Stephanie Harrington had always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore....
New York Times best-selling author David Weber invites David Drake and S.M. Stirling, two of today's top writers of military science fiction, to join him in an exploration of Honor Harrington's universe....
When Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he’d finally found the structure he’d always wanted so desperately. But life in the RMN isn’t exactly what he expected....
The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately....
Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....
The Star Kingdom's ally Erewhon is growing increasingly restive in the alliance because the new High Ridge regime ignores its needs....
Kris Longknife is a daughter of privilege, born to money and power. Her father is the prime minister of her home planet, her mother the consummate politician's wife....
After nearly a decade away, Nebula Award-winning author Elizabeth Moon makes a triumphant return to science fiction....
Bahzell is no knight in shining armor, and besides he has too many problems of his own to be messing with the War God's problems....
The first of the acclaimed Vatta's War books, the exciting military science fiction series that features a swashbuckling spaceship-captain heroine who mixes commerce with combat....
When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark....
Here is the 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 14-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, whom he knows as Death Fang’s Bane, 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 Spinx: 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 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 all begins with the friendship of a girl and her treecat.
The second book in this new YA series, Fire Kingdom is an enjoyable story. I like David Weber's Honorverse, but don't like listening to most of them. Too many meetings to explain strategy and too much description of military technology. This series has the human interest that I enjoy in DW's books, and I don't have to skip over page after page of uninteresting detail. A fun story, with lots more information about treecats, the most interesting characters in DW's books!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I like the series with the cats which is a new twist in this genre. Too short but it is aimed at young adults. I hope to see more in this series. Not a bad listen at all and a nice other world series. One for the whole family to enjoy on a road trip!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is a book for young people and provides background information on the first person in the Harrington family to be adopted by a tree cat. The book provides information on fire fighting and control that is of general interest and also provides information on environmental problems and conservation of both plants and animals. As Stephanie Harrington is turning 15 she is trying to get her driver's license (of course, this is a flying car) and dealing with the issues of being a very smart teenager. Like many current books it also deals with the problem of bullying. It covers these topic in a interesting and suspenseful story with the rescue of a tree cat clan and people from a fire. Makes for a pleasant and interesting reading. Khristine Hvam does a great job reading the book.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
I agree to everything ShySusan said, and more....
After finishing the book, I understood 1 thing, this book has no particular substance.
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.
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 .
14 of 18 people found this review helpful
I hesitated over what rating to give this. 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 credit? No. Will I buy the next book in this series? Uh....probably.
20 of 27 people found this review helpful
"Fire Season" continues the tale of Stephanie and "her" treecat. It's a fun read, with a "talented loner teen discovers how to make friends" motif, nested in an action-oriented plot about fire and friendship and what it really means to be a person.
I suspect that, if I had been reading the printed page, I might have skimmed through pieces of the prose but Khristine Hyam's performance kept my full attention. She brought the book to life for me.
If this was the second episode in a syfi channel tv series, I'd be looking forward to the rest of the season.
As a novel, it falls a little short, ending rather than finishing. The action scenes are very well done but some of the adult characters seem to have wandered in from Central Casting.
A fun listen but a little light.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of Fire Season to be better than the print version?
mox-nix the one the other it really dose not matter
What was one of the most memorable moments of Fire Season?
Recusing the sciencetists from the swamp.
Which scene was your favorite?
the adoption scene in the midst of the flames.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
A friendship formed in thunder and lighting but can it stand the flames of the fire.
Any additional comments?
I like David's work I am still on the fence about this series though. I will admit though I am above his target audience though.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is a great sequel to the first book in the story. It shows how the main characters grow and mature in a realistic and engaging way. The two perspectives of the humans and the tree cats continue to enhance the tension and excitement in the story. I can't wait to read/listen to the last book!!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is a great YA series. While this continues the tale of Stephanie and her treecat it also tracks the teen issues of growing up, finding boys, and resisting peer pressure. It is well all around.
This is a super series, well-written as all his books are, but this is better paced in a lot of ways and steers clear of some of the darker themes that distract me from the Honor Harrington series. In any case, I spend a lot less time worrying that he'll kill off secondary characters that I like.
Of course, given the target audience, there's less depth and complexity to the story, but it's a fun ride and an easy listen. I recommend!
Would you listen to Fire Season again? Why?
I enjoyed this bbok despite being a teen read book and I would read it again.
What other book might you compare Fire Season to, and why?
It's a book follow up to A beautiful freindship which was the first book and the thrid book is due out soon!
What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Hvam performs this book well as well as the first book.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Tag line for this if it was a film would have to be Tree Cats! See this film. Like you'd need anything else.
Any additional comments?
Read A beautiful friendship first. (I can't wait to read the third one)
2 of 2 people found this review helpful