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Crown Of Slaves [Hardcover]

David Weber , Eric Flint , James P. Baen
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Aug. 26 2003 Weber, David
Key Selling Points- David Weber is the science fiction phenomenon of the decade. His best-selling Honor Harrington novels top all the charts. And this is the first in a new series of novels set in Honor Harrington's universe.- Weber's War of Honor (10/02) was a hardcover best seller on the New York Times (#8), New York Daily News (#7), Wall Street Journal (#10), Publishers Weekly (#7), and online and chain booksellers' lists. His previous Honor Harrington novel, Ashes of Victory, also was a national best seller, taking all the major general best-seller lists by storm.- Eric Flint is a gifted new star of fantasy and science fiction. His alternate history novel, 1632, is a top seller in mass market, with an 88% sellthrough. The sequel, 1633, written in collaboration with New York Times best-selling author David Weber, has already introduced him to Weber's vast readership.- Similarly, his collaboration with fantasy mega-star Mercedes Lackey and Dave Freer, The Shadow of the Lion, will have made his name known to Lackey's large audience.

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Fans of Weber's Honor Harrington series know that one of its more intriguing aspects is the "Honorverse," the historical, political and astrophysical foundation upon which he builds his plots. They will be delighted with this offshoot in which he and coauthor Flint (1633) develop several situations and characters from other stories. Due to the incompetence of Queen Elizabeth's current government, the alliance between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and Erewhon is on the verge of dissolution, so the queen sends her niece, Ruth, as a representative to a state funeral to patch things up. When a band of terrorists attack Ruth, Havenite agent Victor Cachat seizes the opportunity to forge new bonds between the Erewhonese and his own star nation. At the same time, Cachat liberates an interstellar slave ship and, in a Machiavellian scheme, puts together an alliance that includes Manticorans, Havenites, Erewhonese and units of the Solarian League Navy to liberate a slave planet and form a new star nation dedicated to the extirpation of slavery. Despite the authors' opposing political views, they have managed, in a rare and impressive display of bipartisanism, to blend Edmund Burke and Carlos Marighella into an intriguing synthesis that should appeal to readers of both persuasions. This outstanding effort transcends the label "space opera" and truly is a novel of ideas.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Judith, leader of the Masadan women's escape, and Havenite superspy Victor Cachat reappear some 20 years after the events of The Service of the Sword [BKL Ap 15 02]. Ruth, the queen of Manticore's niece and Judith's daughter by Prince Michael, is on a diplomatic mission to the planet Erewhon with Berry, spymaster Anton Zilwicki's adopted daughter, who, when it is deemed advantageous, acts as Ruth's double. Unfortunately, everybody else they meet is engaged in games of deception, too, some of them quite lethal and all of which altogether involve quite a regiment of thugs, terrorists, and freedom fighters. The ensuing action, powered by Weber and Flint's hallmark breathless pacing and larger-than-life characters (literally, in the case of Solarian League marine lieutenant Thandi Palane), fills the book very nicely. In the end, a major body blow has been made to the interstellar slave rings, Berry Zilwicki has a new career, and the Solarian League and Erewhon have emerged as real players in the Honorverse (i.e., the space Weber's multi-storied Honor Harrington haunts). Roland Green
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wait for the paperback Dec 21 2003
Format:Hardcover
An avowed Honerverse fan, I picked this up as a bit of holiday reading. What the hey? Splash a little cash on myself for Xmas.
Sollies, Mantys, Peeps and Erewhonese all mix it up with some interesting new characters and some background characters coming to the forefront. You'd have to be as familiar with the Honververse as the author to follow this silly mess. Another draft of two seems in order.
Once again, where is the editor, or the proofreader for that matter? Weber, Flint and the rest of the incestuous gang at Baen sure do churn out some good reading - but I think they're spreading themselves too thin on this franchise. Weber and company ought to put the 'verse to bed for a while.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Weber jumps the shark Dec 13 2003
Format:Hardcover
Wow, this was bad. Poor plotting, lazy characterization, and totally unbelievable ending. Weber is a good writer, and I've read most of his other stuff, but this is just... bad. Worse than bad. Train-wreck bad.
The characters behave in ways that don't make sense, situations resolve themselves in implausible ways, plot points lurch into view only to vanish without really doing anything, and the final resolution is possibly the least believable thing I've read in the last decade - including political speeches.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Please Make it Stop Nov. 14 2003
Format:Hardcover
This book began with endless pages of useless dialogue and just got worse. Mr. Weber needs to re-read some of his earlier books that broke up his endless useless details with a little action. This one just goes on and on and on. I felt like confessing to having kidnaped the Lindberg baby about half way through it. What torture. Want my money back. I would say it was a disapointment except I was also disapointed by War of Honor that carried on in the same manner for 800 pages and so I should have know better. Won't get fooled again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sharp Sword Oct. 31 2003
Format:Hardcover
Eric Flint and Dave Weber write two of the best novellas i've read in a while, setting the stage for "Crown Of Slaves" and later books. Not over all the most solid anthology, but two of the best tales are in here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Different? Oct. 24 2003
By Jay
Format:Hardcover
A very good read.Plenty of hard hitting action buit around well developed characters. a little scary, the way all the characters seem to sacrifice anybody to get their goal. The Anti slavers, even the House of Winton come accross as futuristic John Browns willing to even sacrifice the innocent for their beliefs. If your looking for space battles their not here, but if you like close combat and cold blooded killers, this books the one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well at least a gold hair band Oct. 2 2003
Format:Hardcover
Another very good book by Mr. Weber. As usual, the first third of the book is used for character build and social commentary. The last two thirds provides steadily building action and drama. The ending (yes it's more like the beginning of the volumes to come) is smooth and leaves you wanting more. A thouroughly good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but powerful--go Haven Sept. 21 2003
Format:Hardcover
Haven and Manticore are officially at war but effectively at peace but the two space titans continue to square off against one another. When a political leader is assassinated, neither Haven nor Manticore feels able to send an official government representative but both wish to send a message--and each space nation decides to send its top spy. In the case of Manticore, this is semi-retired Captain Anton Zilwicki, along with adopted daughter Berry and the Queen's niece Ruth. In the case of Haven, the young and intriguing Victor Cachat, along with his boss's wife. On Erewhon, disaffected ally of Manticore, the two find that their interests largely coincide. Both hate the slave trade that is carried out under the neglectful eye of the Solarian League. When evil religious zealots from Massada decide to make a statement, Cachat is forced to put on his cold-blooded act and find a way to drive it to Haven's advantage, but also to the advantage of the millions of enslaved people around the galaxy.
Set in David Weber's Honor Universe, Weber and Eric Flint combine to follow up on some of the more intriguing short stories from the SERVICE OF THE SWORD.
Once CROWN OF SLAVES got going, it had great action, fascinating world-building, and added a new twist to the recently predictable world of Honor Harrington herself (Honor discovers a new technology or creates a new alliance in the nick of time to save Manticore from itself and the Havenites). Weber and Flint offer an intriguing take on slave rebellions, with thoughtful commentary on the problems that freed slaves have in creating stable democracies even if they stage a successful revolution.
Unfortunately, CROWN OF SLAVES did take a while to get going with an incredibly talky first two hundred pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars action-packed space opera Sept. 19 2003
Format:Hardcover
With problems threatening to engulf them, the Erewhon expect help from their interstellar ally the Star Kingdom of Manticore, but none has been forthcoming. Knowing that the pact is near collapse, a desperate but inept Queen Elizabeth of Manticore uses a state funeral to mend the schism and disappointment. She sends her niece Ruth Winton under the protection of Captain Zilwicki to represent her with the Erewhons.
When terrorists attack Ruth and her retinue, Havenite agent Victor Cachat takes advantage of the opportunity plus Elizabeth's helplessness to begin forming a new alliance with the Erewhons. Not long afterward, Cachat brings together his people, dissident Manticorans, irate Erewhons and the Solarian League Navy in an assault to free a slave planet, which may leave Her Royal Highness of the Star Kingdom looking in from the outside.
Using events and characters from David Weber's Honor Harrington series, Mr. Weber and Eric Flint have written an action-packed space opera that is really more a symposium of concepts wrapped in the cloak of an exciting interstellar tale. The story line is fast-paced yet readers will have much to ponder as the two authors furbish a host of ideas that dig deep into history, politics and interstellar relationships. Fans of the series, the authors, or those who appreciate an action-packed other galaxy brimming with a thought-provoking edge will enjoy the tour of the Honorverse.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not big on epic space opera, this one...
...the biggest spaceship battle with as much as a significant reference is Oversteegen's run-in with The Four Yahoos (as mentioned in The Service of the Sword), although there are... Read more
Published on July 3 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip the Sominex, With this Snorer, You Won't Need It!
I really WANTED to like this book for a couple of reasons. As a big Honor Harrington fan, I had loved Weber's series and now that he has taken a hiatus from them for a while, I... Read more
Published on June 20 2004 by Oldest & Wisest
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Clak and Dagger Space Adventure, Good Characters
Recomendation: Buy (...) In the past, I have loved David Weber's Honor Harrington series, but disliked his other work. Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by Edward K. Lincoln
2.0 out of 5 stars a valiant attempt to continue a great series
co-written by eric flint, the Crown of Slaves shows great promise but falls short in execution.
Pros: the best thing about this book it expands the Honor universe from the... Read more
Published on May 13 2004 by P. D Huang
4.0 out of 5 stars A new author for a beloved universe
I was fairly nervous that David Weber decided to share his Honor Harrington universe with another author for a full length novel. Read more
Published on March 6 2004 by T. A. H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and Engaging and Outstanding
The universe in which Crown of Slaves is set is as epic and complex as any ever created for fiction. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2003 by Alan Deikman
5.0 out of 5 stars New Branch in the Honor Harrington Universe
Arthur Jordin's synopsis of "Crown of Slaves" is spot-on. However, all the characters and groups and kingdoms and planets he names make me want to echo the intro to an old daytime... Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2003 by etymologik
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Special Operation
Crown of Slaves is the first novel in a new series set in the Honor Harrington universe. This novel is a sequel to From the Highlands in Changer of Worlds, in which Helen Zilwicki... Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2003 by Arthur W. Jordin
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