41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Another box of tissues, please..,
This review is from: Dragon Harper (The Dragon Books) (Paperback)
I'm a huge, huge fan of Anne McCaffrey's work and own every book she's written. Unlike some i'm really optimistic about the collaborative work she's done with Todd, and lots of solo adventures from the son in the near future.
However, and there usually has been a however with Todd so far, he has got to give us some happiness! I get the opinion this is mostly Todd's work, his plan and execution only being 'supervised' by mummy.
I felt with Dragon's Blood, and I feel with this that the majority of the book is simply too bleak, and gives a fairly majorly unsatisfactory ending. It is poignant, evocative and does have a real sense of place that shows incredible skill in storytelling - that said I will not read this book a second time.
Would I recommend it to people? Yes. Because if you're a fan of Pern, like me, you will suffer anything to delve in to that incredible fantasy world. But the books recently are breaking my heart, and I feel that Todd needs to let some sunshine in from time to time!
As a product I have given it '4', because it outclasses anything else i've read in style and technique. However, on a scale of 'Novels of Pern' this would not rate highly for me, and I would be flabergasted to be found in the minority.
Give us something to smile about while the tears flow down our cheeks, Todd!