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Ashes of Victory (Honor Harrington Series, Book 9)

(Part of the Honor Harrington (#9) Series, Honorverse Series, and Honor Harrington FRG (#11) Series)

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The People's Republic of Haven made a tiny mistake when it announced the execution of Honor Harrington. It seemed safe enough. After all, she was already dead. Unfortunately, they were wrong. Now... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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5 ratings

Ashes Delivers (and it ain't over)

Ashes of Victory delivers all I have come to expect from a Weber novel EXCEPT a white-knuckled death-ride by Lady Harrington. Well, the bad news for the white-knuckle enthusiasts is that Honor is now too senior to take a single cruiser into the teeth of an entire enemy fleet. The GOOD news is that her universe has just gotten enormously larger in the detail and insight Weber has shared with us.Yes, the book drags a bit in some spots, particularly in the middle sections, but it also accelerates to a slam-bang conclusion in which monumental changes completely reshape Honor's world. And the book shows us an Honor who is growing up--a woman who is now a mature person, in command of herself and her life . . . and ready for new challenges.And that's the REALLY good news, because Weber has told us he is no more than half-way through the series, which suggests to me that he used what is admittedly a transition novel to set up fresh challenges, dangers, risks, and--yes--the occasional white-knuckled death-ride by our favorite heroine for many books to come. As for all the other characters, I say bring 'em on! The fact that Honor does not live and achieve things in a vacuum has always been one of the things I love about this series.I have to agree that if you are not already familiar with the Honorverse this is not the best book with which to begin your acquaintance. But that's what the earlier books are for, so what are you doing sitting around listening to me or anyone else carry on about them? Go buy Basilisk Station and get hooked. The rest of us will be waiting for you when you catch up with us!

No longer Space Opera

This series began as Space Opera. Superior space opera, but still space opera. It has matured. Honor and her fellow characters are now a real persons with depth, complexity and personality. Even Oscar Saint Just is more than a cardboard cutout.Weber has not neglected developing Honor's society, politics, technology and civilization, something that most SciFi Writers tend to ignore. Obviously he has been inspired by the Napoleonic era, but is not slavish about it. Still I wonder if the Republic of Haven is destined to become an Empire? Theisman as its first Emperor? "Ashes" is an enjoyable read, but requires that you have read the earlier books in the series. It also is a pivot in the series. Its obvious that Honor is going to have an interesting life. I'm a great Fan of Patrick O'Brian, and the Aubrey/Maturin series. Weber is not quite at O'Brian's level, but he's playing in the same league.

Strongly recommended

As a fellow writer of science fiction, I feel compelled to take issue with some of the reviews which have appeared here. I'm giving Ashes of Victory 5 stars because it deserves it. For those of you not familiar with David Weber's Honor Harrington series (now, with Ashes of Victory, up to nine volumes), it is one of the most ambitious series currently being written in science fiction. Unlike most series, this one does not consist of a number of individual adventures held together merely by the continuity of a central character. It involves an ever-expanding range of political, social and military forces as the heroine's career progresses.It is simply not possible to write a successful series of that nature without the author taking the time to develop and explore the complexity of the universe in which it takes place. The kind of relatively simple, straight-ahead action which characterized the earlier volumes of the series can't be sustained forever. At a certain point, the author faces a simple choice: end the series, or go deeper into it. C.S. Forester's Hornblower saga, which is the loose inspiration for Weber's Harrington series, pretty much ended at the point where his character reached the same stage of development that Harrington reaches by the beginning of Ashes of Victory. (Forester wrote only three more volumes, all of which -- which the partial exception of Commodore Hornblower -- were episodic in nature.)David Weber has chosen to go the other way, and continue depicting his heroine's career after she attains the upper reaches of success and power. I applaud him for doing so. Partly because I love the series and hope to keep reading it for years to come. But, mostly, because I think the story gets more and more interesting as time goes on. I have no doubt whatsoever that Honor will continue to have many harrowing adventures --- just as she does in Ashes of Victory. But, for me at least, the complex political and social maneuvers in which she is now enmeshed are ultimately more interesting than one space battle after another.My point is simple: you can't expect an admiral to have the same adventures as a ship commander. Nor, frankly, would I be that interested in a series which simply repeated the same formula over and over again -- which the Honor series certainly doesn't.There are lots of series out there. This one is very special. I strongly recommend Ashes of Victory to anyone who enjoys reading a fascinating and complex tale extremely well told.

Ashes of Victory

The latest book by David Weber is an outstanding continuation to a series that equils Star Wars in its excitement and surpasses it in its depth. Honor Harrington has died, gone to Hell, and has returned setting free close to half a million prisoners from the Peoples Republic of Havens prison planet known to it's inhabitants as Hell. With the openning passages of the book it brings forth, the rising from the ashes a true hero, who was feared lost forever. With that, the beginning of the end for a great evil presence that castes it's spell of destruction on both the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Empire of the Peoples Republic of Haven. Court intrigue, plots with in plots, War scenes that have you on the edge of your seat. This is a novel that has one entranced from the beginning. David Weber once again shows he is a Master of his Craft with few peers present or past.

Another Winner by Webber

In the latest saga of Honor Harrington the story focuses more on Honor Universe as a whole than it does with a single planet or star system. This book is a cant miss if your a fan of the Honor Harrington Series. Ashes takes over where Echoes of Honor ended. Going over the responses of the Peeps to Honors return. Honors recuperation and what everyone is up to on Grayson and in the Star Kingdom. Just as you think everything is settled Weber thows another curve into the mix. It reminds of something a friend told me about sequals "To keep readers hooked answer most of the questions from the last book and then throw in even more new ones at the end." Weber does that. While the ending of this book is not a cliffhanger your still left with wanting more. The two small dissapointments I had in this book were1)I would have liked to see more of Honors teaching(yes she teaches). 2)More about what was happening with Nimitz communication to others. And the affects of their solution on other 'cats (I wont give it away)One Big Dissapointment, I have to wait at least another year for the sequel.As a big fan of science fiction I can tell you this book and the series are some of the best out there. I highly reccomend this book.
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