This book starts off well, though I was a bit worried as religion and equality between the sexes was obvious going to be the driving engine of the theme. I’m all for equality and I have my own ideas on religion. This book was written in 1993; the way it deals with radical religious ideologies feels like it was written some time after 9/11. So perhaps the world hasn’t changed that much.
Yeah! Let’s hear it for progress.
David Weber handles these elements, as well as the characters and the Honorverse, exceptionally well. I enjoyed the book from start to finish and am currently very sad that I don’t have book three yet. My favorite part, was the climactic space battle(s). The way things played out was original without seeming to try too hard to be original (in my humble opinion). Each aspect of the plot was foreshadowed with a deft hand, thus avoiding a Deus ex Machina that would seem almost required with Honor Harrington facing such a powerful opponent.
Honor Harrington: The Honor of the Queen is an entertaining example of military science fiction / space opera that I recommend for quality entertainment.
The Honor Harrington series has been a staple of science fiction space opera for quite a while. I’ve come late to the series, certainly. When I found book one in the series, On Basilisk Station, for free I quickly snagged a copy. The really cool thing was that I also had it on audiobook and the kindle and audiobook synchronize perfectly. If I had my way, I would read & and listen to all of my books in this manner.
So what did I think about On Basilisk Station? First of all, it is very true to the military space opera genre. The story and the plot are entertaining and I the characters engaging. Everything builds toward a dramatic final battle that satisfied my need for action. There are several norms in the story, such as the how the protagonist emerges victorious against all odds. During the story, she is set up for failure, but by the end, emerges a hero. Several of the support casts experience straight forward and predictable development arcs; and when I say predictable, I am not being negative.
For this genre, I want heroes, and that is what David Weber provides.
The slaughter of drug crazed Medusans was not my favorite thing. They came across as the melodramatic bug eyed monster, when it seemed they were intended to be deeper and less stereotypical. In the final analysis, the story is about Honor Harrington and her heroic crew. I enjoyed the book and have already purchased the next in the series.