"Excellent Honor Harrington SF thriller"
The deadly war between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and
the People's Republic of Haven has heated up after a short
lived cease fire with the Havenites firing the first shots
in the new hostilities because of a belief that their
enemies altered key documents. However, Haven President
Eloise Pritchart has since learned that a member of her
inner circle altered the documents to reignite the war.
Though she believes her side can win, the cost is high so
she seeks peace. Eloise is willing to meet with the
Manticore ruler Queen Elizabeth to broker an agreement.
Queen Elizabeth knows that her side is on the brink of
defeat. She assigns her only victorious military officer
Admiral Honor Harrington to lead the Eighth Fleet. Honor
is pregnant so must tend to her unborn yet still return to
the front where her side desperately needs her unusual but
successful strategic leadership. She has the fetus removed
to mature in the safety of a tube, but worries that her
enemies might use her child as a pawn against her. Still
The latest Honor Harrington tale has the twist that the
heroine (at least to the Manticore side -- the devil to
the Havenites) is pregnant, but has a war to fight.
Placing the fetus into a tube reminded this reader of the
song In the year 2525. The story line is action-packed yet
character driven, which is typical of David Weber's tales.
Fans of military science fiction in which full societies
are involved will want to read this entire series though
each book including the fabulous AT ALL COSTS can stand
alone in spite of references to previous events (from both
sides of the conflict).
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted October 11, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007