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Crown of Slaves (Honor Harrington FRG #16)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  4,546 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
Beginning a new blockbuster series set in the "Honorverse"-the universe of Honor Harrington. The Star Kingdom's ally Erewhon is growing increasingly restive in the alliance because the new High Ridge regime ignores its needs. Add to that the longstanding problem of a slave labor planet controlled by hostile Mesans in Erewhon's stellar back yard, a problem which High Ridge ...more
Paperback, 720 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Baen (first published April 1st 2003)
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Joyce
Jan 29, 2009 added it
I was trying to figure out why this is arguably my favorite outing in the entire "Honorverse", when I came across this line:

"He's perfect! Just the kind of stiff-upper-lip Manticoran nobleman who will be _damned_, Sir! if he'll let a bunch of lousy slavers and pirates hold the Star Kingdom to ransom"

and then it occurred to me that when you come down to it, Honor herself kind of is one of those stiff-upper-lip etc. She's not utterly humorless, but let's just say her first name isn't Comedy either
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Oni
Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is a spin-off from the Honor Harrington series, using the same universe, but following different story line. The story line is about the conflict between Mesa and Manpower Inc. against the slave rebellion. Call it a Spartacus in space.

The story starts with a mission by Anton Zilwicki, one of the Manticore's super spy, to the Erewhon star system, looking at to fix the shattered relationship caused by the idiot High Ridge government. He is accompanied by her daughter Berry, and the spy-i
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Kathy Davie
Oct 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
First read October 17, 2010.

Runs parallel with Honor Harrington.

Brings some very minor characters into a major role in this new series expanding upon their abilities on behalf of Manticore in repulsing a kidnapping leading to a coronation after the revolution. New, very unexpected allies come together in a good cause while some very happy assassinations take place...well, happy for me anyway!

Sets up a future scenario for the Solarian League and Manpower to, hopefully, take some nasty falls!
Jay Sprenkle
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: space-opera
A good start to a new series. The book also expands the legend of Victor Cachat. I really enjoyed the way the author resolved the situation he sets up in the book. It's a much more audacious ending than I expected
Kimberly
Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Plot progress is sluggish. The characters are too much alike and sometimes caricatures.
Christopher
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nlindgren
Aug 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF at about a third through. The authors seem to have a deep-seated hate for immersion, since in the middle of all the meaningless babble the book references real-life phenomena all the goddamn time.

Be it teenager fashion or the state of schooling, I just never got the feeling I'm in space, it's just middle-aged, middle-class America. The authors take pains not to show anyone kowtowing to royalty (why the fuck do you even have royalty in these books then) because presumably it would be un-Amer
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Dj
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Normally I don't write anything about a book that is this deep into a series. It is the 13th book or so into the Honorverse series. The difference is that to this point all the other books were focused on Honor Harrington, the space aged version Horatio Hornblower. This book is the first book to shift that focus away from Harrington and move it to other characters that to this point have played minor supporting characters in previous books.

It also focuses on the issue of genetic slavery. You wo
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Casey Hampton
Jul 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf

Multiple articulated segments valiantly strive to give shape to this story. At times they move in joint cooperation and at others, they do not. This coauthored book is the first in what is being labeled the "Honorverse" series. It is said that it will launch an exciting new telling that... I'm sure you get the idea, or at least the idea that the publishers and Weber might wish you to have. The story appears simple at the surface. We encounter issues of slavery, the incessant pursuit of power, il
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Scott Holstad
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Crown of Slaves is the first book in a new Honor Harrington sub-series called Wages of Sin focusing on Mesa-Manpower and the newly liberated ex-slaver planet of Torch. As I have figured out, these several sub-series’ are really required reading if one wants to get additional necessary pieces of information to fill in the gaps in the Honor series when it comes to things such as Torch, the Zilwickis, Haven super spy Victor Cachat, the whole Mesa-Manpower mystery/disaster in action, etc. This is a ...more
Jim
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
From Publishers Weekly

Fans of Weber's Honor Harrington series know that one of its more intriguing aspects is the "Honorverse," the historical, political and astrophysical foundation upon which he builds his plots. They will be delighted with this offshoot in which he and coauthor Flint (1633) develop several situations and characters from other stories. Due to the incompetence of Queen Elizabeth's current government, the alliance between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and Erewhon is on the ver

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Cheryl
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
First of all, and it has nothing to do with the quality (high or low) of this book, but one of my pet peeves about series is having side stories that effect the main plot. Short stories can add to a character's backstory perhaps, but it should never advance the plot.

This duology that Weber wrote with Eric Flint not only introduces characters and a whole side set of political agendas, but people who are just sticking to the main Honor Harrington series can get a little lost. As I was listening t
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Derek
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I started out with a real sense of annoyance with this tale.

Some of it was no doubt due to the fact that I have read some later books of the Honorverse (that is, at least one of the actual Honor Harrington novels, and a couple of other novels that involve the characters in this story), and I was finding it really hard to swallow.  I mean, really, a bunch of slaves throw a revolt, conquer a planet and having suffered lives of servitude then proceed to elect a queen...

But, Flint and Weber somehow
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The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
The "Torch" trilogy is better written than some of the original Honor Harington stories. The characters are not all fully developed but, that said, they are fun characters.

I have a problem sorting these into the time like of the entire Honorverse series. These in particularly rely on short stories from the Worlds of Honor series, book 3, Changer of Worlds. At one point I decided to put the book down and read what they kept refering too (and mistakenly thought I would read across) as back story f
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Marina Sinelnikova
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
I loved reading about Cachat again, though there was a bit too much about his sex life to my taste; and Oversteegen is also a type of character I like - also some fun new additions like Luis Roczak.
I found Ruth a bit too talented - sure I can believe in teenage hackers and political nerds, but being able to analyze the plot right after she was shot at and her bodyguards killed sounds a bit too much, especially since we are told that she has a volatile character (compare that to her volatile aunt
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Brad
May 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
It was difficult for me to place Crown in the right context while reading it. Is it part of the Honor Harrington series or a stand alone novel starting a new series? It didn't fit well into either category. There were several references to past events that I wonder if they relate to stories from a different collection, perhaps the Worlds of Honor collection, but I'm not intrigued enough to track them down and read them. Perhaps if I'd read those then I would have had more interest in some of the ...more
David
Jun 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I was interested in the possibilities of a book in the Honorverse that diverged from the main line's focus on military SF. However, the first exercise into this new spin-off from Honor Harrington's continuing naval escapades was disappointing to me. I will agree with others suggesting that Eric Flint carried most of the work as the creator of the Zilwicki's, but the book is a weak example of what both authors are capable of at their best.

There are some interesting characters. The examination of
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G33z3r
I read the first 10 of Weber's Honor Harrington novels (as well as the A Beautiful Friendship YA prequel), then put the series aside for a while. I decided to try one of the parallel timeline stories set in the same universe, though I wasn't sure exactly where this one fit in terms of the main storyline. (Who is the Star Kingdom of Manticore at war with these days? Turns out in this book, not really anyone.) So, a new cast, and they're off to Erewhon with some seemingly overly complicated diplom ...more
D. Jason
The first half to three-quarters is pretty amazing, as Eric Flint brings his chess-match-style story construction from previous shorter works in Weber's Honorverse ("From The Highlands" and "The Fanatic") to a full-on cloak-and-dagger novel.

Unfortunately, he loses a bit of traction in the ending, at least for me. To begin with, the title becomes distressingly literal, which disappointed me. Also, after the midpoint action bit, Flint seems to get bored with the (admittedly large number of) extra
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John
May 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: scifi
Worst Honoverse book I've read. (I haven't read the other full-length non-mainline novels, but have read many of the short story collections). I read this novel only because some of this backstory is referred to in the main-line novels as of book 11 or so. Story is ok, but the treatment of slavery is so light for what should be a more serious topic. Plus the too-much-sexual-content for my preferences. Makes me want to avoid Eric Flint in the future, as apparently this is what he brings to the ta ...more
Marie
Jul 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
I liked the title and the pulpy cover, but in hindsight, I should have maybe read more than the back jacket flap before buying.

This book is AWFUL. I forced myself to read the first 10 chapters just in the hopes that it would eventually stop being solid back-to-back butler-maid dialogue, but alas, it wasn't to be.

I mean, literally, every scene consists of two people telling each other things they should both already know so the reader can get the exposition. (Also the backstory from the previous
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Edward
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: no-likey
I gave up after getting about a quarter of the way in. I went to this as I had read/listened to all the main Honor Harrington timeline books and was looking to fill in the gaps with these other tie-in series.

I just couldn't get into this one. It didn't help that, although the first book in a subseries, I learned you really needed to have read some earlier short stories in a couple of anthology books to have the background. There's a lot of talking going on to try and fill in what happened earlie
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Carl Bussema
Nov 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Solid enough after a rough start. It's hard to judge the book on its own because it's very clearly setting up a new storyline that will interweave with Honor's main story. How that all plays out will have a significant impact on how "good" this book is.

As far as the story told in this book, it is enjoyable and worth a read if you are interested in more of the details of the anti-Manpower Inc. operations that are hinted at or summarize in other books. On the other hand, if you just want the short
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Annette
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I tore through "Crown" (on my brand new Nook!) in 5 days, and never once thought to myself "enough already about the politics/precise technical specs/treecats already." In fact, the plot moved very quickly, with lots of action, good character development, dialog, the whole 9 yards. Good linking of chapters, too. And despite the 530 pages, it felt positively svelt compared to, say, The Shadow of Saganami.
About 1/3 of the way through I was noticing all of these great things and I thought "Hmm, I
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Sable
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book takes place in the Honor Harrington universe, and it focuses peripherally on some of the characters from those books but also establishes its own. I really can't say much about the plot because I will totally spoil it. Picture a spy story in the Honorverse and you've got some idea of what to expect. And I will also say, teaming up with Eric Flint infinitely improves David Weber's writing. Unlike every other Honor Harrington book I have ever read, I can't imagine a single place where I ...more
Andreas
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
This is the first of a spinoff series in the the Honor Harrington Universe. My guess is that Flint is doing most of the writing since he is the one who came up with the Zilwicki characters in the Honorverse anthologies.

All the way through reading the book, I kept thinking that Weber and Flint can do much better than this. While the characters are engaging, the plot is lackluster. There’s a lot of interesting material here, but it just doesn’t feel like the high adventure it’s supposed to be. The
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Lindsey
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I did have to wonder if this would measure up to the Honor Harrington books, but I should have known better after reading the short story collections. Crown of Slaves is an excellent book which serves to further the depth of the Honorverse. Ruth and Berry are delightful as foils and a great look at intelligent teens/young adults. Weber and Flint expertly dance with Cachat's character to produce a realistic outcome. And you can hardly write about this novel without mentioning the fantastic Thandi ...more
Calisto
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: space-opera
I love space operas and David Weber cemented his place in my favorites section with his Honor Harrington series. Crown of Slaves is a spin-off with several familiar characters. Can it be read w/o reading HH? Yes, if you are a fan of epic space operas with a cast of thousands, but there will be a lot of details that will make no sense and in true Weber tradition, there is a lot of meandering details and expository text that can leave anyone begging that for an editor that will freely use the red ...more
Colleen
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-humor
Astonished how much I enjoyed this diversion from Honor Harrington as the major focus. Also, Eric Flint is just a good fun author in his own right and I salute him for his cleverness in writing in David Weber's universe... because now I will inevitably have to pick up some of his standalone work.

There's also one key thing: Flint can actually write romance and not have it be weird. Which is great, since there's one in here that I'd been very excited for. (Disclaimer: I'm weird like that.) (view s
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Jeff Crosby
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Here I go again, reading too many books at one time.

I find the Honorverse fascinating, but Honor Harrington less so. I seem more drawn to the side stories that are more politics and intrigue. This book is no exception. I found it hard to put down.

It is an interesting mixture of politics, espionage, and adventure story. Characters cross the stage from various portions of Weber's vision, adding depth and complications. Nothing is quite as it seems, and some interesting loose ends remain. Good fun.
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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.

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“Oh, hell," Thandi muttered, her heart lower than ever. "I really blew it, didn't I?"

"Don't be silly," Berry scolded. "It's just your first lovers' spat. You accused of him of being an inhuman fiend, and he got a little miffed. No big deal.”
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“Cathy smiled back ‘Rules were meant to be broken.’

‘Don’t disagree,’ Oversteegen replied immediately. ‘Indeed they are. Providin’, however, that the one breakin’ the rules is willin’ t’ pay the price for it, and the price gets charged in full. Which you were, Lady Catharine. I saluted you for it then–at the family dinner table that night, in fact. My mother was infinitely more indisposed thereafter; tottered back t’ her bed cursin’ me for an ingrate. My father was none too pleased either. I salute you for it, again. Otherwise, breakin’ rules becomes the province of brats instead of heroes. Fastest way I can think t’ turn serious political affairs int’ a playpen. A civilized society needs a conscience, and conscience can’t be developed without martyrs—real ones—against which a nation can measure its crimes and sins.”
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