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Die Ehre der Königin: Honor Harrington, Bd. 2

von David Weber

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"It's hard to give peace a chance when the other side regards conquest as the only option and a sneak attack as the best means to that end. That's why the Kingdom of Manticore needs allies against the Republic of Haven--and the planet Grayson is strategically situated to make a very good ally indeed. But Her Majesty's Foreign Office overlooked a "minor cultural difference" when they chose Honor Harrington to carry the flag: women on the planet of Grayson are without rank or rights and Honor's mere presence is an intolerable affront to every male on the planet. At first Honor doesn't take it personally; where she comes from gender discrimination is barely a historical memory, right up there in significance with fear of the left-handed. But in time such treatment becomes taxing and she makes plans to withdraw until Grayson's fratricidal sister planet attacks without warning. Now, Honor must stay and prevail, not just for her honor, but for her sovereign's, for the honor of the Queen"--Container.… (mehr)
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This book introduces us to the planet Grayson, a patriarchal polygynous theocracy that for political and strategic reasons needs an alliance with Manticore, and whose leader has been educated offworld and so is actively trying to bring his world into the modern world despite the cultural challenges. So there's a lot about sexism and gender roles in this book, and it's handled very well.

I could do without quite so much demonization of the Masadans, the misogynist extremist fringe of the same religion; but I can see the usefulness of having characters that are unambiguously evil in a book like this. (Also, content note for rape & gang rape. Inevitably, I suppose.) The Havenites we meet, on the other hand, are quite decent, which is a plus.

What I'd forgotten is just how rapid Honor's rise initially is. It's only the end of the 2nd book, and she's already a Steadholder, a Countess, and a Dame. ( )
  VictoriaGaile | Oct 16, 2021 |
Wow, what a ripper! I had really enjoyed the first one in this series ([b:On Basilisk Station|35921|On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington, #1)|David Weber|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1168651292s/35921.jpg|965345]), but this one really gives this idea its lead. I admit, I have a weakness for naval adventure series (Hornblower, Aubrey/Maturin, etc.), so that may cloud my judgment a bit, but this was thoroughly gripping. In case you don't know, Weber has managed to design a plausible set of space-faring propulsion and weapons systems that allow him to plot out and describe space battles in the same way as 18-century naval engagements, broadsides and all.

I admit that this has a bit of a slow start, as the new young captain gets thrust into a politically dicey situation for which she appears singularly ill-suited. But once it becomes clear who the good guys, the bad guys, and the really bad guys all are, well, I'll just admit that I was compelled to stay up past 2am - on a work night! - to finish the last 200 pages. I literally could not put it down.

I am so looking forward to reading the rest of this series. ( )
  JohnNienart | Jul 11, 2021 |
Honor Harrington and her ship Fearless are on their way to Grayson as part of a diplomatic mission to sign a treaty with Grayson which will advance Grayson technologically and provide Manticore with an ally in its conflict with the Republic of Haven.

The problem is that Grayson is a place where women are definitely second class citizens. Honor's presence is an affront to all of Grayson. She deals with prejudice and intolerance as do her female officers. Because she fears her presence will hamper treaty talks, she convinces the diplomats including her old mentor Admiral Courvosier that she should escort some freighters to their next destination which will take about 11 days.

What she doesn't know is that Grayson's old enemies on Masada are getting ready to invade. And their religious fanaticism makes the Graysonites look positively liberal in comparison. Add in that the Masadans have the secret support of the Republic of Haven in the form of two ships with more power than Honor's and things get tense very quickly.

I liked the way this story told what was happening on Grayson and what was happening on the ships lent to the Masadans. The story was filled with plenty of space battles but also with character development for Honor and for the people on Grayson. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jul 6, 2020 |
Honor Harrington and her ship Fearless are on their way to Grayson as part of a diplomatic mission to sign a treaty with Grayson which will advance Grayson technologically and provide Manticore with an ally in its conflict with the Republic of Haven.

The problem is that Grayson is a place where women are definitely second class citizens. Honor's presence is an affront to all of Grayson. She deals with prejudice and intolerance as do her female officers. Because she fears her presence will hamper treaty talks, she convinces the diplomats including her old mentor Admiral Courvosier that she should escort some freighters to their next destination which will take about 11 days.

What she doesn't know is that Grayson's old enemies on Masada are getting ready to invade. And their religious fanaticism makes the Graysonites look positively liberal in comparison. Add in that the Masadans have the secret support of the Republic of Haven in the form of two ships with more power than Honor's and things get tense very quickly.

I liked the way this story told what was happening on Grayson and what was happening on the ships lent to the Masadans. The story was filled with plenty of space battles but also with character development for Honor and for the people on Grayson. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jul 6, 2020 |
Pretty great mil-sf story. A lot better than the first volume - probably because a lot of the infodumps did not need to be repeated - but also because the characters are definitely better developed. ( )
  3j0hn | Jun 17, 2020 |
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"It's hard to give peace a chance when the other side regards conquest as the only option and a sneak attack as the best means to that end. That's why the Kingdom of Manticore needs allies against the Republic of Haven--and the planet Grayson is strategically situated to make a very good ally indeed. But Her Majesty's Foreign Office overlooked a "minor cultural difference" when they chose Honor Harrington to carry the flag: women on the planet of Grayson are without rank or rights and Honor's mere presence is an intolerable affront to every male on the planet. At first Honor doesn't take it personally; where she comes from gender discrimination is barely a historical memory, right up there in significance with fear of the left-handed. But in time such treatment becomes taxing and she makes plans to withdraw until Grayson's fratricidal sister planet attacks without warning. Now, Honor must stay and prevail, not just for her honor, but for her sovereign's, for the honor of the Queen"--Container.

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