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Fire Season (Honorverse: Stephanie Harrington #2)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,649 Ratings  ·  94 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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Aug 01, 2012 Liviu rated it liked it
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
Mar 24, 2013 Paul Genesse rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 25, 2012 Joshua Mandell rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 09, 2012 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it
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
Dec 05, 2015 Sandra rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, scifi
Strictly mediocre.
Mar 12, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it

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

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.
Jul 02, 2012 Robert rated it liked it
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.
Katarina Ross
May 14, 2015 Katarina Ross rated it liked it
Shelves: youngadult2015
This was a very easy read since the 'action' never stops. Although there aren't always daring rescues the fact that humanity is beginning to see their cat-like neighbours as important is intriguing and a bit unnerving. After all, there will no doubt be opposition from those who wish to develop the new planet without having to worry about the rights of a sentient species.

Stephanie's own emotional reality is also expanding with a romantic interest and a widening social circle. It's nice to get oth
Phyllis Griffiths
Jan 13, 2016 Phyllis Griffiths rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Although categorized as a young adult series of books of the adventures of young Stephanie Harrington/Death Fang's Bane and her adopted/bonded treecat Lionheart/Climbs Quickly is an enjoyable adventure for readers both young and old. Fire Season finds Stephanie in the difficult life phase of adolescence where hormones change her body and scramble emotions. Older and wiser Lionheart does his best to help his two-legs. Throw in a growing circle of friends, and not-friends and a group of out of sys ...more
Feb 03, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it
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
Nov 23, 2012 P.M. rated it it was amazing
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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May 31, 2013 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
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
Nov 10, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
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. If you're interested, there is a chronological listing of the Honorverse books on my website.

My Take
Unlike Tamora Pierce, I didn't find it thrilling or edge-of-m
Dec 25, 2014 Alex rated it liked 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
Feb 28, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
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
Apr 08, 2014 Mayank Agarwal rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fiction
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
Jan 22, 2013 Ireth Seregon rated it it was amazing
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 really liked it
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!
Valerie Newby
Apr 20, 2016 Valerie Newby rated it it was amazing
Another great story! I'm most curious why they don't try to teach him to read. Or write. Or some concerted effort for further sign language type communication. But this is a really good story, with interesting creatures and situations. Mud monsters are the best!
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
Mar 24, 2016 Warren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read

Well written and neatly woven into a wonderful story. Weber continues to write enthralling stories about the genesis of the human-treecat experience. I am looking forward to the next installment.
Tessa Eger
Feb 12, 2014 Tessa Eger rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, scifi, ya
Exciting, action-packed story for middle schoolers on up. Themes of conservation and political influence as well as stress and trauma.
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Honorverse: Stephanie Harrington (3 books)
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