Honor Harrington is back for another novel and she has brings back all the political issues and the war with her. Finally returning to active duty (especially for the reader, too, who didn`t get to see much of her during the last novel), she has been assigned to take command... Honor Harrington is back for another novel and she has brings back all the political issues and the war with her. Finally returning to active duty (especially for the reader, too, who didn`t get to see much of her during the last novel), she has been assigned to take command of Manticore`s major attack fleet. Fighting the Havenite Navy, meanwhile, has proved being far harder that it used to be for the outnumbered Kingdom. With its new government, Haven has managed to catch up to his onetime superior enemy. But not only the war has changed, Honor`s personal life has, too: Her relationship with Hamish Alexander of White Haven certainly have unexpected outcomes which not only affect them but the Starkingdom and Grayson, Honor`s new home world, too. Knowing how much a victory will cost Manticore and its allies, Honor does everything in her power to support the peace talks when a series of attempted murders shake the resolve of the Kingdom and make them plunge into the fights head-first again... Finally, after almost two novels in which Honor only featured a minor role, the Admiral Lady Dame is back in her captain`s chair, commanding Eight Fleet but nevertheless willing to put an end to the war as soon as possible. Along with her come a whole bunch of old friends - Andrew LaFollet, Alistair McKeon, Scotty Tremaine (of whom we actually see less every time), Alice Truman, Hamish and Emily Alexander and, of course, many treecats watching out for their persons. Even the Havenite Government is welcomed back fondly: Eloise Pritchard, who finds herself torn between what she wants and what she has to do, Tom Theismann, who knows what he has to do even if he doesn`t want to do it, and many other Manticoran, Grayson and Havenite characters (altough, I must confess, I missed Alfredo Yu, Benjamin Mayhew and Walter Caslet). Epic Space battles - growing more horrible every time - political issues, amusing dialogues and especially sad (or touching) scenes are the essence of this novel. The only real disappointment, finally, is the ending, which comes all too abrupt to really be one - even though it could be one. Too many stories stay untold, too many fates are unsure and not even the outcome of the last battle is described sufficiently to know how the relationship between Haven and Manticore finally is. While this book certainly could be a finale, one won`t really be satisfied after finishing it. And so I guess I`ll not be the only one who`ll hope for another book as great as "At all Costs"!