It had to happen eventually. Honor's luck had to run dry at some point and the Peeps had to find someone competent. These two facts collide horribly with terrible consequences for the grand Dame Honor.
Honor and some of her top people get captured in this one. That's bad enough. What makes it worse is that one of the head commissars is in the area when she is captured and has an axe she wants to grind...on Honor's neck. There is virtually nothing she can do about this situation either. That leaves it up to her loyal subordinates to get her out of this one. They do but pay a terrible price in doing so. No one is immune from damage in this one.
This book was nice in that it further developed characters on both sides of the war. Honor, while still prominent, takes more of a backseat and lets some of the other shine. We get to see courage, stupidity, sacrifice, venality and, yes, honor.
This is a fine book in the series. It is not my favorite but I still had a hard time putting it down.