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Weber is back on form!
on 24 November 2005
After the (frankly disappointing) 'War of Honor' and 'Crown of Slaves', I was a bit apprehensive about this latest entry in the HH series. The previous books had, in my view, concentrated far too much on machiavellian politics and it did it in a rather flat and uninspired manner. So when I picked up this 800+ page monster I was fervantly hoping for a return to his previous form. I am glad to say that it is. Fans of 'Old School' Weber will relish a return to the epic space battles of his earlier books, and for those who liked the direction of the later books there is plenty of political manuevering, only this time around it reads much better. Mr Webers writing still seems to have matured significantly since Crown of Slaves, and this time around your sympathies lay as much with Haven as with Manticore. Be prepared though - he's killing off his characters in job lots! I counted the death of one Major character and at least 4 important secondary characters with several other known faces falling by the wayside. If I have a complaint, it's that Mr Weber still includes massive blocks of unecessary prose at times. Also, Honors list of titles is becoming faintly ridiculous, seemingly taking up half the book itself!
The surprise ending leaves the way open for at least one more book, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the series continuing for two or possibly three more installments. Good to see you back, David.