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Although I really enjoyed this sequel to "The Shadow of Saganami" in the Honor Harrington universe or "Honorverse" it should come with three big health warnings

1) CLIFF-HANGER ALERT - this book has a cliff-hanger ending in which two heavy attacks, one of them a potential game-ender, are set in motion against the good guys, but you have to read Mission Of Honor (Honor Harrington)which was published in Summer 2010 to find out whether they succeed. It is obvious that the last words of the author's note which comes with this book "I should also warn you that the ride is going to get a lot rougher for the good guys over the next few books" - is a masterpiece of understatement.

If you are likely to be agonised by the wait to find out what happens, you might consider ordering this book and "Mission of Honor" together so that you can read them in sequence.

2) OVERLAP ALERT - This book continues the story of events in the Talbott Cluster (now renamed the Talbott Quadrant) following "The Shadow of Saganami" (TSOS). The main viewpoint character is Honor Harrington's friend, the Queen's cousin, Michelle Henke. Most of the action takes place in the same timespan as "At All Costs" (AAC).

A large part of the first third of this book retells events in TSOS and AAC from Michelle Henke's viewpoint. After that point, Weber, who was concerned that readers who had read those books might be bored with repetition, cut references to events previously described in AAC down to minimal outlines, just enough to fix the time frame so readers who have already read AAC will be able to tell what point in that narrative has currently been reached.

This worked for me but might not work for all readers. Those who have read TSOS and AAC may find the first third of the book repetitive despite Weber's efforts to avoid this. However, those who have not read AAC may find the oblique references in the middle third of this book to the war Honor Harrington is fighting on another front to be aggravatingly incomplete.


There are fewer battles in this book than in almost any other "Honorverse" book, and a lot fewer than in its predecessor (TSOS). This is the same kind of book as "War of Honor" which some readers hated because it was about setting up a major war, not fighting one. Those who read Weber for the battles were disappointed, and if you didn't like "War of Honor" for that reason you won't like this book either.

But if you read Weber for the battles, it is very obvious that what follows this book is going to give you plenty to read in the next few volumes in the series !


This is the fourteenth full length novel (with two more already delivered to the publishers) in a series of space opera novels set two or three thousand years in the future.

If you have not read any of these books and are interested in doing so, do not start with this one: these stories work best if read in sequence, so start with the first book, which is "On Basilisk station."

Despite the futuristic setting, there are strong parallels with Nelson's navy. Assumed technology in the stories imposes constraints on space navy officers quite similar to those which the technology of fighting sail imposed on wet navy officers two hundred years ago. Similarly, the galactic situation in the novels up to this point has had marked similarities to the strategic and political situation in Europe at the time of the French revolutionary wars.

This book contains an author's note by David Weber which explains how the character of Honor Harrington was inspired by Horatio Nelson. Until I read that note I had been convinced that she was inspired by C.S. Forester's character Horatio Hornblower. I still think they have a lot in common, and the plot of one of these books, "Echoes of Honor" is an exact parallel of one of the Hornblower books, "Flying Colours," with Honor Harrington as Hornblower.

The Honor Harrington series (sometimes nicknamed the "Honorverse") has developed two spin-off storylines. Stories set in this Universe fall into three groups, although they link together in a reasonably consistent manner.

There is the main sequence, currently of 12 novels, which follow the career of Honor Harrington herself. This sequence is:

1) On Basilisk Station
2) The Honor of the Queen
3) The Short Victorious War
4) Field of Dishonour
5) Flag in Exile
6) Honor among Enemies
7) In Enemy Hands
8) Echoes of Honor
9) Ashes of Victory
10) War of Honor
11) At All Costs
12) Mission of Honor, which pulls the storylines back together.

There are currently four collections in the "Worlds of Honor" series of short stories by Weber and co-authors set in the same universe, and featuring a range of characters, some from the main series of books, others new.

Some of these are espionage stories, and Weber has produced a book called "Crown of Slaves" co-written with Eric Flint, which brings together several of the most prominent spies from the novels and short stories in a novel of intrigue and revolution. There is a sequel, "Torch of Freedom."

And then there are two "Next Generation" books focussing on the Talbott Quadrant, which starts with "The Shadow of Saganami" and follows on with this book, "Storm from the Shadows," featuring some younger officers in the Grayson and Manticoran navies such as Helen Zilwicki and Abigail Hearns.

Although both books have the word "Shadow" in the title, the shadows concerned are radically different. Edward Saganami was a founding hero of the Manticoran navy, who gave his life fighting suicidal odds to give time for a convoy to escape in much the same way that the captains and crews of the Jervis Bay and Rawalpindi did in the real history of World War II. His shadow refers to a legacy of heroism which all Manticoran navy cadets are encouraged to live up to.

By contrast, the title of this book refers to the shadows in which a powerful and evil force is hidden, and from whence that force, known to the world as "Manpower" but to its inner circle as "The Mesan Alignment," is whipping up a storm against the good guys.

Having tricked Manticore and Haven into going to war against each other, the Mesan Alignment want to keep that war going and drag Manticore into a war against the largest and richest nation in the galaxy, the Solarian league. Everyone assumes Manpower is simply a rich and corrupt company of genetic slavers. Unfortunately for the galaxy they are much, much more than that ...
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on 31 December 2009
I am a huge fan of David Weber - I have all the books and love rereading them over and over. But this one just isn't as good.

Firstly too little - this is a side story in the honorverse but unlike "Crown of Slaves" (another side story in honorverse) this one has too little content directly related to itself. The interaction between the characters and the transitions between the components of this side story feel rushed - they lack the fluidity that Weber is so good at.

The reason for too little? Too much - this book contains so much build up to the next story that you get lost between which parts of the build up for the main story line and which are for this side story. There is too much going on that too little occurs in this story that is part of this story.

Like one of the other reviewers I found myself bored with this book about halfway through - and I have never had that with a Weber book before.

For me the fix needed would be to break all the plot content in this book into separate books. Spend more time fleshing out this side story - there is so much there that could be built upon. At the same time take most, if not all, of the plot elements meant for the main story line and put them into their own book, possibly even two (there is that much build up in this book).

As it is this book really disappoints. I am used to sitting down with one of Weber's books and loosing myself in the honorverse. He has shown with previous side stories ("Crown of Slaves" and "The Shadow of Saganami", of which this is a sequel) that he can do tell wonderful side stories in the honorverse that the can captivate the reader as much as his Honor Harrington stories do. So my expectations were high and thus the let down disappoints all the more.
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on 17 April 2009
Compliments books from Honor Harrington series. well not wishing to spoil a good book, will avoid giving any details. Hehe thats the fun of reading why spoil it.

For those who, follower of the Heroine Honor Harrington, have read the latest book At All Costs (Honorverse) probably wonder what the next book of Honor series will turn up. This book builds on so many characters from that Honor series and somehow brings pieces of jig-jaw puzzle together made up of information links to characters from The Shadow of Saganami (Saganami) as well Crown of Slaves (Honor Harrington) together. Storm from the Shadows (Saganami) brings in new characters, enhances other characters created already and allows them to become heros/heroines in their own right. Perhaps they will figure more in the next Honor book which I hope the author will write in light of his views he shared with us in this book.

As I read this book, I often reflect back on what I read previous and how small pieces of information mention here and there, other characters neatly fits together with what the author has written. Love his style, depth and detail which somehow needing more repeated readings at a leisurely pace (like the others) to fully follow how much detail and depth it goes into to really build the big picture. Looking forward to seeing if the Torch of Freedom has the same consistency.

For players of Eve On-Line and even CCP they should enjoy reading Honor series, its the details the author goes into on how to run Alliances, fight wars, strategy most of all politics. So many weapons and survillance platforms, space ships described in great detail in all his books is worth having in Eve. Of course with the authors permission. Wealth of ideas and scope to try out in Eve perhaps. Recommended read on the entire series of Honor Harrington and related stories. For details please try this url: [...] For those I know and who read the books and play the game agrees with the fine work the Author and his team has shared with us.
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Here's the latest in the Honorverse series of space opera novels from David Weber.

Not read any of them before? Then think Horatio Hornblower. In space.

However if you haven't read any of them before don't read this. Go and read On Basilisk Station (Honorverse) instead. Because that's the first of the series and it will tell you whether you'll like these or not. Added to which, we're quite a way into this series now and with a huge cast of characters and multiple plot lines new readers will struggle.

Those familiar with the series will be confronted with a very long book - 1050 pages - that begins with a very helpful note from the writer explaining how the ongoing story is unfolding and how some of his plans have changed on the way.

The main story is like earlier novel The Shadow of Saganami (Saganami) in that Honor is not the main character here and only occasionally appears. It's about events elsewhere in the universe at the same time as some of her other exploits. Thus you will find events that take place in earlier novel At All Costs (Honorverse) are referenced here and things are happening whilst those are going on elsewhere.

We start with Honor's friend Michelle Henke caught up in a quite gripping space battle and falling into enemy hands. Diplomancy follows. And events which lead Manticore and the Solarian league closer to war. And people operating from behind the scenes who have a vested interest in that happening.

After about page two hundred this means there's conversation after conversation after conversation between lots of different characters, about spying and politics and workplace rivalries and missile design. Among other things. After a few pages of this you might be screaming for something to happen.

Yet as the plot goes on the way things unfold is interestingly realistic. Events happening because of the personality of commanders and then leaders and diplomats deciding whether to fight or to try and talk. It's how wars happen, and it unfolds well.

All of which ends on a very big cliffhanger.

And then there's fifty pages of schematics, a cast of characters, and a clip from the next book in the series Mission Of Honor (Honor Harrington). The end of this one will make you desperate to find what happens in that, so it serves it's purpose in that respect.

And in telling parts of this huge ongoing tale that need to be told. This is clearly an essential chapter in this story. It's just not the most entertaining of them.
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on 16 August 2011
What might have been an attempt to tell the "untold story" of events in the Talbott Cluster instead gets bogged down in trying to retell events from every perspective. Definitely a case of "Successful Author Bloat" as this is over 1000 pages but except for the events in the Cluster, most of it is a retelling of events depicted in either "At All Costs" or "Mission of Honor" (indeed, a couple of passages seem to be lifted directly from other books). A sharper focus on any of the characters (Michelle Henke, Ensign Zilwicki or even the "Bad Guys" like Admiral Byng or the Detweilers) would have kept the page count down and the pace up.

This (and its prequel, "Shadow of Saganami") do is to realign the series from the Havenite War to the grand showdown between Manticore and Haven against the Solarian League (an an attempt to get at their Puppetmasters, the Mesan Alignment). Unfortunately, even that isn't terribly successful. Unlike the Havenite War where the sides were clear Expies for real countries (Manticore/Britain, Haven/France, Andermani/Prussia) the League has no real world analogue, because it seems unlikely it could ever exist - a vast army (well, navy in this case) pretty much necessitates a strong central authority, which the Solarian League lacks. Of course, this is exactly what the Mesan Alignment is attempting to exploit by throwing the Solarian Navy at Manticore in order to wipe them both out and give birth to their own Empire from the ruins (a latter day Confederacy, complete with its own version of Slavery). Although you have to wonder quite why the Mesans feel the need to do so, given their ability to get the League to dance to their tune, without anyone shooting at them (or to a large extent, being aware of their existence). You'd think a race of genetic supermen wouldn't feel the need to have the trappings of "De Jure" power when they seem to possess all the "De Facto" power they could want - I guess in all their tinkering, they still haven't elimiated the desire to be seen to be superior as well as actually being so.

If you're a completist this might have some interest, but you do have to wade through a lot of stuff you'll have already seen. Otherwise, you won't miss much by skipping this entirely.
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on 27 February 2011
Holy heck, but this is a big book. 1100 pages, including the monumentally large cast list and the teaser for the next volume in the series - you'd think, given Weber's pedigree, that there's a lot of bang for your metaphorical buck contained therein.

Unfortunately, it's more talk than action. Weber's Honorverse is an intricately-detailed creation, with stable and instable political systems and military machinations laid out like blueprints; causes and effects rippling through the series (thiteen previous novels and four story collections) to hit home in later volumes; and a whole stack of viewpoints from which to describe the action. As Weber himself says in the introduction to Mission of Honor, the story he has set out to tell has grown into a monster. There are now three major storylines and settings - Manticore, the Talbott Cluster, and Torch/Manpower, and each has needed to be corraled back into the fold. Storm From the Shadows, initially pencilled in as part of a series to follow on from Shadow of Saganami, is (through no fault of its own) part of this process.

What this means, effectively, is that the book is a prologue for Mission of Honor. An 1100-page prologue. Whole chapters go by where nothing happens other than two characters discussing the ramifications of previous events, or the likely success of future events, or even just thinking about how they got to where they are now. Every so often Weber places a bit more foreshadowing for the next book, and you read on in the hope that one of the fuses he's laid will spark into life....

There are battles here. But for the most part we only see the fallout from those battles. The net effect should be to further increase the tension, but for me that doesn't happen. Storm From the Shadows is a neccessary - if over-long - read if you want to make sense of what happens in Mission of Honor (and there are explosions a-plenty in that book, let me reassure you!) but this particular volume doesn't hold up to the sense of adventure that we've come to expect from the Honorverse. I realise two stars might be a little harsh, but I judge these books on how often I re-read them (the earlier volumes have cracked spines and folded pages....) - I can't imagine myself enjoying this particular re-read.
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on 15 November 2010
Charting a new course through terrain both old and new, David Weber's "Storm From The Shadows" profiles Admiral Michelle "Mike" Henke Countess Gold Peak's first mission as a Royal Manticoran Navy fleet commander, in the distant far-flung Talbott Cluster, as the latest conflict between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven has but ended, mere months after Haven's surprise naval attack on Manticore itself. But all is not tranquil in the Talbott Cluster, when Admiral Henke's fleet is confronted with an old, and dangerous adversary, a Solarian League fleet task force commanded by the mercurial Admiral Josef Byng. Lurking virtually unseen, in the "shadows", is a new, far more dangerous, adversary, which has, in utter secrecy, perfected a forthcoming "surprise" for the Star Kingdom.

Long-time fans of David Weber's "Honoverse" will appreciate seeing Admiral Honor Harrington again, but she appears mostly off-stage, with most of the intrigue, both military and political, set in the remote Talbott Cluster, where Henke and her fleet are forced to contend with Admiral Byng's "visit". Weber is at his best describing the fateful interactions between Henke and Byng's ships, but he also excels in building up the suspense leading to that momentous climax. "Storm From The Shadows" should be seen as the immediate prequel to "Mission of Honor", and is a fine installment in the new direction which Weber seems to be taking his "Honoverse" saga.
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on 29 June 2009
This is an OK sort of book. It has all of the elements of a ripping good David Weber yarn, and I settled back to read it with my usual sigh of pleasure at the prospect of a late evening spent in the Honorverse. But this book just doesn't do it for me. There is nothing specifically wrong with it, and Michelle Henke is a "favourite" character, but the plot - as such - went all over the place, and the book seemed to jump from one sort of storytelling to another - almost as if Mr Weber didn't quite know how to deal with it, and became formulaic. The magic was missing, and at about the half way mark I was BORED (and thats not something I usually feel in the middle of a D Weber book. Perhaps its because this is a "side" story, but then "Crown of Slaves" is also a side story and it is wonderful. I just couldn't shake the feeling that this was not a book that was written in full fancy and passion. Hopefully the next one, which I see is planned for the major story lline, will regain the magic!
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on 23 May 2009
What a book ! This is a sideline story to the main Honour novels. This fills in details of the Talbot Cluster story at the same time as the At All Costs book. This book also runs after that story and in that respect is a must read for what is going to happen next (as Jar Jar Binks would say - Crunch Time) in the main story. Miss this one at your peril !!
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on 27 March 2015
A very good reexamination of the circumstances leading up to the confrontations with the Sol League, highlighting the intricate machinations of the Mesan Manpower manipulations. Very well written and an excellent way of reliving the original high drama of the earlier instalments! Awaiting the next volume of this storyline asap!
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