An excellent illustration! there are two of the most thrilling and emotional moments in the Flag in Exile: the pinnace crash and Honor's sword duel and here in this cover there is something of both moments. One of my favorite books in Honorverse series, thank you for sharing this work, sir
P.S. are there any chances to see more covers/illustrations for Honor Harrington novels?
Like all the others this is beautiful, I love the capturing of the Sky Dome, the devastation of the attack on Honor and of course this image.. the image of Honor wounded in Greyson dress of a steadholder ready to kick the ass out of the man who's attacked not just her, but her lord, her family and her friends. Beautiful work.
I've read all the books, well listened really and Flag In Exile is the one I'm listening to at the moment. I love the SkyDomes of Harrington Steading. The light of the crash and sun outline Honor nicely. Honor herself is nicely posed and colored. And the Harrington sword only adds to the perfection of this art. I feel the need to reject the cover I have seen, (American version, although I must say it fits the description of Benjamin IX and the conclave of steadholders quite well,) and use this one. I couldn't love this anymore than I already do.
Thanks for your congratulations Maybe there is an explication. When i have to draw a cover, i read the book first. Lot of illustrators don't read the novels... So they can't catch the important scene of the story just with a briefing... It's hard because it take lot of time but i think that is the only way to attempt a great cover
So true. Contemptible Covers, I believe the term is, though David Weber books aren't terrible in that aspect...
I was reading this particular book just a couple of days ago, and the sight of Honor with her greatest trials in the book - Skydomes, the most epic (failed) assassination attempt in fiction - behind her form, as well as the Sword of Grayson, really works. It also sort of highlights the fact that the Havenit forces in this book were... sort of not much of a challenge. Anyone you can outwit while having been awake for two days straight and after fighting a duel is not really worth going on the book cover...
Oh, by the way, does having the French historical perspective change the view of the books at all? I imagine the Rob S. Pierre joke didn't take nearly as long as it took me, and I know that the English perspective I possess made the Star Kingdom ring true - it is essentially 1750-1850 Britain, after all.
Well, i have to confess that i didn't laugh at loud when i saw the joke about Rob S.Pierre and St Just...
That's not too serious but... I was a little saddened.
I'm a fan of history, geography, geo-politic... If i was the writer, i wouldn't do a such joke about an historical figure (from any country) Because there is always a risk to hurt some people. I don't know if i'm right or wrong, it just would be a kind of... "caution".
For example, i don't think that every English people would laugh if the Admiral Nelson was described like a fanatic dictator. The same for the general Ulysse S Grant for the USA... I think that it's a too risky way.
But i tried to convince myself that it was a kind of joke and i still think that Honor Harrington is a very good serie of novels
The name thing was a pun, the historical parallel is justified - and Nelson was an advocate of the Slave Trade because it resulted in skilled sailors for the navy, and Grant was a hard man who devastated his enemies' territory. Being on the side that won doesn't make someone "good". Hell, Wellington brought his way into the army, much like so many of the officers he later criticized in the Peninsular War. I think it's a side effect of the second world war, really - that war fits SO well in macrocosm into the traditional epic of the evil army held at the last pass, then thrown back into ruin - after that, many subsequent retellings or fictionalizations of wars felt the need to make the villains more clearly the villains. Weber, Flint and Drake do a better job of that than most. Weber's PRH is a noble experiment struggling with the impossible situation it began in, Flint's 1632-verse Richelieu is essentially a villain simply because the heroes are not French, and Drake writes books where the main difference between the good and the bad is who's paying the Slammers that week
I saw the book Rob S. Pierre as a good man driven to make the best choices he could see at the time. After all, the historical Terror did happen - even if it wasn't nearly as extensive as people often believe - and Rob seemed to at first get rid of some genuine problems, then Ransome pushed things too far. I feel that, the way it's written, had the war been won then Pierre would have managed to stabilize things and produce a proper Star Nation, one to be proud of... but at the expense of Manticore. Recall that he was portrayed as a man driven by his ambition - many people are - but that his ambition was better than most, being mostly patriotic rather than personal. I don't think Rob S. Pierre was a "joke". I think he was a reasonable parallel to the historical Robespierre, under different circumstances and with a different outcome. I mean, more technologically advanced societies tend to be more conducive to a more totalitarian state, and certainly things improved over his reign for the VAST majority of Havenite citizens... it's just that, as a naval adventure, we see the shipboard viewpoint most often, where the regime was at it's least noble. So most people come away with a more negative viewpoint.
And the thing is, the use of historical parallels makes it easier to design the story. Even if Weber's is unusually blatant, there's no real harm in taking a historical situation to give you the bones of a plot. An example from David Drake here, his Hammer's Slammers book, Paying the Piper: it's a version of the Peleponnesian war. Same with Northworld, The Tank Lords... It's a shortcut, but one that produces believable worlds more often.
I think that i have to precise something : i think that it's a very good idea to take an historical period and use it into differents universes. That is a great idea and it take part of the quality of this serie.
But... (and it's only an opinion none a kind of blame) All those men and women(Robespierre, ulysse s grant, nelson and thousand others) did what they thought as the better ways/solutions to reach their goals. And their causes required bad or good solutions and many very hard choices...
For that, these historical figures are still controversials. Certain will said "he was a hero !" Others : "He was a butcher!"
So, i just regret that the name of some characters are too similar with real historical figures. Nothing more
If it was me, i think that i would only use fictitious names. Even in a story with historical references.
My real regret : Posts on DA are not the ideal tool for a real discussion on such subject. It's interresting enough to discuss for hours. I think that we both could push forward easily