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

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.

Biographie de l'auteur

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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Stephanie Harrington II: of Treecats, Teenage angst, and forest fires 8 octobre 2012
Par Marshall Lord - Publié sur Amazon.com
"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. This relationship is referred to in Weber's novels as "adoption."

"A Beautiful Friendship" told the story of the first such bonding, of how Stephanie came to be known as "Death Fang's Bane" among the treecats, and of the struggle to have treecats recognised as an intelligent species with legal rights corresponding to human rights. No human alive in Honor's time has personal memories of Stephanie because Weber tells us in "Mission of Honor: Honor Harrington, Book 12," a book in the Honorverse main series, that the first generation of the "Prolong" technology which allows Honor and many characters of her generation to expect a vastly extended lifespan first became available about a hundred years before that book - e.g. four hundred years after the birth of Stephanie Harrington.

However, treecats can and do share memories, and one of the most important groups in their society are "Memory Singers" who act as a living library of important memories, which can be very old. Nimitz's wife Samantha, who is bonded to Honor Harrington's husband Hamish Alexander, is a memory singer. And in A Rising Thunder (Honor Harrington) which came out in March 2012, Samantha introduces Honor to "Sorrow Singer," a treecat memory singer who holds such a memory of Stephanie Harrington and can tell Honor, "You would have liked her. She was much like you in many ways."

A major focus of both the first books in this new prequel series is on how an intelligent but non-technological species like the treecats might react to the arrival of human colonists on their world, and on the good and evil ways that a society of human colonists might react to the discovery that the planet where they have been building a home for several generations is home to a native intelligent species.

At the start of this book, a few T-years after the start of the first one, Stephanie is approaching her 15th birthday and suffering a bad case of the usual teenage tension with her parents. She is interested in treecats, ecology & science, and flying, and very uninterested in making friends with humans, particularly most of her fellow teenagers. Some of whom are actually nice people and some are not - this aspect of the book is a fairly typical coming-of-age story.

This attitude begins to change when a delegation of off-planet scientists arrives to review whether treecats are really intelligent. Stephanie is strongly attracted to Anders, the son of the leader of these scientists, who is about her own age.

Sphinx's forest ecology is dependent on occasional natural forest fires, although these can threaten treecat clans and human homes alike. Because careless human activity can make this risk worse, the ranger service in which Stephanie is an apprentice is concerned to control forest fires during the planet's "fire season." Stephanie and her friend Karl find themselves involved in several rescue attempts - with unexpected consequences ...

There are no space battles in "A Beautiful Friendship" or "Fire Season." Like Honor's own parents and most of their family, Stephanie's parents are medical professionals. The original Republic of Haven, if it exists at all yet, has not decayed to become the corrupt and totalitarian "People's Republic of Haven" and so the military threat posed by the "Peeps" lies many years in the future.

However, the vast and ruthless conspiracy which will eventually become known as the Mesan Alignment was seven hundred years old in Honor's time and therefore already exists in Stephanie's. One wicked human whose actions in the first book damaged human and treecat relations may - or may not - have had links to them. We know from comments in the later "Honorverse" books that the Mesans will take an interest in treecats, and this may come out in the next book in this series, "The Treecat Wars."

If you like the treecats in David Weber's other books you should read this. It's enjoyable and very interesting as long as you are not among that part of Weber's fanbase who read him solely for the battles.

If anyone reading this is a big fan of military or naval science fiction, and in the unlikely event that such a person has somehow managed to avoid reading any of the Honor Harrington books, click on the following link to the first book in Honor's story, "On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington)," and you are unlikely to be disappointed.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Strong Continuation to "Beautiful Friendship 14 octobre 2012
Par Mvargus - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Honorverse completists, yes. Others, maybe. 4 octobre 2012
Par ShySusan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great teenagers book 5 octobre 2012
Par Larry - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Flaming Forests 12 octobre 2012
Par Arthur W Jordin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Fire Season (2012) is the second SF novel in the Star Kingdom sequence, following A Beautiful Friendship. This series are prequels to the Honor Harrington series.

In the previous volume, the long seventeen months winter on Sphinx was finally over. Now Stephanie wanted to explore this new planet. But her father and mother forbade her to roam the forests as she had done on Meyerdahl.

Stephanie had just been accepted as an intern in the junior forestry program on Meyerdahl. Sphinx was too new and the forestry service was too small to have such programs. The Chief Forester would have liked to develop something like that, but not anytime soon.

Her father pointed out that Sphinx has been only lightly explored. There were still many places, animals and plants that have not yet been investigated. There were also sufficient known dangers to preclude such activities.

None of the kids in Two Forks were interested in xeno-biology. They were interested in pets, but were very likely to abuse or neglect them. She was also more intelligent than almost every other kid in town.

Stephanie was inspired by a minor mystery in the horticulture community. Something was stealing celery from greenhouses. She studied the attempts to catch the thieves and noticed a flaw in the plans.

In this novel, Stephanie Harrington is Richard and Marjorie's fourteen -- going on fifteen -- standard years old daughter. Steph doesn't like most of the people her age within Two Forks, but she is bonded with Climbs Quickly. Her treecat name is Death Fang's Bane. She is now a provisional forest ranger, a title created just for her and Karl.

Richard Harrington has degrees in both Terran and xeno-veterinary medicine. He was enticed to move his practice from Meyerdahl to Sphinx. He comes from a gengineered family adapted for heavy gravity planets like Meyerdahl and Sphinx.

Marjorie Harrington is Richard's wife and the mother of Stephanie. She is a xeno-botantist and is even more busy than her husband. She too has the heavy grav modifications.

Climbs Quickly is a treecat. His species is sapient and native to the planet of Sphinx. They had been avoiding the two-legged newcomers until Stephanie got pictures of Climbs Quickly steal celery from her mother's greenhouse. He now has only five legs after the hexapuma attack.

Karl Zivonik is Stephanie's only young human friend. He is a standard year and a half older then her. He is also a provisional forest ranger.

Anders Whittaker is a youngster about Steph's age from Urako. His father is a xenoanthropologist and his mother is a cabinet minister in the planetary government.

Left-striped and Right-striped are mirror twin six-legged treecats from the Damp Ground clan. They are scouts watching humans.

In this story, Stephanie wants her provisional license to fly aircars. She doesn't want the learner's permit that allows her to fly only with an adult in the car. She has trained on the simulators and thinks that she is ready for real.

Karl has been talked into letting her practice in his family's aircar. They are flying low between the trees and Stephanie is realizing that real flight is more confusing than the simulations. Climbs Quickly is getting bored in the aircar and "asks" Steph to open his window.

Karl tells Climbs Quickly to move to the backseat and then rolls up the window. The aircar jinks with the extra drag and Stephanie has to compensate. Then Climbs Quickly smell wood fire smoke.

When Climbs Quickly sits on Karl's lap and points south, Steph and Karl decide to check the situation. Karl changes places with Stephane and speed up. Soon they see the smoke and then two treecats trapped in the burn area.

Karl eases up to a limb below where the treecats are located. Steph jumps out and walks across the limb in her fire suit. She takes the weight of Right-striped and Left-striped scamper over the limb to the aircar. Steph follows behind with his burned brother.

They fly back to the veterinary lab at Stephanie's homestead. Richard treats the burned paws of Right-striped and more minor burns on his brother. Both treecats stay in the gazebo while recovering.

Anders comes to Sphinx with his father to investigate the treecats. He is only a relatively unskilled laborer on the team, but he would rather be on Sphinx than with his very busy mother on Urako. Besides, he has read much about the treecats and Stephanie Harrington.

Dr. Whittaker doesn't trust the Sphinxian Forestry Service. He figures that they are more concerted about the humans that the natives. So he decides to visit a deserted clan site without SFS permission.

Unfortunate for the xenoanthropology team, Dr. Whittaker lands the airvan in a dry-looking bog. It sinks under the ground. The team manages to save some things in the back.

Unluckily, their offworld communicators don't work with the satellite systems around Sphinx. They are stranded in an unknown location for days. Then a giant forest fire breaks out and diverts local resources to fight the flames.

This tale brings romance to Stephanie and Anders. She also gains some new friends in Two Forks. And he receives some respect from the anthropology team.

The co-author is relatively new to this publisher, with her previous works being stories in the Man-Kzin Wars and Worlds of Honor anthologies. But she has been writing novels -- see Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls -- for over a decade. Most, but not all, of her novels are Fantasy and usually involve young females and sapient animals. She is a good partner for Weber in this series.

The treecats learn that some two-legs are responsible and useful. The next installment in this series -- The Treecat Wars -- has not yet been announced on Amazon.

Highly recommended for Weber & LIndskold fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of alien planets, natural disaster, and a bit of romance. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
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