My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book completely converted me to the Honor Harrington series. Not only was this an outstanding bit of space opera, but somehow, David Weber managed to insert a strong-willed female vaguely agnostic protagonist into a diplomatic and military role with a Mormonesque patriarchal religious culture . . . and it worked; and made sense, and didn’t descend into any number of several possible bad tropes, or psychological abuse, or preaching about either side’s views.
Honor came across as an intelligent and effective military leader and diplomat and I read the whole novel at the edge of my seat. A lot of things happened in the story that are difficult and traumatizing for a realistic character, and neither did she wallow in self-pity nor sail blithely through the situation as though entirely unaffected. She is angry in…
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was recommended to me by a few different people because a) I like space opera and b) I like historical nautical fiction like Horatio Hornblower and the Aubrey-Maturin novels. The Honor Harrington books were deliberately written to evoke that nautical military fiction, up to and including a nod at another famous protagonist with the HH initials, and a logical reason for teenage midshipmen (or at least they look that way.) There’s some neat aliens too, like the treecats such as Nimitz, Honor’s faithful companion.
I was slow to warm to it. David Weber’s first effort still suffers from some inexperienced writing, such as awkward dialogue and infodumps (one of which was in the middle of the big climactic space fight! Why can’t we have learned about how the tech works earlier, like when Honor came aboard the…
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I suspect that English is not this person’s first language; there are many spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. But it’s still really cool and it’s worth watching.