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First new Honor Jarrington novel in five years! 

New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international best-selling phenomenon David Weber delivers book 14 in the multiple New York Times best-selling Honor Harrington series, the first new Honor Harrington novel since 2013's Shadow of Freedom.  

The Solarian League's navy counts its superdreadnoughts by the thousands. Not even its own government knows how enormous its economy truly is. And for hundreds of years, the League has borne the banner of human civilization, been the ideal to which humanity aspires in its diaspora across the galaxy.  

But the bureaucrats known as the "Mandarins," who rule today's League, are not the men and women who founded it so long ago. They are corrupt, venal, accountable to no one...and they've decided the upstart Star Kingdom of Manticore must be destroyed.  

Honor Harrington has worn the Star Kingdom's uniform for half a century and served her monarch and her people well. In the course of those years, the woman the newsies call the Salamander has grown from a tactically brilliant but politically naïve junior officer to supreme fleet command and a seat on the highest military and political councils of the Grand Alliance.  

Very few people know war the way Honor Harrington does. Very few have lost as many men and women, as many friends, as much family as she has. Yet despite that, hers has been a voice of caution. She knows the Mandarins and the Solarian League Navy are growing increasingly desperate as the truth of their technological inferiority sinks home, but she also knows the sheer size of the League. And she knows how its citizens will react if the Grand Alliance takes the war to the League, attacks its star systems, destroys its infrastructure...kills its civilians. Today's victory, bought on those terms, can only guarantee a future war of revenge against a resurgent Solarian League and its navy.  

The League is sliding toward inglorious defeat as it steadily loses ground in the Protectorates and the Verge. As its central government teeters toward bankruptcy and even some of its core systems opt to secede in the face of the Mandarins' corruption. As the Solarian Navy finally realizes it cannot face an Alliance battle fleet and win.  

But the Mandarins have embraced a desperate new strategy, and in pursuit of that strategy, the SLN has committed atrocities such as the galaxy has not known in a thousand years. The League have violated its own Eridani Edict against mass civilian casualties, violated the Deneb Accords prohibition on war crimes.  

And they have finally killed too many of the people Honor Harrington loves.  

Hers is the voice of caution and compromise no longer, and the galaxy is about to see something it has never imagined.

The Salamander is coming for the Solarian League, and Hell is coming in her wake.

©2018 Words of Weber, Inc. (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Lovely send off to the series

The performers terrible attempts at British accents aside this book was lovely and engaging and has me hunting down some of the other series in the honorverse

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A beautiful story and beautifully read.

There’s an ideal we, the ordinary people of the world, refuse to let go of: that we would be led by honourable leaders, ruled by righteous rulers and ministered to by holy priests. We don’t expect our lives to be easy, and in time of war we understand that many of us will die before our time. We don’t resent this but we dream of having leaders and rulers that are worthy. David Weber has constructed a beautiful universe, one in which this dream comes true. They are written convincingly, their universe is created convincingly and it is a pleasure to spend time with them. Allyson reads the characters and the story so well I cannot think of a reader I have enjoyed listening to more. 11/10. Maybe more.

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a satisfying ending... want more

loved it, need more. can't wait for the next one. if you liked the rest of the series this one will be another enjoyable read you can't stop yourself from devouring

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  • John
  • 17-12-2018

Decent read but not really an Honor Harrington bk

I liked the book for the most part but there was very little involvement of the title character until the last few chapters. The author clearly wants to expand the universe with other characters but it feels a bit like bait and switch. The first nine tenths of the book has a handful of space battles commanded by other captains and a few cameo-level appearances by Honor interacting with tree cats and friends. What you might think of as act 2 is a very wordy series of political intrigue settings and scenes along with lots of tree cat narration. This became monotonous at one point. The underlying story is compelling enough to keep you pushing through but it is at best, "good" story telling but by no means great. I've read all 14 novels and I'd definitely put this one at the bottom of the stack.

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  • Edqp
  • 02-11-2018

The end of an era?

Is this the end of an era? I grew up reading Honor Harrington books since I was 15. I remember reading 'On Basilisk Station' on a road trip and instantly fell in love with the series. I suppose all good this must come to an end. With this being "the last" truely HH book, I feel like a friend or role-model just died. I enjoy the other Honorverse Novels, but it's not HH.

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  • Jean
  • 06-01-2019

Engaging

I am a big fan of the Honor Harrington Series. It was the first Sci-Fi series that I got hooked on. Over the years this series is what I compare all others against. I found that I liked military science fiction with a strong female leader. I was so excited that the next book of the series finally came out. My only complaint is that I had to wait five years for it. The Manticore Star Kingdom is now at war with the Solarian League. The League is headquartered in Chicago on Earth and is a very old League and extremely enormous in size. Its Navy ships are in the hundreds of thousands and Manticore is just recovering from almost being completely destroyed. I was surprised at how much I had remembered of the story considering the five-year gap. It was so great to be reading about the Star Kingdom again. My only complaint was there was not enough about Honor. I wanted the entire story about only Honor like in the old days of the series. From what I have read, this might be the last book in the series. How sad to think of Honor coming to an end. I guess I will have to re-read the series. I have never re-read a series before. Over the years it is this series about Honor Harrington that I have measured against any new series I start. I imagine that will not change as this is still my first and favorite series. The book is long at thirty hours twenty-seven minutes. Allyson Johnson does a great job narrating this entire series. Johnson started out as a teenage actress. She won an Emmy at age of twelve. For the almost past twenty years she has been a dedicated voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. She has won multiple Earphone Awards and was an Audio Award nominee.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-10-2018

Disappointing

For a book this long in the writing and with so many words, it really doesn't say much. Ending felt rushed and unsatisfying.

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  • J. Linch
  • 05-10-2018

AWESOME!

David Weber ended this ‘arc’ in fantastic fashion! If this is the end of this ‘arc’, that is. As Weber mentioned in the afterward, the overall story line has been written in three ‘arcs’, where this book is the culmination of two of them. Which means the overall story will continue. And based on some of the plot lines in this story, I am pretty sure where that ‘arc’ is headed. Which I am looking forward to with great anticipation. I would also like to thank the publishers for getting Allyson Johnson to read this one. She is, by far, the BEST of the Honorverse narrators and I truly missed her in the other ‘arcs’. Thank you – David Weber! As the saying goes – ‘Let’s be about it!’ with writing the next one.

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  • Ryan
  • 31-10-2018

The Weakest in the Series

I've noticed a trend in Weber's series. The longer they go on, the more he has to up the stakes. The events are big and dramatic, the writing becomes tired and full of endless cliches "smile of a hexapuma", etc. It's nice to get to an ending of the series, but I wish he could have wrapped it up 3 books ago when the writing and story were still enjoyable.

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  • Jonathan
  • 31-05-2019

Rather disjoint

I was reticent to listen to this book after purchasing it because of the way in which the Honor Harrington series of books have declined over time. 'On Basilisk Station' was a good book. Since then the series has slumped - the novels are increasingly preachy and have long narratives (mostly in the form of someone's thought which span tens of minutes of audio book in the time that they realise they've taken just a little too long to respond to someone else) which indicate that either the author thinks the plot is too complicated or that the audience isn't smart enough to follow along. Probably both are true. The author prevents listeners from thinking about scenarios by having the protagonists hash out the situations in depth but they ignore obvious alternatives. And there's the 'invention of hysteria' when situations arise in which no sane person would find an ethical dilemma, but somehow the story does. The series suffers a little much from two dimensional tactics when a little of the third dimension available in space would change situations drastically. And after listening to many many books with the people of the star nation called "manTICoran", it just sounds wrong to hear them being called "mantiCORan". Even if it was a blunder initially, it should have been left alone for consistency. The book seems to be a collection of short stories tied together with long narratives. There is an underlying timeline and connection but you have events arising in disparate locations with disparate protagonists which are the predominance of the book. The overall feeling that one is left with is that the book lacks a strong storyline since the varies pieces aren't pulled together very well. The heroine of the series does nothing until the end. For the majority of the book she wafts from social occasion to social occasion espousing drivel. At the end of the book she almost needs to be physically restrained from commiting atrocities similar to the ones that have her enraged in the first place. I suppose that this was meant to reflect how deeply hurt she was by preceding events but rather it make her seem diminuative and petty - certainly not one of "uncompromising honor" that the title suggests. Of course she is "uncompromising" but honourable? Hard to say that of one who is looking for any excuse to wipe out the opposition. Some things bother me about the series in general. Firstly, the absolute nobility of the warrior. Anyone who fights is noble just because they fight (provided that they adhere to the recognised standards of war). It doesn't strike me that anyone should be regarded as noble just because they killed someone else. Secondly, the accuracy of the missiles is ridiculous (from a practical point of view). Its just bizarre that every missile hits what its shot at. Sure some lose lock because of the decoys and other ECM, some hit the impenetrable gravitational bands, and others are twisted/bent by the side walls. Otherwise, every bomb pumped laser hits its target. To put this in context/perspective, a typical stand off range might be 30,000km (sometimes more, sometimes less) with a battle cruiser being 1.5km in length. the battle cruiser (side on) subtends and angle of less than 0.003 degrees at that range. Any "multiple hits" from a single warhead must necessarily be essentially parallel - but they're described as a porcupine. And the angle subtended down the throat of the wedge is much smaller since the ships are spindle shaped. Its hard to suspend belief enough for that kind of accuracy to make sense. Given the accuracy I don't understand why "impeller ships or drones or platforms " are not routinely deployed just outside the interference zone of the capital ships to protect their throat and sides since an impenetrable band remains impenetrable. Thirdly, the basis for a lot of activity is what the newsies report - but it seems to be near monolithic in the solarian league for the mandarins to get away with their actions. Overall the story is OK. nothing to get excited about. I would rather not know about what's happening in other spheres so that the tension of the allies predominates. But the perspectives of everyone involved seems to be par for the course. I feel that these are not necessary and detract from a good story.

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  • Farrell
  • 30-10-2018

Whew!

The author obviously had a lot of points to make. A lot of story lines were very nicely wrapped up, but it was a long haul. Overall the series is great! A lot of repeat listen possibilities. Thank you Mr Webber.

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  • Hiruu
  • 10-10-2018

Long in the tooth!

I've read/listen to every Honor Harrington book, and most of other works by Weber. This is by far the worst mainline Honor book imho. It is almost as if the story has reach too far and there is nowhere else to go. It might be better to refresh the Harrington line with a descendant coming through the ranks. I have enjoyed the detail of Weber for years, but this book, and the especially Shadow of Victory were absolutely boring for far too many passages. Weber has gotten so tedious, it's almost like he's pushing a ton of filler to get to a certain page count. I hate comparing my favorite others, but Sanderson has a lot of detail as well, it's just dry in boring to LISTEN to...it is almost better to get the Kindle to able skip past every single detail.

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  • Douglas
  • 01-09-2019

I didn't care if the good side won.

If I'd ever had any doubts that Honor Harrington is a Mary Sue (and not to mention smugly self-centered) this book would have solidly convinced me. The story drags, despite the many actions I wasn't glued to the page wondering what would happen next. The author seems that characters talking is exciting that internal monologues are gripping. I know it's not for me and I deeply regret being caught by the first book of this series. In the long run, I found myself cheering for the bad side, if only because I knew how much the title character was such Mary Sue. the Author, in the afterwards, indicates that Honor should have died several years ago, I can't help but agree.

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  • E. J. Holmes
  • 30-04-2019

Good story mediocre delivery

Narrator took me out of the story with a strange selection of accents that themselves fluctuated. Additionally a few words flummoxed her such as the pronunciation of phlegmatic

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  • Michael
  • 25-04-2019

The author really has lost the plot!

Used to love the Harrington books but the last few have been truly awful. There is about 5 percent Action and ten percent plot and 85 percent pointlessly repetitive dialogue of the most inept kind. One thing happens and we have three separate chapters of different factions discussing it in vertically identical terms. I spent most of my time with my finger on fast forward and I did not miss anything of importance. Plus it’s truly badly read by a reader who seems to have graduated from the Dick Van Dyke school of bad British accents. She only knows 5 and uses them to define a cast of hundreds. She’s American so why British accents? If it’s meant to be that way, employ someone who can do them!

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  • R.L.Redworth
  • 30-10-2018

Disapointed

I've waited a while for another Honor Harrington book and I must say I'm disappointed with this book. I'ts only my opinion but it felt to me that David Weber has run out of ideas and just wanted to wrap the series up.

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  • Yevgeny
  • 29-11-2018

Too much waffle

Not sure why this the "end" of the series as it doesn't wrap up all the plot lines. My biggest disappointment is that the book spends a LONG time describing the feelings of every single side character. Out of the 30 hours of audio I really enjoyed maybe 5 of those hours where the plot actually moved along. David Weber must really love cliffhangers because by the time you listen to conversations between the 3 or 4 involved parties in any given plot line you really want a conclusion, only to end in something like "Here's what I think we should do ...... Chapter x". The book then proceeds to actually describe the next encounter when that "something" happens, and it's of course guaranteed to happen at the very end of the encounter. The other downside is that it's so very detailed in the political area that you need to know the events of the 13 previous books by heart. You would have thought that a 30 hour audio book that has a lot of repetition might take some time to summarise past events, but nope. Shit happened, everyone is mad about it, that's all you need to know - and by the may you know that minor character from book x? Have a 2 hours listen about how and why that person did what he did that has little to no relevance on the main plot lines.

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  • Mr. P. A. Baylor
  • 19-03-2019

Brilliant end to the first series in the honorvers

loved it. have listened to it four times since buying it and will listen to it again quite soon

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-02-2019

Long winded

Long winded descriptions go on and on over complicated could do with cutting loads of stuff out and would not impact on the story you get fed up with the long winded descriptions not needed

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-01-2019

Well worth the wait...

I realise that there are many reviews for this book, but I feel I need to add my own. I love this series and have come to adore the style in which there are no 'good guys' or 'bad guys'. There are just people. Sure, I might dislike the antagonist faction of the series, but I still see them as humans, with understandable, very human reasons for their actions. Doesnt stop me from hating them or being damn scared of them :P The way the story ends...its obviously the end to 1 arc of the plot, but I can see things still happening. And I want to find out how it all turns out! Heck, I would love another Spy series...this time with Zilwikie, Kachat and Harahap all working together...or heck, see what new mischief happens in the Talbot Sector. There are so many stories I want to see continue and finish. My main fear is that this will never happen. 'Please continue' is all I can say. That and 'thank you' for writing this.

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  • fred jones
  • 15-12-2018

A fitting end to this chapter of a wonderful story

I love this book as I have lioved most of the series and it brings this current story arc to a fitting and satisfactory ending.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-12-2018

I never cried so bad

i loved these books! loved them all. but the story is not done and I think I am happy about that. let the Honorverse live on!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-2019

Great story!

I read all books many times in my native language except this one, I couldn't wait long for translation. Now is time to listen all I orginalne.😀

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