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HONOR'S FINISHING WHAT SHE STARTED 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 "Manda HONOR'S FINISHING WHAT SHE STARTED 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. Honor knows the Grand Alliance must find a victory that doesn't require incursions deep into Solarian space, doesn't leave a legacy of bottomless hatred, and the strategy she supports has been working. The League is sliding towards inglorious defeat as it steadily loses ground in the Protectorates and the Verge. As its central government teeters towards 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.


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HONOR'S FINISHING WHAT SHE STARTED 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 "Manda HONOR'S FINISHING WHAT SHE STARTED 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. Honor knows the Grand Alliance must find a victory that doesn't require incursions deep into Solarian space, doesn't leave a legacy of bottomless hatred, and the strategy she supports has been working. The League is sliding towards inglorious defeat as it steadily loses ground in the Protectorates and the Verge. As its central government teeters towards 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.

30 review for Uncompromising Honor

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gillian Wiseman

    I have loved this series. The first seven books are superb, and I reread them every few years. Having said that, I could barely read this one. It's too long. It has too many points of view. It was too predictable. And I'm sorry, it was way over the top. Everything about each and every character has become "the best" or "the worst" or "the most ever seen" in any living human ever. I mean, come on... the descriptions of Emily's spirit, of Honor's horrific determination, etc... were just tiresomely I have loved this series. The first seven books are superb, and I reread them every few years. Having said that, I could barely read this one. It's too long. It has too many points of view. It was too predictable. And I'm sorry, it was way over the top. Everything about each and every character has become "the best" or "the worst" or "the most ever seen" in any living human ever. I mean, come on... the descriptions of Emily's spirit, of Honor's horrific determination, etc... were just tiresomely OTT. And who did NOT expect the "revelation" of a certain character's survival? I mean, it was so predictable. I knew from the very moment their ship was diverted that the only reason was that there would be massive (foreshadowed) death, and they would somehow survive by the skins of their teeth. And then, we only get to read about it in backflash. How about cutting out a hundred pages of descriptions of missile systems, and give us some actual adventure-plot survival story? And the whole idea (view spoiler)[ that the Manties could stand up militarily and handily defeat the Sollies just didn't pass muster for me. Defend themselves, yes. Romp directly into the center of their home system and defeat them with (seemingly) one arm tied behind their backs? NOT believable. (hide spoiler)] Sorry, this series passed its prime about 3-5 books back. It needs to end.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    I can't believe I keep reading these things. 800 pages, and more death and destruction than is even remotely required. Fortunately, it can be skimmed when you get to the stupid parts, which cuts the book about in half. I gave it 3 stars, but even that was a push.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Liviu

    The ending of the Honorverse story-line started in 1993 with On Basilisk Station though of course the story goes on and hopefully sooner rather than later we get another book in the universe; to paraphrase the title, the novel was uncompromisingly good with one major complaint, namely that it ended - I wanted another 800 pages at the least - this being said the ending is quite satisfactory from the main story line point of view (Hono's saga, the Grand Alliance vs the Solarian League) but of cour The ending of the Honorverse story-line started in 1993 with On Basilisk Station though of course the story goes on and hopefully sooner rather than later we get another book in the universe; to paraphrase the title, the novel was uncompromisingly good with one major complaint, namely that it ended - I wanted another 800 pages at the least - this being said the ending is quite satisfactory from the main story line point of view (Hono's saga, the Grand Alliance vs the Solarian League) but of course the main bad guys disappeared down the rabbit hole with Houdini and while they make their presence felt in a very clear way, nobody really knows where to look for them so again I want more and soon!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Seth

    There were some faults in the series from the beginning. Too many characters, a few pages of random information dumps here and there... But for all that, you could at least count on 200 pages of spaceship on spaceship violence that were almost impossible to put down. With each book in the series, the action diminishes and the bloat of characters, politics, technology and everything else takes up more and more space. I'm glad to know what happens as Honor's story seems to be wrapping up, but ther There were some faults in the series from the beginning. Too many characters, a few pages of random information dumps here and there... But for all that, you could at least count on 200 pages of spaceship on spaceship violence that were almost impossible to put down. With each book in the series, the action diminishes and the bloat of characters, politics, technology and everything else takes up more and more space. I'm glad to know what happens as Honor's story seems to be wrapping up, but there's not much joy and excitement left in this series anymore.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    [2 May 2018] I enjoyed this book. The first half contained a few exciting space battles, and actually involved Honor quite a bit. After that there was a section that slowed down quite a bit, focusing on a number of long political "discussions" and several hard to follow conversations among the Solarian League special intelligence analysts. Then in the last third things heated up again and became very exciting, suspenseful, and maddening. Maddening because it seemed like everything was resolved mu [2 May 2018] I enjoyed this book. The first half contained a few exciting space battles, and actually involved Honor quite a bit. After that there was a section that slowed down quite a bit, focusing on a number of long political "discussions" and several hard to follow conversations among the Solarian League special intelligence analysts. Then in the last third things heated up again and became very exciting, suspenseful, and maddening. Maddening because it seemed like everything was resolved much too easily. And, in fact, not everything was resolved. The book was advertised as the "climax" of the Honor Harrington series. That may or may not be true, depending on how you define the series, but I suspect there will be at least one more book in the Honorverse generally, though it may not be by Weber. I got the feeling from this book that the author was taking short cuts in order to wrap things up and "be done with it". That infuriates me, but I can understand it after twenty-some books. Still I would recommend it to all Honorverse fans.

  6. 5 out of 5

    John Cunningham

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. (Spoiler alert!) Well, it's Honor Harrington so there's much to like. The book isn't quite a sequel since it takes place concurrently with the last Honorverse books, so I had to refer to Cauldron of Ghosts and Shadow of Victory to refresh myself. The pacing for me was too slow. The space battles are top notch -- but I was disappointed at how much time is spent by the many many characters in staff meetings and at meals, talkety-talk-talking amidst descriptions of how well cooked their steaks were (Spoiler alert!) Well, it's Honor Harrington so there's much to like. The book isn't quite a sequel since it takes place concurrently with the last Honorverse books, so I had to refer to Cauldron of Ghosts and Shadow of Victory to refresh myself. The pacing for me was too slow. The space battles are top notch -- but I was disappointed at how much time is spent by the many many characters in staff meetings and at meals, talkety-talk-talking amidst descriptions of how well cooked their steaks were. Too many ancillary characters introduced, sometimes with a deep background, plots around them developed and then abandoned -- adding nothing to the story. Scenes intended to tug at my heart strings fell flat. The Alignment is as super duper bad as always -- never missing a beat, perfect terrorist ops going on flawlessly, their agents all nano-suiciding if caught, etc. Even though the Sollies expire painlessly in a *very* anti-climactic ending, the Alignment is left very much alive and kicking for some espionage sequels I suppose. Honor herself doesn't kick into gear until 9/10ths of the book has languidly passed by in character development scenes and meetings, and then gets pissed and drives the war to a close in about 50 pages in what seems to be a rushed ending. I wish an editor had whacked about half of the book out and tightened it up, given it better pacing and helped make the well written space battles "pop" more.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Guillaume

    Good points : - story advancing - no repetitions from other books - a few interesting treecats scene Bad points : - too much worthless meetings - Is it really a Honor Harrington Book ? She's maybe in 25% of the book. - too much secondary/unknown characters taking too much book time Maybe I should have waited for the final, non ARC book (hoping it's going to be severely edited...)

  8. 4 out of 5

    C.T. Phipps

    HONOR HARRINGTON is one of my all-time favorite series but it's one of those which has suffered a bit of drift over the years. The best of the series was all about Honor versus impossible odds and heavily focused on her POV. Unfortunately, the past few books have gradually become heavily politicized stories about Character X talking with character Y about doing Z for three chapters then doing Z exactly like they talked about. The fact the Solarian League is an incredible bunch of incompetents wh HONOR HARRINGTON is one of my all-time favorite series but it's one of those which has suffered a bit of drift over the years. The best of the series was all about Honor versus impossible odds and heavily focused on her POV. Unfortunately, the past few books have gradually become heavily politicized stories about Character X talking with character Y about doing Z for three chapters then doing Z exactly like they talked about. The fact the Solarian League is an incredible bunch of incompetents who might as well be zombies in a shooting gallery for their intelligence made the enormous war against them feel perfunctory. Indeed, I can't really recall any other conflict (other than against zombies) where the primary concern about our heroes fighting the enemy was whether they'd run out of ammo or not. Still, my love of Honor is such that I followed her through to the conclusion of the war here. Which David Weber, in his foreword and afterword more or less states is the end of Honor's adventures. Honestly, I feel like this is a good cap for Honor's adventurers despite the fact I wish we'd followed her completely through the series. The Solarian League are a detestable bunch of villains are their ruling council, the Mandarins. While the Mesan Alignment remains at large, this is a decent ending for the series were David to stop completely. The Honorverse is it's own franchise, though, and I think the series will benefit from moving away from big galaxy shaking conflicts anyway. Sail on, Salamander.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Clyde

    After several rather lackluster books in the Honor Harrington series, I have to say that Weber seems to have his mojo back. I reckon this is his best book in a while. A solid 4 stars. This seems to be the end of the Honor Harrington series. However, in the book's "Afterword" Weber strongly implies that Honor will make appearances in future books set in the Honorverse (but not as a main character commanding ships headed into battle hell). We shall see.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Excellent, I highly recommend it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Barb in Maryland

    Nice to be back in the Honorverse. Super nice to have a book focused on Honor Harrington (hey, it's been 5 years since the last such book...). As promised, this hefty entry (773 pages! All story!!) wraps up the war with the Solarian League story arc. With a few look-ins on the Mesan story arc, just so we don't lose track of what's going on there. If you are reading this book you are probably already a Weber fan, used to his writing style. I thought he did a fairly good job on keeping the story mo Nice to be back in the Honorverse. Super nice to have a book focused on Honor Harrington (hey, it's been 5 years since the last such book...). As promised, this hefty entry (773 pages! All story!!) wraps up the war with the Solarian League story arc. With a few look-ins on the Mesan story arc, just so we don't lose track of what's going on there. If you are reading this book you are probably already a Weber fan, used to his writing style. I thought he did a fairly good job on keeping the story moving--some info-dumping, some weaponry tech details, but not so much as to stall the action. There are some exciting space battles, of course. Honor is in fine form, especially in the climactic showdown with the Sollies. Weber has shown us before that he's not afraid to kill off well-liked/prominent secondary characters (and millions of civilians and military personnel) as well as sending a number of baddies to their doom. The body count is pretty high in this one; a couple of the deaths had me saying "Oh, Weber, did you really have to?" All in all I enjoyed this a lot and thought it a fitting farewell party for Honor.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tycho

    A satisfactory ending. I am pleased.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alexia Chantel

    Action, Honor Harrington, and treecats. I would have liked to have more of all three, especially the treecats. But Honor Harrington book 14 still has space battles! Space battles for the win! *ebook courtesy of Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Full review to come at Reading Between the Wines Book Club. http://www.readingbetweenthewinesbook...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Uncompromising Honor picks up straight away from the previous book though there is a bit of overlap chronologically with the previous book as which it soon passes! :D The Sollies are getting increasingly desperate as the war drags on and the Grand Alliance keeps filling its recycling centres with what remains of their ships and this desperate draws them into more and more desperate measures that see the Manticore stepping in doing there dramatic stands as they have a habit of doing! :D HMS Phant Uncompromising Honor picks up straight away from the previous book though there is a bit of overlap chronologically with the previous book as which it soon passes! :D The Sollies are getting increasingly desperate as the war drags on and the Grand Alliance keeps filling its recycling centres with what remains of their ships and this desperate draws them into more and more desperate measures that see the Manticore stepping in doing there dramatic stands as they have a habit of doing! :D HMS Phantom and co stand against overwhelming odds is only one of the grim chined but brilliant stands you see throughout the book! :D A lot of the tension throughout the book not knowing who is going to win or not comes from the simply massive odds the Grand Alliance confronts! :D At the same time the the nature of the League and the sheer way they manage to convince themselves to do what they are doing really leaves you with little sympathy for what you know they are going to get! :D The investigation into the Mesan angle continues apace throughout the book with Manticore squarely getting the blame for the atrocities committed on the planet which of course the Mandarins and co leap onto in an attempt to gain on the public opinion battle with the Alliance! :D The always gives a showcase for the Ghost Hunters in the League who are also suspicious and the way that they that they convince Admiral Kingsford will have you laughing away when you maybe shouldn't be! :D The action throughout, as you would expect is brilliantly staged but at the same time their are the politics are handled excellently and they way the military and the politics interweave is cleverly done allowing both the military to grandstand on both sides but at the same time we also get to see and weaselly most of the Mandarins are though Kolokoltsov does start to have the light bulbs go off a little to late! :D As ever Honor herself and those around her are put through the ringer repeatedly and when enough is enough she and the Empress decide to take the wall directly to the League you know that the proverbial is going to hit the fan! :D The way Honor does this brilliantly handled as she is still incredibly, despite everything, mindful that she cannot antagonise the deceived masses of the League! :D At the same time while Honor is busily accepting military surrenders left right and centre the Mandarins still continue with business as usual almost to the point of self-delusion and the plays brilliantly as a counterpoint to what she is doing! :D Honor does get great news which again spins the character around but she still pushes on and her 'conquest demands' really lay it on brilliantly and this brilliantly set things up for future books! :D This leads to other intriguing possibilities as well as there is unexplored space out there and systems that have barely got a mention so etc so great world building is there throughout as well! :D At the same time Honor wanting to spend more time with family brilliantly dovetails with her growing family and the hiding of the Mesan contingent set things up for future books possibly with her kids grown up! :D Throughout we also get to see people like Helen, Harahap, Rafe, Anton etc and we get to see them bring set up for future books and this complements and weaves perfectly with the rest of the plots as well though beware of George R R Martin syndrome as the book really keeps you guessing as to what is going to happen to characters on both sides! :D The beginnings if setting up a permanent alliance is also cleverly done and will in turn rival the league meaning future books will have a very different landscape indeed! :D Uncompromising is brilliant from start to finish, with you never guessing as to which way the book is going to go! :D It is full of action, action politics, heroics, cunning, plot twists and action packed throughout! :D Brilliantly crisp high five and highly recommended go get when you can! :D

  15. 4 out of 5

    Miss OP

    saying goodbye to honor is so fucking hard. YEARS AND YEARS I've spent reading and I'm so damn thankful. before I get started on this book review. I want to congratulate the author for being such an expansive rich world you forward and wonderfully memorable lead character. The series as a whole was something I thoroughly enjoy. I reread the whole series multiple times. The sign of a good book for me most of the time not always but most of the time is my willingness to reread it again and again. saying goodbye to honor is so fucking hard. YEARS AND YEARS I've spent reading and I'm so damn thankful. before I get started on this book review. I want to congratulate the author for being such an expansive rich world you forward and wonderfully memorable lead character. The series as a whole was something I thoroughly enjoy. I reread the whole series multiple times. The sign of a good book for me most of the time not always but most of the time is my willingness to reread it again and again. Honor has been a favorite read. get em Honor ok. Extreme pace problems. Not enough Honor. Rando characters that drop off the cliff. I get what he was trying to do in places explain that honor... is enshrined into manticore she's a Living Legends and her will goes on. Dead or alive. She's already won the hearts and minds of Manticore. He's also trying to set up the end of the book and the big battle that's always there. Like romance books and the final sex scene, you get a space battle. At the same time just toooooooooo much stuff in between. I'm fighting my way through this 30 hour read when the last book was really bad. At the same time, they keep hinting at all these deaths. When what I want is more Marine (fighting) honor being a mom the cats and space battles. Maybe even a little hanky (since her character hasn't been properly developed). Here's the thing successful authors are gonna write a book the way they want to write. It doesn't matter that a lead female character got them the success and that should be the focus. It doesn't matter what other books where he's tried to switch the focus haven't always worked out. It doesn't matter if he wants to write more honor or less honor. It's really what he wants. In this space, there aren't tons of sci-fi female lead characters. WHiCH IS WHY a lot of us picked up this book who might not have read it. It kick-started me into the sci-fi genre which I am thankful for and as much as I wanted more from the series. I know he had the talent to do more with the series this is the way "HE" wanted to write it. No editor is gonna slash and burn this for someone with his readership. It does the series discredit because without the last 3 or so books the series would have been out of this world. The ideas are insanely good to read but political Intrigue stops being political Intrigue when you tell us every little bit of everything. Then in the next chapter explain it again. It isn't smart writing it's sloppy. We had no guesses as we could make in other books. It's like slowly he's been sapping the fun out of the series and that small bit of figure out the bigger plan and guess what's really going on is gone. There is no omg what's next there isn't even tons of honor, cats, Whitehaven(which I hate as male lead), Cathrine(I would love it if she could walk because she's a wonderful wife and would make a good partner for honor) Normally, I would say I'd love to reread the honor books because she had a wonder woman feel before wonder woman. The woman she became is just a joy to read the problem is I don't think David Weber wanted to write about honor in an honor book because I got the kitchen sink. Just not a lot honor. Side note (view spoiler)[ I was so fucking sad about pat. something about pat dying just kinda hit me hard. That woman tried her hardest and was always one step behind Mesa. Something about her tho I always liked. I also liked cap too. I AM SOOOOOOO FUCKING!!!!! pissed that the cats didn't get to shoot anyone! ask for the end with finding out the honor's death was to be the end of the war against (hide spoiler)] disappointed -- Also, cheated of what the end could have been. Since this wasn't an Honor Harrington. It was a ---------------------------- everything in between 3.2 please let the next book about honor if there will be a book. don't kill her off but give us the moments of honor and the cats.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tim Johnson

    It will sound like I'm griping, and I suppose I am a bit. For all of the things that disappointed me, I was still ecstatic to have more Honor Harrington. The story itself actually MOVED somewhere. It had consequences for all involved. It gave us a peek at some storylines that have been hanging a bit. We got to see some frigging resolution to some things! That's why I gave it 4 stars. I enjoyed it even with the flaws. Maybe I enjoyed it because we've waited so long for it. Possibly. If nothing el It will sound like I'm griping, and I suppose I am a bit. For all of the things that disappointed me, I was still ecstatic to have more Honor Harrington. The story itself actually MOVED somewhere. It had consequences for all involved. It gave us a peek at some storylines that have been hanging a bit. We got to see some frigging resolution to some things! That's why I gave it 4 stars. I enjoyed it even with the flaws. Maybe I enjoyed it because we've waited so long for it. Possibly. If nothing else, it cleared the decks for the story to continue in a better, more focused way. There were some very good personal bits in the midst of all the stuff happening and there some very good stuff surrounding the personal bits. But it didn't flow as well as the earlier books. This book was like a brain dump of all that Weber wanted to get done with Honor and the current storyline. It was a book about events more than it was about the characters. The best of the earlier books were character-driven more so than event-driven. It was about personal conflict and interaction. For a while now, it's been about the events and where the storyline needs to go. Overall I have mixed feelings about this book. I'm glad Weber finally got back to the main storyline without repeating stuff from earlier books, but a lot of it still felt more like an Honorverse novel than one of the mainline books. Perhaps there was too much Firebrand and focus on the Solarian League intrigue still. There was a lot of jumping around from one character to another in the storytelling. On the other hand, I liked that all those threads were finally coming together in the same place for once. In some ways it was fantastic. In other ways, it was plodding and even unsurprising. I guessed several major plot points well before they happened which always annoys me. I'd rather be engrossed than guessing about what's coming. Some things seemed to happen too fast in the storyline, such as the Sollies' technical advances and putting together Operation Fabius. Given the lethargy of the League, it seemed to be contrived. Some things happened and then that was the end of it. Major characters meet their end, off-page. Others just no longer appear. And as usual, there was the obligatory calculations of missles, flight times, etc. Not so much on the acceleration of ships at X number of gravities, etc., thank God. The wrap-up to the story was satisfying in that it was actually wrapped up. This could really be the end of the Honor Harrington-led phase of the story. There was conflict, death, triumph and closure on a lot of things personally for some characters, but a lot of it seemed rushed, forced or checking a box. Getting from the beginning of the book to the end really could and probably should have been more like three novels or more. There were so many characters, so many events and so many locations. The final resolution of the conflict with the League and the post-war aftermath with the Grand Alliance was more like telling us what would have happened if there'd been an actual book dedicated to it. The Honor books have seemed like no one is offering editorial advice for a long while. Maybe Weber is at that point where he can do what he wants. You see that with a lot of writers who get to a certain level of sales/popularity. No one seems to edit them anymore for plot and story. So, yeah. Four stars. Could have been five. Maybe it could have been three. Still would have read it no matter what, because even for all the flaws, she's still Honor Harrington.

  17. 5 out of 5

    John Kelbaugh

    Outstanding I really enjoyed this. I loved how it wrapped up some story threads. I just don't want to give away any spoilers

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leisuresuitlarry

    This review is for the EARC. I have to say that this is ultimately an anti-climactic ending to this arc Honor Harrington's story. I don't believe for an instant that this is the last we'll see of Honor. In fact, I seem to remember reading somewhere that the fight with the Solarian League was supposed to be Raoul's and Katherine's story, and I have to believe that David Weber just shifted some plans (view spoiler)[so that they can be front and center in dealing with the Mesan Alignment (hide spoil This review is for the EARC. I have to say that this is ultimately an anti-climactic ending to this arc Honor Harrington's story. I don't believe for an instant that this is the last we'll see of Honor. In fact, I seem to remember reading somewhere that the fight with the Solarian League was supposed to be Raoul's and Katherine's story, and I have to believe that David Weber just shifted some plans (view spoiler)[so that they can be front and center in dealing with the Mesan Alignment (hide spoiler)] . Oh, yeah. Spoiler alert: (view spoiler)[The whole Mesan Alignment thing is not resolved by the end of this. (hide spoiler)] Some good things about this book. First, there are essentially two climaxes (well, two big ones and a little one). One happens about halfway through and is pretty awesome. The other happens about three-quarters the way through, and while it's gripping, it's pretty horrifying. Second, when Honor is in it, Honor is IN it. Third, the Solarian League finally learns what it means to piss off the Salamander. That being said, there are also some things I didn't like. There's way too much talky-talky. I like the politics of the series, but there's just too much of it going on. For a book named after the main character of the series and for a mainline book of the series, the title character isn't in it very much. Frankly, she's not in either of the big climactic moments. She's the star of the third and final climax, but that one is way overshadowed by the other two. Oh, and (view spoiler)[big character death and un-death revelation fell kind of flat. Who didn't see that coming? (hide spoiler)] Ultimately, nothing I say here is going to make a difference in whether you read the book. If you've made it through 13 books in the Honor Harrington series, you're going read book 14. I just wouldn't expect to come out of this one completely satisfied. A bunch of storylines are wrapped up. A bunch of hints are dropped for the next series. I can't wait to find out more about Raoul, and he's not even two years old yet. (view spoiler)[But the nasty Mesan Alignment is still out there with whatever nefarious plan they have. (hide spoiler)] I'm always looking forward to more in this universe, and I don't see that changing. I just didn't love this one as much as I should love the ending of Honor's arc.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Finally! The mad wizard weber (MWW) (author) moves the timeline forward. No more jumping all over the place... Altho to be fair, this book does start either 'before' the events on Mesa, or at least, before news of the events reaches the rest of the books characters until around halfway through the book.. Regardless! It doesn't FEEL like the constant backtracking and reshashing of the same events over and over again as the last .. 4-5? books have. (Shadow of Victory, Shadow of Freedom, Cauldron of Finally! The mad wizard weber (MWW) (author) moves the timeline forward. No more jumping all over the place... Altho to be fair, this book does start either 'before' the events on Mesa, or at least, before news of the events reaches the rest of the books characters until around halfway through the book.. Regardless! It doesn't FEEL like the constant backtracking and reshashing of the same events over and over again as the last .. 4-5? books have. (Shadow of Victory, Shadow of Freedom, Cauldron of Ghosts, A Rising Thunder, Mission of Honor.).. So if that was a major turn off for you in the past.. it's FINALLY OVER! This book brings about the end of, paraphrasing the author here, the 'Story Arc' of Honor Harrinton, which began in 'On Basilisk Station'. It does so with some cheesiness in various aspects, and some death and destruction in others. But it does so satisfactorily by the end. Direct Author quote from his schedule post on his forums: "For the record, I never said that Uncompromising [Honor] would be the end of the Honorverse. I anticipate doing a lot more books in this literary universe. Some of the novels I want to write amount to backstory — Alfred Harrington's Marine career, for example. Others would explore threads I never got the chance to follow up on in the main arc. And others will probably continue with core characters from the current line of novels." Some speculation on this is that, like the safehold series, MWW will do a timejump forward 20-50 years where the 'young' people that are mere children, or even Ensigns, will be our new main characters 'Captains' and 'Admirals'.. and where Honor herself may be an older political figure such as First Space Lord.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    A book by David Weber in the Honorverse that actually has Honor Harrington in it is always a treat. As usual, this also is an extremely long book which could easily have been edited down quite a bit. I read this as an eARC and it could be trimmed before publishing but it probably won't. Manticore is reeling from an attack on their infrastructure by the Solarian Navy. The Mandarin's, the Solarian leaders based on old Earth have decided Manticore is a threat and are uninterested in any 'neobarb' A book by David Weber in the Honorverse that actually has Honor Harrington in it is always a treat. As usual, this also is an extremely long book which could easily have been edited down quite a bit. I read this as an eARC and it could be trimmed before publishing but it probably won't. Manticore is reeling from an attack on their infrastructure by the Solarian Navy. The Mandarin's, the Solarian leaders based on old Earth have decided Manticore is a threat and are uninterested in any 'neobarb' defense from Manticore or Haven or Grayson who now form a Grand Alliance to fight off Solarians and others (especially the Mesa based Alignment, the shadowy, centuries old conspiracy group). The Solarian's have been the oldest and biggest government in the universe for so long they have fallen into the dangerous thinking of believing that things will not change. Honor is now the head of the Manticoran fleet and it's been 50 years since she started her naval career. With Prolong, the treatment which extends life for a couple of hundred years careers are quite different although as a naval officer your life can of course be cut short in battle. This has been billed as the last book in Honor Harrington's series although there are so many characters in all of David Weber's books, he easily could use other characters to continue the story. In any case, there are numerous plots in this book all aiming at the final very exciting scenes when Honor Harrington takes the battle to the Solarians. Fans of Honor Harrington will definitely read it (even if they fume as they wade through the never ending technical descriptions!) and they still will want to know what happens next.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Johan Bastiaanssen

    This book could be the end of the Honor Harrington series as we know it. The mandarins that have been ruling the Solarian League will finally be brought to justice, but many of the familiar characters in the series do not live to see this conclusion. The core of the Mesan Alignment has disappeared down the proverbial rabbit hole, and maybe Honor's children will be the ones to deal with them if they ever return. But before you get to this point, you will be familiarized with new weapons developme This book could be the end of the Honor Harrington series as we know it. The mandarins that have been ruling the Solarian League will finally be brought to justice, but many of the familiar characters in the series do not live to see this conclusion. The core of the Mesan Alignment has disappeared down the proverbial rabbit hole, and maybe Honor's children will be the ones to deal with them if they ever return. But before you get to this point, you will be familiarized with new weapons developments, weep over the valiant death of thousands of brave officers, salute the men that will not abandon ship before every woman and child is brought to safety. The SLN does not win any battles in this book, but they cause Beowulf to suffer a horrible massacre perpetrated by pawns of the Mesan Alignment. If you have never read a book in the Honor Harrington series, please start at the beginning of the series. So much detail and so many characters will only be fully appreciated if you have taken the time to read most of the earlier books. This story may seem long, but it builds up to a small climax early on, and then takes you for the long ride to the grand finale. Definitely worth the read!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vexation

    Finally, an Honorverse book where New Things Happen(tm) and the plot moves forward - possibly to a conclusion. I can't say it's great (definately not up to par with the stellar early volumes of the series) but at least you are not served the same dish warmed up and repackaged. The battles are somewhat interesting, and somehow the author makes a serious attempt to write himself out of the hole he put himself in and provide something fresh. Still, there's a lot of filler material in between, very b Finally, an Honorverse book where New Things Happen(tm) and the plot moves forward - possibly to a conclusion. I can't say it's great (definately not up to par with the stellar early volumes of the series) but at least you are not served the same dish warmed up and repackaged. The battles are somewhat interesting, and somehow the author makes a serious attempt to write himself out of the hole he put himself in and provide something fresh. Still, there's a lot of filler material in between, very bad use of foreign language (e.g. the use of Greek in the space station evacuation scene is deplorable) and the same copy-paste references to people and things that any HH fan already knows by heart. Can't say I'm happy about this, can't say I'm disappointed. I sincerely hope the actual book gets a bit of trimming before going to print.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Piotr

    My biggest disappointment in the whole series. In my opinion, some of the threads unnecessarily placed in this book instead of in the next part of the spinoff, shadow of saganami. The whole story first stretches and maneuvers to be cut in a few quick events which deserved much more attention.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    An unsatisfying conclusion with solid action (as always) despite its meandering.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Per Gunnar

    The enormous blurb of this book reflects fairly well on the book itself. Too many words. The book is perhaps not huge but at 961 pages it is definitely big. Unfortunately the book would be better with a lot of the words removed. I used to really like Honor Harrington as well as a lot of the other works from David Weber. Unfortunately his later works consists of a lot of talk, talk more talk and not enough real action by the characters involved. The writing of David Weber is undeniably good but no The enormous blurb of this book reflects fairly well on the book itself. Too many words. The book is perhaps not huge but at 961 pages it is definitely big. Unfortunately the book would be better with a lot of the words removed. I used to really like Honor Harrington as well as a lot of the other works from David Weber. Unfortunately his later works consists of a lot of talk, talk more talk and not enough real action by the characters involved. The writing of David Weber is undeniably good but nowadays he seems to focus on all the wrong things, or at least not things that I want to see in a military space opera. I do not think Honor herself is in more than 25% of the book. Come on! It is a Honor Harrington book for Christ sake, not a spin-off. The main story arc of the Solarian League against the Star Kingdom of Manticore continues and we have now passed from sneaky (and cowardly) subversion tactics to outright war. As the blurb states, the corrupt Mandarins of the League do not hesitate to kill civilians with weapons of mass destruction so the stakes are rather and obviously quite a lot of the military action is spent to prevent said destruction. There are a few quite good, and massive, space battles in the book. On these pages David Weber shows that he is still very good at writing these kind of things. However, half way through the book even Weber’s good writing could not stop me from thinking, get on with it already. There is just so much talk, politics and sub-plots between various characters that it is maddening. One thing that raised my hopes for this book was this sentence in the blurb: “The Salamander is coming for the Solarian League, and Hell is coming in her wake.“. Unfortunately I would consider this a load of BS. As a matter of fact, to me, it felt like Weber suddenly just decided he wanted to finish the book and rushed to end it. The ending is nothing of the climax I hoped it to be and somewhat unrealistic as well. What was supposed to be the big Harrington-bringing-Hell-to-the-Solarian-League felt more like a sizzle. If it was not for the fact that Weber does write very well even though, as I wrote, he spends a lot of words on the wrong things I would have considered this book as sub-par. As it is I consider it okay(ish).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm so tired of this series. I love what it was, and what it became in the middle stages, but I'm so tired of what it's been since the introduction of the Snidely Whiplash, genetic ubermensch wannabes that are the Alignment. This book has chapters broken up into a single month with multiple POV Sections in each, but, for all that she is on the cover and the titular character, Honor Hartington has, at the point where I'm 72% finished with the book according to my Kindle, been in maybe a dozen of t I'm so tired of this series. I love what it was, and what it became in the middle stages, but I'm so tired of what it's been since the introduction of the Snidely Whiplash, genetic ubermensch wannabes that are the Alignment. This book has chapters broken up into a single month with multiple POV Sections in each, but, for all that she is on the cover and the titular character, Honor Hartington has, at the point where I'm 72% finished with the book according to my Kindle, been in maybe a dozen of those sections and only the main POV for three quarters of them. In the first handful, she's either just in another character's memory pov, is only having a half-size section, or is there for exposition and doesn't really do much. The evil mustache-twirlers actually seem to have as much, or more, time as she does and actually get more development. Yes, she's had multiple books before this to grow her character, but she's the reason we started reading to begin with and she's not doing anything in this book. Despite all this, the action scenes, what few there are, are still fun, and some of the emotional scenes are still quite well done, but it's never been a question if Weber could write these scenes; we know he can from the prior books, but what's the point? ALl the atrocities committed by the "Alignment", and the Sollie, and Grand Alliance, responses have amounted to almost no actual advancement of the plot. The Snidely's reveal that the Harrington bloodline should have been working with them instead of fighting against them because Honor's however many ancestor was part of their evil conspiracy, just pushes the story beyond the pale of good plotting. It's so cliché and standard and dies nothing really. I'm debating finishing the book, let alone the series, by reading it or reading the wiki.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Antonio

    In the middle of this right now and it's essentially unreadable. There are more meetings and people chatting and talking over dinner and sitting an talking and thinking and talking and more talking than I care to mention. The few battle scenes so far were exciting but the bulk of this book, so far, is people talking and meeting and talking. Once I see a chapter begin with someone sitting at a table drinking something, I fast forward to the next chapter. I think Weber has lost his vision for this In the middle of this right now and it's essentially unreadable. There are more meetings and people chatting and talking over dinner and sitting an talking and thinking and talking and more talking than I care to mention. The few battle scenes so far were exciting but the bulk of this book, so far, is people talking and meeting and talking. Once I see a chapter begin with someone sitting at a table drinking something, I fast forward to the next chapter. I think Weber has lost his vision for this series. IMO, the main story should always be with Honor Harrington and not so much time spent with other characters and their machinations. This has become painful to read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    The war with the Solarian League is heating up. The League are raiding systems and trying to avoid fleet actions until new weapons or options appear. Meanwhile the Grand Alliance is trying to carry on with its scheme of crippling the League with minimal bloodshed while hunting for the their hidden enemy. Then the League unknowingly assisted from the shadows by the Mesan Alignment creates an existential crisis that brings Honor Harrington and the Grand Alliance fleet to risk it all to end the con The war with the Solarian League is heating up. The League are raiding systems and trying to avoid fleet actions until new weapons or options appear. Meanwhile the Grand Alliance is trying to carry on with its scheme of crippling the League with minimal bloodshed while hunting for the their hidden enemy. Then the League unknowingly assisted from the shadows by the Mesan Alignment creates an existential crisis that brings Honor Harrington and the Grand Alliance fleet to risk it all to end the conflict now! A satisfying ending to this story arc. Waiting to see what else will show up in the Honorverse.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    This epic space opera is the 19th in the Honor Harrington series and is filled with adventure, battles, weapons, hidden enemies and enemies not so hidden. Manticore is trying to recover from the sneak attack that ruined much of their military industrial complex and millions of innocent civilians. To do so they have forged alliances with their oldest enemy, the People's Republic of Haven, and other star systems because they know the Solarian League centered on Old Earth will take advantage of any This epic space opera is the 19th in the Honor Harrington series and is filled with adventure, battles, weapons, hidden enemies and enemies not so hidden. Manticore is trying to recover from the sneak attack that ruined much of their military industrial complex and millions of innocent civilians. To do so they have forged alliances with their oldest enemy, the People's Republic of Haven, and other star systems because they know the Solarian League centered on Old Earth will take advantage of any weakness. Speaking of Old Earth, it is in the control of an unelected bureaucracy known as the Mandarins who want Manticore defeated and who are not above using their space navy to commit war crimes in star systems who are neutral or allying with the Grand Alliance. They are also trying to use military force to keep their member planets from voting out of the Solarian League mainly because it is hurting the Mandarin's bottom lines. Their major goal seems to be padding their own pockets and covering their own "arses." They have no idea, and refuse to believe, that they are being manipulated by the very secret Mesan Alliance. Those on Haven and Manticore are aware of this hidden enemy but are, so far, unable to locate them or understand their end goal. This story has multiple plot threads woven through its 784 pages and the reader jumps around to find out what is happening a very large galaxy. See, the Mesan Alliance is fomenting rebellions on many of the fringe and Protectorate planets and promising that Manticore will back them up. Since Manticore doesn't know this, it can't be more than a deadly attempt to smear Manticore's name and reputation among the planet systems who should be their potential allies. Of course, when they do find out, they do what they can to help. Manticore and its allies are so far ahead of Sol in military technology that all the Solarian attacks really accomplish is killing lots of the Solarian Navy but the hidden Mesan Alignment is doing their bit to help out the Solarians just to keep the pot of chaos boiling. But then they go too far. When an attack on Beowulf is repelled by Grand Alliance forces but hidden nuclear bombs take out three of Beowulf's space habits killing 43 million people including many diplomats who are meeting to decide what to do about the Solarian League's threat, Honor and the Grand Alliance have had enough. Wracked with grief because many of her friends and her husband were at the Conference, Honor and the Grand Alliance target the headquarters of the Solarian League to bring the war home to them. This book was filled with grand adventure, great acts of heroism, great acts of evil, quiet loving home moments, and treecats. While it could be considered the end of Honor's involvement in Manticore's Space Navy, there are enough dangling threads for many more sequels. For example, what are Damien Harahap and Anton Zilwicki going to find when they look into the atomic explosions on Mesa? Will they find leads to the sinister Mesan Alliance? While this series may tell me more about missiles, armament and tactics for space battle than I really need or want to know, it is also filled with great characters living interesting lives in a well developed universe. Fans of space opera won't want to miss this episode in a long-running series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    ThomyZ

    Eleven years. Eleven years, almost to the day, since I started reading On Basilisk Station, through so many ups and downs, better books and lesser ones, and the Tester knows how many hours on the Honorverse Wiki. And now it's over. The story of Honor Harrington comes to a close at last. Or does it? We shall see. There's still a lot going on in the Honorverse, and in a way the end of this book leaves things to become even more... interesting.

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