As you look at the cover, you realize that Cordelia’s Honor is part of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan series. This book is comprised of two separate yet extremely connected novels, Shards of Honor and Barrayar (published 5 years apart) which tell the story of how Cordelia Naismith and Aral Vorkosigan meet. As part of a series, you may struggle momentarily with whether or not you should read this book first as it was published later than several other of the Vorkosigan novels. These two stories, no matter what their publication dates, can easily be labeled as prequels and what order you read them in is entirely up to you.
Joe Abercrombie continues the tale of Logen Ninefingers and his quest to be a better man. Although this may look to be a stand alone novel, you truly need to have read The First Law Trilogy (for the history of Logen and Nicomo Cosca) and Best Served Cold for more on Cosca as well as the origins of Caul Shivers.