Sunday, December 16, 2007

Dragon’s Fire, by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey

Dragon’s Fire, by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey

Another novel of Pern—hooray! Dragon’s Fire is about finding a safe way to mine firestone, the mineral that dragons need to consume to breathe flames, with a secondary adventure following the diminishing number of watch-whers on the planet. Because this is set long before the novels that made Pern famous, we know the eventual outcome of both plot lines; while the journey is interesting enough I never felt any real jeopardy was attached. The characters would harp (pun intended for you other dragonrider fans out there!) on the dangers of a world without firestone, but knowing that everything works out okay killed the suspense. The people just didn’t come alive as they have in previous volumes, so the personal threats didn’t work well either. Add in a loose analogy for the homeless and a one-dimensional unbelievable villain, unfortunately the only word that comes to mind to describe this is “mediocre.”

First Sentence:
“He’s still waving, isn’t he?” Master Zist called back for the third time.

1 comment:

Nicole B. said...

I love all of Anne's books. (Todd's, not so much, but I still like them.)

This wasn't one of my favorite novels of theirs, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

On a side note... Hahaha, harp! =] Robinton had to be my favorite Harper...

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