Hunting Party. Baen Books. July, 1993. ISBN
Sporting Chance. Baen Books. September, 1994. ISBN
Winning Colors. Baen Books. August, 1995. ISBN
Once a Hero. Baen Books. March, 1997. ISBN 0-671-87769-0
ISBN 0-671-87871-9 (PB)
Rules of Engagement. Baen Books. December, 1998. ISBN
Change of Command. Baen Books. December, 1999. ISBN
Against the Odds. Baen Books. December, 2000. ISBN
Omnibus edition: Heris Serrano. Baen Books 2000 (combines Hunting
Party, Sporting Chance, and Winning Colors)
Also available from Science Fiction Book Club
Links to Elizabeth Moon books:
For e-books, see the Baen Books author page, which has links to the e-book versions.
Heris Serrano--formerly a commander in the
Regular Space Service--must take whatever job she can get after her resignation under a cloud. What
she can get is the captaincy of a rich old lady's space yacht...a rich old horsewoman, who has
little liking for the military, and whose spoiled nephew Ronnie (and his equally spoiled friends)
have been foisted on her after his folly embarrassed the family. Lady Cecelia's only apparent
interest is horses--she intends to go fox hunting on the private pleasure planet of a friend of
hers, Lord Thornbuckle. But events conspire to make it far more than a fox hunt.
Lady Cecelia is to mysteries what a pack of
foxhounds is to a fox...and her interference brings her to disaster. But Captain Serrano isn't
about to let her employer--and now her friend--be destroyed. With the help of Lady Cecelia's nephew
and his friends, including Lord Thornbuckle's adventurous daughter, Heris plots a rescue, while
trying to rebalance her own life and recover relationships with some of her former crew. In the
process, she and Lady Cecelia bring down a government.
Restored to her former state of health (and
determination) Lady Cecelia goes in search of fresh bloodstock--she's had enough of politics. But
once again she manages to put herself--and Heris Serrano--at the point where lightning will strike.
This time it's invasion from the neighboring empire: The Benignity of the Compassionate Hand. Heris
is only a civilian now, with a space yacht--what can she do in the face of a full-scale fleet of
warships? But she is also a Serrano--born to lead.
||Once a Hero
Esmay Suiza left her home planet of Altiplano to
join the Regular Space Service, even though her family expected her to become the Landbride of
their estancia. Altiplano is only an affiliate world of the Familias Regnant; they have no Seat in
Council, and Esmay is not a command track officer...until, as the senior survivor of a mutiny, she
takes command and saves the day. Now she's under some suspicion--why had she hidden such
ability?--and takes a long leave at home. But old wounds return, and she returns to the Fleet, to be assigned to a Deepspace
Repair Ship in her "proper" role as technical track. There she meets Barin Serrano, Heris's
relative...and there she learns that ability cannot be hidden easily
||Rules of Engagement
Esmay Suiza, now reassigned to command
track, is set for a tour on RSS's training planet. There she meets Lord Thornbuckle's daughter
Brun, whose father is now the Chair of Council after the former king's abdication. Brun wants to
take classes at the training facility; she has the vague idea of joining the military herself.
Though Esmay and Brun might seem meant to be friends, Esmay's insecurities and Brun's insouciance
clash--with dire results for both young women. Brun, headstrong and spoiled, takes off on her own
and is captured by religious extremists; Esmay is blamed for Brun's fate and her career seemed
headed for the cellar. But neither is a quitter, and in the end they both survive--scarred but
||Change of Command
As the use of rejuvenation procedures
spreads through the upper classes of the Familias Regnant, the economic and political stagnation
takes ever more toll on society--and on the neighboring empires as well. With the assassination of
Lord Thornbuckle, the ultra-conservative faction in the Council tries to hold onto the status quo,
reacting to all criticism as treason. Even the military is affected, with shakeups throughout the
command structure, and cost-cutting measures in critical supplies that have serious
consequences...and spark a mutiny. In this tumult, the Benignity renews its attacks, and no one's
plans are safe.
||Against the Odds
The concluding book of the Familias Regnant
series points the way to a new paradigm for the Familias Regnant...with triumph for some of the
main characters, personal joy for some, and bittersweet acceptance for others.
||The Serrano Legacy
Heris Serrano is a disgraced Regular Space
Service officer who takes a job as a rich old lady's space yacht commander. Set in a universe where
longevity treatments are beginning to have an impact on society, this seven-book series combines
political intrigue both internal and interstellar, space battles, military infighting, horses,
hot-air balloons, and a fairly serious consideration of the effects of long life and immortality on
any society which finds a way to have them. For new readers, the best entry points are book one, Hunting Party, and book four, Once a Hero. The first three books are now available as Heris Serrano; the other four are still out in separate editions.