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House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion (Honor Harrington) Hardcover – May 7, 2013
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Be warned! This is NOT the first book in the Honorverse that should be read! It's got a lot of background that only really makes sense if you are already familiar with Honor Harrington and what's happened to Manticore since it's founding! And I love the article "Jayne's Intelligence Review." For those who aren't familiar with Jayne's it's the bible of fighting ships published every year since 1898 (and other things military). And this quote from a future Jayne's is... delicious!
This book needs a larger color format because it has many, many illustrations and technical drawings. On my Paperwhite they leave a bit to be desired but they're viewable. Like all Baen books this one is not restricted in any way and the color illustrations are glorious using the Kindle reader on my Mac... well worth browsing through!!!
The short novel is, like most Honorverse writings, very, very interesting and fills in a lot of background! But, be warned, Honor herself doesn't appear, this is mostly about King Roger, Queen Elizabeth's father, his death and how Elizabeth came to hate the Peeps so very, very much! There's a LOT of background about weapons, tactics and other technical stuff in the first 36% of this book.
But the rest of it is a feast of background and facts about The Star Empire of Manticore and The Protectorate of Grayson.Read more ›
80% of the book is written and the content itself is very good.
"I Will Build My House of Steel" by David Weber relates the life and influence of King Roger III of Manticore from 1844 PD to 1914 PD. It starts with a letter on the need to build ships of the wall and ends with the initial defeat of the People's Republic of Haven at Trevor's Star. It spans a period from Roger's service as Executive Officer on the HMS Wolverine to twenty-one years after his death.
Roger was the driving force behind the buildup of the Royal Manticoran Navy. Without him, Haven would have defeated Manticore. This story tells how he made the RMN more powerful than the Solar League Navy. Naturally, he didn't do it without help.
The Honorverse Companion covers the history of Manticore from the launching of the first STL vessel toward the star system in 775 PD to the aftermath of the retaking of Trevor's Star in 1921 PD. It also includes similar information about Grayson.
Is this the last Honorverse work? No, for the Mesan Alignment is still active. The next installment in this sequence -- Beginnings -- is due soon. Also, a young adult novel about Stephanie and Climbs Quickly -- Treecat Wars -- is also coming shortly thereafter.
Highly recommended for Weber fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of star empires, RMN technical data, and a bit of romance. Read and enjoy!
-Arthur W. Jordin
Most Recent Customer Reviews
David Weber's Herrington universe. Some back story of the Kingdom. That's all you need to hear.Published 3 months ago by book reader
I've been reading this series for so long David Weber is on my Christmas card list. Great story, fantastic character development. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Earnest
HOUSE OF STEEL by David Weber is the Honorverse Companion with BuNine. It starts out with a new novella called "I Will Build My House of Steel". Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gardener Dawn
Excellent back story about Queen Elizabeth and her Father King Roger! It gives the details how Manticore built up its Navy and upgraded its weapons technology to outclass the Peeps... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mike Keepper
Author is busy filling in many parts of the backstory of Honor Harrington's universe. The detail and storytelling are everything fans expect from Weber.Published 9 months ago by Dr. D
Well written. Great information. Good buy for anyone into the Honor series. A must buy for all David Weber fans.Published 9 months ago by YODALOWE
The primary reason to get this book - the guide to the Honorverse - is made much less useful by the complete lack of an index.Published 10 months ago by Ben Overmyer