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A NEW NOVEL FEATURING STEPHANIE HARRINGTON IN HONORVERSE PREQUEL SERIES  Sex! Drugs! Rock ‘n’ Roll! And Treecats! Freshly home from an internship on Manticore, teenaged Stephanie Harrington is up to her eyebrows in trouble. There’s the new treecat adoptee who needs to be kept from becoming a risk to the carefully guarded secret of just how smart the arboreal inhabitants o A NEW NOVEL FEATURING STEPHANIE HARRINGTON IN HONORVERSE PREQUEL SERIES  Sex! Drugs! Rock ‘n’ Roll! And Treecats! Freshly home from an internship on Manticore, teenaged Stephanie Harrington is up to her eyebrows in trouble. There’s the new treecat adoptee who needs to be kept from becoming a risk to the carefully guarded secret of just how smart the arboreal inhabitants of Sphinx really are. There’s the overeager journalist whose campaign to protect the treecats from exploitation as the newest, coolest pet on any planet could threaten the very creatures he seeks to defend. And there’s the mysterious rash of weird accidents that are plaguing Sphinx’s younger inhabitants—including some of those nearest and dearest to Stephanie. In trying to get enough proof to get the understaffed authorities of her pioneer planet to act, Stephanie will be called upon to attempt things she never imaged doing—including going undercover into the wilds of the late-night club scene, a realm where her faithful treecat guardian, Lionheart, cannot follow….


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A NEW NOVEL FEATURING STEPHANIE HARRINGTON IN HONORVERSE PREQUEL SERIES  Sex! Drugs! Rock ‘n’ Roll! And Treecats! Freshly home from an internship on Manticore, teenaged Stephanie Harrington is up to her eyebrows in trouble. There’s the new treecat adoptee who needs to be kept from becoming a risk to the carefully guarded secret of just how smart the arboreal inhabitants o A NEW NOVEL FEATURING STEPHANIE HARRINGTON IN HONORVERSE PREQUEL SERIES  Sex! Drugs! Rock ‘n’ Roll! And Treecats! Freshly home from an internship on Manticore, teenaged Stephanie Harrington is up to her eyebrows in trouble. There’s the new treecat adoptee who needs to be kept from becoming a risk to the carefully guarded secret of just how smart the arboreal inhabitants of Sphinx really are. There’s the overeager journalist whose campaign to protect the treecats from exploitation as the newest, coolest pet on any planet could threaten the very creatures he seeks to defend. And there’s the mysterious rash of weird accidents that are plaguing Sphinx’s younger inhabitants—including some of those nearest and dearest to Stephanie. In trying to get enough proof to get the understaffed authorities of her pioneer planet to act, Stephanie will be called upon to attempt things she never imaged doing—including going undercover into the wilds of the late-night club scene, a realm where her faithful treecat guardian, Lionheart, cannot follow….

30 review for A New Clan: A Star Kingdom Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    A bit slow and repetitive, but I enjoyed it!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    I quite enjoyed the book, but it wasn’t quite what I expected. With my imperfect recollection it seemed like the previous three books had ‘Young Adult’ elements to them, but they were really just books that YAs could read as well as adults. This book felt like it was definitely aimed at Children/YAs. On a personal level I found some of the explanations a bit long-winded, especially when they were quite repetitive or really self-evident. I could also have done without some of the teenage angst and I quite enjoyed the book, but it wasn’t quite what I expected. With my imperfect recollection it seemed like the previous three books had ‘Young Adult’ elements to them, but they were really just books that YAs could read as well as adults. This book felt like it was definitely aimed at Children/YAs. On a personal level I found some of the explanations a bit long-winded, especially when they were quite repetitive or really self-evident. I could also have done without some of the teenage angst and romance The book does have more insight into the Tree-Cats and their relationships, but what I would have liked was more of the Tree-Cats being involved in the investigation. There were a couple of moments when they moved to defend their ‘humans’, but there were really on the periphery throughout this book. Perhaps this would have required more direct action than was possible in a children’s book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary E

    Good addition to the series I enjoyed the story and writing. The only quibble I have is the frequent switches in view point character, sometimes within the same scene. That was a little confusing and could have used another round of edits to visually ot textually signal the changes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    LinHigley

    May we all sit in the arms of a crown oak. A fine addition to the young life of a heroic champion of order ad Justice in the star kingdom. Good for young, good for my old brain. I'm hopefully awaiting new stories. May we all sit in the arms of a crown oak. A fine addition to the young life of a heroic champion of order ad Justice in the star kingdom. Good for young, good for my old brain. I'm hopefully awaiting new stories.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Constance Pullen

    60+ yo than target readers Well crafted expansion in early Treecat Human history. Stone Shaper has survived the loss of his mate and his communications with treecats. He becomes a loner who tries to help a two-legs when she is swarmed by a killer nest of carnivores. As they recover Cordelia and 'Athos ' are brought into investigating a new rash of accidents that may be triggered by something new on Sphinx. Adding to the other young people who have been bonded with treecats, it is a great addicti 60+ yo than target readers Well crafted expansion in early Treecat Human history. Stone Shaper has survived the loss of his mate and his communications with treecats. He becomes a loner who tries to help a two-legs when she is swarmed by a killer nest of carnivores. As they recover Cordelia and 'Athos ' are brought into investigating a new rash of accidents that may be triggered by something new on Sphinx. Adding to the other young people who have been bonded with treecats, it is a great addiction that the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Book 4 seemed like another start of motion, where as Book 3 (Treecat Wars) felt more like it had been wrapping up different lines from the previous 2. In someways, I felt that there was too much being forced in interactions between the characters. For instance, throwing Anders into the mix after essentially having cleared his story line so well in Book 3, pushed a closure that I didn't necessarily feel I needed to have within this book. What I do love is the interesting dilemma that the treecats Book 4 seemed like another start of motion, where as Book 3 (Treecat Wars) felt more like it had been wrapping up different lines from the previous 2. In someways, I felt that there was too much being forced in interactions between the characters. For instance, throwing Anders into the mix after essentially having cleared his story line so well in Book 3, pushed a closure that I didn't necessarily feel I needed to have within this book. What I do love is the interesting dilemma that the treecats discover in the newest adopted 'cat. Convenient that Climbs Quickly knew the 'cat from his own youth. The last chapter has a beautiful ending and beginning around the dilemma, which brought me happy tears. Overall, I enjoyed this read more than the previous book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Yay for another Stephanie Harrington novel! Stephanie is the ancestor to Honor Harrington, the main protagonist of David Weber's world. By the time of Honor Harrington, treecats had just been recognized as sentient and Persons in their own right. Stephanie, on the other hand, had first discovered treecats four years ago by the time of this novel. She had been eleven then. She is fifteen now, going on sixteen. So, she and her friends have to do their best to be sure that the rest of the planet nev Yay for another Stephanie Harrington novel! Stephanie is the ancestor to Honor Harrington, the main protagonist of David Weber's world. By the time of Honor Harrington, treecats had just been recognized as sentient and Persons in their own right. Stephanie, on the other hand, had first discovered treecats four years ago by the time of this novel. She had been eleven then. She is fifteen now, going on sixteen. So, she and her friends have to do their best to be sure that the rest of the planet never find out that treecats are indeed sentient and very much Persons in their own right. This book explored new territory. At the beginning of the book, one of the treecats was one of a longtime bonded pair. His mate was dying from the gray death (not too dissimilar to our pandemic). Anyway, frequently in such cases, the bereaved mate dies soon afterward as well. But that did not happen in this case. Instead, our treecat recovered BUT lost the ability to communicate telepathically with his fellow treecats. The overwhelming pity he felt from his family & friends made him strike out on his own as a loner, no matter that treecats are very social animals and live in families. The good news is that this same widowed treecat ends up bonding with one of Stephanie's friends, a girl named Cordelia. Humans, nonnative to the planet Sphinx, have very strong "mindglows" that closely resemble treecat mindglows. So, our treecat has found a new mate, except Cordelia is of another species (human). Humans, of course, are NOT telepathic and rely on what the treecats call "mouth noises". Since the treecats only say "Bleek" (not too dissimilar to Groot's "I am Groot"), treecats do not rely on spoken language. At all. So, it is fascinating watching our "crippled" treecat whose fellow treecats try to work around the fact that this treecat cannot share his thoughts in the usual way at the same time as the newly adopted treecats try to work out ways to communicate with their new human bondmates. And most of these new bondmates are teenage girls, at that. (Here and there treecats have, in fact, also bonded with adult humans.) So, I totally enjoyed this book. This series (about Stephanie) is coauthored by Jane Lindskold. David Weber totally needed Jane's input because Jane (unlike Mr. Weber) HAD at one time been a teenage girl herself and so could more realistically portray the thoughts and actions of teen girls. Fortunately for me, more Stephanie Harrington books are in the pipeline!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    The fourth book in Stephanie Harrington's series, which is a prequel to the Honor Harrington series, concerns keeping some secrets about the treecats to avoid them being massacred as happened to another species on a world when humans settled. It also has to do with a new drug that is being created which is causing a large number of accidents among young adults near where Stephanie lives. When this story begins, Stephanie is almost sixteen and has been partnered with her treecat Lionheart for alm The fourth book in Stephanie Harrington's series, which is a prequel to the Honor Harrington series, concerns keeping some secrets about the treecats to avoid them being massacred as happened to another species on a world when humans settled. It also has to do with a new drug that is being created which is causing a large number of accidents among young adults near where Stephanie lives. When this story begins, Stephanie is almost sixteen and has been partnered with her treecat Lionheart for almost five years. Some others, including a few people near Stephanie's age, have also been adopted. Reporter Nosey Jones is making it his cause to protect the treecats so they won't be exploited or exterminated like another species on a different world humans settled. Those who have bonded with treecats are part of a conspiracy to conceal just how intelligent the species is. Treecats lack a written and spoken language which makes some believe that they are just "dumb animals." However, they seem to be both telepaths and empaths and also to have about the same level of intelligence as humans. This fact is being concealed by both the treecats and those who have bonded with them. There is also another problem that is consuming a lot of attention. It is Nosey Jones who first spots the increased number of "accidents" that are plaguing local young adults. It seems as though there is a new drug being developed and being tested on unsuspecting young people. With local law enforcement and the Sphynx Forestry Service stretched because of a lack of personnel and very small budgets, Probationary Ranger Stephanie Harrington and Ranger Karl Zivonik are tasked with looking into these accidents and a possible new drug. The story was engaging and entertaining. I like the way Stephanie is growing up and expanding her set of friends. I liked that there were some teenage problems regarding relationships in the story too. I liked that part of the story was told from the treecats' points-of-view.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Cordelia is marking timber to be cleared when she is attacked by monsters, but the treecat Heart Stone risks his life to save her. Just when he thinks he has nothing to live for, he forms a bond with the young woman, which brings them into the company of a familiar pair, Stephanie Harrington and her treecat Climbs Quickly. Stephanie helps them with their new bond while also trying to protect the intelligent beings of the planet Sphinx. Meanwhile, the reporter Nosey discovers a string of suspicio Cordelia is marking timber to be cleared when she is attacked by monsters, but the treecat Heart Stone risks his life to save her. Just when he thinks he has nothing to live for, he forms a bond with the young woman, which brings them into the company of a familiar pair, Stephanie Harrington and her treecat Climbs Quickly. Stephanie helps them with their new bond while also trying to protect the intelligent beings of the planet Sphinx. Meanwhile, the reporter Nosey discovers a string of suspicious accidents among the young colonists. He’s viciously beaten to keep his mouth shut, but he turns to Stephanie for help anyway, who is now officially a probationary ranger with the Forestry Service. The large cast of characters and multiple points of view might be off-putting to those who want to spend all their time with Stephanie and Climbs Quickly, but the story flows smoothly. This is the fourth installment in the YA spin-off series set in the Honorverse, so this is already a remarkably established world, and there is plenty of fast-paced drama and trauma. Fans of this series will appreciate the ongoing bonds between the humans and treecats. (This review was originally written for Library Journal magazine.)

  10. 5 out of 5

    P.M.

    Stone Shaper (Stone, Heart Stone, Athos) has survived a terrible plague while losing his mate and his ability to mindspeak his fellow treecats. Feeling guilt, he exiles himself from the Bright Water Clan. Despairingly, he waits until he can die and be with his mate again. But Fate has something else in store for him. When he witnesses a young woman and her Rottweiler being attacked by near-weasels, he feels compelled to save her if he can. What he receives is a bond which gives his life meaning Stone Shaper (Stone, Heart Stone, Athos) has survived a terrible plague while losing his mate and his ability to mindspeak his fellow treecats. Feeling guilt, he exiles himself from the Bright Water Clan. Despairingly, he waits until he can die and be with his mate again. But Fate has something else in store for him. When he witnesses a young woman and her Rottweiler being attacked by near-weasels, he feels compelled to save her if he can. What he receives is a bond which gives his life meaning again. This is the fourth book in the Treecat series. I enjoyed this and hope the authors will continue writing. There were a lot of good characters in here: Stephanie, Karl, Cordelia, the Kemper Boys, Climbs Quickly, Sings Truly, Valiant, Survivor, Heart Stone, etc. The plot line was unrealistic to me since the SFS (game wardens) would not likely have had civilian teenagers conducting an investigation. But who cares? The treecats earned their five stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    [22 Jun 2022] I liked the first three books in the Treecat series, but I had to force myself to finish this one. I'm not sure if it was because it was YA. Sure I'm many years removed from the trials of tween and teen problems, but I remember those feelings. Of course, I may not always be sympathetic. But I just had trouble caring about the latest adventures of Stephanie and Climbs Quickly. I think part of it was that the book was a little unfocused. I'm not sure whether the primary character was [22 Jun 2022] I liked the first three books in the Treecat series, but I had to force myself to finish this one. I'm not sure if it was because it was YA. Sure I'm many years removed from the trials of tween and teen problems, but I remember those feelings. Of course, I may not always be sympathetic. But I just had trouble caring about the latest adventures of Stephanie and Climbs Quickly. I think part of it was that the book was a little unfocused. I'm not sure whether the primary character was supposed to be Stephanie or Cordelia (the latest treecat adoptee). Another part of it was that the big plot issue -- a new drug circulating among young people -- seemed not as urgent to me as it was to them. Certainly not as exciting as the first three books. I was left feeling really disappointed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kris Sellgren

    This was a great entry in the young adult series about treecats on the planet Sphinx. New characters are introduced. Heroine Stephanie steps outside her comfort zone in an undercover operation. She is slowly overcoming her impulsiveness and temper to become a more responsible person. Much of the story is told from a treecat’s perspective. Stone has survived a plague but lost his mate and his ability to telepathically communicate with other treecats. He bonds with a human, thus joining a new clan This was a great entry in the young adult series about treecats on the planet Sphinx. New characters are introduced. Heroine Stephanie steps outside her comfort zone in an undercover operation. She is slowly overcoming her impulsiveness and temper to become a more responsible person. Much of the story is told from a treecat’s perspective. Stone has survived a plague but lost his mate and his ability to telepathically communicate with other treecats. He bonds with a human, thus joining a new clan, that of treecats bonded to humans. His efforts to communicate with his human help him to live with being deaf and mute in his treecat clan.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Freyja

    As usual, Mr. Weber wrote a fine novel to add to my re-reads. This book has the formation of new families as an ongoing theme. One treecat loses his mate to a plague, and loses his mind-voice to the plague as well. He ends up leaving his clan and bonding with a human he helped save from a passel of local predators. Their bond grows as they get caught up in a dangerous conspiracy. The rest is for the reader to find out.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Thompson

    Mystery and Treecats A story of adolescent discovery interlaced with a disturbing and dangerous mystery. On the way the young people are aided by their wondrous treecat partners. It's an enjoyable read. The only reason I didn't give it a fifth star is because I expected treecats to be the central characters in it. Mystery and Treecats A story of adolescent discovery interlaced with a disturbing and dangerous mystery. On the way the young people are aided by their wondrous treecat partners. It's an enjoyable read. The only reason I didn't give it a fifth star is because I expected treecats to be the central characters in it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Harold Armstrong

    May be dangerous for you budget I confess I have the series to date, but I bought the kindle version. I just purchased the three previous in the series for kindle. I do have hard backs of both David Weber and Jane Lindskold, but I will re-read the series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    ms bookjunkie

    A satisfactory continuation of the series. (It's been almost a decade since the last book, so you never know…) New characters, new problems. I hope they get the same awesome narrator for the audiobook. A satisfactory continuation of the series. (It's been almost a decade since the last book, so you never know…) New characters, new problems. I hope they get the same awesome narrator for the audiobook.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Illana Halliday

    tree cat delight. wonderful to get a 4th book Love the tree cats. This was an excellent romp and wonderful inclusion in tree cat lore. Delightful tale that brings these creatures even more to life.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Flaniken

    Great read Love everything that Weber has written and or co-authored. Great expanded series about interesting people and places and great story Bruce

  19. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I like these characters, they've grown nicely. Also, treecats! I like these characters, they've grown nicely. Also, treecats!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    Well done but a little long.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Awesome story I have enjoyed this wonderful heartfelt story of Stephanie Harrington the first treecat adoptee who become Honor Harrington Great Grandma.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Monta Docks

    a great young adult read Something that I will recommend for my nieces and nephews who love SCI-FI. I enjoyed the characters and interplay. A joy to read

  23. 4 out of 5

    cheryl raps

    Not just for teens I am totally hooked on Honor Harrington and these books feature her ancestor and the discovery of treecats. Great back story!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michael Sigler

  25. 4 out of 5

    steve

  26. 4 out of 5

    John

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Inada

  28. 5 out of 5

    Peter LaRose

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael Bowman

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christian Larkins

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