The Honor of the Queen (Honor Harrington, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Honor of the Queen (Honor Harrington #2)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  12,310 ratings  ·  321 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...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 17th 2000 by Earthlight (first published 1993)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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
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.
Kat  Hooper
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...more
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...more
Brittany
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...more
Jeffrey
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+...more
[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...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 som...more
Tina
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...more
Jim
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.
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...more
***Dave Hill
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...more
Grzegorz
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...more
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...more
Travis (Home of Reading)
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
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Monique
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
S. J.
Jul 21, 2013 S. J. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of SciFi, David Weber, great female heroines, and fans of the series
Recommended to S. by: My Husband
*4.7 Stars*

Scorecard: (Out of 10)
* Quality of Writing - 10
* Pace - 8
* Plot development - 10
* Characters - 10
* Enjoyability - 9
* Insightfulness - 10
* Ease of Reading - 9
* Photos/Illustrations - NA
Final Score: 66/70 = 94%

*WARNING: In addition to the series' usual battle sequences and somewhat graphic death scenes, there are some terrible events that take place in this book. While the author handles them with care, they are not for young teens and older readers should be aware of what they are get...more
John
Wow, what a ripper! I had really enjoyed the first one in this series (On Basilisk Station), but this one really gives this idea its lead. I admit, I have a weakness for naval adventure series (Hornblower, Aubrey/Maturin, etc.), so that may cloud my judgment a bit, but this was thoroughly gripping. In case you don't know, Weber has managed to design a plausible set of space-faring propulsion and weapons systems that allow him to plot out and describe space battles in the same way as 18-century n...more
Richard Radgoski
- ARGH - my larger review got lost...

I very much enjoyed this second installment of David Weber's Honor Harrinton saga. It contains the right mix of action and politics that makes these novels so enjoyable. While some of the terminology might seem daunting, the tactics are starting to sink in and I'm starting to see the picture better with each battle. Honor is made form the same mold as Nelson (and fictional characters Bolitho, Hornblower, & Aubrey) and I love seeing her put into tense situ...more
Julia
Honor Harrington takes on the Space-Greenie-Amish-Muslims who are being helped by the EVIL WELFARE STATE with entertaining results. I really enjoy this series, despite the fact the writer's political leanings don't quite match my own, and I absolutely loved the risks he took with the main character. And after two books I'm starting to understand the tech basis of the world, so I can start anticipating what might happen next and what are good moves and bad ones, or scream "It's a trap!" at 3am wh...more
Hannah Ringler
Tea Recommendation: Earl Gray.

This series was a recommendation from a good friend of mine, and was sold to me as ‘Master and Commander! In space. With women.’ And that is almost completely true. The main difference - and it is a very large difference - between that summation and the contents of the books is that the Aubreyad is, at its heart, a story about friendship and the Honor series is a series that deals with isolation, overcoming it, and the extent to which Honor cannot overcome her isola...more
Michael Burnam-fink
I've read On Basilisk Station to pieces, so I decided to start my Honorverse reread with the second book. In The Honor of the Queen, Honor has to secure an alliance with the backwards but strategically important planet of Grayson. This book has Weber's milSF at the top of the game, with rapid deep-space ambushes, Space Marine assaults, and the required slugging match between Honor and a more powerful ship. Fortunately, it avoids the 'war of large numbers' excess that characterizes that later boo...more
Timothy Stone
Honor Harrington is back, and this time, the stakes are higher, and much more personal. In *The Honor of the Queen*, Honor Harrington is assigned to escort a diplomatic envoy to a backward colony only recently discovered a few hundred years before.

This means that the colony had left "Old Earth" over a millennium previously. They are the off-shoot of a cult that took to the stars to escape technology. Though they are not necessarily amenable to Harrington and her crew, they are vastly better than...more
Kjirstin
In this book, Honor conquers two worlds filled with provincial misogynists, and rises triumphant after dealing with a sneaky plot unleashed by the enemy colluding with one set (the worse ones) of the backwards misogynists.

Personally I found this a little less interesting and/or appealing than the first book -- women fighting sexism is so 1970s (speaking somewhat sarcastically). Perhaps the assumption that a (perverted) form of Christianity made them the way they were played into my low-grade ann...more
Jamie
This was a fun book, and better than the first one, so I'm glad I stuck with the series. It's basically Horatio Hornblower in space, with a female starship captain who engages the enemy and inevitably triumphs against horrendous odds. In this book Honor has to deal with a planet full of religious fundamentalists who need protection from another planet full of religious fanatics, and none of them are thrilled to have a woman in charge of everything.
Oni
Definitely better than the first novel: On Basilisk Station. Some of my expectations from the first novel are actually answered. The second novel actually brings more stories from the enemy's side. I certainly are looking forward to seeing Captain Yu and Theisman, two commander from Haven side.

After Basilisk, Captain Harrington is assigned to a new post in a diplomatic mission to Grayson. It looks like an easy task, but something is lurking behind. Grayson's nemesis, its sister state: Masada, is...more
Desiree
I really like how Weber writes. In addition to an engaging plot and to the fact that he's not shy of following a scene up to its natural consequences and making bad things happen to characters (in a confilct people are wounded, at times also intimately, and may die, it doesn't only happen to bad guys), he also writes many scenes cross editing the point of views, making the reading much more dynamic and engagig.
Definitely thumbs up!
Eileen
Enjoyable, but I don't think I'll be seeking the third book for a while. The books are pretty explicitly billed as "Hornblower in space", but I have to say that Hornblower is better. As much as I really wanted to love H.H. (a brilliant female captain kicking ass in outer space? yes please!) it didn't shine.

In the Hornblower books, he's universally admired by his crew, and for good reason, so it shouldn't bother me that Harrington is universally admired by her crew with good reason. But Hornblowe...more
Sandi
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.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • Defiant (Kris Longknife, #3)
  • Marque and Reprisal (Vatta's War, #2)
  • Gust Front (Posleen War, #2)
  • Lt. Leary, Commanding (Lt. Leary, #2)
10517
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...more
More about David Weber...
On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington, #1) The Short Victorious War (Honor Harrington, #3) Field of Dishonor (Honor Harrington, #4) Honor Among Enemies (Honor Harrington, #6) In Enemy Hands (Honor Harrington, #7)

Share This Book