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The Shadow of Saganami (Honorverse: Saganami Island #1)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  3,959 ratings  ·  65 reviews
The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately, as their first assignment turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected. What was supposed to be a quiet outpost, far from the blazing conflict between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the People's Republic of ...more
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Published November 1st 2004 by Baen Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Steve Pierce
Loved it. I can see this spinoff of the main series really going somewhere. Well worth reading.
This novel is another spin-of from the Honor Harrington series. It is telling the story of the new cadets of the Royal Manticoran Navy in their first cruise. All of them are expected to follow the example of Edward Saganami, the name inscribed in their academy.

The story has the same feel as the original series, even without seeing Honor Harrington in the center of the action. Maybe it is not so surprising because it is indeed written by David Weber himself (unlike the Torch series which is the c
BTW, if anybody cares that I have not been posting, it's because I've been rereading all of David Weber's "Honorverse" series. My reason for doing so is that I read them out of order before, and I wanted to re read them in order to get a sense of the continuity of the story. For the most part, I appreciated them more the second time around, although my objections to some of the ones toward the end of the series wasn't fundamentally changed. I do have to say that this doesn't apply to 'Storm From ...more
From Publishers Weekly

In his long-running saga of the Manticoran Space Navy and its battles (_War of Honor_, etc.), Weber has chronicled the career of Honor Harrington, a distaff Horatio Hornblower transplanted into a futuristic conflict based loosely on the Napoleonic wars. These hugely entertaining and clever adventures are the very epitome of space opera, but their emphasis on one officer's contribution tends to give a lopsided view of how a military organization fights. In his rousing seco

First, before I get started on the actual plot... As I've done with the rest of the Honorverse books, I listened to it. Because this deviates slightly from the main series arc, they brought in Jay Snyder to narrate. He has a wonderful voice for prose and for the men, but is extraordinarily awful at female voices. Each one made me want to cringe a little more. There's a lot to be said for subtle feminine subtext over falsetto.

Okay, the plot. Contrary to the cover (which not only displays Honor pr
Wayland Smith
This book fills in some of the details we don't see in the main Honor Harrington books. The story is mostly new characters, with a few minor ones from Honor's series. There's a lot of science fiction action, military engagements, and politics.

Most of the main characters are trainees just about to graduate from the Academy that trains the Royal Mantacorian Navy. They get the thrill of new assignments and the difficulties of fitting in to their new ships' companies.

I enjoy the concepts of the Hono
Mayank Agarwal
Like it, the plot is good and the writing bad. The book has it all - espionage, politics, terrorist and the epic battle to end the book. Also it's fresh in a way as it's not about Honor Harrington.We actually get many new characters. Aivars Terekhov and Westmen were interesting characters and more focus on them would have been great.

Weber's typical problem does crop up- adding useless pages and going to in-dept making the read dull most of the time. Hate his habit of repetition, after reading 20
I enjoyed the politics but there was too much of it. I don't understand why Weber felt it was necessary to write such a long book about the Talbot cluster. Even so, it was well done. Overdone however. What was really disappointing though was how little action there was. Weber had built up marvelously to a ground engagement. I was excited but just as it started to kick off, the account abruptly ends and the reader is given the after action report. It's like Weber didn't have the energy to write a ...more
Vickey Foggin
I have been referring to this book as the Talbott Clusterfuck. This is the worst of the Honorverse books I have read so far. The idea of following some of Honor's top students as they begin their careers is good but the execution is terrible. I really struggled through this one--it took me 2 weeks and these normally take me 2 days to read. There are just too many characters, too many planets, and none of them are really unique enough to make them interesting. Some stand out but most just blur to ...more
This is the first Honor Harrington (or in this case, Honor Harrington universe) book I've read in a long, long time. At first, it was rather like visiting somewhere you haven't been since childhood -- trying to reacquaint yourself with landmarks, remember the names of the people you knew back then, figure out what the actual timeline of events was. I'll admit that that made it a bit challenging reading at first (there's a reason it took me nearly a month to finish this book -- and not just becau ...more
***Dave Hill
One of the problems with the Honorverse series is figuring out where a book fits in. Is this part of the mainline Honorverse (with only a brief glimpse of Honor herself) or a new subseries, or ...

At any rate, this book picks up with the new Talbot Cluster, where the most recently discovered wormhole from Manticore leads. Even as Manticore is stretched thin fighting off the new war with Haven, the systems of the Talbot Cluster have applied to become part of the new Empire of Manticore, rather tha
Must be in a bad mood tonight because this is the second book I've given a mere two stars, and it too isn't Actually poorly written, nor does it suffer major plot holes, awkward dialog, or any of the other major deficiencies of most books I rate so harshly.
In fact, I'm actually glad I read it because it does flesh out what actually happened out in the Talbot Cluster during At All Costs. (IMHO "Saganami" should be read first: it does not contain spoilers for "All Costs," while the reverse is not
A new class of midshipmen have been graduated from Saganami Island, and a small group of them are assigned to the HMS Hexapuma, one of the newest and most advanced Saganami class battle cruiser. Her commander, Aivars Terekhov, has spent quite a bit of time in the diplomatic circles after a fateful encounter with pirates some years ago. This is his first command since that Pyrrhic victory. Down on "Snotty Row" the middies are being squared away and given assignments. The ship begins her shakedown ...more
Tony Hisgett
I wish I could stop read David Weber books, unfortunately he does produce some great characters and some of the best space operas ever written. Sadly he also thinks he is Leo Tolstoy and believes ‘War and Peace’ is really a short story with not enough dialogue, he also firmly believes in the old adage ‘why use one word when a thousand will do”.
The question is will I read another book in the series, well yes, but I wish he would go back to his 1990s style of writing.
This book, to me, was good space opera--large-scale conflicts made personal by a large cast of characters, some black, some white, some gray, with a very light sprinkling of romance (very light!). I really enjoyed getting to know Captain Aivars Terekhov and the main members of his crew.

My only complaint is that the exposition, via long discussions between characters, is not always fascinating reading. Those passages, along with detailed descriptions of the weapon systems and construction of
This is the first of a spin off in the Honor Harrington series. It starts off by dealing with the next generation of midshipmen. Helen Zilwicki, one of the characters created by Eric Flint for the Honorverse, is prominently featured.

I was disappointed with the first 300 pages but after that the book rapidly picks up the pace and shows true Honorverse form. It is a shame that Weber has descended into verbose overflow. Yes, David, I understood what you meant after the first sentence. You don’t nee
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
I had actually read or at least skimmed this once before. The story is interesting but in places the actual telling of it seems awkward and clumsy. Like, when Helen Zilwicki seems insightful beyond her years. And when he compares a reconnaissance drone and its mothership to Odysseus and Penelope. And is it just me, or does anyone else think he might be setting up for a reveal where (this isn't a spoiler, just speculation, unless I turn out to be correct) (view spoiler) ...more
Good action sequences, but lots and lots of political background story with confusing array of characters. A good read, but I've had better.
Steven Cole
A novel mostly of the politics in the Talbot Cluster, a collection of planets on the far end of the Lynx terminus of the Manticore wormhole. Plus some space battles.

The political side dragged a bit, not helped by the fact that I was reading this on an old PDA, and it was difficult to get to the "cast of characters" page to figure out who everybody was. But the last half of the book was fantastic. Weber has a skill with writing a battle that makes them tremendously engaging.

The book ends very ve
David Weber continues to expand the Honorverse with this new book. This one focuses on a new captain and several midshipmen on their maiden voyage. The ship is also sent to a new territory far away from home, so picture this as semi-Star Trek Voyager. There are enough familiar characters from previous books to keep the reader grounded. I understand that Weber is trying to set up an all new area, but the nearly 900 page length is way too long. He goes far too long between action sequences. He doe ...more
Having reread it just recently, I came to the conclusion that although this is not a bad bad book - rather to the contrary - it doesn't reach the four stars (but still three stars), and it could have easily be four stars. But simply because too often it's way too slow, and nothing really happens. And if the editor had had any balls he would have made Mr. Weber chop away a third or a half of the superfluous meetings. And you wish Mr. Weber finally comes to the point...

So, the way it's shipped now
This is a substantial book that gives strong background on Lt (Junior Grade) Abigail Hearns, Midshipwoman Helen Zilwicki and Captain Aivars Terekhov. These somewhat peripheral characters take centre stage in this story of the Talbott Cluster systems coming to terms with becoming part of the Star Kingdom, and the attempts by a syndicate of malefactors to get in the way.

Great characters, heroic action. Lots of politics but by now I am actually interested in it. This is easily as good as many of th
Solid start to new series in the honorverse. Different cast of characters (some spun off from previous tales) and the new setting of the Talbott cluster gives us a HUUUUGE canvas to cover so we are forced to jump between a multitude of characters and settings in order to get through the entire plot, which really seems massive. convoluted and just a bit unbelievable. It was easy to lose track of some of the characters and I just can't seem to suspend disbelief over the mysterious motivations of t ...more
Listened to the audiobook version of this one because I am fan of narrator, Jay Snyder. I want to give the book a 3.5. It is better than most and perhaps if I was more knowledgeable in the "Honorverse" of Weber's other novels this one would be more gripping. As it is, it is a well written space novel that balances action with diplomacy and there are many interesting characters. There are a number of parts I would find difficult to slog through reading but Jay's narration brings the characters an ...more
Bj Norton
The book starts off pretty slow, and I found myself reading without comprehending anything. There really are a lot of politics in the beginning, and so many new names, that it was hard for me to follow along with the story.

About 1/3 to 1/2 of the way through the book things start picking up and it becomes a great story. I just hate books that you have to "work through" to get to the good parts. My second reading however, after having read Storm From the Shadows went much better, and things made
Rebekah Roberts
very boring for most of the book
This book is an excellent way to start of the latest addition to the Honorverse. I read the book when it was first released and recently re-read it before picking up a copy of Storm from the Shadows. The Talbot Cluster annexation allows for Weber to examine a host of issues and story lines that are not as accessible in the main Honorverse story arc. It is also a way to look at people much closer to being at ground zero than Duchess Harrington is these days.
Awesome! I'm always leery of authors who write "spin-off" series of their bestselling work, but Weber carries it off well. Getting used to another large cast of characters is made somewhat easier by the inclusion of several tertiary characters from the main Honor Harrington series. Good character development and Weber's trademark political intrigue and great action scenes. Definitely worth the time for fans of the Honor Harrington series.
Apr 21, 2013 Andria marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
After 63 pages, I realized that I was not going to enjoy this as much as the books in the honor Harrington series. It was too many pages for too few things connected to honors life, no old characters that I truly loved from before to connect me to the series and make me read on. And since I had read past that point in history in honor verse, I already knew the outcome of the action, even though this was the back story behind the action.
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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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Honorverse: Saganami Island (3 books)
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