“When McCaffrey's beloved dragons roar and their riders soar on the beasts' mighty backs . . . fans of Pern will likely be enthralled.”—Publishers Weekly
For generations, the dragonriders had dedicated their lives to fighting Thread, the dreaded spores that periodically rained from the sky to ravage the land. On the backs of their magnificent telepathic dragons they flew to flame the deadly stuff out of the air before it could reach the planet's surface. But the greatest dream of the dragonriders was to find a way to eradicate Thread completely, so that never again would their beloved Pern be threatened with destruction.
Now, for the first time, it looks as if that dream can come true. For when the people of Pern, led by Masterharper Robinton and F'lar and Lessa, Weyrleader and Weyrwoman of Bendon Weyr, excavate the ancient remains of the planet's original settlement, they uncover the colonists' voice-activated artificial intelligence system—which still functions. And the computer has incredible news for them: There is a chance—a good chance—that they can, at long last, annihilate Thread once and for all.
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Love! Love! Love!
She welcomes you to a new and wonderful world. For me, I am living on PERN, with their ups and downs. I have laughed, cried, and whooped with joy.
The story is wonderful, but...
Having known and admired Anne as both an author and friend, I have nothing but praise for this tale of Pern, even if it always makes me cry (as it did her!). However, this translation into electronic media has some serious problems, especially in the last quarter of the book, where entire paragraphs of text are missing. I could wish that the publisher would get with the program and correct these mistakes, but I fear it won't ever happen. A pity, since it diminishes what is otherwise an exceptional tale from an exceptional author who is no longer with us.
The Pinnacle of Pern Saga
Many books have come before this in the series, and a good number since, yet this book stands out among my young adult memories and present day reading as the true pinnacle of this series. It is among the most memorable of them, bringing all our beloved characters together around a new and distinct character: Aivas, the first real link between 'our world' and Pern, as well as
Perm's past. Many books of epic literature culminate I this tale that finally bring it all together.
Aivas, a long dormant Artificial Intelligence Voice Address System, is unearthed in the Southern continent by digging Pernese, who are soon greeted with a visual history of the settling of their planet and the creation of dragons. They are also given the one hope they have always yearned for: a chance, only after years of training and study in the knowledge lost over the centuries, to remove the threat of thread forever. But are dragons truly up to the task required, and are the citizens of Pern truly ready to accept all that Aivas has to offer?
An epic tale with an epic ending that will move the heart of any Pern fan, this is truly a story worth buying after having read the previous Pern saga. I do not recommend reading unless you have, lest the impact be severely lessened.
My only complaint? I wish Aivas had more 'page time'!