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Traditional Fantasy

Reviews of books traditionally from the Fantasy genre, not Romance, and some science fiction.

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Fond remembrances

Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight #1 - Brynne Stephens, Lela Dowling, Cynthia Martin, Anne McCaffrey

This was a re-read from my early Fantasy reading days, but it was almost new to me after so many years.


Anne McCaffery is one of the great Fantasy writers of all time and this was the first book of her Pern series, her best work.


I can safely say that it stands the test of time. To quote the opening paragraph:


"Lessa woke, cold. Cold with more than the chill of the everlastingly clammy stone walls. Cold with the prescience of a danger stronger than the one ten full Turns ago that had then sent her, whimpering with terror, to hide in the watch-wher's odorous lair."


See what I'm saying here? In just a few words you start to know the character, you're right into an emotion and you know there's a crisis forming. She's GOOD!


The rest of this book, and the rest of this trilogy plus the next one, are brilliantly written. The characters are very well formed, the crisis keeps you at the edge of your seat, and the multilayered conflicts are artfully interwoven.


I can't say enough for this series. If you like Fantasy and haven't read this yet, make it your next book. Just do it!