From Publishers Weekly
Weber (Storm from the Shadows) combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection and a deep understanding of military bureaucracy in the long-awaited 12th Honor Harrington novel. The long war between the Star Empire of Manticore and the Republic of Haven is in its death throes, and the Manties are poised to win. Honor, now a duchess and admiral of the Manticore Empire and one of the few imperial leaders to believe that the Republic's new leadership genuinely wants peace, leads a delegation to the Havenite home system to begin negotiations, but an unknown enemy launches a surprise attack on the Manticoran home worlds while inciting violent encounters between the Manties and the mighty Solarian League. Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice to see Honor back in action.
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This latest Honor Harrington novel brings the saga to another crucial turning point. Haven has lost the war at the Battle of Manticore, but can Honor, turning diplomat with the telepathic assistance of her tree cat Nimitz, bring this gently but firmly home to Haven? Also, can the Solarian League be persuaded not to move in on a lot of planets that Manticore either claims or whose independence it is pledged to preserve? The league is immensely strong in number but not in smarts or technology, and Manticore's latest superweapon fends it off for now. Lurking in the wings is the genetic-slaver conglomerate Manpower, acting through the Mesan Alignment, which it has equipped with a new, stealthy space drive, with which the Mesans launch a devastating attack on Manticore, savaging its naval strength and incidentally killing many of Honor's relatives and leading to some critical revelations about the manipulation of both Haven and Manticore over the centuries by parties whose full identities and ruthlessness are yet to be revealed. Readers may feel confident that they will be Honored many more times and enjoy it every time. --Roland Green