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Uncompromising Honor

(Honor Harrington #14)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  2,157 ratings  ·  281 reviews

The Solarian League's navy counts its superdreadnoughts by the thousands. Not even its own government knows how enormous its economy truly is. And for hundreds of years, the League has borne the banner of human civilization, been the ideal to which humanity aspires in its diaspora across the galaxy.
But the bureaucrats known as the "Manda
ebook, 773 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Baen
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Taliesyn I rather enjoyed it, but there is still a TON of talking and not as much action. That's to be expected, however, since not only has the series shifted…moreI rather enjoyed it, but there is still a TON of talking and not as much action. That's to be expected, however, since not only has the series shifted over the years from space opera to space conspiracy, but the main character has reached the point that she's primarily a politician, and as a Fleet Admiral, she's generally going to be planning offensives, and only rarely leading them.

On the bright side, you don't need to worry about 200 pages copied from previous books, and there is neither the typical ten page history lesson nor the dreaded 20 page hyperspace physics dissertation, and unusually for a recent Weber book, there's not a single discussion of bullet weight vs propellant charge vs muzzle velocity vs impact energy.(less)
Eleanor Young I would guess that the "someone surrendering and then being destroyed" was Admiral Massimo Filareta. When he gave the order to surrender, it triggered…moreI would guess that the "someone surrendering and then being destroyed" was Admiral Massimo Filareta. When he gave the order to surrender, it triggered the nanotech programming in his operations officer, that forced him (the ops officer, not Filareta) to fire on the Alliance forces, and then detonate a bomb that killed everyone on the flag bridge, thus preventing either a disavowment of the attack by Filareta himself, or a self destruct of the missiles.(less)

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Gillian Wiseman
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have loved this series. The first seven books are superb, and I reread them every few years. Having said that, I could barely read this one.

It's too long. It has too many points of view. It was too predictable. And I'm sorry, it was way over the top. Everything about each and every character has become "the best" or "the worst" or "the most ever seen" in any living human ever. I mean, come on... the descriptions of Emily's spirit, of Honor's horrific determination, etc... were just tiresomely
I can't believe I keep reading these things. 800 pages, and more death and destruction than is even remotely required. Fortunately, it can be skimmed when you get to the stupid parts, which cuts the book about in half. I gave it 3 stars, but even that was a push.
The ending of the Honorverse story-line started in 1993 with On Basilisk Station though of course the story goes on and hopefully sooner rather than later we get another book in the universe; to paraphrase the title, the novel was uncompromisingly good with one major complaint, namely that it ended - I wanted another 800 pages at the least - this being said the ending is quite satisfactory from the main story line point of view (Hono's saga, the Grand Alliance vs the Solarian League) but of cour ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
There were some faults in the series from the beginning. Too many characters, a few pages of random information dumps here and there... But for all that, you could at least count on 200 pages of spaceship on spaceship violence that were almost impossible to put down. With each book in the series, the action diminishes and the bloat of characters, politics, technology and everything else takes up more and more space. I'm glad to know what happens as Honor's story seems to be wrapping up, but ther ...more
I am a big fan of the Honor Harrington Series. It was the first Sci-Fi series that I got hooked on. Over the years this series is what I compare all others against. I found that I liked military science fiction with a strong female leader. I was so excited that the next book of the series finally came out. My only complaint is that I had to wait five years for it.

The Manticore Star Kingdom is now at war with the Solarian League. The League is headquartered in Chicago on Earth and is a very old L
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
[2 May 2018]
I enjoyed this book. The first half contained a few exciting space battles, and actually involved Honor quite a bit. After that there was a section that slowed down quite a bit, focusing on a number of long political "discussions" and several hard to follow conversations among the Solarian League special intelligence analysts. Then in the last third things heated up again and became very exciting, suspenseful, and maddening. Maddening because it seemed like everything was resolved mu
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Good points :
- story advancing
- no repetitions from other books
- a few interesting treecats scene

Bad points :
- too much worthless meetings
- Is it really a Honor Harrington Book ? She's maybe in 25% of the book.
- too much secondary/unknown characters taking too much book time

Maybe I should have waited for the final, non ARC book (hoping it's going to be severely edited...)
John Cunningham
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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C.T. Phipps
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: space-opera
HONOR HARRINGTON is one of my all-time favorite series but it's one of those which has suffered a bit of drift over the years. The best of the series was all about Honor versus impossible odds and heavily focused on her POV. Unfortunately, the past few books have gradually become heavily politicized stories about Character X talking with character Y about doing Z for three chapters then doing Z exactly like they talked about.

The fact the Solarian League is an incredible bunch of incompetents wh
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
After several rather lackluster books in the Honor Harrington series, I have to say that Weber seems to have his mojo back. I reckon this is his best book in a while. A solid 4 stars.
This seems to be the end of the Honor Harrington series. However, in the book's "Afterword" Weber strongly implies that Honor will make appearances in future books set in the Honorverse (but not as a main character commanding ships headed into battle hell). We shall see.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 100-in-2018
This review is for the EARC.

I have to say that this is ultimately an anti-climactic ending to this arc Honor Harrington's story. I don't believe for an instant that this is the last we'll see of Honor. In fact, I seem to remember reading somewhere that the fight with the Solarian League was supposed to be Raoul's and Katherine's story, and I have to believe that David Weber just shifted some plans (view spoiler)
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In the middle of this right now and it's essentially unreadable. There are more meetings and people chatting and talking over dinner and sitting an talking and thinking and talking and more talking than I care to mention. The few battle scenes so far were exciting but the bulk of this book, so far, is people talking and meeting and talking. Once I see a chapter begin with someone sitting at a table drinking something, I fast forward to the next chapter. I think Weber has lost his vision for this ...more
Excellent, I highly recommend it!
Barb in Maryland
Nice to be back in the Honorverse. Super nice to have a book focused on Honor Harrington (hey, it's been 5 years since the last such book...).
As promised, this hefty entry (773 pages! All story!!) wraps up the war with the Solarian League story arc. With a few look-ins on the Mesan story arc, just so we don't lose track of what's going on there.

If you are reading this book you are probably already a Weber fan, used to his writing style. I thought he did a fairly good job on keeping the story mo
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really liked the ending, but then again I love Honor!
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A satisfactory ending. I am pleased.
Alexia Chantel
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Action, Honor Harrington, and treecats. I would have liked to have more of all three, especially the treecats. But Honor Harrington book 14 still has space battles! Space battles for the win!

*ebook courtesy of Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

Full review to come at Reading Between the Wines Book Club.
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Miss OP
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
saying goodbye to honor is so fucking hard. YEARS AND YEARS I've spent reading and I'm so damn thankful. before I get started on this book review. I want to congratulate the author for being such an expansive rich world you forward and wonderfully memorable lead character. The series as a whole was something I thoroughly enjoy. I reread the whole series multiple times. The sign of a good book for me most of the time not always but most of the time is my willingness to reread it again and again. ...more
Tim Johnson
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It will sound like I'm griping, and I suppose I am a bit. For all of the things that disappointed me, I was still ecstatic to have more Honor Harrington. The story itself actually MOVED somewhere. It had consequences for all involved. It gave us a peek at some storylines that have been hanging a bit. We got to see some frigging resolution to some things!

That's why I gave it 4 stars. I enjoyed it even with the flaws. Maybe I enjoyed it because we've waited so long for it. Possibly. If nothing el
John Kelbaugh
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed this. I loved how it wrapped up some story threads. I just don't want to give away any spoilers
Per Gunnar
The enormous blurb of this book reflects fairly well on the book itself. Too many words. The book is perhaps not huge but at 961 pages it is definitely big. Unfortunately the book would be better with a lot of the words removed. I used to really like Honor Harrington as well as a lot of the other works from David Weber. Unfortunately his later works consists of a lot of talk, talk more talk and not enough real action by the characters involved.

The writing of David Weber is undeniably good but no
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finally! The mad wizard weber (MWW) (author) moves the timeline forward. No more jumping all over the place... Altho to be fair, this book does start either 'before' the events on Mesa, or at least, before news of the events reaches the rest of the books characters until around halfway through the book..

Regardless! It doesn't FEEL like the constant backtracking and reshashing of the same events over and over again as the last .. 4-5? books have. (Shadow of Victory, Shadow of Freedom, Cauldron of
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book by David Weber in the Honorverse that actually has Honor Harrington in it is always a treat. As usual, this also is an extremely long book which could easily have been edited down quite a bit. I read this as an eARC and it could be trimmed before publishing but it probably won't.
Manticore is reeling from an attack on their infrastructure by the Solarian Navy. The Mandarin's, the Solarian leaders based on old Earth have decided Manticore is a threat and are uninterested in any 'neobarb'
Johan Bastiaanssen
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book could be the end of the Honor Harrington series as we know it. The mandarins that have been ruling the Solarian League will finally be brought to justice, but many of the familiar characters in the series do not live to see this conclusion. The core of the Mesan Alignment has disappeared down the proverbial rabbit hole, and maybe Honor's children will be the ones to deal with them if they ever return.
But before you get to this point, you will be familiarized with new weapons developme
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Finally, an Honorverse book where New Things Happen(tm) and the plot moves forward - possibly to a conclusion. I can't say it's great (definately not up to par with the stellar early volumes of the series) but at least you are not served the same dish warmed up and repackaged.

The battles are somewhat interesting, and somehow the author makes a serious attempt to write himself out of the hole he put himself in and provide something fresh. Still, there's a lot of filler material in between, very b
Rich Van Ollefen
Oct 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really like the Honor Harrington series for the first 10 books or so. Then the writing shifted from space opera to space politics and conspiracies. I was hoping for a bit of a return to the earlier style, but was very disappointed. The book is long, wordy, and shifts viewpoints enough that if I had cared enough what was going on I would have had to take notes to follow everything. I didn't care by about page 50 or 60, and skim-read most of the book. If I did enjoy the complexity of Dave Weber' ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
My biggest disappointment in the whole series. In my opinion, some of the threads unnecessarily placed in this book instead of in the next part of the spinoff, shadow of saganami. The whole story first stretches and maneuvers to be cut in a few quick events which deserved much more attention.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
An unsatisfying conclusion with solid action (as always) despite its meandering.
Bernice Mills
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to admit right off the bat that I probably love this series too much to write a proper review about it.

That being said, DW has found a new favourite phrase - 'nontrivial exercise'. On the other hand I don't remember seeing a single 'spat their hate' which is probably a first for the HH series.

About the plot - I loved it. I spent large parts of the book breathlessly speeding through the words, desperate to know WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. In the end, even my reading speed simply wasn't fast enou
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David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952.

Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He frequently places female leading characters in what have been traditionally male roles.

One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name

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Honor Harrington (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington, #1)
  • The Honor of the Queen (Honor Harrington, #2)
  • The Short Victorious War (Honor Harrington, #3)
  • Field of Dishonor (Honor Harrington, #4)
  • Flag in Exile (Honor Harrington, #5)
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“Battles aren’t always—or even usually—won by killing everybody on the other side. They’re won inside the other side’s brains and wills. Given the right weapons, the right tactical situation, anyone can kill an enemy. Convincing her to yield, to do what you set out to compel her to do without killing her—that’s harder.” 0 likes
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