by David Weber
Book 11 in Honor Harrington series (2005)
Publisher: Baen Books
The War with the Republic of Haven has resumed…disastrously for the Star Kingdom of Manticore.
Admiral Lady Dame Honor Harrington has been recalled from the Sidemore System to command Eighth Fleet. Everyone knows Eight Fleet is the Alliance’s primary offensive command, but what most of the public doesn’t know is that not only are the Star Kingdom and its Allies badly outnumbered by the Republic’s new fleet, but that the odds are going to get steadily worse.
Eighth Fleet’s job is to somehow prevent those odds from crushing the Alliance before the Star Kingdom can regain its strategic balance. It’s a job which won’t be done cheaply. Honor Harrington must meet her formidable responsibilities with inferior forces even as she copes with tumultuous changes in her personal and public life.
The alternative to victory is total defeat, yet this time the cost of victory will be agonizingly high.