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Treecat Wars (Star Kingdom) Hardcover – October 1, 2013

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Book 3 of 3 in the Star Kingdom Series

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Now that the Fire Season on Sphinx is over, Stephanie Harrington and her fellow provisional ranger Karl are offered the unique chance to study in the forestry service program on the nearby planet Manticore. It’s an exciting opportunity, and while Stephanie worries how it will affect her burgeoning romance with the dashing Anders, it’s too good to pass up, especially given that the program is accommodating her unique relationship with the treecat Lionheart, with which she is deeply bonded. Of course, nothing is as simple as it appears, and both Steph and Karl are soon caught up in the political intrigue centered around the treecats. This continuation of the Star Kingdom series may leave newcomers a bit lost, but as the authors’ nimbly build the background of Weber’s Honorverse, the history and complex connections will fall into place, and those who missed the series’ start, A Beautiful Friendship (2011), will want to follow up and discover what they missed. Grades 9-12. --Tina Coleman

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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: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451639333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451639339
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marshall Lord TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 12, 2013
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"Treecat Wars" is the third book in the "Star Kingdom" series set in the Universe of David Weber's "Honor Harrington" series but some four hundred years earlier. These stories are particularly aimed at young adults but can be read by older readers. They are not nearly as vast or sophisticated as the "Honorverse" books but are entertaining and well written.

This book is set shortly after "Fire Season (Star Kingdom)" in which Stephanie Harrington, who is a direct ancestor of Honor Harrington and had been the first human to be adopted by a Sphinx treecat, had to deal with teenage rivalries, forest fires, and a bunch of xenobiologists.

Stephanie was originally introduced in "A Beautiful Friendship (Star Kingdom (Quality))" which describes how, as a twelve-year-old girl from the first generation of Honor Harrington's family to move to the Manticore system, she came to be adopted by the treecat who she named "Lionheart." 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.

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.
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Not titled correctly, should be "Stephanie's and Anders courtship".
I'am a fan of Honor and Nimitz (with-out the endless political verbiage)and thought Jane Lindskold would stay on tract, but (sadly) instead of the main subject of Treecat wars the majority of this novel is the teenage romance between Stephanie and Anders which I suppose is fine if I was looking for a romance novel.
I give 2 stars for a well edited and written novel, with some dialogue about and between the treecats. But a full length romance novel I was not expecting.
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Set in the same universe as Weber's Honor Harington series, Treecat Wars is the third novel in the prequel Star Kingdom series, one which is being co-written by Jane Lindskold. This series is aimed straight at the YA market, and focuses on a teenage Stephanie Harrington and the events following her discovery of the treecats on the planet of Sphinx. The first novel in this series, A Beautiful Friendship, was a massive hit for me, setting everything up nicely and delivering a thoroughly enjoyable read. Fire Season didn't manage to meet the lofty expectations I had, and ultimately fell flat on many fronts. It was with great trepidation that I picked up Treecat Wars, and I was pleasantly surprised with what I found with its pages.

One of the biggest problems I had with Fire Season was that it just wasn't sure what it wanted to be. Was it aimed at the older YA crowd, as the more adult themes and discussions suggested? Or was it aimed at a younger audience, with details of relationships and unsure pacing on the treecat front present? Fortunately Weber and Lindskold seem to have combined their writing much better this time, with Treecat Wars having a much more stable and even narrative. Yes, the anthropologists are still around, and discussion about sentience and treecat behaviour is still present, but it's easier to read, not as full on. The same goes for the relationships between our characters - it's not as young as it was previously. Don't get me wrong, both aspects are far from perfect, but they are at least consistent this time around. And let me tell you, that makes the world of difference.

Treecat Wars picks up in the aftermath of Fire Season, and while the human population of Sphinx is carrying on as normal, it's not the same for the treecats.
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I would really like to thank NetGalley & Baen Books for generously giving me access to an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The fact that I received this book for free has no impact on the content of my review. I rate this book 3.5 stars, but as it is not quite equal to the first book for me I am not rounding my rating up.

This is the third, and possibly final, book in a series. If you have not yet read books one and two I recommend that you STOP HERE AND READ NO FURTHER, as there may be spoilers for the earlier books that are necessary for the review of this one. I do try to avoid letting that happen but can't make any promises.

New York Times and Publishers Weekly Best Selling Young Adult Series. Book Three by international writing phenomenon David Weber. Two young settlers on a pioneer planet seeks to stop a war and to save the intelligent alien treecats from exploitation by unscrupulous humans.

The fires are out, but the trouble's just beginning for the treecats.

On pioneer planet Sphinx, ruined lands and the approach of winter force the now Landless Clan to seek new territory. They have one big problem--there's nowhere to go. Worse, their efforts to find a new home awaken the enmity of the closest treecat clan--a stronger group who's not giving up a single branch without a fight.

Stephanie Harrington, the treecats' greatest advocate, is off to Manticore for extensive training--and up to her ears in challenges there. That leaves only Stephanie's best friends, Jessica and Anders, to save the treecats from themselves.
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