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Name: The Service of the Sword
Author: David Weber,
Timothy Zahn,
Jane Lindskold,
John Ringo,
Victor Mitchell,
Eric Flint
Publisher: Baen Books
Publication Date: 2003
ISBN: 0743488369
Series: Worlds of Honor
Previous: Changer of Worlds
Next: In Fire Forged

The Service of the Sword is the fourth anthology of short stories set in David Weber's Honorverse.

It was first published in 2003 and contains the following stories:

Promised LandEdit

by Jane Lindskold

After his graduation from the Royal Manticoran Naval Academy on Saganami Island, Midshipman and Crown Prince Michael Winton is assigned to the superdreadnought HMS Saint Elmo, but requests another assignment because he doesn't want the Navy to shield him from danger. He is eventually assigned to the light cruiser HMS Intransigent, which is sent on a diplomatic mission to Masada.
On this mission he meets and rescues his future wife Judith. She was a Masadan renegade who was escaping from her tyrannical husband as a member of the secret organization of Masadan women known as the Sisterhood of Barbara.

With One StoneEdit

by Timothy Zahn

Ships are being attacked in the Silesian Confederacy. Pirates are suspected, since the Confederacy is rife with them, but what worries the Bureau of Weapons director Sonja Hemphill is that the guilty party seems to be armed with something even more powerful than her grav lance. A weapon capable of taking down a starship's impeller wedge.
The Manticoran Office of Naval Intelligence taps Lieutenant Rafael Cardones to embark on a covert fact-finding mission to the Confederacy, to determine the extent of the threat. Meanwhile, Captain Honor Harrington, commanding the newly commissioned heavy cruiser HMS Fearless, is sent to the Confederacy to conduct anti-piracy patrols.
What neither of them suspect is that the pirates are actually members of the People's Navy, who are using Silesia to test out their new devastating weapon, the Crippler.

A Ship Named FrancisEdit

by John Ringo and Victor Mitchell

Sick Berth Attendant Third Class Sean Tyler, formerly of the Royal Manticoran Navy, volunteers for service in the Grayson Space Navy and ends up aboard GNS Francis Mueller, an obsolete old heavy cruiser that is used by the Graysons to shuffle off all personnel that would otherwise be a ballast for the Navy.
Consequently, the ship is commanded by an irresponsible Captain, with a First Officer who would just love to haul half the crew out into space for "slackness", and a ship's chaplain who suffers from both overimagination and insomnia, thus constantly praying over the loudspeakers for the ship to be delivered from all sorts of horrible occurrences...

Let's Go To PragueEdit

by John Ringo

A pair of Manticoran secret agents discover that a holiday can be even more fun if it involves spoiling the Office of State Security's day.


by Eric Flint (Sequel to From the Highlands)

StateSec Special Investigator Victor Cachat is sent to the La Martine Sector to investigate the death of a People's Commissioner who was a known sadist and rapist. Soon he begins a violent purge of StateSec personnel he considers corrupt, but none of those around him guess his true motives.

The Service of the SwordEdit

by David Weber

The heavy cruiser HMS Gauntlet, Captain Michael Oversteegen commanding, is sent to the Tiberian System to investigate the disappearance of a Havenite freighter and an Erewhonese destroyer. Unknown to them, the Mesan slave-trading company, Manpower Inc., has established a stronghold in the system. While Midshipwoman Abigail Hearns, the first Grayson-born female officer in the Grayson Space Navy, finds herself leading a team of Marines against attackers on the planet Refuge, Captain Oversteegen and his crew fight – and win – the decisive Battle of Tiberian.

External links Edit

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 Uncompromising Honor
Spin off Series
Crown of Slaves Star Kingdom
CS1 Crown of Slaves SK1 A Beautiful Friendship
CS2 Torch of Freedom SK2 Fire Season
CS3 Cauldron of Ghosts SK3 Treecat Wars
CS4 Cloak of Evil SK4
Saganami Island Manticore Ascendant
SI1 The Shadow of Saganami MA1 A Call to Duty
SI2 Storm from the Shadows MA2 A Call to Arms
SI3 Shadow of Freedom MA3 A Call to Vengeance
SI4 Shadow of Victory MA4 A Call to Insurrection
HHA1 More Than Honor HHA4 The Service of the Sword
HHA2 Worlds of Honor HHA5 In Fire Forged
HHA3 Changer of Worlds HHA6 Beginnings
Tales of Honor Comic Series
TOH1 Tales of Honor #1 TOH4 Tales of Honor #4
TOH2 Tales of Honor #2 TOH5 Tales of Honor #5
TOH3 Tales of Honor #3 TOHV1 Tales of Honor Vol 1

Honorverse Non-Fiction
Book Companions Ad Astra Companions
HOS House of Steel Companion SOTF Ships of the Fleet Calendars
HOSH House of Shadows Companion SITS Saganami Island Tactical Simulator
HOL House of Lies Companion
Jayne's Intelligence Review Jayne's Fighting Ships of the Galaxy
JIR1 The Royal Manticoran Navy SB1 Ship Book 1: The Havenite Sector
JIR2 The Havenite Republican Navy SB2 Ship Book 2: The Silesian Confederacy
JIR3 The Silesian Confederate Navy SB3 Ship Book 3: The Short Victorious War
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