Masterharper of Pern, The by Anne McCaffrey(17 ratings)
|Title||Masterharper of Pern, The|
|Series||Renegades of Pern|
|Submitted by Steve Painter |
I'm a big fan of the Pern series, and consequently also a big fan of Robinton himself. So reading this book was thoroughly enjoyable for me due to the insight it gave me into Robinton and Pernese life during the Long Interval.
|Submitted by Sarah Jayne |
Master Harper of Pern is one of Anne McCaffrey's best. As a book, it is well written and has little to no inconsistencies. For those of us who have the world's biggest case of hero worship for Robinton, it's a masterpiece on its own. It allows us a look in to the mind of one of the most unique characters that Anne McCaffrey has yet written in the Pern trilogy. The book gives an insightful look at the history of Pern up to the point where Lessa and F'Lar become the Weir leaders. It helps us understand the motivations and reasoning behind a lot of the attitudes that we have come to associate with each character.
|Submitted by Marian Powell|
This is a rather strange book in that it takes Robinton literally from birth to old age. For that reason, it is absolutely only for someone who loves the Pern stories and has read a great many. It attempts to fill in the gaps in the life story of a character you have come to love. It would be a terrible introduction to the world of Pern by itself. As a novel, it's good and has some interesting parts but it's not anywhere near the best of the series. It does a nice job of giving the background of all the major characters of Dragonflight. We see Fax as youthful wouldbe world conqueror. We meet the father of F'lar and F'non. We meet the father of Lessa and Lessa as a very small child, a happy little princess. That to me was the most moving aspect of this novel. Then, near the end, in the best chapter, Anne McCaffrey pulls an amazing stunt. The whole Pern series began originally with a novelette in Analog Magazine titled Weyr Search. Read it before reading this novel. The story introduces Lessa as a vengeful slave plotting the downfall of the villainous Fax and introduces the dragonriders and the dragons. That story is seen through Lessa's and F'lars viewpoint. Now, in this novel, we see the whole story replay--through the eyes of Robinton who has sneaked into Ruatha in disguise. It's a wonderful idea and it works beautifully and makes slogging through the duller parts of the book worth the journey.
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