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By David Weber

Hounded into retirement and shame by way of political enemies, reduce to the guts through the homicide of the fellow she enjoyed, and bereft of self belief in herself and her skills, Captain Honor Harrington has retreated to the planet Grayson to soak up 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 army wishes her adventure desperately. it is a name Honor can't refuse, but while she once again accepts the obligation whose demanding situations she fears she will be able to not meet, robust males who hate and worry the alterations she's dropped at their international are made up our minds 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 features, weary unto demise, and marked for murder―stands among her followed planet and its devastation.

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Therefore, she understood precisely how the gruesome duckling had felt, and he or she suspected that was once one cause she'd continuously enjoyed athletics—it used to be a kind of repayment prize for her face that not just saved her in top yet maximized the resources she did have. but no matter what her unconscious reasoning could have been, she knew she used to be either healthy and trim and that she moved good, and her uncluttered but flowing clothing emphasised the sleek strains of her physique and carriage with a frankness which as soon as may have horrified Grayson society. She gave the replicate one of many curtsies she'd practiced so challenging to grasp and chuckled because the stately girl within the replicate lower back it with aristocratic hauteur. That mirrored image used to be a much cry from her adolescence as a yeoman's daughter on Sphinx, and whatever much less like Captain Honor Harrington, Royal Manticoran military, was once most unlikely to visualize. Which used to be most likely a very good factor, she instructed herself with a spurt of regularly occurring bitterness, for she not was once Captain Harrington. Oh, she was once nonetheless entitled to the uniform she'd worn for 3 many years, yet she refused to put on it. It wasn't the Navy's fault she'd been stripped of her command and put on inactive, half-pay prestige. If it was once anyone's "fault," it was once hers, for she'd identified the politicians would go away the army no selection whilst she shot a peer of the world in a duel. yet but it had occurred, Honor Harrington wouldn't grasp to the symbolic crutch of a uniform whose duties were denied her. while the time got here to imagine these duties once again, if it ever got here, then— She heard a scolding bleek and became to open her fingers to Nimitz, and he leapt into her embody and flowed up onto her shoulder. He was once cautious to prevent her hat's streamers as he sank his hand-feet's claws into her vest simply above her correct collarbone, and he or she felt the commonplace strain opposed to her shoulder blade as his true-feet's matching claws dug in additional down her again to help his general, half-standing perch. these murderous claws have been simply over a half-centimeter lengthy, yet what seemed like usual suede was once not anything of the kind, and he or she puzzled who used to be happiest approximately that, Nimitz, or Andrew LaFollet? The tabbard-like vest was once made up of an analogous fabric that was once sewn into her uniform tunics to guard them from Nimitz's claws; the truth that it's going to additionally cease light-caliber pulser darts used to be easily a welcome plus from the perspective of her leader armsman. She grinned on the inspiration and reached as much as scratch Nimitz's chin, then made one final, finicky adjustment to the one goods of "jewelry" she wore. The golden celebrity of Grayson gleamed on its blood-red ribbon approximately her throat, and the both golden patriarch's key of a steadholder hung slightly under it on its heavy, intricately labored chain. They have been required gown on formal events, which this day definitely was once. in addition to, she proposal with a lurking glint of humor, she intended she may to boot admit she beloved the best way they seemed. "Well? " she stated to Miranda, and her maid gave her an both severe scrutiny, then nodded.

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