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Ashes of Victory

(Honor Harrington #9)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  13,198 ratings  ·  254 reviews
The People's Republic of Haven made a tiny mistake when it announced the execution of Honor Harrington. It seemed safe enough. After all, they knew she was already dead. Unfortunately, they were wrong. Now Honor has escaped from the prison planet called Hell and returned to the Manticoran Alliance with a few friends. Almost half a million of them, to be precise including s ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Baen (first published March 1st 2000)
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Sep 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1paper, scifi, 2fiction
If you read my review of the previous book, Echoes of Honor, I mentioned it was an awesome basic story hampered by some real annoyances. Well, the annoyances are the same, but much worse. The basic story is still great & the ending is, again, just awesome. (It doesn't star Honor, either!)

Info dumps - There are too many of them & he's expanding beyond the necessary - an ugly trend that has gotten way worse - adding in details & back story that I don't much care for. I just don't see where it hel
Jamie Collins
Honor Harrington is back from Hell - the Havenite prison planet - along with a few hundred thousand prisoners she rescued along the way. The folks back in the Manticore system thought she was dead, and they're really, really glad to see her. They spend the first 150 pages of this book showering her with honors while she blushes and protests feebly. It's almost unbearably corny and saccharine. But eventually Weber gets on with the story, and I enjoyed the rest of the book. His last 100 pages were ...more
Dec 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi-military
April 4: A third of the way through the book and the only thing that's happened is that Honor has returned home to her family. Almost every chapter so far is two people sitting down having a conversation about either what happened while Honor was gone, what does it mean now that Honor is back, and what schemes to put into place. Since the POV for each chapter switches between the "good guys" and the "bad guys" (at least two sets of "bad guys" and multiple sets of "good guys"), this is turning ou ...more
Shaun Thomas
May 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Review: Ashes of Victory

I think I've just given up and decided to attempt and catch up with David Weber's Honor Harrington series. All the way up. That means I'm currently working on Ashes of Victory, and it's impossible not to notice the books are getting longer as the series rolls on.

And in this case, it's not just longer in page-length, but in exposition, political maneuvering, and copious droning. Compared to Echoes of Honor, this is almost an unremitting snooze-fest. Echos is one of the mos
Jan 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
I've very much enjoyed the previous Honor Harrington novels. I couldn't finish this one. It's a terrible read. It's chapter after chapter of nothing happening. Just two people talking as an excuse for exposition. One writer's credo is "show, don't tell". Well, Weber is all "tell" and no "show" here. So disappointing considering how much I enjoyed previous books in this series. I don't know that I'll return to this book or the series again. ...more
Kathy Davie
Sep 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
I had a higher degree of unsettlement with Ashes of Victory than any of the previous eight novels in this series. It felt like more of a holding action despite the variety and impact of activity which occurred. Distractions kept breaking off my reading whereas my attention had been glued to the previous stories.

A bit untimely on my part, but I finally remembered to mention the leader of the 'Peep' Republic, Rob S. Pierre. Who just happens to be based in Nouveau Paris. I think it's safe to assume
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I dropped the rating on this one because some of the expository sections put me to sleep. Mostly about politics or finance.
Niels Bugge
The Honor Harrington series has been pretty smooth sailing since some annoying lapses of realism in the earliest books. Now they're back with a vengance.

Generally the book is a bit slower paced than predecessors, but has many of their qualities (4 stars). What struck me as extremely annoying is (view spoiler)
Mar 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
It got a four only because of the quote on the back of the book, which is:

"Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."
If that isn't cheesy space opera, I don't know what is.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
2018 re-read. Things really heat up in this novel, both militarily, and politically. A very good read!
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
The padding begins. Interesting stuff happens. But there’s no reason this book need be thicker than a steak.
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Wow. This book is over 600 pages long, and my experience of the first half and the second half was completely different. In fact I would have given the first half 2 stars and the second half 4 stars so I've compromised on 3.

I started reading this book not having been overly-thrilled with the previous one. And once again there were loooong conversations that started with one person turning to the person next to them and saying "As you already know, EXPOSITION!!". In fact, my friend and I managed
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Twice as many pages, but the same amount of story.

A fun read, but these get more formulaic with each installment. The formula: first third recapitulates and explores ramifications of the previous book's climax, second third develops side threads and massive dumps of philosophy (thinly disguised as internal and external dialogue), then the final third develops the new climax and gives just enough details of the aftermath to create a hook to the next novel.

Weber's a good writer and its all very fu
2.5 stars at best.

Long-winded and repetitive. Was he paid by the word when this was published?

Again, 2-3 space battles, depending on how you count. Lots of noses rubbed, pinched and blown off. Lots of blushing *facepalm*

Again, lots of long, in depth descriptions of new characters who are then never seen again.

Some very clever moments, padded out to (it seems) 800 pages.

2/3 of this book is just fluff. And the stupidity of one of the sub-plots beggars belief. Jeez. (view spoiler)
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
3.5 stars.

So it appears that Mr Weber likes to add an extra 200 pages on each new installment. The last book had 600+ pages, this one had 800+ pages and a check of the next goes to 1000+ pages!!! He's definitely training me how to skim pages!!

A pretty good story once you get rid of all the lectures - but I really wish his editor had told him to distill his information into broad strokes instead of writing dissertations! It's getting to be more and more impossible for someone who's only after a g
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Three and one-half stars. (Actually I should say 2 stars for the first half, which was a bit of a snooze fest, and 4 stars for the second half.) Ashes of Victory was a better read the second time through, but that might be because I was able to skim/speed-read through the many data dumps this time and get back to the story. (David Weber is a very good story-teller, but I do wish sometimes that he would spend more time on story editing. But then he would be less prolific, I suppose. Sigh.)
In this
Jul 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is the last one I´ll ever read. Weber is totally off track, too much annoying stuff going on.
May 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Another book of the adventures of Honor Harrington Stead holder and Space Navy ranking officer of two separate Naves. Good SF reading with plenty of things happening in this fat paperback
Eric Leeson
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I truly wish I had read this series years ago, but I cannot complain too hard when I get to enjoy each action packed novel back-to-back. While another worthy addition to this series, the twist at the end was upsetting. Not because I did not agree with it, but I realized that the series was far from over. I just had politicians that are out to enrich themselves...too common by far.
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I am not sure how I feel about this book; I have very mixed feelings. Some if it I felt was well-written. Some of it was excruciating beyond belief. It was very long; honestly, it could probably have been broken down into two (or even three) smaller books and had about the same impact. The character development is hit-and-miss, and it is 'amusing' how some characters just seem to drop out of the book after being given some extensive development. It is mostly about politics and the 'domestic' sid ...more
Apr 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: masochists, speed-readers and lovers of Weber
Recommended to Gordon by: Martin warned me off it, I didn't listen
Today might be a bad day to finish this book and write the review, or it might be starkly honest.

The last 100 (maybe 200 pages) of this book have a climax mostly worthy of a flawed 4-star ending, but seriously this Honor book underlines the turning point of the saga from "fun space opera in a dubious militaristic future" to "fractured storylines, backplot and uninteresting characters talking about politics and then teasing you with a space battle (unfulfilled!) at the end". And, of course, Honor
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a real turning point in this series. Before this book, everything is just about space battle. Our beloved Honor Harrington is just the pawn in the midst of the power play. This book marks when it started to differ. Dame Honor just liberated an entire prison planet and became one of the most decorated (and living) heroes in two systems. And she deserve to take a break after all her ordeals.

The beginning is a bit domestic, a warm hero welcome, plus an even warmer family reunion. Fort
Jul 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
45 out of 100 for 2010.

A direct sequel to 'Echoes of Honor,' continuing where the events of the previous novel have left off. Honor is alive and returns home, creating a fair amount of chaos, much of it good. Her parents, who have dealt with the grief of her death, must turn their world upside down again. Other relatives have inherited her titles on Grayson and on Manticore, others have dealt with her loss and have gone on, and many of her political enemies, who have advanced their own careers
***Dave Hill
May 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: text

MAY 2012

This installment of the Honorverse saga is a true tipping point, as Honor gets increasingly sidelined (except when she's being showered with praise and adulation and "Thank God you weren't actually killed like we thought" and "Oh, yes, I secretly love you but can never tell anyone, especially you" melodrama) in favor of the overarching war tale and Weber's ever-burgeoning supporting cast. There's a ton of politics (with and without Honor), lots of talking heads, and ...

... well, in fact,
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book for many reasons, but it also highlighted a handful of my concerns for the series as well.

Firstly, this is a heavily political book. The military side of the novel is much less important to the overall story. It is important to the future of the story I am sure, but the actual atmosphere has already been established by the previous novel for the military progress. This novel simply showed off that progress, and without the political exchanges, the Kingdom of Manticore would h
Edward Davies
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the better Honor books of late, possibly because it was more character driven than battle driven. Here's hoping that the series continues to improve. ...more
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, ebook
3.5 stars. After reading almost the whole series, I feel a little like I've ODed on popcorn and chocolate. A maddening mix of boring military tactics and military hardware descriptiions, paper cutout characters, and sugary sentimentalism, they have just enough genuine empathy and suspense to keep one going. This one did better than the last in maintaining tension and suspense but then roared to a very disappointing and anti-climactic ending.

The politics have just enough similarity to what is goi
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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 Honor of the Queen (Honor Harrington, #2)
  • 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)
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“This just gets worse and worse," Rob Pierre sighed as he skimmed Leonard Boardman's synopsis of his latest gleanings from the Solarian League reporters covering the PRH. "How can one person—one person, Oscar!—do this much damage? She's like some damned elemental force of nature!"

"Harrington?" Oscar Saint-Just quirked an eyebrow and snorted harshly at Pierre's nodded confirmation.

"She's just happened to be in the right places—or the wrong ones, I suppose, from our perspective—for the last, oh, ten years or so. That's the official consensus from my analysts, at least. The other theory, which seems to have been gaining a broader following of late, is that she's in league with the Devil.”
“Never keep a lawyer waiting. They have friends in low and infernal places.” 7 likes
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