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Fire Season (Star Kingdom) Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been enjoying all of the Honor Harrington books. I finished the currently released main HH series, and these 3 side story books compliment the overall series nicely (even... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Book 1 was good but Book 2 was GREAT! I'm enjoying the history of how the tree cats and two-legs are getting to know and trust each other. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Goldie Cross
A great and entertaining second chapter in the story of Stephanie Harrington.Published 1 month ago by Gerald Pennabaker
This yarn moves along at a fair old clip without the PSIFI element becoming obtrusive. I found myself reaching for my kindle whenever I had a few moments because I wanted to get on... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
If you enjoy both the author and the Honor books, I would expect you to enjoy this. The man knows how to put words together to stir my emotions.Published 2 months ago by conan
While the book focuses on humans in their teens, it certainly includes a host of well rounded adult characters. Treecats mature on their own timeline. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jerry833
Well written and neatly woven into a wonderful story. Weber continues to write enthralling stories about the genesis of the human-treecat experience. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SWODawg