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The Honor of the Queen (Honor Harrington #2)

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  17,971 Ratings  ·  463 Reviews
RIGHT WOMAN, WRONG PLACE

It's hard to give peace a chance when the other side regards war as the necessary prelude to conquest, and a sneak attack as the best means to that end. That's why the Kingdom of Manticore needs allies against the so-called "Republic" of Haven—and the planet Grayson is just the right strategic place to make a very good ally indeed. But Her Majesty's
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 17th 2000 by Earthlight (first published 1993)
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Mike (the Paladin)
First let me congratulate David Weber. I don't know what his own religious convictions (if any) are but he's done something (for me) very welcome here. He's written a book about a civilization of religious fanatics without leaving the feeling that anyone who is religious or holds religious convictions is either crazy or dangerous. That's more rare than you might might realize if it doesn't effect you. I'm a Christian and in spite of the fact that it's hard to remember the last big Baptist bombin ...more
Carol.
shelved, on the advice of fellow reader-friends.

it is worth noting that Honor is about to be sent to Primitive Patriarchy Planet as escort for a diplomat. I'm sure that opening the story with her being teased about a lack of sexuality was not meant ironically, right?
Nate
Jul 09, 2015 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DISCLAIMER: I originally read this book around November of last year in an utterly narcotized state after getting all four of my wretchedly impacted wisdom teeth cut out. In short, reading David Weber's books while fucked up is not a good idea--they're full of technical detail, worldbuilding, intrigue, and feature a pretty decently sized cast of characters. This lead to a somewhat underwhelming experience and while I had fun with it, I only gave it three stars in my original review. Well, unsurp ...more
Andy
3.5 stars rounded down to 3 as was a tough start & tbh nearly a series ending one....

As to why?

First the minus 1.5pts - Yes the backdrop to the story is required, which are around the first 100pgs or so but IT IS hard work getting through it & i nearly gave up. Ive also learnt to snooze read the techno-babble too after the first book’s Hypoenginechargetransformthingmabob so that’s no longer such a negative for me but it does go a little "overboard" at times & combined with a slow sta
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Mr. Matt
The Honor of the Queen follows the story of Harrington in her new command, the newly commissioned RMN light cruiser, Fearless. And it offers more of the same. This is good and bad.

First the good. The action is good - no great. The story revolves around a astro-political power struggle between Manticore (the good guys) and Haven (the bad guys). Both are backing client states in an otherwise insignificant star system. The rival powers are clearly positioning for a conflict and the system in quest
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Kat  Hooper
Sep 15, 2011 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Though she’s a woman and not a diplomat, Honor Harrington, the highly competent and well-respected Manticoran Navy Captain, has been assigned a diplomatic mission to a planet run by a patriarchal religious cult. Why would the Manticorans send an aggressive woman with no diplomatic skills on this type of mission? There’s only one possible reason: to try to make The Honor of the Queen more interesting...

I wasn’t thrilled with On Basilisk Station, the first b
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Jeffrey Jelmeland
I started this series upon the recommendation of a friend, and I can't thank that friend enough for that recommendation. This series definitely establishes a standard for military space-opera, and unlike so many others that I have read in the past this series really does feel like something other than military fiction.

This book took some work for me to get into, but at some point I found myself simply devouring the pages, unable to read fast enough to match my hunger for more. And the last 40+
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Jim
Again, I didn't like this quite as well listening to it as reading it. There weren't as many data dumps, but Honor's insistence on taking responsibility for things outside of her control got old, something I could skim through in paper format.

Johnson did a better job with the voices, although again her accents struck me as strange as did her insistence on mispronouncing some common words. She did a good job pitching her tone to fit the excitement level.

It was a fun romp with Honor shining again.
Brittany
May 09, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sciencefiction
More engaging military space adventure fluff. This time, though, there's the added interest of some really thought-provoking ideas. It concerns a delegation to a planet/culture with a repressive attitude toward women. A lot of the book is a thought-experiment about the best, most respectful, most moral way to deal with such a culture (and whether respect and morality come into conflict at some point.)

Very interesting, with a twist I wasn't expecting for a female heroine. More highly recommended
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Enzo
Jun 08, 2015 Enzo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Weber again excels in "The Honor of the Queen" were Captain Honor again goes out against all odds to try to save the day. This is part of a great series. Yes, its the second of the line, and its a great read. As SciFi writers go Weber is a favorite because he gives us detail. Names of instruments and descriptions of future technology are a big hit. The Honor books have technology to spare and delight the reader. Captain Honor Harrington is really a remarkable character. One that envisions ...more
James
A little darker in places than the previous book, On Basilisk Station , this book touches on religious (in)tolerance, sexual discrimination and violence as well as the different moral lines in the sand that individuals and groups will set themselves in an ongoing war. Weber handles the topics well, each group manages to get represented across most of the human spectrum – some good people, some not so good people, some downright fucking nasty people and some people who need a trigger event of so ...more
Tina
Mar 21, 2008 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book on the Honor Harrington series.

After the events from Basilisk Station, the Manticorans realize that war with the Peeps (The People's Republic if Haven) is an inevitability. They decided to seek a strategic alliance. The queen sends a envoy of ships and diplomats to the small planet Grayson to seek their alliance and to help them out with a problem they are having with a sister planet of their own. Honor and her crew are along for the ride.

There is a slight problem. Grayso
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William
May 20, 2016 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great continuation of the "Honor-verse" series. Love the main characters, and (again) these books have SUPERB space battles - wonderfully technical and very gung-ho, a true homage to the Horatio Hornblower tradition.

I will be reading the whole series, I presume!
Ed [Redacted]
This was my first foray into the Honor Harrington series. I got this one instead of the first in the series (On Basilisk Station) because it was the one available to me more easily.

HOTQ is a book about a young Captain in the employ of the navy of the "Star Kingdom of Manticore" (SKM). Manticore is ruled by a queen and seems to be set up in a more or less standard constitutional monarchy. (Why is it that the more libertarian writers like Niven, Weber, Pournelle and frankly the vast majority of B
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Alyssa
May 31, 2016 Alyssa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: don-t-bother
Being trapped in a car with a long drive ahead of me, I had felt pretty desperate when I finally turned to this book. I don't know what made me put it on my mp3 player. I had pretty much told myself that I'm never reading a DW book again after the first HH book that I struggled through. But, I can be lenient and have been proven wrong about authors in second books. (Hello Ben Aaranovich)

This was not that book. Or that author.

I've come to the conclusion that HH was just not written for me. With
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Simone
Dec 30, 2015 Simone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel continues from roughly the same narrative point the first one in the series finished on-Manticore and Haven are shaping up for war, and both are in desperate need of some sort of advanced base/defensive foothold between their major star systems.

In the first novel Honor Harrington and her crew were able to repel Haven's first attempt at getting this foothold in the Basilisk system. The second novel sets up in a new system, and a new set of complications. Firstly, Manticore does not ho
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Susana789
Jan 06, 2016 Susana789 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, síce bol prvý diel sľubný, ale druhý bol, čo sa týka centrálnej konfliktnej situácie a jej dejovému prezentovaniu, ešte lepší. Príbeh má konštantnú stavbu, ale opis dvoch náboženských komunít je slušne zvládnutý. Príbeh má dobre napísaných hrdinov, znesiteľné opisy (s patričnými kvázivedeckými pasážami, ktoré boli súčasťou sci-fi štandardu :-), dynamiku (ale keď už má človek niečo načítané, tak schému konfliktu napíše po dvoch úvodných kapitolách a keďže to má pokračovanie, tak vie, že to s ...more
Sandi
Oct 21, 2011 Sandi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, audiobooks, 2011
There is no way in heck anyone will convince me to continue with this series. It's boring beyond belief. The audiobook narrator is good, so I will look for more of her work. However, I won't be reading any of David Weber's books anytime soon. The only reason I gave this two stars is that there were a few good scenes in it. It's too bad they were so short and so spread out.
Jim
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
28Aug2011: Re-read for September in Beyond Reality group. An excellent second book to the series. The universe grows & we find out more about Honor. Excellent fights, not just with ships.

2008: No review, but I rated it with 4 stars.
Simone
May 10, 2016 Simone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Honor Harrington could easily be one of those perfect characters within this narrative, but she isn't. She is fiercely loyal to her crew, and in return, they are fiercely loyal to her because she inspires them and leads by example. Honor Harrington is not perfect. She makes mistakes, but she does work to correct her mistakes. During the course of this novel Honor makes a couple of big mistakes, which in the grand scheme of things might not have been as costly as they became, but she does constan ...more
Agnieszka Jędrzejczyk
As with the first book, there were some problems here, but despite them all, I find myself even more in love with this series that before. The problems include:

* plot inconsistencies, particularly with regard to the Graysons and their way of life; I could not figure out whether to put them as pro or against womens' rights, and why or why not - that part was a mess
* the fact that about 40% of the book was not about Honor and it picked up the pace only later on
* the fact that Honor is still a pret
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AndrewP
Book 2 of the Honor Harrington series, follows on after the events of the first book when Harrington is given her first command squadron. She's sent on a diplomatic mission to broker a treaty with a star system on the border of Peoples Republic of Haven space. As you might expect, things don't go as planned.
There is some political skulduggery at work and the target worlds turn out to be religious nut jobs to whom women are second class citizens. One planet is slightly forgiving, but the other
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Casey
The Honor of the Queen really surprised me, especially since On Basilisk Station left me feeling very underwhelmed. I really enjoyed reading it. If there is going to be a movie based on this series, supposedly it would start with this book, rather than the first, On Basilisk Station.

Honor Harrington is a Manticoran Commander of the HMS Fearless. She is sent to the planet of Grayson in the Yeltsin system to negotiate a treaty, as their system is close to Manticore's enemy, the People's Republic o
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***Dave Hill
Mar 14, 2014 ***Dave Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: text, favorites
This is likely my favorite of the Honorverse books, though all of the first half-dozen have something to recommend them and, as it was the first I read, I may be slightly prejudiced.

Still, it's damn fine space opera / SF Military Melodrama, as Our Heroine faces prejudice, assassins, holy warriors, and Impossible Odds, and does so with feet of -- well, not clay, but not the perfect water-walking platinum (metaphorically speaking) she later attains. She has flaws here -- insecurities, uncertaintie
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Grzegorz
Feb 25, 2012 Grzegorz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bardzo dobra druga część cyklu. Weber potrafi doskonale opowiadać historię, stopniowo budując napięcie, aż do wielkiego finału, co powoduje, że im dłużej się czyta tym trudniej jest się oderwać od lektury. W efekcie coś co zaczyna się jak dość niepozorna historia, zmienia się w pełną dramaturgii, wręcz filmową opowieść.

Przez cały czas, bardzo duży nacisk położony jest na sferę militarną, a autor świetnie sobie radzi w opisywaniu tradycyjnych scen walki jak i epickich pojedynków okrętów wojennych
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Erica Anderson
I’ve recently become a fan of David Weber’s Honor Harrington series. If you like military science fiction, than give Weber’s series a try. Start with On Basilisk Station, though, not Honor of the Queen, which is the second book. Honestly, I liked Basilisk better than the second installment, but there’s still not much to complain about—perhaps a bit too much description of interception speeds and missile arrays, but overall, the book is a page-turner.

The plot revolves around the core conflict be
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Kristin
This book felt like I was reading one info dump after another: summary of what happened at Basilisk, history of Greyson, history of Masada, complete breakdown of the Manticoran Fleet, competely dissection of ship capabilities. Info. Overload.

I kept coming across what I considered "unnecessary science"- there is the over used example in writing workshops of "the door iris-ed open" to convey that it was not a traditional door, but a futuristic setting. While I can't find the example I want from th
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Travis Starnes
Sep 21, 2013 Travis Starnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second book in the series has a lot right going for it and is a solid follow up to ‘On Basilisk Station’. While Honor of the Queen falls a little short of its progenitor, it is still a solid read. I enjoy military fiction, whether contemporary or sci-fi, when it is well done; and ‘On Basilisk Station’ was done well. This story is a bit less straight forward and has more drama attached to it with long standing personal relationships joining the butting head version of personal relationships ...more
Kathi
Sep 08, 2011 Kathi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Monique
Jan 02, 2012 Monique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I had the same impression of this book that I did of the first, On Basilisk Station. The book starts slowly, with lots of dialog-based "as you know, Bob" info-dumping, and I struggle to keep reading and wonder why everyone thinks this series is so great. Then about 1/3 of the way in, suddenly I find that I can't put the book down. I'm flipping through pages as fast as I can to see what happens next. It's weird, because futuristic - or even modern-day - battle scenes usually put me to sl ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Honor Harrington (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington, #1)
  • The Short Victorious War (Honor Harrington, #3)
  • Field of Dishonor (Honor Harrington, #4)
  • Flag in Exile (Honor Harrington, #5)
  • Honor Among Enemies (Honor Harrington, #6)
  • In Enemy Hands (Honor Harrington, #7)
  • Echoes of Honor (Honor Harrington, #8)
  • Ashes of Victory (Honor Harrington, #9)
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