A Beautiful Friendship (Star Kingdom, Book 1) by David Weber

By David Weber

New York occasions, united states this day, Wall road Journal and overseas bestselling phenomenon David Weber supplies the 1st access in an unique younger grownup technological know-how fiction experience sequence, the celebrity nation saga! younger youngster Stephanie Harrington varieties a telepathic bond with an clever alien treecat on a pioneer planet—and needs to struggle for the liberty of her new good friend and his species opposed to highly-placed enemies decided to say the area for people only.
            Stephanie Harrington regularly anticipated to be a wooded area ranger on her homeworld of Meyerdahl . . . until eventually her mom and dad relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx within the a long way far away superstar country of Manticore. it's going to were definitely the right new domestic --- a virgin desolate tract choked with new species of each variety, simply ready to be came upon. yet Sphinx is a much more risky position than ultra-civilized Meyerdahl, and Stephanie’s explorations come to a surprising halt whilst her mom and dad lay down the legislations: no journeys into the bush with no grownup supervision!

            but Stephanie is a tender lady decided to make discoveries, and the most important considered one of all awaits her: an clever alien species.

            The forest-dwelling treecats are small, lovable, shrewdpermanent, and feature a mentioned style for celery. and they're additionally very, very lethal after they or their pals are threatened . . . as Stephanie discovers while she comes face-to-face with Sphinx’s so much deadly predator after a hang-gliding twist of fate.

            yet her discoveries are just starting, for the treecats also are telepathic and ready to bond with sure people, and Stephanie’s locate --- and her first-of-its sort bond with the treecat Climbs quick --- land either one of them in a clean torrent of possibility. Galactic-sized wealth is at stake, and Stephanie and the treecats are squarely within the course of highly-placed enemies decided to ensure the planet Sphinx continues to be solely in human palms, whether that suggests the extermination of one other considering species.

            regrettably for these enemies, the treecats have stored Stephanie Harrington’s lifestyles. She owes them . . . and Stephanie is a tender lady who stands by means of her friends.

            this means that issues are approximately to get very interesting on Sphinx.

About A attractive Friendship:
“It’s infrequent to discover teenager technological know-how fiction that strays past renowned dystopian fare. The environmental messages, human-animal friendship, humor, motion, and creative know-how will make this sequence starter a simple hit. . . .”—<i >Booklist
About David Weber and the honour Harrington series:
“. . .everything you may wish in a heroine….excellent…plenty of action.”—Science Fiction Age

“Brilliant! superb! Brilliant!”—Anne McCaffrey

“Compelling strive against mixed with enticing characters for a very good house opera adventure.”—Locus

“Weber combines life like, enticing characters with clever technological projection. . .Fans of this venerable area opera will celebrate. . .”—Publishers Weekly

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She bent her head and whispered how she had removed her dress and concealed him with her body, pretending that they were making joy together. The woman had not come in and could not have seen him properly. Then there was a silence until she tremulously looked up and saw that he was smiling — no, grinning — at her, a cheeky, little-boy grin, very surprising on so strong a face. ” he said. He turned to the priest. ” Honakura was beaming. “It is the handiwork of the Goddess! Truly I was right to believe that She guided you here!

She could hear amusement, but no anger or threat. ” “Mmm? ” She nodded to the floor. “There are a few things I don’t have to do for the pilgrims, my lord, even if they ask. But she said . . ” The man cleared his throat harshly. “Right. Well, here are my orders. First, stop ‘my lording’ me and call me Wallie. Second, forget you are a slave and pretend that you are a beautiful gentlewoman. ” “I don’t know, my . ” “Neither do I,” he said. “But let’s pretend that I’m a great swordsman and you are a great lady.

She blushed as his eyes swiveled to study her. Then he smiled gently and took his hand away. “Sorry,” he murmured. A Seventh apologizing to a slave? She was astounded and confused. She hardly heard the start of the priest’s story. 27 Dave Duncan Yet when he described the demon she was horrified — hair on its face and its belly? It must have looked like an ape. “I came,” Honakura said, his voice still shaky, “to explain why a noble lord like yourself had been put in such obnoxious quarters with inadequate ministration .

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