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Dragon's Fire
Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey
Del Rey, 384 pages

Anne McCaffrey
Anne McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, MA. She graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures. Her first novel, Restoree, was published by Ballantine Books in l967. However, she is best know for her Dragonriders of Pern novels. Del Rey has developed an extensive site dedicated to her Pern novels.

Although she used to make appearances throughout the world, arthritis has now restricted such travel. She lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in Wicklow County, Ireland.

Anne McCaffrey Website
ISFDB Bibliography
SF Site Review: Acorna's Triumph
SF Site Review: Dragon's Kin
SF Site Review: On Dragonwings
SF Site Review: Acorna's Rebels
SF Site Review: A Gift of Dragons
SF Site Review: Freedom's Ransom
SF Site Review: Nimisha's Ship
SF Site Review: Black Horses for the King and If Wishes Were Horses
SF Site Review: The Masterharper of Pern

Past Feature Reviews
A review by Lise Murphy

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Dragon's Fire I spent an entire summer about 6 years ago reading all of the Dragonriders of Pern books. I really enjoyed the premise, the strong characters that Anne McCaffrey portrays and the dragons. I love the telepathic link between the dragons and their riders. I loved Lessa, F'lar, F'nor, Ruth the White Dragon and of course Master Robinton.

The latest book, Dragon's Fire, was written by Todd McCaffrey along with his mother Anne. That being said, it bears little resemblance to the original Dragonriders of Pern books. The characters are interesting but it is slow at times and there is so much jumping between points of view that it is difficult to really sympathize with the characters.

The story begins with Pelar, a mute apprentice harper who is sent on a mission to learn about the Shunned. A mission started and seemingly failed by another harper. Pelar is a boy about 15 years old that is coming into his own. Of all of the characters Pelar is the most interesting. However, because of the format of the novel, he is only really found in Book One of this two-book series. The group of characters found in Book Two are Shunned or nearly Shunned people, mostly children that are not portrayed in a manner that engages the readers.

There are very few dragons in this novel. It should, in fact, simply be called a Pern novel because none of the Dragon Riders are main characters; some of the Dragon Riders are portrayed in a very poor light. I also found it difficult to determine where in time this book was situated in relation to the Dragonriders of Pern books in which Master Robinton was the Master Harper of Pern.

Yes, it is fun to go back to Pern, a world that is stepped in history. However, of all the Dragonriders of Pern books that I have read, this was the one that I found least enjoyable. Perhaps I will revisit Pern by re-reading my collection of original Anne McCaffrey Pern books.

Copyright © 2006 Lise Murphy

Lise Murphy has been reading science fiction and fantasy ever since she was little. Aided by Star Wars, her Dad introduced her to the genre. Educated as a virologist, she has worked in rabies research for the federal government and is now working in laboratory safety. She lives in Ottawa, Canada with her husband Brad and beagle Madigan.


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