This story was great. It was fun and fast paced enough to keep my attention. Weber created characters that are about as realistic as possible given ..Show More »the sci-fi universe in which they dwell. They are internally consistent, well developed, and multidimensional. No flawless goody-two-shoes in the Star Kingdom … and that includes the tree cats! Having already read the Honor Harrington books I have wanted to know more about these endearing creatures. A Beautiful Friendship does a great job explaining the beginnings of the human/tree cat relationship.
It is possible that someone reading this before any of the Honor series might have some difficulty understanding this universe, but I doubt it. I am glad I read the Honor books first, but I suspect starting with this book would be just as satisfying.
All in all, this is a very entertaining book. The narrator was very good. She gave different voices to the characters without the accents being too intrusive. I really liked the way she portrayed the tree cats. I think there might have been a risk of the cats seeming like childish “animals.” However, she managed to avoid that and depict them as very small adults.
I agree to everything ShySusan said, and more.... After finishing the book, I understood 1 thing, this book has no particular substance.
..Show More »Unlike the first book ,this one is a bit of the board, it doesn't tell us anything new about HH Universe.The plot of this book is completely secondary, if it was a TV show I would call it a FILLER episode.There are side stories in the HH universe which have more substance to them. The feeling of David Weber taking a vacation, and forgetting to dispense some nourishing information, never leaves you all the way through the story. So, it's about a 15 year old girl who fights forest fires and finding out that she likes boys, nothing more.
PS If you are HH universe fan ,you may like it, but if you don't spend your credit you won't miss much.Perhaps when the next book comes out, you may want to read them together then .