for the war with the Others and is trying to build a life with Craig Ryder. Instead they're attacked by SpacePirates; Craig is taken prisoner and Torin is left for dead.
dead. Their biggest mistake? Not killing her outright.

In 2015, Huff began a sequel series, ''Peacekeeper'', starring Kerr after her retirement.
* ''An Ancient Peace'' (2015) -- Taking off from her adventure in ''The Truth of Valor'', Torin Kerr forms a team of independent troubleshooters that can go outside the law to handle problems the Confederation can't. First on the list is black market H'san grave goods that people fear could lead to the recovery of lost superweapons.



* ActionGirl -- Boy Howdy, does this series feature this in spades. Aside from the obvious example of Torin Kerr herself, a few of the female marines in Sh'quo company certainly qualify. If a marine is given more than a handful of lines, expect them to do something awesome or heroic at some point in the story.

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* ActionGirl -- Boy Howdy, does this series feature this in spades. Aside from the obvious example of Torin Kerr herself, a few of the female marines in Sh'quo company Company certainly qualify. If a marine is given more than a handful of lines, expect them to do something awesome or heroic at some point in the story.



* TheAlliance -- The Others are a collective of races bent on destroying the Confederation. The Confederation are a collective of pacifist races who were forced to recruit several war-like races to help avoid extinction.

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* TheAlliance -- The Others are a collective of races bent on destroying the Confederation. The Confederation are a collective of pacifist races who were forced to recruit several war-like races to help avoid extinction. [[spoiler:Except in reality, neither one is really any worse than the other: the Big Yellow aliens tricked the two sides into fighting as a sociology experiment.]]



* UnCanceled -- Certainly fans ''thought'' this was the case for a while, with nothing new from Tanya Huff in the series for nearly six years.
8th Jan '16 9:31:55 AM TheUnsquished
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* BlessedAreTheCheesemakers: The H'san apparently think HumansAreSpecial because we're the first species in the galaxy to invent cheese. So much so that in the Confederation Marine Corps the response to asking an expert in X "Can you do X?" is "Do the H'san like cheese?"
11th Jun '15 11:16:52 AM StarSword
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* DecliningPromotion: Kerr is offered a commission, but refuses on the grounds that Gunnery Sergeant is her niche.

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* DecliningPromotion: Kerr is offered a commission, but refuses on At the grounds end of ''Valor's Choice'', the general offers Torin [[UpThroughTheRanks a commission as an officer]] for more-or-less singlehandedly getting the Silsviss to join the Confederation. Because she's still pissed about the near-UriahGambit the brass pulled to put her in that Gunnery Sergeant is position[[note]]They arranged for her niche.company to be shot down in hostile territory and have to hold off blindly aggressive Silsviss adolescents for several days of battle, to prove to the Silsviss that they were worthy allies.[[/note]], she turns him down saying she could never be an officer because [[YouBastard "my parents were married."]] She ''does'', however, accept a RankUp to gunnery sergeant between ''The Better Part of Valor'' and ''The Heart of Valor''.
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