The Better Part of Valor (#2)

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Never tell a two-star general what you really think of him…

That was the mistake Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr made with General Morris. But as a battle-hardened professional, she took pride in doing her job and getting her troops back alive. So after she’d saved the mission to bring the Silviss into the Confederation—instead of losing them and their world to the enemy known only as the Others—she let the general know exactly how she felt.

And Torin’s reward—or punishment—was to be separated from her platoon and sent off on what might well prove an even more perilous assignment. She was commandeered to protect a scientific expedition to a newly discovered and seemingly derelict spaceship of truly epic proportions. And Confederation politics had saddled her with a commanding officer who might prove more of a menace to the mission’s success than anything they encountered. 

Only time would tell if the ship was what it appeared to be, or a trap created by the Others—or the work of an as-yet unknown alien race with an agenda that could prove all too hostile to other life forms…


“A thriller that is every bit as exciting as Star Wars. Tanya Huff’s latest work is so action packed and colorful it would make a great movie. Torin is a great heroine while the realistic species provide an authentic spin to this vigorous fantastic futuristic tale.

Midwest Book Review

“The action is riveting, pulse-pounding, and damn fine to boot. Not all authors do a good job with combat, but in the Valor books I’m totally enthralled with the danger and excitement.”

Errant Dreams

“This sequel to VALOR'S CHOICE, featuring a gutsy, fast-thinking female space-marine protagonist, establishes veteran fantasy author Huff as an accomplished spinner of high-tech military-sf adventure. For most sf collections.”

Library Journal

“Huff’s characterization and knowledge of military subculture bring the book to a suspense-filled and rousing finale once again allowing Torin Kerr to shine in her role as the touch, resourceful and supremely competent leader.”


“Sure to appeal to David Drake readers and to Huff’s legion of fans […] Huff mixes grit and black humor with grace. The action doesn’t stop once it starts, but it’s peppered with laugh-out-loud observations […] Huff wins the battle handily. She kicks boredom’s butt.”

Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

“This book is “Rendezvous with Rama” for the rest of us: exciting, mysterious and full of action and puzzles to solve. Torin is everything you want in an action heroine, and this book will leave readers anxious for her next adventure.”


“Torin Kerr is a compelling mix of hard and soft features, witty, capable and fair. Her squad is comprised of clear-cut individuals as well. Huff’s flair for battle scenes and her clarity in visual descriptions support the action quite well […] this novel whips along in a succession of well-staged battles.”

“Suspenseful, edgy, dark, brilliant.”

The Cult Den

Awards & Accolades


#2 Locus Bestseller List


#7 Amazon Bestseller List


#10 Nielsen Bookscan Fantasy Bestseller List