Monday, May 17, 2010

The Honor Of The Queen - David Weber

The Honor Of The Queen
David Weber
Baen Books
Copyright: 1993
0-7434-3572-9

The Amazon.com product description:
On the planet Grayson to participate in diplomatic talks between the Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven, Honor Harrington discovers that she is stuck on a fiercely patriarchal, misogynist planet.
I've said this before about some of the descriptions Amazon uses: they're not the best, but here's another example of that. Were this all I knew about the book I might not have read it. I'd have been missing out! The Honor of the Queen is the second book in the Honor Harrington series, and as such it's another page turner with politics and action intermixed.

Honor is sent as a part of an official delegation by the Manticoran government to Grayson in hopes of gaining their alliance. Grayson however, is extremely patriarchal, and to them women have no place in the military or anywhere else outside the home. To make things even more interesting, they're under threat from their even more extreme neighbors on Masada, who are being  courted by the People's Republic of Haven.

This is a book that's absolutely full of twists and turns, making it yet another page turner full of developments which will play roles in even later books in the series. The Honor of the Queen is also the first book where Susan Hibson appears. A minor character, yes, but she also stars in her own story: The Hard Way Home in the anthology Changer of Worlds.

If you're looking for an exciting science fiction read, the world of Honor Harrington is definitely it. The scope of the stories just grows from book to book as things build on past events and new characters are added. What's more, the "science" of the books seems very well thought out and believable - always a plus.
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