By David Weber

Hounded into retirement and shame by means of political enemies, reduce to the center by way of the homicide of the guy she enjoyed, and bereft of self belief in herself and her skills, Captain Honor Harrington has retreated to the planet Grayson to absorb her function as Steadholder whereas she attempts to heal her sour wounds.

But the People's Republic of Haven is emerging from defeat to threaten Grayson anew, and the child Grayson military wishes her event desperately. it is a name Honor can't refuse, but whilst she once again accepts the obligation whose demanding situations she fears she will now not meet, robust males who hate and worry the adjustments she's dropped at their global are decided to opposite them. they've got a plan…and for it to be triumphant Honor Harrington needs to die.

Two impossible to resist forces are dashing jointly to overwhelm Grayson among them, and just one woman―uncertain of her services, weary unto loss of life, and marked for murder―stands among her followed planet and its devastation.

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LaFollet, like such a lot Graysons, was once shorter than she, and he needed to trot to maintain. She intended it made him glance undignified and spared him a silent apology for making him scurry, yet she did not decelerate. She really was once operating overdue, and so they had far to move. Harrington apartment used to be totally too huge, sumptuous, and dear for her personal style, yet she hadn't been consulted while it was once equipped. The Graysons had meant it as a present to the lady who'd stored their planet, which intended she could not whinge, and she'd come to a touch in charge reputation of its beauty. in addition to, as Howard Clinkscales used to be keen on declaring, it hadn't been equipped exclusively for her. certainly, such a lot of its enforcing area used to be given as much as the executive amenities of Harrington Steading, and he or she needed to admit that there looked to be valuable little room to spare. They emerged from the backyard, and she or he dropped to a extra decorous velocity because the everlasting sentry on the East Portico—Harrington House's major public entrance—snapped to recognition and saluted. Honor suppressed a naval officer's computerized reflex to come the salute and settled for a nodded answer, then swept up the stairs with LaFollet simply as a fierce-faced, white-haired guy emerged from the guarded door and gave his personal chrono a stressed look. He regarded up on the sound of her foot at the steps of local stone, and his scowl vanished right into a smile as he got here down them to fulfill her. "I'm sorry i am past due, Howard," she stated contritely. "We have been on our method while Nimitz noticed a chipmunk. " Howard Clinkscales' smile changed into a smile any urchin may need envied, and he shook a finger on the 'cat. Nimitz flicked his ears in impudent answer, and the Regent chuckled. as soon as upon a time Clinkscales may were a ways much less comfortable with an alien creature—not to say horrified by means of the very concept of a woman's donning the steadholder's key—but these days have been long past, and his eyes gleamed as he checked out Honor. "Well, after all, My girl, if it used to be very important no apologies are worthwhile. nevertheless, we're imagined to have the bureaucracy prepared while Chancellor Prestwick coms to substantiate Council's approval. " "But it is also purported to be a 'surprise announcement,' " Honor stated plaintively. "Doesn't that can help you minimize me a few slack? " "It's presupposed to be a shock for your steaders and the opposite Keys, My Lady—not to you. So do not attempt to wiggle out of it by means of wheedling me. you have not obtained the correct knack for it, besides. " "But you retain telling me to profit to compromise. How am I imagined to do this when you will not compromise with me? " "Hah! " Clinkscales snorted, but they either knew her whimsical plaint had its critical part. She used to be uncomfortable with the autocratic strength she exercised as a steadholder, but she'd usually proposal it used to be lucky issues have been organize as they have been. it would be alien to the traditions less than which she'd been reared, yet, then, she might were supremely unsuited to a central authority profession again within the megastar state, even with no the disagreeable reviews the tough and tumble of Manticore's partisan strife had inflicted upon her.

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