Timeframe: c. 1906 PD – August 1907 PD
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- Hounded into retirement and disgrace by political enemies, cut to the heart by the murder of the man she loved, and bereft of confidence in herself and her abilities, Captain Honor Harrington has retreated to the planet Grayson to take up her role as Steadholder while she tries to heal her bitter wounds.
- But the People's Republic of Haven is rising from defeat to threaten Grayson anew, and the newborn Grayson Navy needs her experience desperately. It's a call Honor cannot refuse, yet even as she once more accepts the duty whose challenges she fears she can no longer meet, powerful men who hate and fear the changes she's brought to their world are determined to reverse them. They have a plan ... and for it to succeed Honor Harrington must die.
- Two irresistible forces are rushing together to crush Grayson between them, and only one woman uncertain of her capabilities, weary unto death, and marked for murder-stands between her adopted planet and its devastation.
After the scandal caused by her killing Pavel Young in a duel, Honor Harrington retreats to Grayson until things settle down on Manticore. She intends to oversee the development of her Steading, and overcome the death of her lover, Paul Tankersley.
Honor struggles with the survivor's guilt her many battles have left her with, but soon finds that she cannot afford to dwell on her emotions. With the war between Manticore and Haven still raging, the fast-expanding but still inexperienced Grayson Space Navy needs someone to put it in fighting shape. Honor is given the rank of Admiral in the GSN and command of a superdreadnought squadron. She conducts her squadron and the rest of her adoptive nation's fleet through several battle exercises.
Meanwhile, Haven stages a new operation, capturing two planets deep in Manticoran Alliance territory. A Manticoran task force and half the Grayson Navy leave to liberate these planets, but Haven was banking on this and now sends another task force to destroy the orbital infrastructure in the Yeltsin's Star System and arm Masada with modern weapons.
The events surrounding Honor's last adventure on Grayson have caused political turmoil on the reactionary planet. Even though she has the support of Protector Benjamin IX and his government, as well respect and gratitude of the people of Grayson, several of her fellow Steadholders refuse to accept her and plot to bring down Mayhew's reforms by resorting to terrorism. They sabotage a crystoplast dome which is being built and financed by Honor. The dome collapses mid-construction and kills dozens of people, including young children, in the Winston Mueller Middle School beneath it.
When it appears that the government discovered their conspiracy, they attempt to assassinate Honor, but fail again. However, Reverend Julius Hanks, the spiritual leader of the Church of Humanity Unchained, is accidentally killed during the attack, causing the surviving assassin to confess all his sins out of fear for his immortal soul. Eventually the whole conspiracy is revealed in front of the Conclave of Steadholders, and Honor engages in a sword-fighting duel with Steadholder Burdette, the leader of the conspiracy. To Burdette's surprise, she proves to be an avid swordswoman, and kills him by slicing him open and then beheading him.
Shortly thereafter, the Havenite task force under the command of Vice Admiral Alexander Thurston arrives to destroy Grayson's orbital infrastructure. Not realizing the size of the Grayson force, the Havenites are throughoutly defeated by Admiral Harrington and the ships under her command in the Fourth Battle of Yeltsin's Star.
After hearing of the victory, Steadholder Mueller, the only undetected member of the conspirators, urges the Conclave to reimburse Harrington and her company for all legal costs stemming from the panic surrounding the collapsed dome, and petitions the Protector to append the Crossed Swords to her Star of Grayson, an honor only given once before, to Isaiah Mackenzie, the commanding general of Benjamin the Great in the Civil War. The Conclave unanimously agrees.
Hamish Alexander | Frederick Bennington | Mercedes Brigham | Thomas Caparelli | Warner Caslet | Shannon Foraker | Patricia Givens | Frederick Goldstein | Adam Gerrick | Jordan | Julius Hanks | Honor Harrington | Sarah Hereux | Hewlett | Hill | Jake Howell | Abraham Jackson | Janakowski | Justman | Andrew LaFollet | Miranda LaFollet | James MacGuiness | Isaiah Mackenzie | Stewart Matthews | Wesley Matthews | Benjamin the Great | Benjamin Mayhew IX | Bernard Mayhew III | Adam Montague | Samuel Mueller | Nimitz | O'Brien | Rob S. Pierre | Pete Ryan | Paul Tankersley | Alexander Thurston | Eric Tobin | Trailman | Bernard Yanakov | Pavel Young | Alfredo Yu
- PNS Conquérant
- PNS De Conde
- PNS Saracen
- PNS Theban Warrior
- PNS Vindicator
- HMS King Michael
- HMS Madrigal
- GNS Raoul Courvosier
- GNS Terrible
- HMS Thunderer
- HMS Queen Caitrin
AR-7(b) | The Book of the New Way | Burdette House | Candor System | President of the Republic of Candor | Committee of Public Safety | Copper Walls Battalion | golf | Goshen Sea | Grayson Space Navy | Harrington Cathedral | Harrington City | Harrington City Police | Harrington House | Harrington Steadholder's Guard | Harrington Steading | High Admiral | High Court (Grayson) | Home Fleet (Manticore) | Operation Jericho | King's College | missile pod | Mithra System | Mueller Steading | Nightingale System | Protector | Royal Manticoran Navy | Sphinx Forestry Service | Sphinxian chipmunk | Star of Grayson | Sun-Yat System | Tester | Time of the Five Keys | Trevor's Star System | Winston Mueller Middle School | Yeltsin's Star System
|Main Honor Harrington series|
|HH1||On Basilisk Station||HH8||Echoes of Honor|
|HH2||The Honor of the Queen||HH9||Ashes of Victory|
|HH3||The Short Victorious War||HH10||War of Honor|
|HH4||Field of Dishonor||HH11||At All Costs|
|HH5||Flag in Exile||HH12||Mission of Honor|
|HH6||Honor Among Enemies||HH13||A Rising Thunder|
|HH7||In Enemy Hands||HH14||Shadow of Freedom|
|Spin off Series|
|Crown of Slaves||Saganami Island|
|CS1||Crown of Slaves||SI1||The Shadow of Saganami|
|CS2||Torch of Freedom||SI2||Storm from the Shadows|
|SK1||A Beautiful Friendship||SK3||Treecat Wars|
|HHA1||More Than Honor||HHA4||The Service of the Sword|
|HHA2||Worlds of Honor||HHA5||In Fire Forged|
|HHA3||Changer of Worlds||HHA6||Beginnings|