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The Shadow of Saganami marks the beginning of a new series by David Weber featuring members of the graduating class of Saganami Island, the Royal Manticoran Navy's academy, handpicked by Honor Harrington to continue the Star Kingdom of Manticore's fight against its myriad enemies.
The novel revolves primarily around five recent academy graduates assigned to HMS Hexapuma, a state-of-the-art heavy cruiser assigned to the remote Talbott Cluster. The untested midshipmen and -women are somewhat disappointed to be assigned so far away from the action (the Star Kingdom is at war with the People's Republic of Haven), but the situation in the Cluster is deceptive. Although the governments of the Cluster have agreed to join the Star Kingdom, pockets of revolutionaries have begun to murder innocents en masse on planets in the Cluster. When the captain of the Hexapuma uncovers a connection between the terrorists and rival star kingdoms, all hell breaks loose.
Weber has been called the Master of Military Science Fiction and his bestselling Honor Harrington series has gone a long way in redefining the subgenre. Not only does the saga feature a plethora of female protagonists -- a dramatic departure from traditional military sci-fi -- but the sheer scope of Weber's "Honorverse" is breathtakingly huge. Ten novels and numerous short-story anthologies are just the tip of the thematic iceberg of potential plotlines Weber can explore in this massive universe. The Shadow of Saganami -- with a cast of literally hundreds of characters and dozens of tangled political subplots -- proves once again that the master of the military space opera is still in top form. Paul Goat Allen