Treecat Wars (Star Kingdom Series #3)

Treecat Wars (Star Kingdom Series #3)


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ISBN-13: 9781451639339
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Series: Star Kingdom Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 209,361
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

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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Treecat Wars 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
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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Seeker_OWAT More than 1 year ago
This was exciting and satisfying. but I want more. I can't wait for the next episode, gimmee, gimmee.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though I'm not a teen, I do love the Honor-verse books and can't wait to buy my own copy instead of borrowing my housemate's copy.
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