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    Unique and fresh perspective of Pern!

    I received a free copy of this book and opted to post a review. I was over the moon to read a new perspective of the Southern Continent and Piemur's activities after Dragondrums. McCaffrey did an excellent job of reminding those of us who haven't visited Pern in a while of the events leading up to Piemur's assignment on the Southern Continent. In the past, we've read about the current Weyrleaders' perspective of the Oldtimers. It was slanted to favor the current Weyrleaders and their decisions; however, this book presents a different approach to the schism between the current Weyrleaders and the Oldtimers. It is a slightly more impartial view than before and it's easy to see the fundamental flaws in both parties' logic. We also see another side to some of other "beloved" characters, and how these characters we loved to laud in the past aren't as perfect as they were made out to be. As great as this unique and fresh point of view is, there are a couple of areas where the book could be improved upon. The author took great pains to make the setting rich and vibrant, but I felt that she "told" more about it than "showed." I also thought that the relationships between the secondary characters and Piemur were understated. Piemur has a pretty extensive history with many of the secondary characters that appear in the book and many of the deep, abiding friendships came across as "casual acquaintances." These friendships played a big part in Piemur's evolution from an impetuous, young boy to a fine young man, and I feel that the author's decision to overlook them will make it difficult for Pern fans to connect with Piemur's story. Even though I disagree with the author's decisions in a couple of areas, I think McCaffrey did a wonderful job of maintaining the timeline's integrity while providing readers with a different take on Pern society and inner political strife. I was absolutely enchanted by Piemur's story and I will happily read other books Gigi McCaffrey decides to contribute to the series!

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