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3.0 out of 5 stars More of the same, 1 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: A Rising Thunder (Honor Harrington Book 13) (Kindle Edition)
I've enjoyed the development of this series, with admiration for the universe David Weber has created. I now feel I've grown to know the core characters very well, and continue to appreciate Weber 's eye for political and military analysis and plot construction. With this book, though, it's clear that there is some crunching of gears as he refocused the narrative away from the Haven Manticore conflict towards the imminent demise of the Solarian League and the war against the Mesan Alignment. I found some of the steps in that dance unconvincing, and part of me wishes he had stuck to his original plan to kill off Honor Harrington at the Battle of Manticore, skip a generation or two and begin a new arc, which would have required less realignment of existing plot. That said, I'm looking forward to the next book.

I also have to confess to becoming a little tired of the over-long political discussions which recapitulate things I already know from different angles, and which slow the movement of the plot to a snail's pace. The action sequences are also, now, formulaic to the extent that Weber is curtailing them - ships heave/writhe/buck as they are stabbed/launched/skewered by laser heads in a manner which starts to feel like cut and paste.

The grand story arc will carry me forward to the next book, but I'm beginning to skim more and more pages of a series which used to grip my attention.
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