By David Weber

Honor Harrington has confronted ship-to-ship wrestle, assassins, political vendettas, and duals. She's been shot at, shot down, and simply simple shot, had starships blown out from lower than her, and made own enemies who will do whatever to damage her, and she's survived all of it. yet this time the People's Republic of Haven has eventually came across an admiral who can win battles, and Honor's orders take her directly into an ambush. Outnumbered and outgunned, she has jut techniques: see the folk below her command slaughtered in hopeless battle...or hand over them--and herself--to the Peeps.

At least the Peoples army grants to regard its prisoners honorbly. however the military is overruled through the politicians, and Honor unearths herself aboard a Peep battlecruiser, certain for a prision planet aptly named "Hell."..and her scheduled execution.

Put into solitary confinement, separated from her officials and her treecat Nimitz... and subjected to systematic humiliation by way of her goalers, her destiny has turn into either bleak and brief. but the only lesson Honor Harrington hasn't ever discovered is tips on how to supply up.

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She was once additionally an vastly revered health practitioner, one of many most sensible or 3 geneticists of the megastar country of Manticore, and the mummy of a steadholder. the very last thing she used to be going to do was once give some thought to any motion which would arouse the merest wisp of a possible scandal. but firmly as he lectured himself, he could not relatively forget about these wickedly sparkling eyes . . . or the best way she used to be dressed. Howard Clinkscales had by no means obvious the Steadholder in civilian Manticoran garments. whilst no longer in uniform, she'd continually wearing Grayson types right here on Grayson, yet her mom used to be one other topic fullyyt. She wore a short-waisted, bolero-style jacket of a deep royal blue over a adapted shirt of cream-colored previous Earth silk which should have rate numerous hundred Manticoran funds . . . and, for all its opacity, used to be deplorably skinny. Her jewellery was once basic yet beautiful, its labored silver contrasting along with her sandalwood complexion, and her elegantly styled slacks matched her jacket. No Pre-Alliance Grayson girl may ever were visible in public in clothing which published her determine with such uncompromising frankness, and Clinkscales could not even console himself with the idea that it used to be a uniform. nobody may have complained approximately woman Harrington's RMN uniform (well, now not legitimately . . . which hadn't avoided a few of the actual reactionaries from doing so besides) while she wasn't chargeable for its styling. yet health care provider Harrington did not have that excuse, and— Now only one damned minute, Howard! he instructed himself sternly. This lady does not want an "excuse" . . . and she or he would not desire one no matter if she were not woman Harrington's mom! there's totally not anything "indecent" approximately her appearance—except, possibly, on your personal idiot mind—and whether there have been, she has each attainable correct to decorate in accordance with Manticoran criteria. If we are this sort of parochial, backward planet that we will not settle for that, then the matter is ours, no longer hers! He inhaled deeply, feeling a strange kind of rest move via him with the oxygen as he took himself to job. In a manner, he used to be virtually relieved that he'd allow his spinal-reflex social programming get out of hand, simply because calling it to heel had helped settle his brain. but for all that, he could not fairly stamp out the final, flickering glimmers of uneasiness. It used to be her eyes, he suggestion back. It used to be the flicker in these eyes so like and but so in contrast to his Steadholder's. Grayson used to be a planet the place lady births outnumbered male via 3 to at least one, and the place the single good lady profession for with reference to one thousand years have been that of spouse and mom. That intended pageant for buddies had consistently been fierce, inspite of the Grayson perform of polygamy, and for all their decorous habit, ladies had waged the conflict among the sexes (and opposed to their opponents) with a will. That used to be what frightened Howard Clinkscales, for he'd obvious precisely that very same sparkle in numerous woman eyes through the years. frequently these eyes have been very younger, waiting for the glories of conquest with the entire power and fervour of adlescent.

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