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The Honor of the Queen

(Honor Harrington #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  24,657 ratings  ·  691 reviews
It's hard to give peace a chance when the other side regards war as a prelude to conquest. That's why Manticore needs allies against Haven, and planet Grayson is placed to make a good ally. But the Foreign Office overlooked a cultural difference when they sent Honor Harrington to carry the flag.
Paperback, 422 pages
Published February 27th 2001 by Baen Books (first published June 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
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019
So I guess I am hooked into an other series! I enjoyed this second book as much as I did book one.

In The Honor of the Queen Honor Harrington returns to fight more space battles and earn more love and respect from those around her by her pure brilliance. Gotta love her and Nimitz of course. I am not usually one for extended, detailed battle scenes but there is something about space battles which makes them fun even for me.

Just like book one, this one builds steadily towards a superb and exciting
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I am a victim of having already read some really great MilSF, and so many of them have had vibrant characters and an outrageous hat-trick narrow escapes.

What does this mean for this particular novel?

Well, unfortunately, the characterizations were NOT as good as the setup in the first Honor book. It seemed rather cardboard-cutout, actually. So I have to rely mostly on good worldbuilding and battles to carry me through this particular novel. It's not a dealbreaker, but it does lessen my enjoyment
Mar 21, 2015 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
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
It's odd seeing the romance trope "she's gorgeous but totally thinks she's plain, but all the men can't stop looking at her" pop up in a space opera.
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this a lot better this time so am raising it from 3 stars to 4 in the audio format. Part of that is for the action. There's a few good fights, but the one where Honor faces the assassins is tops. This book is definitely better than the first.

What really made it for me this time was the way the evil Havenites wind up not being so evil. They become much more human & are contrasted against religious fanatics that make even them seem nice. While the good guys are also religious, the fanatics
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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 start we starte
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+
Kat  Hooper
Sep 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Mr. Matt
Dec 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Apr 14, 2013 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
Mar 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Niall Teasdale
It's probably a little over 2 stars, but while this book had a big finish, it had an annoying lack of satisfaction before you get there.

This is the second Honor Harrington book and it has some really good bits to it, but more than half of it is not about the lead character. In the first book, there's a lot of frittering over her crew's dislike of her until she works through it and, aside from her showing she knows her stuff, nothing happens. In this one you get plenty of nothing happening, and q
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 ...more
Apr 23, 2015 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
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, sci-fi, 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.
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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!
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Three years after book 1 (On Basilisk Station), Captain Harrington returns to the Star Kingdom in order to support a diplomatic mission to the sexist patriarchal society of the planet Grayson. With a looming war with Haven, Manticore is looking to form an alliance with Grayson.
Grayson is not thrilled that a woman, Harrington, as well as, another female Captain, Truman have such an important position in the Mantcore Navy.
These are new challenges that Harrington is not ready for, and thus commit
S. J.
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Ed [Redacted]
May 20, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
This series just gets better and better! (I've already started Book #3: The Short Victorious War) In this book, David Weber tackles sexism and fundamentalism. I love how he has put together the different societies, extending the foibles and follies of present day humanity into the future. Politics are still dirty, religion still causes more problems than it helps, and there are still heroes that rise above it.

This book also made me cry. I was very surprised. The tears caught me unawares. But th
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: military-sci-fi
This was a good follow-up to the wonderful 1st book in the Honor Harrington series. It did suffer a bit from the sophomore slump. The book was more predictable than its predecessor. It contained quite a bit more language (if that bothers you) but not enough to seem unjustified in a military sci-fi setting. Ironically, it wasn't the military people doing the cussing, it was the religious people.

Although the bad guys in this book were religious people, it didn't seem to be centered around religion
Sep 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
I am so glad that I discovered this series walking past the best sellers section of a Stop and Shop about 2 decades ago.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
After my mind was changed about the Honor Harrington series by David Weber’s On Basilisk Station, it wasn’t long before I picked up the second novel in the series, The Honor of the Queen. Honor happens to be a female officer in the futuristic space navy of the planet Manticore. In the first novel, I felt her pain as the Admiralty stripped her ship of its primary armament to accommodate an untested and tactically challenged new weapon. I also felt her pain as her immediate commanding officer left ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The previous novel in this series, On Basilisk Station, was an implicitly feminist book. By which I mean: Honor, the main character, was incidentally a female, but you could change her gender and almost nothing in the story would change as a result. Manticore is a feminist society, and nobody in the setting has an issue with a female starship captain. There are roughly equal numbers of male and female characters at all levels. Both males and females are grizzled old veterans, both males and fema ...more
I really enjoyed On Basilisk Station, the first book in the Honor Harrington series, and the second book did not disappoint. It had all of the stuff that made the first book so amazingly awesome, plus tons more action and political intrigue.

The dynamics in The Honor of the Queen were a bit different, in that Honor has definitely proved herself by now and is no longer the underdog freshman starship commander in the armpit of the galaxy. This time, she’s been given a small fleet, and assigned to a
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well. This is the book I wanted when I read On Basilisk Station.

For starters; the characters felt more real in general than in the previous novel. The enemy captain, for instance, could feasibly be seen as Harrington’s counterpart in Haven rather than just filling a part and he was given a lot more to do, which was in his favor. Wolcott, for how little ‘screen-time’ she got, still managed to be significant enough that I remember her name after being done with the book.

One thing I particularly li
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
As I am still new to the sci-fi genre, the first book in this series was difficult for me to get into. However, starting this second book, I am glad I continued to pursue the series.

This book was intriguing, eye-opening, and empowering. Captain Harrington, renowned military personnel of the Queen’s navy, is fantastic. She is strong, independent, skilled, and tough as nails. But when she comes to the planet Grayson, she is faced with hatred simply because she is a woman. The patriarchal society r
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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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Honor Harrington (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • 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)
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