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Fire Season (Star Kingdom) Hardcover – October 2, 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Star Kingdom Series

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Star Kingdom
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; 1St Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145163840X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638400
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marshall Lord TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"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" and can also be found in the more recent anthology "Worlds Of Weber," but was then extended to a novel.

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. Treecats find the mind-glows of many humans attractive and in some circumstances a human and a treecat can form a lifelong bond similar to those between the human and dragon characters of Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight series.
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This book picks up the narrative shortly after the end of Beautiful Friendship. Once again we get to follow Stephanie Harrington and her family as they struggle with the problem of helping the treecats without inciting the citizens of Sphinx to demand their extermination.

This story is strong. It concentrates on only 2 characters. Stephanie and her treecat "Climbs Quickly". There are a myriad of other characters, but they are clearly there to support the main characters and tale. This is a huge improvement over stories like Rising Thunder or War Maid's Choice where every chapter jumped to a different character and the story lacked clear focus.

This also is clearly written more to "young adult" readers. The main characters are teenage and there are moments of angst and drama that would have fit right in any of the Twilight books, but they are kept light and never allowed to overwhelm the characters or the plot.

This story have been a surprisingly bright spot in teh Honorverse. It' might be that David Weber allowed a co-writer in and that kept the story much more focused. I definitely encourage those interested in this tale to read Beautiful Friendship first as several plot points are building off events from that book, but otherwise its simply a good if light read.
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An excellent book on Honor Harringtons great great great grandmother Stephanie Harrington. Adopted by the treecat "Climbs Quickly" and her first beau it makes for good reading.

David Weber I love you dearly? NOW GET BACK TO WORK ON HONOR HARRINGTON DAMN IT! We've been waiting for the war with the Sollies and the Mesan Alliance to start,,,,we need to see blood, guts, gore, and the bad guys punished.

Tom Theisman needs to marry Admiral Sharon Foraker.
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I got this as an audiobook from Audible. I hesitated over what rating to give it. I don't want to give it a bad rating, but I didn't really feel like it deserved 4 stars. I guess if I could have, I would have given it 3.5 stars.

This book is aimed at "young adults" (read: teenagers). I am not a teenager. I'm in my 60s. There are some young adult books and series that I practically adore. One of my favorites, which I wish Audible would get, is the Thief of Eddis series by Megan Whalen Turner. But there are other young adult books that don't really intersect my interests. This book sort of wavered around that border.

For example, part of the dramatic tension of the story revolved around how to deal with another teenager who is rude and conceited. (Yawn) I recognize that this is going to matter a lot more to teens than to me. Luckily, much of the story revolved around problems I could get more excited about, i.e. forest fires. (I don't think I'm giving away too much here since the title of the book is.....just saying.)

Another problem: Just how much of this book did David Weber write? I have heard of book collaborations where both authors worked on every page together. I have also heard of pseudo-collaborations where the big name author gave the little name author a basic plot outline and then walked away, but still got top billing because he was the BIG NAME. I think I detect a lot more Jane Lindskold than David Weber in this book. That isn't horrible because she isn't a horrible writer. But she isn't David Weber either. And face it, I could be wrong. It does happen from time to time.

Bottom line: Do I feel like I wasted my money? No. Will I buy the next book in this series? Uh....probably.
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