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Treecat Wars (Honor Harrington - Star Kingdom Book 3) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

David Weber , Jane M. Lindskold

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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. And now a group of xenoanthropologists is once again after the great secret of the treecats—that they are intelligent, empathic telepaths—and their agenda will lead to nothing less that treecat exploitation.

Finally, Jessica and Anders face problems of their own, including their growing attraction to one another. It is an attraction that seems a betrayal of Stephanie Harrington, the best friend either of them have ever had.

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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 and 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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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 Third in the Stephanie Harrington prequel Honorverse series 12 octobre 2013
Par Marshall Lord - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
"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. 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 began a theme which continues throughout the series about 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 did not become available until about a hundred years before that book. E.g. three 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, some of which can be very old. Nimitz's wife Samantha, who has adopted Honor Harrington's husband Hamish Alexander, is a memory singer. And in A Rising Thunder (Honor Harrington) Samantha introduces Honor to "Sorrow Singer," a treecat memory singer who does indeed hold such a memory of Stephanie Harrington and can tell Honor, "You would have liked her. She was much like you in many ways."

A running joke in this book is to emphasise the similarity between Honor and her ancestor by having more than one of Stephanie's friends think that if she hadn't been determined to make a career as a Sphinx ranger Stephanie would have made an excellent battle fleet commander. Since many of those who read the "Star Kingdom" series will probably have first encountered this Universe through books about Stephanie's upmpteen-greats-granddaughter, who will indeed be a great fleet commander, the significance will not be lost on them, though the joke is perhaps funnier the first time than when repeated. There is one main difference between the two heroines: Honor is taller than most men while Stephanie is petite.

Like the first two books in the prequel series, a major focus of this book 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.

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 very concerned to control forest fires during the planet's "fire season." The previous eponymous book featured a particularly bad fire season. In this book we are introduced to two new treecat clans, both of which had been affected by those fires: one which had been seriously harmed by those fires, and one which had been hit even worse and pushed to the brink of extinction.

Despite the title there are no space battles in "Treecat wars" any more than there were 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 did already exist in Stephanie's time, and we know that that at some stage prior to Honor's time the Mesans had taken an interest in treecats, which may affect Stephanie and Lionheart - or may even already have done so.

However, the greedy and corrupt wing of the Manticoran aristocracy - forerunners of the kind of people who formed the "High Ridge" government if you have read the Honorverse books - are capable of causing a lot of trouble all on their own. People who do not all wish the treecats well have plans for Stephanie and Lionheart. However, just as in later centuries not all the powerful people in Manticoran society are evil. The challenge will be to sort the good from the evil and the merely misguided ...

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

If the event, however unlikely, that anyone reading this is a big fan of military or naval science fiction who 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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2.0 étoiles sur 5 "Teenage romance Novel' 7 octobre 2013
Par Tigger Boy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
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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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A step up for the series, but still not quite enough 26 septembre 2013
Par Mark Chitty - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
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. This is perhaps the biggest focus of the novel, looking at a couple of treecat clans and examining the effect the fires had on them. It's done very well, with Weber and Lindskold expanding the treecats further, allowing us to see them as a society and their interactions with each other. Yes, this has been done in the earlier novels, but the events of Treecat Wars adds a depth that wasn't present before.

The relationships are also a large part of the story. With Stephanie and Karl off-planet, Stephanie's relationship with Anders is put to the test. Although he's only a planet away, it's clear that they both find it hard with only video messages to keep in touch. And Anders also has a friend in Jessica, and her treecat Valiant, that is around more often for the xenoanthopologists to talk to and see the human/treecat bond. While at times it comes across as simple teenager problems, at others there is a much better portrayal given which allows more empathy with the characters.

One of the more surprising things I found with Treecat Wars is the relative lack of focus on Stephanie and Lionheart. Instead, Weber and Lindskold have chosen to follow other characters, which is a departure from the previous novels. One of the big appeals of this series is the fact that we're following a Harrington, and especially the first to meet and bond with a treecat. Removing that from much of the story doesn't do itself many favours, though it does give the benefit of multiple viewpoints and opens up different avenues to explore.

For all its improvements over Fire Season, Treecat Wars is still a simple novel. The issues faced within by the characters are not overly challenging, and certainly not as action-orientated and exciting as I would have expected with such a rich and diverse environment to play with. It's a shame, because this series is starting to come together with a narrative that flows rather than stumbles. Now, if the issues and challenges faced by our characters could be have some more depth, and - let's be honest - more appeal and interest, things could get very interesting. All I hope is that the next entry doesn't simply meander along, but instead provides a meatier storyline.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Least good of the Trilogy... 14 février 2014
Par T. Zenner - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Eh.... mmm... just wasn't an interesting or fun read for me. Everything sort of fizzles out...
And the vast majority of the book doesn't have MUCH to do with treecats; it's more centered
on YA interpersonal relationship issues. Eek; not for me; sorry.

I liked the 'Beautiful Friendship' novel a lot, would give that one 4 or 5 stars. Probably 5
as it IS intended as a YA book, and I am NOT a YA, so my 'deduction' probably isn't valid.

Then 'Fire Season' was a little step down, like 3 stars, and then this one. I didn't "hate it"
which is the one star description, but I'd give it 1.5 stars if that was possible.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Fun, But Not the Strongest in the Series 3 octobre 2013
Par the_goddess_isis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
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. And now a group of xenoanthropologists is once again after the great secret of the treecats--that they are intelligent, empathic telepaths--and their agenda will lead to nothing less that treecat exploitation.

Finally, Jessica and Anders face problems of their own, including their growing attraction to one another. It is an attraction that seems a betrayal of Stephanie Harrington, the best friend either of them have ever had.

To begin with, I found the title of this book to be a bit misleading, as the "war" was a relatively small part of the story in relation to my expectations. Many of the same issues that the treecats faced in the first two books continue to plague them in this book, which makes sense given how little time passes between each book. While one might expect to feel that those issues have already been beaten to death, the truth is that their very complexity makes them fodder for telling such a rich and complex story from a variety of points of view. Once again Stephanie, Lionheart, and their friends are called upon in service of the treecats, with the 'cats also assisting them in more ways than their human companions can ever understand, lacking the telepathic ability required to fully communicate with each other.

The interpersonal dynamics are a treat, as once again I got to relive aspects of my own adolescence through Weber's & Lindskold's characters. As well as feeling like an insecure teenager again there are also adult situations that pulled me in, with great protagonists and antagonists, as well as many that are a blend of the two. Situations arise which allow for some of the 'good guys' to behave poorly while the 'bad guys' make themselves look good - though this doesn't happen as often as the antagonists want. As well as using the humans as a method of educating the reader the treecats are used as well, possibly more frequently than humans. However for all that I go on about teaching and messages, this is first and foremost a wonderful tale full of action, adventure, and emotional situations.

I really like how life for the human characters is not pushed to the back in favor of the treecats, or the reverse. Situations arise that have some of the human characters struggling with their emotions, and the situations are so relatable that they brought me back to my own years as a teenager and how everything was always a crisis. For example the incredible highs of discovering someone you 'love' feels the same way about you to the heartbreaking lows of being separated for a few brief months. And how the emotional response to the impending or actual separation ranks as high as the devastation of a break up. The treecats get to avoid much of these experiences due to their telepathy, but that doesn't mean they don't have their own share of emotional highs and lows. While we may not be able to relate to the causes of 'cats emotional drama, they also are relatable enough that we share in their emotions just as we do with the humans.

The authors crafted a story that covered many issues that are important to us today, and in doing so are able to use the story as a tool with which to share those lessons & the better ways to solve them. As the characters take us through a wide range of emotions related to the various situations they face we get to experience the message at the same time they do without once feeling as if Weber or Lindskold sacrificed the story in favor of the message. Thus far this series has been truly enjoyable to read, telling a great story while at the same time doing an excellent job of demonstrating right and wrong ways to behave in relation to your environment. I don't know if there are more books planned for this series or not. The way the book ends leaves the option open for continuing the series, but at the same time brings several main question to enough of a conclusion that this could be the finale. Personally I'm torn, as I would like to know the answers to more things, yet I don't know how the authors could manage another book without the series beginning to feel stale and to drawn out. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens next.
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