My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This has got to be the best book in this series so far.
Honor Harrington has been given command of the shiny new sports car of the Manticoran Fleet, the Nike; just as the Peeps finally push the war they’ve been threatening forever; just as a Glorious Revolution hits the People’s Republic. Add to that a major conflict with an old enemy (SPOILER) that results in a death scene as satisfying as that of Joffrey Baratheon, and all of Honor’s future and the fate of the Star Kingdom in the balance, and you have one hell of a good book that keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way.
Honor is an excellently realized female lead character. She is tough and powerful without in any way giving up vulnerability as a human being, or her ability to be feminine, thus proving that a female warrior does not have to be a man in drag or a whore or a virgin to be inspiring and enjoyable. Once again, the constant singing of Honor’s praises gets a little distracting, but it doesn’t make the character any less cool.
I really don’t know what else to say about this book that won’t completely give away the plot. So I will simply recommend that space opera fans pick it up and see why David Weber has become one of sci-fi’s most popular authors, despite his insistence on big chunks of exposition and the glorification of his protagonist.