An unfinished duel, a midnight murder, and the treachery of a beautiful prostitute lead to the imprisonment of Sharpe. Caught in a web of political intrigue for which his military experience has left him fatally unprepared, Sharpe becomes a fugitive--a man hunted by both ally and enemy alike.
Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe’s Honor is the sixteenth in his series following the adventures of Richard Sharpe throughout the Peninsular Wars.
The book is full of the usual bravado, but it detours from Cornwell’s typical formula, as Sharpe is not in the midst of battle throughout the story. The plot centers on a conspiracy to undermine the British war effort, and Sharpe is in the thick of the intrigue and on a quest to prove his innocence, regain his honor, and return to his regiment. As such, the most familiar characters of the series are absent from a large portion of the story, but in return the reader is given more insight into Sharpe’s psyche.
The climax of the story is at Vitoria, and Cornwell once again proves that he is the master of epic, rousing battle descriptions. Historical accuracy is seamlessly blended with riveting fiction, and Sharpe’s Honor is yet another Cornwell book to add to your shelf.