As a major Pern fan, I have struggled to find anything that is as original as Anne McCaffrey's work for many years. I stumbled accross this book in a kind readers List at the bottom of a random page, and I thank that person with all my heart.
I took this on holiday with a couple of others which sadly were a struggle and left this til last. It was completely amazing.
It is written in a style I have never come across before. Its in the first person but multiple characters. Within a chapter it will state the name of the character narrating. It is quite startling but ultimately refreshing to get the first person viewpoint of every character, even the baddies!
The "Dragons" or Greater Kindred of the Kantrishakrim, are an ancient, sentient, race of peoples living solitary lives on an isle seperated from the rest of the world by a constant raging unpassable storm. On this island grow the ancient Lansip tree's which bear a friut with amazing healing powers and some say the elixr of life. No human has set foot there for many hundreds of years and every ship that has sailed there in that time has never returned. The Kantri have been there for 5000 years! Their existance has slipped into legend among the humans of the main continenet, but one girl, Lanen, has a yearning in her heart that goes beyond mere whim, to find out if the ancient Kantri truely exist. Little does she know that what she seeks is her true destiny, and somewhere there is another heart with as strong a longing...
This is a story of hidden depths and great love. I defy anyone to read this and not fall in love with the richly developed characters.