4 out of 5 stars.
Even though Lorana cured the plague that was killing the dragons of Pern, sacrificing her queen dragon in the process, the effects of the disease were so devastating that there are no longer enough dragons available to fight the fall of deadly Thread. And as the situation grows more dire, a pregnant Lorana decides that she must take drastic steps in the quest for help.
Meanwhile, back at Telgar Weyr, Weyrwoman Fiona, herself pregnant, and the harper Kindan must somehow keep morale from fading altogether in the face of the steadily mounting losses of dragons and their riders. But time weighs heavily against them — until Lorana finds a way to use time itself in their favor.
It’s a plan fraught with risk, however. For attempting time travel means tampering with the natural laws of the universe, which could drastically alter history — and destiny — forever. Or so it has always been thought. But Lorana discovers that if the laws of time can’t be broken without consequences, it may still be possible to bend them. To ensure the future of Pern, she’s willing to take the fateful chance — even if it demands another, even greater, sacrifice.
Dragon’s Time by Anne & Todd McCaffrey is the 23rd book in the Dragonriders of Pern series.
As I do with most Anne McCaffrey books (and by extension those by Todd McCaffrey as well), I devoured this book. I enjoyed every part of it except for the epilogue. I felt like someone told the authors to take the next 3 or 4 books and smoosh them all together in one short epilogue.
There are places in the book that can get a bit confusing, but the confusion comes from a chunk of the main plot, so I don’t want to give it away. All I can say is don’t give up on it! It does make sense if you keep reading!
I’ve been impressed by Todd McCaffrey’s ability to “play in his mother’s sandbox” (that’s how he puts it). When he first started writing Pern novels, I wasn’t sure I was going to like his writing style, but now that we’re several books into it, I find that I almost like his characters more! He has developed several well-rounded, complex characters and I enjoy reading the interplay between them and watching them grow and develop.
All in all, an excellent new installment to the Pern series!