Followers of Lady Dame Honor Harrington's deeds call this starship captain/admiral "Salamander" because of her habit of appearing where the fire is hottest. When war breaks us this time, she decides that she has seen the inside of too many furnaces already. But, as a dead sage said, "you may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you." This riveting novel contains a special bind-in CD that contains the complete Honor Harrington and much.
In previous installments of David Weber's bestselling space opera series featuring the intrepid Honor Harrington, she's won the sometimes unwilling admiration of friend and foe alike in her battles with the brutal and corrupt People's Republic of Haven. In her 10th outing, War of Honor, the People's Republic is no more, but Lady Admiral Harrington, following in the best tradition of C.S. Forester, Patrick O'Brian and Robert A. Heinlein, faces her most dangerous adversary yet: a new government in her own star kingdom run by the petty, venal and stupid former Opposition, who proceed to squander the hard-fought victory.
Bahzell Bahnakson, of the Bloody Swords clan, is the first of the hradani race called to be a champion of the War God Tomanak. Always one to follow his own stubbornly individualistic sense of responsibility, Bahzell's convictions lead him to the Belhadan chapter of the Order of Tomanak in the heart of the Empire of the Axe-where humans fear the seven-foot tall hradani at best and more commonly hate them fanatically. Here Bahzell receives his first formal training while proving himself (with a little help from the War God, who puts in a timely appearance) to the Order's prejudiced human members. From there Bahzell and his steadfast compatriot, Brandark Brandarkson of the Horse Stealers (rival clan to Bahzell's Bloody Swords), are accompanied by a group of the Order's troops as they set off on an initially undefined mission for Tomanak. Events quickly lead Bahzell and Brandark to understand they must travel the three hundred leagues to hradani homelands, in hopes of uniting the agnostic hradani in battle against the Dark God Shama. Filled with memorable and distinctive characters, not the least of which are Bahzell and Brandark, The War God's Own continues the saga begun in Oath of Swords (Baen, 1995). While standing well on its own, this sequel will have new readers looking for the first book and anticipating the sure-to-come third. Deftly shifting from the Hornblower-signature prose of the Honor Harrington series, Weber proves his talent for the storyteller's cadences, satisfyingly complex details, and nuggets of eternal wisdom common to all good epic fantasies. Politically intricate and woven throughout with the various species and races of the seven-foot spike-eared hradani, humans, dwarves, and halflings, not to mention the twelve-hundred-year-old wizard Wencit, this book is for readers who enjoy immersing themselves in the myriad dimensions of an alternative world. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
After the fall of the People's Republic of Haven, the newly formed government of Haven attempts to sue for peace in its ongoing war with the Manticorean-led Star Kingdom. Called home from active duty to help maintain an uneasy peace on the diplomatic front, Lady Dame Honor Harrington finds herself confronting scandal and internal treachery as the political situation steadily moves closer to a resumption of hostilities. The tenth novel in Weber's popular Honor Harrington series, which also includes three short story collections, expands the political and military aspects of his dynastic space saga into new arenas as new threats cause a shift in alliances and sets the stage for future spacefaring adventures. Series fans will enjoy the further exploits of favorite characters, while aficionados of military sf should appreciate the faithful attention to military detail in the battle scenes. A solid choice for sf collections, particularly for libraries that own previous series titles.
First hardcover appearance for this sword and sorcery series (Oath of Swords) by Weber (In Enemy Hands, 1997). On Norfressa, both good and evil deities manifest themselves in the flesh and like to meddle in human affairs. Bahzell Bahnakson, a hradani (a huge barbarian warrior with "foxlike" ears), is a chosen champion of the (good) war god Tomanak. He and his sidekick Brandark arrive in the city Belhaden as guests of the Order of Tomanak. Talented spoiled-brat Vaijohn, appalled to learn that a hradani calls himself Tomanak's champion, challenges Bahzell. Bahzell drubs Vaijohn; the latter learns his lesson and becomes Bahzell's squire. Bahzell also becomes friends with Kaeritha, the only female champion of Tomanak. They all proceed to Axe Hallow, the capital of the Axeman Empire, and meet the wild wizard Wencit of Rum. It emerges that the evil god Sharna is making trouble in Navahk, part of the hradani homeland, so they head there. On the road they're attacked by warriors in the pay of the dark god. At Dwarvenhame, the dwarf Kilthan pledges his support. Bahzell and Vaijohn battle a centipede-demon summoned by Sharna's priest, after which Tomanak materializes and promotes Vaijohn to champion, too. Finally, thereþs a skirmish with Sothoii fighters caused by a misunderstandingþended when Wencit shows up to straighten things out. Long on chat and backdrop detail, short on action and plot, padded with idiotic badinageþnot to mention the lead character's embarrassing stage-Irish accent: numbing and wearisome.