Worlds of Honor: What Price Dreams - David Weber
Copyright Date: 2000
What Price Dreams is the second story in the anthology Worlds of Honor. Like the others so far in this series of reviews (though that will be changing with the next one), it's written from both human and treecat perspectives. In the main Honor Harrington books (somewhere, it's been too long since I read the ones between On Basilisk Station and Torch of Freedom), there have been several Manticore Monarchs who've been adopted by treecats. This story of Adrienne tells of the first time.
I have to admit, I really love most of the short stories in these anthologies, but especially the ones written by David Weber. So many of them fill in the holes in the main story - sometimes holes that you don't even realize are there until you read the story.
Another good thing about these short story volumes is that the stories are more like novellas in length. There's only a few stories in the book: three to five of them typically, compared to some others I've read where there's ten to twenty stories. That leaves plenty of room for plot and character growth, yet the stories always feel as though they could be longer.