Book Review: On Basilisk Station

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On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington Book 1 by David Weber


Having made him look a fool, she’s been exiled to Basilisk Station in disgrace and set up for ruin by a superior who hates her.

Her demoralized crew blames her for their ship’s humiliating posting to an out-of-the-way picket station.

The aborigines of the system’s only habitable planet are smoking homicide-inducing hallucinogens.

Parliament isn’t sure it wants to keep the place; the major local industry is smuggling; the merchant cartels want her head; the star-conquering, so-called “Republic” of Haven is Up To Something; and Honor Harrington has a single, over-age light cruiser with an armament that doesn’t work to police the entire star system.

But the people out to get her have made one mistake. They’ve made her mad.



This book is my favorite David Weber. As indicated in other reviews, I love good sociology as part of my science fiction.

Don’t look at me like that, sociology is a science!

And David Weber is not only the master of military sci-fi, but also political sci-fi with a good bit of sociology thrown in.

Love this book. One of the few David Weber has written with a truly alien species – and what would happen to younger culture meeting a space faring one.

I have snapped it up for free on the Amazon kindle so I can continue to read it without destroying my (1) hard copy and (2) soft copy of the book. I have also given this as a gift to three people – two of which have cursed my name because they have needed to buy the rest of the series and that is no small investment.

(10/30/2015 – Reread book yet again on the Kindle. Noticed the kindle version I picked up has some formatting issues – doesn’t have clear POV breaks in many places which created some confusion until I realized the scene had changed. Never had that issue with the printed copies)

One thought to “Book Review: On Basilisk Station”

  1. One of the better stories in the Honorverse. Harrington was a much more believable character here than in some of the later books.

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