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Flag in Exile

(Honor Harrington #5)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  16,378 ratings  ·  324 reviews
Hounded into retirement and disgrace by political enemies, cut to the heart by the murder of the man she loved, and bereft of confidence in herself and her abilities, Captain Honor Harrington has retreated to the planet Grayson to take up her role as Steadholder while she tries to heal her bitter wounds.

But the People's Republic of Haven is rising from defeat to threaten G
Paperback, 443 pages
Published September 27th 1995 by Baen (first published September 1995)
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Mr. Matt
Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2014
I have a love/hate relationship with the Honor Harrington books. Why do I like them? Massive space battles and lots of action. Why do I want to throw them across the room? Almost everything else. OK. Maybe that's a little harsh, but still ... Flag in Exile is more of the same.

Honor Harrington is left to cool her heels on Grayson. She is exiled from Manticore and reduced to half pay. For her, the war is over. But events conspire to keep her busy. Reactionary conservatives on Grayson who can't ima
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it
At this point in the Honor Harrington franchise, the question for readers is: “Can Weber maintain the momentum of his previous novels, or is this the start of a spiral down to formulae and predictability?”

If the following is what has kept you a reader, then you will find more of it in Flag in Exile:
“The two formations slid broadside towards one another at just under forth thousand kilometers per second while the missiles went out with an acceleration of eighty-five thousand gravities. At their c
Mike (the Paladin)
This is the fifth in the series. I read these 5 back to back and do plan to follow up with the next...though not right away.

I had some gripes with this one, as I did with the last (Field of Dishonor). The plots are quite similar and the flaws I noted in the last (or what I found to be flaws) are present here to.

I think that some of the reactions we get from Honor in this volume don't ring true to the character as established. This is of course one of those cases where you'll want to read the boo
Maria Dimitrova
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi
Another brilliant instalment of the Honor Harrington series. I was a bit sceptical about Honor being stuck on Greyson after the events of the previous book, mostly because of the misogynistic views of Grayson's population. These religious views and the deep rooted fear of change are the main drive behind the opposition Honor faces. This is an older book written in the times when we still thought that we have a bright future ahead of us - one free of bigotry, religious persecutions and sexism. I ...more
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While Weber has always been too detailed in his explanations, the data dumps rehashing the previous books history in this one was positively awful. It wasn't nearly as bad in the last few books, but he pulled out all the stops on this one. I suppose that means a person could start with this book & still be up to speed on the story to this point, but it is painful for anyone who has read this far & has to listen to it as an audiobook. It's probably worth reading these in text so that such long wi ...more
Dana Stabenow
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
"Your Grace," she said, "I have only one question. Do you wish this man crippled, or dead?"

This may be the best so far of Weber's Honor Harrington space buckle-and-swash series. Exiled in disgrace, Honor takes up her post as Steadholder of Grayson, but a Woman In Charge is a very new thing on her adopted planet and not everyone thinks her presence there is a good idea. The covert battle between new and old culminates in a face-off between Honor and the bad guy with big-ass swords. And then she h
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
The proportion of historic data dump to new material is growing, but his book actually had a story . . . and a good one. Giving Weber the benefit of my previous downgrade.

Written as it was, just prior to the Oklahoma City bombing, this tale's tragedy is all the more poignant.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this difficult to read in parts. There were large parts of the book that dealt with sickeningly bigoted misogynistic villains, and their rhetoric, reasoning and *actions* shocked me to my core. However, the action started out slowly, which was understandable given the actions of the fourth book of the series, but very soon picked up. It also seemed like we had two climaxes, one of which felt rushed, but was rather more satisfying. There was no real resolution to speak of, which was disap ...more
Shaun Thomas
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
At this rate, I may actually finish the Honor Harrington series before the heat death of the universe. Having just finished Flag in Exile by David Weber only fifteen years late, I think I'm getting the hang of this series.

Though a friend at work recommended the series, and due to the length, I was suspicious it would be throw-away pulp; I'm willing to admit now that that my fears were mostly unwarranted. Weber clearly enjoys the universe he constructed, and has spent significant time developing
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This fifth book felt like a return to to the promise of the early series for David Weber. With her lover murdered in the previous novel, and her own exile from Manticore as a direct response to the resulting duel, Flag in Exile leaves Honor heartbroken and moping about on her steading on Grayson. With the rising of hostilities between Manticore and Haven, it's only a matter of time before the ships protecting Grayson have to be redeployed. Grayson will no doubt need a new leader for their ow ...more
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Flag in Exile is the fifth book in the Honor Harrington series. It takes a different approach than the earlier books, and it makes me wonder what direction the series aims to travel.

Honor is essentially exiled from Manticore. Although she is still an officer in the Royal Manticoran Navy, based on outcomes of previous events, she has been forced to give up her post. She returns to Grayson and begins earnestly carrying out her duties as Steadholder.

Steadholders appear to be something akin to a hig
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi-general
This series has always had it's faults, but to me it's getting to a point where the bad outweighs the good. My biggest complaint is the amount of time devoted to the backstories and viewpoints of minor, mostly irrelevant characters. It really bogs down the narrative and ruins the pace. A good editor could solve this problem pretty easily because so much of it really is superfluous information. (Plus it gets melodramatic very quickly.) Another big problem lies in the character of Honor. The first ...more
Sep 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book is dedicated to Roger Zelazny. I guess he died about the time it was originally published.

More of the same as the rest of the series. I don't recall that the info dumps were terrible in this one & it was fun. Honor ascends to new levels, of course. Fun.
Kathy Davie
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First read September 7, 2010
Jul 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Flag in Exile is the fifth book in the popular, Honor Harrington series, by David Weber. This is the second book of the series set primarily on the planet Grayson. Unlike The Honor of the Queen, Honor is not a stranger to the planet. She is one of its nobles and has been accepted whole-heartedly by her subjects.

Unfortunately, not everyone on the planet accepts her. Grayson is a patriarchal society; women are viewed as less than capable to perform tasks that are solely the domain of men such as m
Agnieszka "Aeth" Jędrzejczyk
DNF at 50%. Haven't been reading this in two weeks now and there's no way in hell I'm going too go back to it. This book has everything I hate about the series: politics, religious fanaticism, no action and Honor who's gotten even less personality than before. There's not one thing I liked about "Flag in Exile", not one thing I was looking forward to story-wise, and I'm furious that I wasted my time on it. I'd rather read a summary and then we'll see if I ever go back to the series as a whole :/ ...more
Jamie Collins
This is really enjoyable space opera. There's never any doubt that Honor will win the battle and destroy her enemies, but the climax is no less enjoyable for that certainty. The body count is always high and the author isn't afraid to kill off characters you've become attached to, so there is a nice amount of tension concerning who will survive each round.

The Honor-worship does get a little thick sometimes, particularly in the early part of this book. While she is not as morose as Horatio Hornbl
The fifth book in the "Honor Harrington" series is just as good as the others. I'm genuinely interested in what is happening in the universe of the series... both on a personal and on a political level. Despite now having read five books in five days... no signs of boredom yet.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
2018 re-read. A really good blend of planetside and space adventures.
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I think banishment to Grayson has been good for Honor. But she is definitely a trouble magnet!
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
It’s appropriate that Honor Harrington, protagonist of David Weber’s flagship series, is a flag officer. Indeed, anyone who read the first few books in the Honor Harrington knows that the tradition of “fighting sail” novels continues in this far-future, space navy version of the genre. Honor constantly runs afoul of those with powerful or fanatic patrons and one knew that her naval career would be stunted as a result. After the legal and political machinations toward the conclusion of Field of D ...more
Niall Teasdale
Long, long ago, I was part of a role playing group within an MMO. For seven years, that group ran like a sort of multi-author story, twisting together the plotlines of all our characters, and it was quite fantastic. That group produced at least two published authors that I know of. Great. But there was a point where it nearly died, and the reason was ANGST. Some people seemed to just love creating heartrending plotlines to keep their characters in a constant state of misery. Enough of that, and ...more
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one showed up on my library desk and since I had read a number of the Honor Harrington novels I grabbed this one. Sounded a bit familiar and by about halfway through it was , oh yes have read it before. But is was good so I kept going (made sure it was now on my last of read books). So Honor is on the planet Grayson and is now a Steadholder despite some old guard objections and is soon to be appointed to head the fledgling Grayson space fleet as Admiral. With and empending battle with a lon ...more
Ward G
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-tech
Liked this outing very much.

Honor has been given a Steadholding. For her bravery in saving a planet, as well as it's people.
(Kind of like a feudal lord old Earth times.

So now she is responsible for the multitude under her.
Nice pacing, and we see Honor. Once again show her quality.

While being at first overwhelmed. BY all her new responsibilities.
Among saboteurs, plots against her, assassins.
Not to mention the sneak attack coming from an enemy fleet.

This one has a lot going on, and for it. Kept me
Matthew Aravena
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing addition to what has become one of my favorite series of all time. I love the change of pace and the retention of what made me love the series from the beginning; awesome space battles and nail-biting intrigue. This series is on par with the Dresden Files, Dragonlance, Redwall, Legend of Drizzt, Chronicles of Prydain, and so many others I love and keep coming back to.
I thought I had started this series with this book, but I think I actually started the series with book six. In any case, this was okay; I enjoy reading it overall, but some of it was pretty hard to read. it moves at a decent pace; sometimes fast, sometimes slow. It held my interest throughout, but I did find it easy to put down to do other things (like the laundry, the dishes, mowing the yard, weeding, cleaning the bathroom, getting an oil change, etc.). The character development is so-so; it i ...more
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
#5 in the Honor Harrington series. The complex Honor Harrington universe continues to develop, making the series stand out in the ranks of military science fiction. A nice development is bringing back Captain Wu, formerly of the Havenite forces defeated by Honor in The Honor of the Queen (1993). I'll quibble by complaining about the amount of angst shown by Honor in this volume. I'll buy that her anguish over the death of her lover in the previous book Field of Dishonor (1994) and her uncertaint ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The series is taking on a rather sameness at this point, with the books becoming more and more indistinguishable. Honor's enemies hate her due to their own class/religious bigotry. Honor's enemies plot against her, but the plot goes awry and kills a bunch of innocent bystanders/friends. Honor's enemies underestimate her in some personal confrontation. Honor wins a huge space battle despite overwhelming odds. Between the plot rut and the more-and-more overt political leanings of the author, I may ...more
In some ways, I think this book is just as strong as the first; death-rides meet politics. In others, I really think Harrington's becoming super-human, and it bugs me. Additionally, the Peep characters really gain some depth in this book, but I'm still sad to say that there isn't a lot to redeem the religious extremists that pit themselves against Harrington. I dunno why I'm so picky about villains that have something to redeem them; maybe it's just that I can't believe that anyone would truly b ...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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Honor Harrington (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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