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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.
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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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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 morePublished on June 20 2004 by Oldest & Wisest
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
I was fairly nervous that David Weber decided to share his Honor Harrington universe with another author for a full length novel. Read morePublished on March 6 2004 by T. A. H.
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. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2003 by Frank W Malley Jr
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. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2003 by Stuart Carroll
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... Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003 by Randy D. Tatum
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2003 by LaughingLion
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2003 by Jay