JohnRoth wrote:ccchuck wrote:"so I am now wondering if he intends to "kill" Honor off or simply lets her retire..."
Alexander Kent did kill his hero - but warned us from almost the beginning.
C S Forester's Hornblower made it into retirement (where, if memory serves, he met Napoleon III?)..
While the loss of Honor would make "great sweet sorrow", it also slightly smells a bit of "been there drama" -
I think she, and us, deserve better.
I seriously doubt that he's going to kill Honor off. Since the next book is supposed to be the last one, it would be kind of pointless. She's most likely going to continue in her multiple roles of Steadholder, Duchess, senior Admiral and advisor to the Queen. Filaretta's Folly was probably her last major battle unless the SL decides to do something even more stupid than usual; she's simply too senior.
There was foreshadowing in Mission of Honor. When she got home from Haven, saw the aftermath of Oyster Bay and Hamish finally met the "Salamander", she made a promise.
"I'll miss them," she told him again, still with that dreadful softness, "but I won't forget. I'll never forget, and one day - one day, Hamish, we're going to find the people who did this, you and I. And when we do, the only thing I'll ask of God is that He let them live long enough to know who's killing them."