In the first two installments of the series, the Havenites tried limited offensives to win planets from the area between the two space nations, but in this book they decide to try for the throat, more or less. The resulting confrontation, with Honor right in the middle, is very suspenseful and interesting. There are characters from previous books, and the plot is fun.
If there's a problem with the book, it's that because this story involves fleet actions, Honor's role in the story is somewhat more limited. It is interesting, however, and the characters are fun too. The author has clearly put a good deal of time into devising the space combat tactics of the age, and thinking things over. I would recommend this book.
If I had to fault this book (and all the Harrington books for that matter) it would be in faulting Honor Harrington herself. I hate perfect characters. She can do everything, knows everything, nothing is past her own abilities. Drives me nuts.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. The book is full of interesting politicos but Honor Harringon's flawless nature really drives me nuts.