on June 9, 2008
This book is the third in the Confederation series, and as such, I'd recommend at least having read The Better Part of Valor before delving into this one. You could probably still follow what's going on, but it'll be a lot easier if you've read the previous book.
The Heart of Valor is pretty classic Huff, which is a synonym for awesome. (No really, it is. Look it up.) It's tightly plotted, full of action, with strong characters in a creative setting. There's a lot going on, but Huff manages to keep things moving without overloading the reader or losing things in the shuffle. Torin is a strong female protagonist and more than competent at her job, surrounded by a colourful cast of aliens and humans, all with memorable quirks of their own.
The military action is put together with the deft hand of someone who understands how these things work, and the character's decisions always make sense, something more than a few books wind up lacking. Huff's sense of humour is threaded through the book, shining through just enough to keep the book from getting too heavy.
Overall rating? BRILLIANT.