Synopses & Reviews
It is a time of hope and regret, of endings and beginnings. The Red Star, that celestial curse whose eccentric orbit was responsible for Thread, has been shifted to a harmless orbit, and the current Threadfall will be the last. Technological marvels are changing the face of life on Pern, and the dragonriders, led by F'lessan, son of F'lar and Lessa and rider of bronze Golanth, and Tia, rider of green Zaranth, must forge a new place for themselves in a world that may no longer need them.
But change is not easy for everyone. There are those who will stop at nothing to keep Pern and its people pure. And now a brand-new danger looms from the skies and threatens a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions. Once again, the world looks to the dragons and their riders to save the world. But now, as the friendship of F'lessan and Tia begins to bloom into something more, unforeseen tragedy strikes: a tragedy destined to forever change the future not just of the two young lovers, but of every human and dragon on Pern...
"Superb storytelling and engaging characters...McCaffrey's most popular series takes on a new dimension with the latest installment, as familiar characters feel the weight of their years, giving way to a new generation of humans and their dragon companions." Library Journal (Starred Review)
"McCaffrey's sexy and cunning dragons carry the day and the novel with impeccable, irresistible panache." Publishers Weekly
"Multifaceted as the eyes of their dragons, these novels offer romance, adventure, medieval pageantry, intrigue...[and] a satisfyingly complex society. In The Skies of Pern, McCaffrey serves up a buffet which can satisfy virtually anyone who steps up to its table." SciFi Weekly
Now that Pern no longer lives under the threat of Threadfall, the dragonriders are trying to forge a new place for themselves in Pernese society. But now a new danger from the skies looms, and it's the dragonriders who are expected to solve the crisis and save the world.
About the Author
Anne McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures. Before her success as a writer, she was involved in theater. She directed the American premiere of Carl Orff's Ludus de Nato Infante Mirificus
, in which she also played a witch. Her first novel, Restoree
, was written as a protest against the absurd and unrealistic portrayals of women in science fiction novels in the 50s and early 60s. Ms. McCaffrey is best known, however, for her handling of broader themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly in her tales of the Talents and the fourteen novels about the Dragonriders of Pern.
McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland. Visit the author online at www.annemccaffrey.org.