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Fire Season (Honorverse: Stephanie Harrington #2)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  1,210 ratings  ·  82 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Baen (first published October 2012)
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A disappointing sequel to A Beautiful Friendship; three main reasons why - most important there is little trace of David Weber's writing here as opposed to the first book which was all Weber; it may be an early Honorverse, set on Sphinx and featuring Stephanie but it does not matter if the writing magic is not there; second and related to this, the book morphs into pretty much standard YA fare and lacks the suspense and the intrigue of the first volume; third nothing much happens by and large

Paul Genesse
Fire Season by David Weber and Jane Lindskold


(very minor spoilers)

This is the second novel about Stephanie Harrington and her treecat companion, Lionheart, set on the fascinating treecat home world. I hadn’t read the award winning first book, A Beautiful Friendship by David Weber, and came to this novel as I’m a fan of author Jane Lindskold’s short fiction and her novels (Through Wolf’s Eyes, Thirteen Orphans). You don’t need to read the first book in this series, A B
Stephanie A.
Still debating between a 3 and a 4, as like with any series, my fervor has already cooled. Maybe there wasn't enough from Lionheart's POV, maybe it was the way the continued focus on treecats having six legs (which I never envisioned before) started to creep me out, or maybe I just got bored with Anders in 5 minutes when Karl was obviously so much more appealing (admittedly, the former does seem like a genuinely nice person, but...he's ice potatoes and Karl is cluster stalk; you can't expect me ...more
Joshua Mandell
A rare piece of excellent science fiction. I highly enjoyed reading this book, and I'm glad that I happened to notice my brother had finished reading it and needed something to read while waiting for morning to come in the train, because it was a great read. It managed to earn five stars from me for several reasons.

1 - The characters were well developed and varied, and actually were believable. I hear a lot of people saying that most F&SF novels are flat, with little character development an
Kathy Martin
This is the second adventure featuring Stephanie Harrington and the treecat she calls Lionheart but who calls himself Climbs Quickly. This time a study team has come to the planet Sphinx to study the treecats to determine their intelligence. Along with the team comes the son of the team leader - Anders Whittaker. Stephanie develops her first crush on him which the team leader wants to encourage in the hopes that she will share more with the team than she has shared in the past.

Stephanie is also
I usually recommend people read a series in order to avoid spoilers and better appreciate character development. In this particular case though Fire Season would work quite well as an entry-point to the series.

It's a little odd to see such a short book from Weber; I thought he'd lost the ability to be concise. *grin* But Fire Season is just the right length. The plot moves along at a good pace but doesn't sacrifice character development. Weber does an unusually good job at creating female charac

New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling phenomenon David Weber delivers the second entry in an original young adult science fiction adventure series.

Young forest ranger Stephanie Harrington and her treecat companion Climbs Quickly battle natural forest fire and very human enemies on a pioneer planet. Prequel to the Honor Harrington adult science fiction saga.

Second entry in a new young adult series by New York Times best seller David Weber, and the prequ

It's a teen book but until the next Harrington book I will settle to read about her ancestor. Light reading for a Saturday afternoon.
Fourteen year old Provisional Forest Ranger Stephanie Harrington and her partner Karl Zivonik together with the treecat Climbs Quickly (also called Lionheart) are the first to discover a forest fire. The planet Sphinx has long seasons that last for years so when Fire Season starts it can be brutal, especially with humans who don't know how dangerous it can be to start a fire at this time of year. To top it off a team of scientists has come to Sphinx to study the treecats. There are those off wor ...more
I feel like this entire book should be labeled Growing Pains (and Fire) and leave it at that. Stephanie is going through a roller coaster of emotions and it's not really pretty. You're become aware of how young she is and how immature she can be, but she's still the same steadfast Stephanie as in the first book. Just a little bit more... up and down.

The plot meanders a bit but basically boils down to an off world team comes to Sphinx to study the treecats and see if they really are sentient or n
Climbs Quickly (Lionheart) is back for another adventure with his two-leg, Stephanie Harrington. Steph, a probationary ranger, is dreading and anticipating her 15th birthday. Mom and Dad have planned a party but Steph just wants her aircar license. Complications arise with the arrival of Anders Whittaker who is accompanying his father's expedition to determine if the treecats are People or not. Since it is the fire season, hazards abound. Dr. Whittaker ignores the fire service's guidelines and s ...more
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Originally published at Walker of Worlds.

Fire Season is the second Stephanie Harrington novel, the new YA series from David Weber. I thoroughly enjoyed A Beautiful Friendship, so reading Fire Season was a no-brainer. I knew that Jane Lindskold was on board for co-writing duties, and I questioned how this would effect the novel, and how different it could be in tone and style to A Beautiful Friendship. Turns out the answer wasn't what I hoped for, and Fire Season marked a change in both style and
Kathy Davie
Pages: 304
Publisher: Baen
Review source: Library
Rating: 4
Reviewed by: Kathy Davie

Second in the Honorverse: Stephanie Harrington science fiction fantasy for young adults.

The Honorverse is an overall label for stories and series that are offshoots from the Honor Harrington space opera series. In this case, the label is telling us that the series is about Stephanie and is part of the overall Honor Harrington Universe.

My Take
Unlike Tamora Pierce, I didn't find it thrilling or edge-of-my-seat, but it
"Fire Season" by David Weber and Jane Lindskold is a story for kids all the way up to my age. (I'm old! :-)) The writing is straight forward. The plot is easy to figure out. No surprises. This is the second book in the series.

You don't have read the first book, "A Beautiful Friendship," to enjoy "Fire Season" but it helps because this book assumes you are familiar with what Treecats and Hexapumas are.

Treecats are furry six-legged creatures that are extremely intelligent and look like large cats
Nimitz has been one of my favorite characters from the Honor Harrington books. Nimitz was not the first of his kind to bond with a human being. David Weber has teamed up with Jane Lindskold to take us back to the beginnings of the human experience with Treecats.

In this second book of the series, we continue following Stephanie Harrington and Climbs Quickly. They are the first of either species to experience the pair bonding, and it is an experience that has created new vistas and problems for b
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, whom he knows as Death Fang’s Bane, he cannot communicate directly to her the
Mayank Agarwal
Kind of undecided on a 3 or 4 , it's more of 3.5 star.
While i did enjoy reading the book , the story not adding anything to Honorverse was a disappointment. It missing the suspense,twist, thrill & tension which i have come to expect from David Weber. As a stand alone YA novel it's good but as a addition to Honorvese it's lacking. While the character growth of Stephanie is very well portrayed, i missed the freshness and uncertainty of it's predecessor (A Beautiful Friendship).

Mike Finn
"Action-oriented young adult SF story that falls a little short"

"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 l
Ireth Seregon
You need not have seen the first one A beautiful friendship to enjoy this volume, it's a standalone. The bond between Stephanie a bright girl of prominent doctors and Climbs quickly aka Lionheart continued to blossom, despite the challenges. As title suggests, the friends got involved in fighting infernos on this foreign realm. Humans moved to live here to study the otherworldly life.
The voice of conservation is certainly strong,i'd recommend it for feline lovers and welfare activists :) How of
Mar 27, 2014 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
Enjoyed this one more than the first, although for the first 100 pages I thought I wouldn't. Stronger 'pitch' to the YA crowd early, but finally the story takes over and this is a delightful treecat story in the Honorverse. Time to get the third one on request at the library!
Feb 10, 2014 Nka300 rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: deep
Since i had to wait a whole year to read it, my interest was on the low side. I had nothing else to read so i picked it up and read it in one sitting. It was definitely a wise choice to get over my reluctance. This too was worth my time and money.
Fiction in the tradition of Heinlein and Norton.

Some of the very best in sci-fi has always been written for "young adults". Weber always delivers, as do those with whom he partners.
This was a good one, even if it was young adult and based on a short story that I'd already read. The characters were well drawn and fully fleshed, including flaws. The plot was suspenseful and fast paced.

I read this partly in Kindle format and partly audible format. It was convenient to be able to switch back and forth and have it coordinate my location in both formats.

The narrator did a pretty good job, although I occasionally got the feeling she forgot which voice to use for which character
Tessa Eger
Exciting, action-packed story for middle schoolers on up. Themes of conservation and political influence as well as stress and trauma.
Jami Leigh
Plot: 3 1/2 stars
Characters: 3 stars
Style: 3 stars
Pace: 2 1/2 stars

These keep falling flat for me. I like the universe, and I like Stephanie. But there's no tension really in the books. There's spots where there's tension set up, sure, but... I knew she'd be okay no matter what, so it wasn't a big deal. Worst that could happen to her is minor, easily healed injuries. There's never any real sense of peril, and the rest is just interpersonal drama, with too many POVs that suck the mystery out
The second in the YA spin off series covering the discovery of the treecats. This time a real honest to goodness official science group comes to study the cats. The leader of the group brings his son with him hoping to use him to get closer to Stephanie. He is the usual I know best science guy and most everyone else follows along with him. Poor decisions put the group in danger during forest fire season and Stephanie and her friends help rescue them. The voice in this one was a bit flatter and I ...more
Finished over the Christmas holidays and enjoyed it immensely!! It was filled with all the teen angst one would expect of a book written about teens for teens, but still enjoyable for adults. This is a nice addition to the prequals that came before giving us Honorverse junkies the back story on Treecats and the first humans who bonded with them. Stephanie Harrington is growing up into quite a young woman and even though we know from earlier works of the author what some of her future accomplishm ...more
Chuck Ledger
Everything a young adult book should be. Excellent story, touches on the questions of growing up without being preachy.
Favorite quote: "[..] reminding Stephanie that with great knowledge not only came great responsibility, but a liberal dose of boredom as well."
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David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952.

Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He frequently places female leading characters in what have been traditionally male roles.

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Honorverse: Stephanie Harrington (3 books)
  • A Beautiful Friendship (Honorverse: Stephanie Harrington, #1)
  • Treecat Wars (Honorverse: Stephanie Harrington, #3)
On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington, #1) The Honor of the Queen (Honor Harrington, #2) The Short Victorious War (Honor Harrington, #3) Field of Dishonor (Honor Harrington, #4) Honor Among Enemies (Honor Harrington, #6)

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