A New Clan

Baen. (Honor Harrington, Star Kingdom, Bk. 4). Jun. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9781982191894. $18.99. FANTASY
In this fourth installment of the “Star Kingdom” spin-off series (growing from the “Honor Harrington” books), 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, a reporter discovers a string of suspicious accidents among the young colonists. He’s viciously beaten to keep his mouth shut, but turns to Stephanie for help, who is now officially a probationary ranger with the Forestry Service.
VERDICT 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, the already remarkably established world holds wide appeal, and there is plenty of fast-paced drama and trauma. All fans of this crossover YA series will appreciate the ongoing bonds between the humans and treecats.
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