Weber has grown complacent that his books in the Honorverse will sell simply because the previous ones have done so. I purchased this book expecting a full story, like On Basilisk Station, and instead got a teaser with no plot arc whatsoever.
This novel is a jumbled mishmash of words with poor pacing, lack of finality, and two-dimensional characters shoved into the limelight. For an Honor Harrington novel, it manages to actually have her in it for all of probably 20-30 pages.
Don't waste your money or download credits on this book.
Yes. I will not be getting the next Weber book.
No. It would have no ending.
Keep writing David. This a wonderful story filled with rich and detailed worlds and interesting characters. If you are a fan of suspence, war, love, hope, trechury, subtrifuge and more this series is a must read. When I read the first book I just had to read the rest.
I am a blind lawyer and aspiring writer, trying to read a little bit of everything but partial to sci-fi and military fiction.
I don't think I'd be considered unreasonable for suggesting that the Honorverse has begun to sprawl a bit of late. Don't get me wrong, having the galaxy in which David Weber has orchestrated a dazzling, decades long interstellar war fleshed out and populated with a diverse cast of characters has been worth some of the plodding pace, but I do emphasize, some. This is because many recent outings have taken after Tom Clancy's geopolitical thrillers of the late 90s, in the worst way possible. So it was with some trepidation that I looked forward to listening to this latest installment. Suffice it to say, I feel the series is back to a pace more like earlier books, which is to say, I'm eager to get the next one.
The summary tells you about all you need to know as far as details go. What I would add is that since so many of the original characters have reached such lofty rank, the ship captain's perspectives have shifted to a new generation of RMN officers, which upped the tension for me quite a bit since we don't have the reassurance of knowing that our viewpoint character is certain to survive, even more than before. Also, though still present, I think the number of scene sequences involving conversations where people react to events in the previous chapter, before making a decision that is discussed by another set of characters operating under a painful misconception in the next have been reduced somewhat, or are less onerous at least.
As for another long running concern in recent novels, the unwieldy conspiracy that appears to be driving all this madness, the author has done a respectable job of papering over some of the glaring nitpicks leveled at the sheer magnitude and inefficiency involved. It's still a bit too much to take at times however. Luckily, it's moving forward at a good clip now and the promise of a real payoff to all the drama is something I now honestly look forward to. The narration has also grown on me, even though I still find the choice of accent for the various foreign powers a bit silly. If you're into it this far, I suppose like me, you'd keep going regardless; but for anyone on the fence, I'd urge you to dive in once again.
This was like the start of a new series for me. I Love the harrington series so this was ok for me. But a new listener should start out with On Basilisk Station and go thru the series. In this one, It felt to me like the battles were good but more background than the usual core of the book. It was even more heavily invested in statistics and setting the story than usual. Having said that, it held my attention throughout and I will get the next one.
The most memorable moments in my mind was when one of the major trouble makers came to a realization of the truth moments before being forced to kill himself.
Allyson Johnson has kept the integrity of the characters throughout the series. When I hear a dialog between characters, just from her intonation, I know which character is speaking - she has kept the voice and manner of the characters throughout the entire series. This makes the story more believable - it enhances the suspension of disbelief.
This book is another great addition to the series - The whole series is an interesting read, although all the books are not equally interesting. Some of them take patience and endurance to read, others are a joy. In all, the series is worth the time, but it takes patience. This last book was a good continuation of the series. It was interesting and continued the story well.
If you are like me and are constantly looking for a new series and have done the greats (Wheel of Time, A song of Ice and Fire by G. R. R. Martin) you might like the Dresden Files - OK, I know there are some people that really love the Dresden Files, and there are others that are turned off it after watching the series on the SciFi channel. I was one of those that wasn't really interested in reading this series at all. First, I thought the series on TV weren't interesting, so why read the books? Then I thought - who wants to read about modern wizards who live in Chicago anyway? When I ran out of series to read, I bought the first one: Storm Front. I couldn't finish it at first. But I overcame my bias and finished listening to it. I decided to try the second and third books. After the third book, I was completely hooked on the series. This series may not be for you. Then again, it may. If you can overcome some of that bias, you might find this series quite interesting. Another recent series I read that was interesting was Artemis Fowl - it was an interesting read and held my interest throughout. Yet another interesting series I recently read was: Kris Longknife - the entire series was very enjoyable.
I will say that although I enjoyed the above series as I have described, everything is NOT for everyone. Before you decide, please read other reader's comments first to see if they will be good fits for you. If you have a series you have enjoyed, please share it. Thank you.
If I am not reading I am listening to a story sometimes both.
This book finally moved the story along quite a bit after all the set up in the last book.
I listened to all three parts in two days and most of the time could follow who was who.
I'm glad David Weber finally tied all the spinoff series back into the main Honor Harrington series.
I'm glad Honor and the treecats had important parts in the series again.
Elizabeth, Empress of Manticore
No, unfortunately it felt like Weber rushed through or abruptly ended many of the events or scenes that could of had a major impact on the readers. If I remember correctly its happened in previous novels of his too. The best example in this novel was the battle in the Manticore system when the Solarian League attempted to force the Manticoren Empire into surrendering. As soon as the battle started, the scene ended and went into the effect the one sided battle had on everyone.
Most of this novel is cause and effect. There would be an event (usually a short scene) and then there would be the effect which would be reflected by multiple viewpoints from various characters all over the galaxy. Frankly, I was disappointed once again due to fact there was only one actual space battle but plenty of dialog from many characters all concerning the same subject matter. Despite being on the brink of war, the fact that the tech is one sided and the battles will be just opportunistic ambushes might just led the series away from the military sci-fi genre for good. However, it may not matter since the series is probably almost finished anyway.
Tell us about yourself!
This addition moves the epic in a necessary direction, becoming Sol-centered. However, the key drivers of the events, the guys behind Mesa/Manpower, etc, were given short shrft here. Maybe the next installment will give them more focus.
Evolving role of Beowulf
I think A. Johnson's performances are quite good. David Weber has clearly attempted to develop a female-centered story line, and Johnson's readings support this well. I find the use of accents helpful to keep character differentiation.
I believe that David Weber is a great writer of stories, especially when he gets in to the interactions of the rules of physics he sets up in this series and the tactics/strategy of space warfare. And I enjoy the political intrigue in his novels. That being said, like some other writers (Stephen King comes to mind) his work would benefit from more aggressive editing to decrease bloat, increase pace, and allow for more substance moving the stories along.
I tend to lean toward military sci-fi and sci-fi in general as well as some fantasy and a mystery/thriller once in a while - just to round things out a bit.
I spend a lot of time listening to audiobooks and I have listened to all of the other Honor Harrington novels that are available in audio. The time I spent listening to this book was not as enjoyable as it was with most of the other books in the series but it was still worth doing so just for the continuation of the series.
More battle action and character development, less of the frustrating political BS. The Sol political leadership seems to be infested with dilusional idiots and I found myself tuning out thier dialogue. I may listen to it again because of this but I don't think I missed much. Some might think that becoming familiar with these Sol bureaucrats would be the character developement I wished for but how can you become invested with characters that seem to be complete fools? To me, this book almost seemed to be a prelude for something bigger. I was left wanting more of some plot lines and less of others.
As I said earlier, I have listened to all of the other Honor Harrington novels and she does a good job with all of them. I agree with another reviewer that the accents can be distracting at times and I wouldn't mind a male voice for some of the male characters but overall I think she does a good job with these books.
Probably not. I'd wait for it to hit the movie channels. Other books in the series would make a better movie.
Even though my review sounds negative, I have enjoyed this series. There are a lot of good characters in these books, excellent space battle scenes, good sci-fi tech, drama from many directions, and an interesting collection of societies and planetary systems. This particular book fell short of my expectations but if you are a fan of the series then you should get it. Even if it's just to continue the story. :)
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I have been anxiously waiting for this installment in the Honor Series and dropped everything to read it. We knew from the last book that Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven were going to ally themselves to fight the Solarian League and most important enemy the Mesa Alignment. In this book that comes about in a dramatic way. Weber had a great space battle scene between Honor's fleet and the Solarian League. Queen Elizabeth son got married. The surprise was Beowulf problems with it's fellow members of the League. Looks like the next book Shadow of Thunder will be the battle of Beowulf, I can hardly wait for the book to come out. Anyone thinking of starting to read this series I advise you to start at the beginning and read the books in order or else you will get totally lost. Allyson Johnson does a great job narrating the book. She is Honor to me. Hurry up David Weber and get book 14 out to us.