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Sunday, August 5, 2007

An Interval For Learning

Dragon's Kin
Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey
Del Rey (November, 2003)
Hardcover: 292 pages
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars of 5 possible

The first mother-son collaberation in the Dragonriders of Pern series begins late in the second interval, just 16 turns before the third pass of the Red Star. This novel, which is also aimed at young adult readers, explores a portion of Pern's history that we have not previously visited, and we learn quite a bit about the mysterious watch-whers, who are, after all, Dragon's Kin.

Despite the fact that, in this time, there is no Thread falling for the dragons to battle, the story is suspenseful and has all the action and appeal of earlier tales, as well as some humor. I especially enjoyed the interaction of Kindan with the young watch-wher and how he found out about miner Natalon's secret early in the story. I was trying to read Dragon's Kin slowly, to savor the story; but approximately 1/3 of the way through the novel, I just couldn't put it aside. 

I adore dragons, and the novels I like best are those that grip me with such ferocity that putting the book aside is out of the question.  When I can have both dragons and the intensity, well, that's the best of both worlds!

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