I currently own and re-read many of my childhood favorite fantasy tales. Some, such as The Chronicles of Narnia, stand the test of time as fantasy, but have taken on a much different meaning as I now understand the heavy religious imagery, which I didn’t at the time I originally read it. I can’t really say if it makes the book better or worse. I’m a different person than I was when I read them the first time around and I still enjoy them.
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.