What price victory? The war with the Republic of Haven has resumed... disastrously for the Star Kingdom of Manticore. Admiral Lady Dame Honor Harrington, Steadholder and Duchess Harrington, the single victorious Allied commander of the opening phase of the new war, has been recalled from the Sidemore System to command Eighth Fleet. Everyone knows Eighth Fleet is the Alliance's primary offensive command, which makes it the natural assignment for the woman the media calls "the Salamander." But what most of the public DOESN'T know is that not only are the Star Kingdom and its Allies badly outnumbered by the Republic's new fleet, but that the odds are going to get steadily worse.
Eighth Fleet's job is to somehow prevent those odds from crushing the Alliance before the Star Kingdom can regain its strategic balance. It's a job which won't be done cheaply. Honor Harrington must meet her formidable responsibilities with inferior forces even as she copes with tumultuous changes in her personal and public life. The alternative to victory is total defeat, yet this time the COST of victory will be agonizingly high.
A Note from Author David Weber
There's been some confusion—not to say, um, energetic debate, readers and fans being readers and fans—about the correct pronunciation of "Manticoran." The truth, alas, is that a stitch was dropped. An error occurred. A mistake was made… and it wasn't Audible's fault. It was mine. Before Audible recorded the very first Honor Harrington book, narrator Allyson Johnson and I not only corresponded by e-mail but actually spoke to one another by phone. She wanted to make absolutely certain she had the correct pronunciations for names, places, star nations, etc., and I tried to make certain all of her questions were answered. And so they were. Unfortunately, at some point in the process, I replied to one of her e-mails by telling her that "Man-ti-core-ahn" was pronounced "Man-tik-er-ahn." Exactly how this happened is more than I can say at this point, except to blushingly disclose that the original e-mail remains intact, confirming to all the world that it was, indeed, my fault. I can ascribe it only to a temporary mental hiccup on my part and crave your forgiveness. If, however, you must blame someone for the mix-up, that someone should be me and not Audible, who have done everything they could to get it right.
©2007 David Weber; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
If, like me, you have enjoyed the series tremendously; if, like me, you have enjoyed the depth of the background stories in which surrounds even the minor characters; and if, like me, you wouldn't mind adding a few more books to the series if it will give you a greater depth and a fuller experience into the Honorverse; then I have some good news for you.
Before you start At All Costs, there are two other spinoff series you should be aware of. Each of these series consists of two books: Crown of Slaves and Torch of Freedom; and The Shadow of Saganami and Storm from the Shadows. While these two series do not deal directly with Honor Harrington, they do explain a lot of the back stories you will encounter in the primary series. And, to be honest, it is a bit refreshing to focus on someone besides the honorable Countess Harrington for a while.
The chronological order of the books is as follows: Crown of Slaves -> The Shadow of Saganami -> At All Costs -> Storm from the Shadows -> Torch of Freedom -> Mission of Honor -> A Rising Thunder.
It isn't a big deal with Crown of Slaves and The Shadow of Saganami, because both are somewhat separate from the main storyline of At All Costs, so the order isn't extremely crucial. But you will want to listen to Storm from the Shadows, Torch of Freedom, and Mission of Honor in that order, as there are some major revelations you will want to learn about in order.
I hope this will help you as you make your way through the series. Good listening.
My review is not simply regarding this book but others in the series, Honor Harrington is really a very great character and once again I must say I enjoy how this character grows through the series. How she starts as a commander and becomes so much more, and how she is unsure of herself somewhat and overcomes that as wel as how her life touches others in her life. I also really like the characters around her, and how they help her become strong. One thing I must say this hold thing about the narrator is so unfair, Ms. Johnson voice works so well for this series please everyone give this a rest.
I am an avid eclectic reader
Allyson Johnson is Honor Harrington would not want anyone else narrating this series. This is a great series and this book has lots of battle scenes and action. Honor becomes a wife and mother in this book and this only adds to the depth of her character. The one lesson that comes though in this story is the importance of sitting down and talking to opposing side. Put aside hate, fear and distrust and listen, it can not hurt and maybe it would save a lot of lives. The story of the Phoenix Honor read the children was a great image at the end. Great story can not wait to start the next book. I do hope that Audible will provide all the upcoming books and the side honor verse books as well. I can not get enough of this series.
A short review.
I had a wonderful time listening to the entire series. It was a wonderful listen, and was very pleased. Allyson Johnson did a wonderful job with the voice. So much so that I could rely on the voices to keep track of busy scenes. The tone and feeling were there.
All together, a great series and narrated very well.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
"To be near the goal while the enemy is still far from it,
to wait at ease while the enemy is toiling and struggling,
to be well-fed while the enemy is famished: —
this is the art of husbanding one's strength." Sun Tzu " The Art of War"
"Only a fool will try to put himself on the enemies sword"
Musashi Miyamoto " Book of 5 Rings"
"This is the way the "True War" supposed to be fought"
Carl von Clausewitz "On War"
I wanted to write a quote by Niccolò Machiavelli but it sounded too much like a spoiler.
The story is mostly ok but there is about 20min of strait up religious ceremony in the middle that serves no purpose except extending the book.
Also I think too much time was spent trying to convey specific signs the tree cats were making rather than something like 'made the two handed sign for x'
These factors make the book seem boated.
I absolutely love these Honor Harrington novels. I've spent my morning and evening drives for the past 9 months listening through the series. Weber has a way of creating characters you love to hate along with the ones you love to love. And when the bad guys finally get their due "rewards" ... it is SO sweet! I'm on book 11 so I look forward to the next several months as I finish the series. I highly recommend you join the Honor Harrington family!
I love Honor and her world. This whole series is really a good listen. Weber tends to get a little bogged down in the technical details but the action is well worth the wait, he really knows how to write the drama into it and bring the reader into the scene.
I've listened to the entire series and this reader is a superior performer!!
I cry pretty regularly and get absorbed into the characters mindsets.
If you like Honor (and I do) you'll like this. Allyson Johnson brings a much appreciated consistency to this series. I agree with Jason's review that her distinctive characterizations helps to keep track of the action when things get busy. Enjoyable and recommended to fans of the genre and/or the series.
70+, been reading SF since 1953. Vision is going so have switched to Audible.
I have really enjoyed this series so far and look foreward to the next book. I would recommend it to all who love a good epic. I am 68 and the actions of the characters allow me to revisit the ideals of my younger years. I love them in the audible edition. I started reading SF in the mid 50's and I include David Weber in the family of classical SF writers. Sometimes it does get somewhat confusing due to the multitude of characters and plots but then again I don't want the story to end and I look forward to the next book in the series.
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