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Fire Season (Star Kingdom) Hardcover – 2 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (2 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145163840X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638400
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 772,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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"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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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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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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