Review: Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff


Valor’s Choice
by Tanya Huff
Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
Series: Confederation series #1
Genre: Military Science Fiction (space opera)
Audiobook Published by Tantor Audio, 2009 (originally published by DAW, 2000)
Audiobook, purchased
416 pages
9 hours, 39 minutes
Grade: A
Narrator Grade: A-
Synopsis: In the distant future, humans and several other races have been granted membership in the Confederation — at a price. They must act as soldier/protectors of the far more civilized races who have long since turned away from war….


When the Confederation first started integrating the di’Taykan and the Krai into what was predominantly a human military system, xenopsychologists among the elder races expected a number of problems. For the most part, those expectations fell short. After having dealt with the Mictok and the H’san, none of the younger races – all bipedal mammals – had any difficulty with each other’s appearance. Cultural differences were absorbed into the prevailing military culture and the remaining problems were dealt with in the age-old military tradition of learning to say “up yours” in the other races’ languages. The “us against them” mentality of war made for strange bedfellows.


“First of all, I work for a living.” … Then she turned on her heel and walked toward the hatch. “SSgt Kerr?” One hand on the hatch release, she paused. “You said there were two reasons? What was the second?”

“The second reason, Sir? My parents were married.”


  • The narrator is excellent and I was able to follow the story, but I think someone just coming into the story might have problems trying to sort out who is who and where it all fits.
  • A favorite series and joy to re-read. This time it’s an audiobook which was a great way for a re-read.
  • This series is every bit as good as I remembered. I like the characters a lot and the banter between the marines.
  • Humans and other intelligent species make up the soldiers of the Confederation. They are expected to fight wars for the older, more civilized members of the Confederation.
  • The dialogue is spot on for the marines.
  • Torin Kerr is a very good marine Staff Sergeant. She knows each of her troops, is a good leader and deals with her soldiers professionally and with humor. She is also an intermediary between the new second lieutenant and the rest of the company. It’s her job to give the lieutenant the options and then gently move him toward the correct choice.
  • In this first book, Kerr, her lieutenant and fellow marines are sent to a planet for ceremonial duty to convince a planet of fearsome warriors to join the Confederation. They are just supposed to march and “show the flag,” but, of course, things don’t go as planned.
  • The book begins with a funny incident–Torin coming off leave suffering from a sex pheromone hangover. The book ends with battles and a more somber note.
  • This is an excellent, exciting military space story.


  • None. Except for a warning that the story may be difficult to follow because of the names of the different species as well as the many marines’ names.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I’m looking forward to rereading this series. My second book is also an Audible edition so I have that to look forward to.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

  • 2014 Goodreads Challenge (Hoping to read 100 books this year)
  • Audiobook Challenge–hosted by Hot Listens and The Book Nympho blogs
  • Re-reading Challenge–hosted by Lianne at

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

2 thoughts on “Review: Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff”

    1. I agree, Nathan! I can do 15 hour books okay, but I’d rather have one under 10. I have a book which is 27 hours and I just never pick that one to listen to.


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