As a book it's place in the honorverse is as a contrast. Readers familiar with the previous series books will recognize attitudes and issues. But that..Show More » navy with it's polish and sophistication is absent. A very much smaller organisation, fewer ships and people, less support and less confident.
This story offers a fresh view into an established universe. Using a seemingly ordinary, somewhat boring character as a fulcrum to explore political, social and personal issues. By simplifying the technology and geography the emphasis shifts to behaviour.
Overall I would recommend this book to any reader. Especially those already invested in the Honorverse.