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Fire Season (Honor Harrington - Star Kingdom Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

David Weber , Jane Lindskold
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Second entry in a new young adult series by New York Times best seller David Weber, and the prequel to the hugely popular Honor Harrington adult science fiction saga.

Fire in the forest—and a cry for help from a trapped and desperate alien mother! Unfortunately, this is one cry no human can hear. Stephanie Harrington, precocious fourteen-year-old Provisional Forest Ranger on the planet Sphinx, knows something is wrong from the uneasy emotion that is flooding into her from her treecat friend, Climbs Quickly. But though Stephanie's alien comrade shares a tight bond with his two legs, he cannot communicate directly to her the anguished call from one of his people.

Still, their strong and direct bond of feeling may be enough. Stephanie and fellow ranger Karl Zivonik respond to Climbs Quickly's rising waves of distress. Fire season on the pioneer world of Sphinx has begun. But there are those who want to use the natural cycle of the planet for personal gain—and to get rid of the one obstacle that stands in the way of acquiring even greater land and power on Sphinx: the native treecats.

Now it's up to Stephanie and Climbs Quickly, along with their friends, family, and allies to prevent disaster and injustice from befalling a treecat clan. But in the process Stephanie must be certain to preserve the greatest secret of all. It is the knowledge that the treecats of Sphinx are not merely pets or servants, but are highly intelligent in their own right—that they are a species fully deserving of rights, respect, and freedom. And keeping the secret that will allow the treecats time to develop a mutually beneficial relationship with humankind.

It all begins with the friendship of a girl and her treecat.

At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

A lifetime military history buff, David Weber has carried his interest in history into his fiction. In the New York Times best selling Honor Harrington series, the spirit of both C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower and history's Admiral Nelson are evident. With over five million copies of his books in print, David Weber is the fastest rising star in the Science Fiction universe. His Honor Harrington series boasts over 3 million copies in print, and Weber has had over thirteen of his titles on The New York Times Best Seller List. War of Honor, book 10 in the series appeared on over twelve Best Seller lists, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA TODAY.

While he is best known for his spirited, modern-minded space operas, he has also developed a fantasy series, of which two books have been published: Oath of Swords and The War God's Own. David's solo work also includes three novels of the "Dahak" series, and the stand alone novels: Path of the Fury and The Excalibur Alternative.

Weber's first published novels grew out of his work as a war game designer for the Task Force game Starfire. With collaborator Steve White, Weber has written four novels set in that universe: Insurrection, Crusade, In Death Ground, and The Shiva Option.

Recent bestsellers in planetary adventures also include the teamwork of John Ringo in the best selling Empire of Man series where the titles March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few have made appearances on The New York Times List.

Weber's proliferation continues with author Eric Flint, where they joined forces in the Best Selling "Ring of Fire" alternate history series, for 1634: The Baltic War, coming in May.

A popular guest at science fiction conventions, Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife Sharon, three children and a passel of dogs.


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With over seven million copies of his books in print and seventeen titles on the "New York Times" bestseller list, David Weber is the science fiction publishing phenomenon of the new millennium. In the hugely popular Honor Harrington series, the spirit of C.S. Forester s Horatio Hornblower and Patrick O Brian s "Master and Commander "lives on into the galactic future. Books in the Honor Harrington and Honoverse series have appeared on fourteen best seller lists, including those of "The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times," and "USA"" Today." While Weber is best known for his spirited, modern-minded space operas, he is also the creator of the Oath of Swords fantasy series and the Dahak saga. Weber has also written highly popular collaborations, including his Starfire Series with Steve White, which produced the "New York Times "bestseller "The Shiva Option" among others." "Weber s collaboration with alternate history master Eric Flint led to the bestselling "1634: The Baltic War, "and his planetary adventure novels with military science fiction ace and multiple national best-seller John Ringo includes the blockbusters "March to the Stars "and" We Few. "Finally, Weber s teaming with Linda Evans produced the bestselling" "Multiverse series. David Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife and children.
Jane Lindskold is the award-winning, bestselling author of over twenty novels, including the incredibly popular Firekeeper series "(Through Wolf s Eyes" though "Wolf s Blood)," as well as over sixty shorter works of science fiction and fantasy. Several of her novels have been chosen by VOYA for their Best SF, Fantasy and Horror list. Lindskold's work has been repeatedly praised for its sensitive depiction of worlds and cultures different from our own -- especially those that aren't in the least human. Her works have been praised as "intricate, beautifully written" ("Voya"), "attention-grabber" ("School Library Journal"), "engrossing" ("Miami Herald"), "Thrilling" ("Publisher's Weekly"), "ripping good fantasy" ("Kliatt"). Reviewer Charles deLint called Lindskold "one of those hidden treasures of Amerian letters." She has been a frequent contributor to the Honorverse, where her tales of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Michael have a loyal and enthusiastic following.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 645 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (12 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00APAEKFQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,305 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a young adult title 6 Oct. 2012
Format:Hardcover
The first thing you have to know about this book is that it is written for teenagers, so it's not designed to have the complexity, multiple plots, and cast-of-thousands of the Honor Harrington series.

This is the sequel to A Beautiful Friendship (Star Kingdom (Quality)) and picks up a few years later; Stephanie is now approaching her fifteenth birthday. She's an adolescent now, with all that entails - learning how to deal with other people, learning to drive, in general learning how to be an adult.

There are also external challenges - as one of the only humans adopted by a treecat, she's very much involved with the politics of how the existence of treecats will be integrated into Sphinxian life. The action plot of the book revolves around this concept (which is probably going to be central to the whole series, I think).

I have to admit, I could see what happened coming a mile off. I don't know whether that's adult perspective, being a voracious reader, or just that it was predictable. It also seemed to have a softer edge than David Weber's usual style, which I think may be Jane Lindskold's influence, comparing with the last time I read something by her. Not that this is necessarily bad - just different. However, even so, it was a pretty enjoyable book.

If this had been marketed as an adult book, I would have given it three stars, but as it's a young adult book it gets four. I will almost certainly get the next book in the series when it comes out.
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By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
"Fire Season" is the second book in the "Star Kingdom" series set in the Universe of David Weber's "Honor Harrington" series but some five hundred years earlier. These stories are particularly aimed at young adults but can be read by older readers.

This book follows on from "A Beautiful Friendship (Star Kingdom (Quality))" which describes how Stephanie Harrington, a twelve-year-old girl from the first generation of Honor Harrington's family to move to the Manticore system, became the first human to be "adopted" by a Sphinx treecat. This was originally written as a short story which was first published in the collection "More Than Honor," can also be found in the more recent anthology "Worlds Of Weber" and was then extended to a novel.

The third book in the series "The Treecat Wars" is due out in 2013.

For anyone who has never read any of the Honor Harrington books, "Treecats" are a small arborial sentient species native to the planet Sphinx who look a bit like six-legged cats with long tails. Among themselves they are fully telepathic: they can read the "Mind-glows" of humans well enough to be empathic, e.g. they can read emotions but not thoughts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars In a word: disappointing. 22 April 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Fire Season is the second Stephanie Harrington novel, the new YA series from David Weber. I thoroughly enjoyed A Beautiful Friendship, so reading Fire Season was a no-brainer. I knew that Jane Lindskold was on board for co-writing duties, and I questioned how this would effect the novel, and how different it could be in tone and style to A Beautiful Friendship. Turns out the answer wasn't what I hoped for, and Fire Season marked a change in both style and storytelling.

With Sphinx entering the end of its long Summer, the forests of the planet are ripe for fires. Stephanie and Climbs Quickly are Forest Rangers, travelling with a more experienced partner and helping where possible. While on one of these excursions, Climbs Quickly identifies the calls of some Treecats in peril, and swiftly alerts Stephanie, guiding her to their location in order to help them. And this is just the start of the Fire Season...

I'm not going to say much else about the story in Fire Season because it's all in the title. Fires rage, Stephanie and Climbs Quickly respond where they can, and Treecats are rescued. Add in a few smaller plot threads - an off-world scientific team studying the Treecats, Stephanie's relationships - and that's Fire Season for you.

To be honest, I'm disappointed. I really thought that there was so much potential after reading A Beautiful Friendship, and while their were glimpses of it in Fire Season, it really didn't live up to expectations.

The major downside to Fire Season, when compared to A Beautiful Friendship, is the prose and style. I really don't know how much of this novel was written by each author, and while I thought there were times I could see Weber's writing, it feels flat.
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