Skies of Pern
by: Anne McCaffery
Review by: Tina
hasn't lost her touch. Skies of Pern quickly envelops the
reader in a world many fans have grown to love.
While some of her earlier 'Dragonrider' works can stand
alone, Skies of Pern needs to be read in order. Most of
the characters are carried over from previous novels and
while the plot is not a direct continuation, it does
build on more recent works like Masterharper of Pern, The
Dolphins of Pern, and The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall.
The quality of writing is good. The story is stronger and
better written than Masterharper of Pern. As always, her
characters are consistent and strong. The flaws I found
Perhaps the biggest problem I had with the story was the
sheer number of characters. I've read and reread all of
the 'Dragonrider' stories many times and I've become very
attached to some of the characters but I felt some of
them should have been left out of this story or their
The relationship between F'lessan and Tai intrigued me
and kept me reading when I became frustrated with the pov
shifts. I wanted to know what was going to happen to them
and if they were going to form a permanent union.
The other problem I saw was the lack of resolution for
the characters. The conflicts are almost all resolved but
the characters have little idea who was behind some of
the problems. This resulted in the ending feeling a bit
rushed. It also leaves the door open for the series to
continue and I hope Ms. McCaffery won't disappoint me or
leave her fans waiting too long for another novel.
For the avid 'Dragonrider' fan, Skies of Pern is a
definite * * * *.
Note from Lee: I personally found this book a little
repetitive - very similar to several of Ms McCaffrey's
previous works in style and storyline, and, as Tina said,
no real resolution. Perhaps I'm becoming a touch jaded by
the sameness of the world of Pern. I rated this a * * *
* * * * = Un-put-downable, excellent reading!
* * * = Good value, interesting reading.
* * = Had potential, but could have been better.
* = Slow, difficult to read, could have been
* = Imminently