There were also far fewer pages on Harrington's personal life than in the past, but the one's that were there almost totally sucked the life out the narrative. There are eye rolls aplenty as Honor discovers she's pregnant, the result of having forgotten to renew her birth control implant. WTF? No big deal for her career, as she has the baby placed in an artificial womb so that she continue to hare around the galaxy. She's more concerned about how single motherhood will play with the Graysons, so she enters into a Catholic Church sanctioned group marriage with White Haven (the father), and his other wife, Emily. Emily, just to keep up her end, decides to have a baby as well. Damn, my eyes got sore. I really am beginning to prefer the two new Honorverse series because they don't feature HH.
Still, most of this was better than the last couple of HH books. As usual, and despite the eye rolling parts, it's a page turner. A lot of familiar characters meet their ends along the way, and the final battle is a tense affair, with the outcome certainly in doubt.
There is one other incredibly neat thing about this edition in that comes with a CD containing every one of David Weber's books and collaborations in several electronic formats. That's almost worth the price of admission alone.