To start with I want to say that I enjoyed Todd's other Pern contributions, so I thought
I'd really enjoy this one - especially after reading his mother's foreword.
Sadly I could not have been more mistaken.
Seeing that the timeline has been added to and enriched I decided to re-read the entire
series starting with the very first entries according to Pernese historical and
(See here for really good info on this: http://pern.srellim.org/chrono.htm )
When I first read the Pern stories (decades ago) the timeline was far from filled in.
Starting all over was a huge pleasure !
Todd's 2 prior contributions were significant and enjoyable; so naturally I expected yet
another great read.
My mistake. This story is 450 pages long (PB version) and to be totally fair and 100%
honest - about 430 of those pages are filled to the brim with suffering, sadness, pain,
unspeakable losses and depression; it may be the first horror novel of Pern. Yuck.
I literally had to force myself to finish this book - it was just too depressing.
Anne Mccaffrey's Pern is presented as a world eternally in struggle - but also with
huge amounts of compassion and it is clearly written as if with a mother's loving
touch; Todd Mccaffrey's world is NOT the Pern I know and love - it is a world locked
at war, with abundant horror, pain, evil, suffering, and a general bad-temperedness
which his mother's Pern did well without for decades.
If I want war and endless suffering and depression I'd seek entertainment in the TV
news, there's no shortage of that bleakness in this world.
When I visit Pern I want the overshadowing goodness; much the same as visiting Narnia;
yes - there is sadness and loss, but there is also deep and enduring love and goodness.
As a man I can say this:
I think Pern was better off in the hands of a woman - men gravitate towards emotions
which I find unfit for reading if I am seeking an uplifting experience, generally
If you'd also like to travel Pern from start to end according to chronology, I'd
suggest reading right through 'Dragon's Fire', then if you'd prefer to avoid all the
depression of this book - just read it's Wikipedia entry, here:
It is accurate, full of spoilers and sums the entire story up neatly, then just move
on to 'Moreta' and continue enjoying the beauty of Pern.
Happy Travels !
Todd McCaffrey did a good job following in his mothers's footsteps. It was well read, easy to follow yet left a mystery to solve. A heroine, Lorana is someone to love and Tullea, the weyrwoman, someone to dislike. Perhaps Tullea is the reason I gave this three stars instead of four. Villans are in most books and Tullea irked me. She acted more like a spoiled brat than a leader with issues. I have no use for spoiled brats.
I am looking forward to reading another of Todd McCaffrey's story's on Pern.
I was originally a little hesitant about buying this book. I had no great hopes for Ms. McCaffrey's son being able to bring the world of Pern alive the way he did. Fortunately, I was wrong! Todd McCaffrey does a credible job here, but at 436 pages, it is too long and did lose my interest somewhat in parts. Overall, a good read, though.
More tales of Pern for the followers of noted author Anne McCaffrey---this time told by her son, Todd McCaffrey.
A dire emergency faces the young dragonrider Lorana. A mysterious fatal illness is striking dragons. The epidemic is spreading like wildfire . . . and the next deadly cycle of Threadfall is only days away. Somehow, Lorana must find a cure before the dragonsincluding her own beloved Arithsuccumb to the sickness, leaving Pern undefended.
The lyrics of an all-but-forgotten song seem to point toward an answer from nearly five hundred years in the past, when Kitti Ping and her daughter Wind Blossom bred the first dragons from their smaller cousins, the fire-lizards. Could it be possible . . .
A mysterious epidemic is striking dragons, and the next deadly cycle of Threadfall is only days away. Somehow, dragonrider Lorana must find a way to save all the dragons - including her own beloved Arith - before they succumb to the sickness, leaving Pern undefended. No doubt the first colonists, who originally bred the dragons, possessed the advanced technology to find a cure. But over the centuries, that knowledge was lost.
Five hundred years in the past, a scientist foresees that a disease may ultimately destroy the dragons, and she is determined to find a way to change the future. Now two brave women, separated by hundreds of years but joined by bonds transcending time, become unkowning allies in a desperate race for nothing less than Pern's survival.