Storm from the Shadows (Honorverse: Saganami Island #2)
Big book, interesting developments in the Honor-verse plot-lines, but filled with stylistic and writerly choices that really depress me. Most of the book reads like a series of reports, not characters moving through a story. New characters are name-checked and have one physical attribute and one psychological attribute attached to them immed ...more
I have really enjoyed all of Weber's Honorverse books as well as some of his other titles, up until now. This book was awful. Unfortunately it would be difficult to give examples of why this book didn't work without giving out spoilers but I will do my best. He stated in the introduction that part of the book would be retelling events in other books from different character's perspectives... a ...more
Finally, chronologically at least, this book shows a bit of the post Manticore battle, but from Mike Henke's (and the fleet in the Talbot cluster).
As such, SftS follows Mike Henke through her capture by Haven, parole and then deployment to the Talbott Cluster. Mike, and the other characters presented are written well, though they tend to self-monologue a bit too much for my tas ...more
It's a side story of the Honor Harrington Universe. Honor's friend, the Admiral Lady Michelle Henke has been captured by the enemy and then returned in a prisoner of war exchange. But in the exchange the two sides make an agreement that Henke will not return to ...more
This was good. Frustrating in that it felt as though it spanned about three of the HH series although it really was concurrent with #11, At All Costs and a bit beyond it. (Weber has the cheek to admit in an Authorial Note that he had planned to kill off Honor in #11! He'd better keep her on...if only because she deserves it!). Mike learns something about herself and...thank god...we finally got to the action the whole story was leading up to. I thought I would expire ...more
Al the characters are familiar from previous books and this entire book feels like an effort to get them into the right places for the next story arc with the bad guy's changing to be "the alignment"
Almost all of the big events in the book actually happen in other books and it's hard to escape the feeling that the entire cast of this book are sitting in the wings waiting to be cool.
Feel free to skip this book until the 3rd book in this arc is available. Reading the follow u ...more
The book does suffer from retelling a story that has already been told. Though we do get some interesting details from an area of the galaxy that doesn't really get covered as well in the main series, However it just isn't as good as the first series. Still if you read the Previous book this one may be worth your time, though i expect its value will depend more ...more
This splendid continuation of the Honor Harrington saga takes its departure from both The Shadow of Saganami (2004) and At All Costs (2005). The Mantie commander on the spot (very much so, since she begins the novel as a Havenite POW) is Honor’s old subordinate, now an admiral, Michelle Henke. She is paroled to take home a proposal for peace talks between Manticore and Haven. In rapid succession, a Mantie officer attacks a planet protected by the Solarian League that is actually a
So we know governments have meetings to discuss things. And that they engage in small talk. I hope you like that, since every bit of a meeting is discussed. Who attends, what they do, how they got the job, what their secret thoughts of, what their middle name is, when they pick their nose... That is t ...more
With that I will up my rating too, based on Good ...more
Re-read this as background for some of the later Honorverse novels, since I didn't remember who had done what when. (view spoiler)[ For reference, this book covers the confrontations with Joseph Byng and the initial diplomatic response to the Solarians but ends before the confrontation with Sandra Crandall. It ends with the Mesan ships launching toward Manticore, which is a cliff-hanger. (hide spoiler) ...more
That never happened with this book. I ha ...more
I really liked the first in the Saganami series. I thought it was a much-needed breath of fresh air into a very long series. I have seen a great deal of complaining in reviews that this book backtracks and covers ground covered in previous books. I do not mind this nearly as much. Weber uses this book to put us in the shoes of Mik ...more
The story here largely follows Mike Henke, who hasn't really gotten much attention as a character except for some passing mentions in mainline Honor. She's a very capable character, and the supporting cast around her are interesting as well. Henke is quite aware that she's not Honor, but she finds herself in quite difficult si ...more
In some ways this is true. If you only read books to get the "exciting" parts but hate getting there, you might not like this book at all. But, on the other hand, if you love the world building plus fleshing out par ...more
The thing that bugged me most about this particular performance is the dr ...more
That was my 1 star review from April 2009.
What a difference a year makes:
I gave this book another go after I f ...more
I just read my review of Rising Thunder and sadly I am going to cut and paste and use some of the same words here. I loved the initial Honor Harrington books. She plays a bit part in this chapter of the continuing saga of Manticore. Haven and Manticore, Mesa and the Solarian League are all back. Rear Admiral Michele Henke is the main character in this book. It provides a different, not much different, perspective on the Mesa Manticore conflict.
This book repea ...more
Weber's Honor Harrington series keeps expanding, introducing new characters and bringing back others, allowing readers a glimpse into all their lives. I don't know how he manages it, but Weber has kept me hooked and eager for more, despite being 16 books into the ...more
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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