July 16, 2005

Ashes of Victory, by David Weber

This is the next book about Honor Harrington, except that it isn't really about Honor Harrington. As a result of the rigors of her capture and escape, she spends most of this book in rehab and on light-duty--teaching at Saganami Island, Manticore's naval academy. And of course she mostly saves the day at the end of the book. We visit with her periodically.

The book is partially about the fruit of Honor's tactical experiments in Honor Among Enemies and Admiral White Haven's execution of (what should have been) the final phases of the war with Haven.

But mostly, it's about Honor's honorable opponents, those men and women in Haven's navy who are now fighting a double war--not only an open war with Manticore, but also a covert war to preserve their nation from the fanatics who now rule her.

And everything's beginning to look nice and shiny, and then it happens. I'd tell you precisely what happens, except that Weber kindly devoted the whole next book to it so you'll have to wait until the next review.

Anyway, there was much of interest in this episode; there were a number of things that annoyed me, including a subplot I have a real distaste for; and there were a lot of extra words. In short, it's worth reading if you've read the previous books and want to know what happens next, but there's nothing special about it.

Posted by Will Duquette at July 16, 2005 02:49 PM