Honor Harrington's escape from a prison planet has landed the woman the newsies call "the Salamander" once more in the heart of the war. But this time, the furnace may be too hot for even a salamander to survive.
Picking up where Echoes of Honor left off, the ecstatic reunion that begins Ashes proves short-lived as Honor once again lives up to her nickname of "The Salamander," always ending up where the fire's hottest. In the longest book of this naval space-opera series, David Weber plunges his beloved heroine (now an admiral!) into a thick tangle of political plots, as she takes on a more mature, behind-the-scenes role than in previous books. But don't fret: there's still some good action as HH prevents an assassination attempt and Manticore and its allies test-drive their new weaponry. And quite a few characters get what's coming to them too, including a few who drop like picked-off Peeps. All in all, yet another worthy instalment in the series--check out On Basilisk Station first if you're new to HH. --Paul Hughes, Amazon.com --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.