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In Fire Forged: Worlds of Honor #5 (Honor Harrington) Hardcover – February 1, 2011
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David Weber is the science fiction phenomenon of the decade. His popular Honor Harrington novels repeatedly make the New York Times best seller list and can’t come out fast enough for his devoted readers. He has also written the popular Safehold series for Tor, and a best-selling epic SF adventure series in collaboration with John Ringo, with four novels so far: March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few. His Wind Rider’s Oath, another New York Times best seller, continues his popular Bahzell fantasy adventure series.
Top customer reviews
Worlds of Honor 5
A collection of stories and articles set in the Honor Harrington universe. Started out well with the first two stories, then fell flat with the rest of the book. 3.5 out of 5 simply due to Lindskold and Zahn.
“Ruthless” by Jane Lindskold
While speaking to a woman from Human Services outside her apartment, Judith Newland’s daughter disappears. The child is being used as leverage against Prince Michael Winston. Lindskold gives us a look at one of the more important refuges of Masada as well as advancing the relationship of Judith and Michael. The search for Ruth also introduces Alice Ramsbottom, an intriguing new character with great potential. 4.5 out of 5.
“An Act of War” by Timothy Zahn
Sequel to “With One Stone” from PROMISE OF THE SWORD. Charles Dozewah, aka Charles Navarre, is on the People’s Republic of Haven to arrange a sale of something that could help with the war against Manticore. Before he can complete the deal, Charles is arrested by State Security. As even when Charles is involved, everything isn’t as it seems. It was nice to see some of the back story that was happening when Honor Harrington first was revealed to be still alive. Charles is truly an extraordinary person. As most conmen and spies go, he’s definitely one of the best. 4 out of 5.
“Let’s Dance” by David Weber
Commander Honor Harrington is contacted by John Brown Matheson of the Ballroom while visiting planet side. The local Ballroom members believe Manpower has a hidden slave base in the Casimir system. Sadly, this was the weakest story in the bunch (I don’t include the technical piece as, frankly, I usually skip them). Set pre ON BASILISK STATION, I was so looking forward to early Honor, not to mention the involvement of the Ballroom. It was terribly slow, even during the action scenes. Definitely not a short story. I was vastly disappointed. 3 out of 5.
“An Introduction to Modern Starship Design” by Andy Presby.
As I said, I don’t read these. It isn’t my field and doesn’t interest me, so no rating.
Jane Lindskold has a natural voice for story telling, and in "Ruthless" sets the stage for the characters as we see them in later years.
Timothy Zahn has created an intriguing character, Charles (Last Name Here)that we have met twice now, and I think will make an appearance in the the main line stories of the future. Charles is dancing a fine line in interstellar politics, with multiple agenda's, the obvious ones being the least important. Who is he, really?
Weber's own addition, "Let's Dance" is an important addition to Honor's back-story in that it reveals things alluded to in past volumes, but also takes us back to her early career in Hawkwing and her appearance on the Admiralty's radar. It also shows how the military takes care of it's own, balancing the future of a promising young officer with political realities.
The story I would love to see, and it must be out there, is the story of Chief Harkness' courtship! If I don't find it soon, I will have to write it just for my own entertainment. Just thinking of it make me howl!
Kevinh T. Bendall.