Dragon's Fire (Pern (Publication Order) #19)
Pellar is an orphan taken in by Masterharper Zist. Though born mute, Pellar is a gifted tracker,...more
Note that I loved Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders books. But this book was written by Todd, and he's not Anne b...more
The worse problem in my opinion is that none of the characters in this book seem...more
The McCaffreys' second fire-breathing collaboration (after 2003's Dragon's Kin) again proves why these fabled dragons still cast a spell. Pellar, a mute Apprentice Harper; Halla, a homeless girl; and Cristov, a miner's son, learn invaluable life lessons as the planet Pern prepares for the return of the deadly Red Star and its annihilating "Thread," which can only be destroyed by firestone-fueled dragonfire. But mining firestone is dangerous work, often carried out by chil
* I'm amending the date mentioned in the book. According to Dragonsblood, Thread is expected soon and it's 507 AL. In Dragon's Fire, McCaffrey states that Thread is expected in 16 years so subtracting 16 from 507 yields 491 and not 483. I figured I'd keep the .7. So shoot me, besides the action in this book parallels Dragon's Kin and using al...more
Either I'm getting too old for these or this book wasn't up to par. Too much exposition. I had difficulty differentiating characters (miners and bad guys). I didn't really care for any of them. It'd been so long since I read the previous book that it took me a while to figure out they were dealing with the same set of circumstances. I realize they wanted to make the one Weyr's second gathering flight the same as last time, but it's just plain laziness to cut and paste the description from...more
Three children might be the only people on Pern who can find a safe way to mine the much-needed firestone and to thwart Tenim's plot. Halla's parents were shunned long ago, so she travels with a group of children poorly cared for by Harper Moran; Pe...more
The character of Pellar borders on being a bit too perfect really, it's...more
Dragon's Fire has some good qualities thought I suspect not ones that the author intended. I actually enjoyed reading about Master Zist. The character protrayal was at such odds with other characters previously associated with Harperhall (which are usually either the epitome of wisdom and purity or grumpy old professors). Master Zist is the first character in all of the Pern...more
I'm a big Anne McCaffrey fan, the Pern series being my favourite of hers. But unfortunately, writing doesn't seem to be a skill that was passed from Mother to Son, because Todd McCaffrey is not all that great.
The characters were dull and uninteresting, their motivations were often confusing or just plain stupid, the story rambled and by the time I'd reached abou...more
In this novel, the Shunned (those who are outcast for being slacker, thieves, or murderers along with their families) play a major role along with the mute son of Masterharper Zist who is trying to figure out about a coal shortage.
I think Tenim has to be one of the evilest characters I've seen in McCaffrey's fiction. He's flat out an opportunistic sociopath. I...more
Anyhow, this is more a political struggle between the Harpers, Holders, Miners and a group of criminals called 'The Shunned'. The main protagonists have similar and confusing names and I found it difficult to keep straight who was who. Dragondriders do play a part in the story, but somehow it do...more
The story's entertaining, and the pace is at times, fast. To kill off a major character, then re-awaken him later in the story reminds me of the film end-of-season cliffhangers.
Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two...more