So I finally picked up the latest Honor Harrington book from David Weber, “Uncompromising Honor,” and finally got around to reading it yesterday and today. I couldn’t put it down until I finished it, and I’d like to talk about it, but there’ll probably be some spoilers, so I’ll put in a break before I start talking about them.
I first read “On Basilisk Station” somewhere around 2000 or so, which means I’ve been following this particular universe for 18 years or so, but the young starship commander that first went into a hellride to protect her people and star-nation appeared on bookshelves 25 years ago. It’s been mentioned before, but she was initially conceived as a Horatio Hornblower analogue, and was originally planned to die, but thanks to one of David Weber’s planned storylines getting moved up the timeline due to some unplanned events, she earned a reprieve.
I’ll admit, I started reading it more for the starship battles than the politics. I honestly hadn’t been as invested in the last book or two, and the last book before this one I’d skipped because everything I’d heard had basically said it was the ltierary equivalent of one of those “anime series compilation movies,” mostly just reiterating the events of the last two sideline novels. This book though, hooked me in hard, and honestly from reading this one I didn’t feel like I’d missed anything of importance, having read said sideline novels already. I can say though that it was probably needed for anyone who hadn’t read those books, considering what it leads to in this one.