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Acorna [Kindle Edition]

Anne McCaffrey , Margaret Ball
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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"Something's Alive In There!"

She was just a little girl, with a tiny horn in the center of her forehead, funny-looking feet, beautiful silver hair, and several curious powers: the ability to purify air and water, make plants grow, and heal scars and broken bones. A trio of grizzled prospectors found her drifting in an escape pod amid the asteroids, adopted her, and took her to the bandit planet Kezdet, a place where no questions are asked and the girl might grow up free.

But Kezdet has its own dark secret. The prosperity of the planet is based on a hideous trade in child slave labor, administered by "The Piper" -- a mystery man with special plans for Acorna and her powers. But free little girls have a way of growing into freedom-loving young women, and Acorna has special plans all her own. . .


A mysterious and magical "unicorn girl" is saved from the prisons of scientists and bureaucrats, only to find herself threatened by a man known as "the Piper," whose trade is child slave labor.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061057894
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1st edition (17 Mar 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,293 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Acorna - a charming and original story 11 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Acorna is the touching story of a young alien girl with extraordinary powers who is found drifting in an escape pod by the crew of a human spaceship. She is an unknown species to them, but reminds them of a unicorn, so they name her ‘Acorna’, and after failing to find her family or home planet, the three young miners take her under their wing. We follow her swift maturation from infant into adolescence, the love that she inspires from all who meet her, and the determination with which she seeks to right the injustices of the worlds that she travels through. This is the first novel of the ‘Acorna’ series, and Anne McCaffrey has again succeeded in capturing our imaginations with another unique story. I could barely put it down, and ended each chapter only to carry on reading, because I had to know what happened next! Anne McCaffrey fans will not be disappointed, although the writing style is perhaps aimed at a slightly younger target audience than the ‘Dragonriders’ series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of McCaffrey's best 26 Nov 2003
I've found that Anne McCaffrey can be very hit-and-miss author. I found this book ver good.
The basic story line is that a unicorn is floating in space in an escape pod. Some miners find the pod and adopt the girl as their own.
The first part is heartwarming as it deals with bringing up a child (although having 3 fathers is a little unusual).
The second part deals with Accorna's, the name they give her, attempts to right wrongs. Accorna and the miners work to put an end to that industry and to liberate those children.
I loved this book because it has good charactisation and plot. It has a heart and deals with real issues in a compelling way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing writing 11 Dec 2000
The plot seemed a little cute to me as I read the back of the book, I didn't expect it to be quite so sickeningly sweet. The concept of three deep-space miners raising a bayby-alien-unicorn-girl in it self is quite cool, but it's so unrealistic! It's very smooth, trying to be dark and depressing , failing at it. The plot is very thin and there are really no obsticals before the entire ting is sorted out and the book ends. Too happy ending for my taste as well and I'm not impressed with the writing-style at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi/fantasy mash-up 10 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I recently re-read this, the first in a series I'd read a few times. I would describe the series as a sci-fi/fantasy mash-up; it has space travel, futuristic technology, and aliens, but it also has a unicorn girl with magical healing powers who is hailed as various goddesses incarnate and sets out to save enslaved children. Is it any good? Well, let’s just say I enjoyed bits of it more than other parts.

The first part of the book I’ve always greatly enjoyed. The comic dynamic of the trio of itinerant miners – Rafik, Gill, and Calum – who discover an alien unicorn girl works really well. The interplay of the three off one another, the comedy of the situation, and there was a real sense of sci-fi here as they travelled the stars undertaking their asteroid mining. Likewise their escapade with Rafik's uncle Hafiz serves as an interlude from the previous action, the descriptions here are vivid and evocative, and the battle of wits is both an enjoyable read and adds some more comedy into proceedings. The planet-hopping that follows as they struggle to keep afloat and one step ahead of their pursuers is semi-enjoyable, but all the planets they visit are skimmed over too quickly, I felt, with not enough distinguishing description, events, or characters. Finally, after they arrive on Kezdet, is where the book really loses its way, for me. It seemed all too convenient for Acorna to become the ward of her powerful, wealthy, beneficent protector, and all too easy to uncover and bring down the child slavery ring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good side-line series 1 Dec 1999
I have to disagree with the reviews already written about this book. I thought it was a really good story and I liked all the characters, particularly Acorna herself. I don't know, maybe it appeals more to men than women but I thought the book was as good as many of Anne's other series (though not PERN of course!!).
I guess people just get different things from a book - I loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This book reminds me strongly of the early Hienlein books, almost childlike in its approach.
It is not a good read, certainly not in the same league as Pern or the Talents series'
The content, howver, is certainly not for children - at best a confused and not terribly easy to read book.
Very disapointed, which is a first for me with Anne McCaffrey.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good opening to the series 26 Sep 2009
Acorna is a book that begins slowly- but by the end, pulls you in completely. I don't love all McCaffrey books- some I like, others I find ridiculously boring. But is one I did enjoy. A major positive I found for it is that it's actually quite funny. Anne McCaffrey doesn't do humour- or if she does, it's rather bad humour. But the contribution of Margaret Ball seems to have really livened up her writing- there was a few instances that were hilarious.

I liked the characters, though I would have preferred to have seen more of Acorna, being the title character of the book. We see instead more of Acorna's 'uncles' who rescue her from space, and the supporting characters. Some of these are rather stereotyped (the wily merchant muslim, the wise old chinese man) but the touch of humour brings them to life, as though the two authors are letting us in on a joke.

I must add a warning; though the story may sound cutesy, it is also rather dark in places, with issues such as child slavery. It isn't for kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good
new series
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Most disapointing
I have read all of the Pern books, and also the Crystal Singer series, so I looked forward to the start of another great series when I purchased Acorna. How wrong I was! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Acorna; The Unicorn Girl (Acorna)
It is the first of the Acorna series of books, i would reconmend it to someone who is intrested in human - alien sci-fi.
Published 19 months ago by Phil
4.0 out of 5 stars Acorna
I chose the 'I like it' rating because while I enjoyed it, it wasn't as good as the Dragons of Pern series which made me fall in love with Anne McCaffrey books. Read more
Published 22 months ago by susan schulz
3.0 out of 5 stars lighthearted scifi
Acorna by Anne McCaffrey and Margaret Ball - 3*

I don't do reviews often, though I want to get into the habit, for a variety of reasons. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Indy Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping new universe , full of mystical whimsy .
Magically enchanting , Anne McCaffery's 'Acorna'will transports you on an adventure through space with a young Unicorn girl who is as extrodinary as her life's circumstances . Read more
Published on 7 May 2001 by Natasha Young
4.0 out of 5 stars Not like the Dragons of Pern series
If you were looking for the same type of story then this is not for you. It is a more grown-up story of find-search-find which, although not as captivating as Pern, is just as... Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2000
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