This is still a good book, just not quite as good as I remembered. Unlike the other entries in this series, #8 is broken into "books" which follow different storylines, one for Honor Harrington on Hades, one for Peep stories, and one for everywhere else. All of these storylines are pretty heavy-hitting; this is the entry in the Honorverse that kicks off a whole new kind of war and the body count, momentum change, and POW/escape story line are all emotionally loaded, although never sluggish. Weber's characteristic info-dumping and numbers heavy dialogue are still in evidence; however, this entry has some serious page turning tension.
Having read all but the latest two entries, this is also the book that settles Honor Harrington into a slightly less larger-than-life role. Not that her storyline is any less incredible and odds-defying than before (fans of the series know how this book's conflict will end but it is a heck of a ride). Weber does a better job of letting the story pull back to the larger war effort and lets other characters grow in the available space (the continued growth of Alistair McKeon and Alice Truman are particularly notable).
The major change in re-reading this entry was my impression of Alexander Hamish's character; he comes off as much less noble than when I first read this book years ago. His grief bleeding over from the events of book 7 is overdone for something he didn't have in the first place (view spoiler)[and his willingness to engage in affairs despite his wife's pain is immature (hide spoiler)]
Overall, definitely a great entry in the Honor Harrington series with an ending that is still perhaps her finest hour. More than worth it for fans of the rest of the series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>