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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Books on Tape (November 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1415901600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1415901601
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Format: Hardcover
Acorna's Truimph is the seventh and final book in the Acorna series by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. Acorna is a young linyaari (a humanoid-unicorn species) who was raised by humans. In previous books, she has had many adventures to be reunited with the other linyaari and free their home planet from the insect-like khleevi. In Acorna's Truimph, Acorna is reunited with her missing lifemate Aari who has been time-traveling with the feline shape-changer Grimalkin. Acorna bounces from one crisis to another across space and time, chasing thieves and rescuing people, all while trying to solve the mystery of Aari's strange behavior.
The plot reads like a series of television episodes -- each crisis is neatly wrapped up and then the characters move on to the next adventure. Several of the supporting characters aren't much more than clichés and even the main characters seem shallow at times. However, it is entertaining in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way and the action does bop along fairly swiftly.
This light-hearted jaunt through space and time with almost-magical unicorn people will mostly appeal to young adults. Older readers might want to try Scarborough's Nothing Sacred or books from McCaffrey's Pern series.
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Format: Hardcover
The one word I find that comes to mind to describe this book is, unsatisfying. I've loved the Acorna books since the very beginning, but I've found that the last few were disappointing, and Acorna's Triumph was no exception.
The story was light, and missing the detail and emotion that I'd grown to expect from the Acorna series. The storyline itself was so flighty, jumping around from one time to another with no purpose, but rather with the randomness of a bad dream. The ability to move from time to time so easily cheapened all of the struggles that the characters had gone through before.
And was it just me, or were there some strange gaps in the story?
Okay, here I'm going to mention a few things that may spoil the story for those who haven't read it yet. Sorry, but I feel I must.
The fact that characters such as Aari's brother, and Acorna's parents even! were brought back in with such casual disregard for how their deaths had shaped the story up to that point was shocking to me. That, and other events that had no point but bringing in a few seemingly random characters to be used for one transparent purpose or another, made it feel like the Authors were trying up loose ends, and neatening everything up for a fairy-tale happy ending. And the reason that was so disappointing to me was that the Acorna series had never been a run-of-the-mill fairy tale, where everything is always perfect.
And now, the thing that bothered me the most. Throughout the whole series, Acorna has always been in charge of her own destiny. But suddenly, there is an unseen manipulater behind the scenes, making everything just the way he wants it.
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The Ancestral Hosts are near immortal shapeshifters, who rescued the Ancestors (unicorns) from earth because they were hunted to near extinction by humans who wanted their magical healing horn. The hosts mixed their DNA with that of the Ancestors leading to the creation of the Linyaari race. They made their home on Vhiliinyar until the insectoid race known as the Khleevi destroyed their home world. Acorna, who as a baby was found and raised by three space miners, finally is reunited with her people and meets her lifemate Aari.
Together they help to rebuild and terraform Vhiliinyar but below the surface of the planet they find a room meant for time traveling. Aari becomes lost in time and space and when he returns he is different and Acorna keeps her distance from him. After rescuing a previously unknown sentient race, Acorna begins to believe that Aari is really an Ancestor host that he traveled with and the real Aari is trapped on Vhiliinyar in the past during a Khleevi attack. A rescue mission is mounted but will they be in time to rescue Aari before the Khleevi torture him once again.
The Acorna novels are great space opera filled with non-stop action and enough romance to appeal to fans of that genre. Fans of Star Trek, Star Wars and Lost in Space will find ACORNA'S TRIUMPH a wondrous delight and a fitting end to this breathtaking series. Readers who liked this book will want to read the previous six works in this series starting with the aptly named ACORNA.
Harriet Klausner
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By Huntress Reviews on March 2 2004
Format: Hardcover
Over the past few years, Acorna has won the hearts of fans around the world. Sweet, yet strong, she has faced down aliens, healed, and searched for her past and her future. Yet, she has been a tragic heroine, for in the quest for freedom, she lost her lifemate, Aari.
Fortunately, in her universe, time is something to be bent, and through the magic of alternate realities, Acorna and Aari get a second chance. The problem is, Aari seems to have no memory of their love other than a dry recitation as if he is reading a script of who he is supposed to be. As heartbreaking as that change might be, there are direr matters at hand, the insectoid aliens who have caused Acorna's people so much pain are once more a threat, and thieves have stolen a treasure that must be recovered.
**** As with the Pernese stories, domestic dramas weigh equally with planetary crises to create a well rounded story. Fans of action, adventure, intrigue, and romance each have something to appreciate herein. Subtle humor poking fun at this current timeframe lighten the mood appreciably. While you may be sad to see this saga end, since Ms. McCaffrey's stories are among the most re-readable written, it is nothing to be too disheartened about. ****
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Abrupt, choppy, and in the end . . . March 14 2004
By Amberblade - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The one word I find that comes to mind to describe this book is, unsatisfying. I've loved the Acorna books since the very beginning, but I've found that the last few were disappointing, and Acorna's Triumph was no exception.
The story was light, and missing the detail and emotion that I'd grown to expect from the Acorna series. The storyline itself was so flighty, jumping around from one time to another with no purpose, but rather with the randomness of a bad dream. The ability to move from time to time so easily cheapened all of the struggles that the characters had gone through before.
And was it just me, or were there some strange gaps in the story?
Okay, here I'm going to mention a few things that may spoil the story for those who haven't read it yet. Sorry, but I feel I must.
The fact that characters such as Aari's brother, and Acorna's parents even! were brought back in with such casual disregard for how their deaths had shaped the story up to that point was shocking to me. That, and other events that had no point but bringing in a few seemingly random characters to be used for one transparent purpose or another, made it feel like the Authors were trying up loose ends, and neatening everything up for a fairy-tale happy ending. And the reason that was so disappointing to me was that the Acorna series had never been a run-of-the-mill fairy tale, where everything is always perfect.
And now, the thing that bothered me the most. Throughout the whole series, Acorna has always been in charge of her own destiny. But suddenly, there is an unseen manipulater behind the scenes, making everything just the way he wants it.
It just seems to me that maybe the series was simply running out of steam, to use so many obvious shortcuts to bring things to a happy conclusion.
But you'll notice at the top, I gave it three stars. And that's because, in spite of everything, I still love Acorna, her people, and her world.
Plus, I have to admit, sometimes I'm a sucker for a happy ending. Even if it's missing some of the trials and triumph that I'd enjoyed, and respected, in the books preceading it, there's still something about Acorna' Triumph that makes you smile.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A fne end to tis great series March 2 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Ancestral Hosts are near immortal shapeshifters, who rescued the Ancestors (unicorns) from earth because they were hunted to near extinction by humans who wanted their magical healing horn. The hosts mixed their DNA with that of the Ancestors leading to the creation of the Linyaari race. They made their home on Vhiliinyar until the insectoid race known as the Khleevi destroyed their home world. Acorna, who as a baby was found and raised by three space miners, finally is reunited with her people and meets her lifemate Aari.
Together they help to rebuild and terraform Vhiliinyar but below the surface of the planet they find a room meant for time traveling. Aari becomes lost in time and space and when he returns he is different and Acorna keeps her distance from him. After rescuing a previously unknown sentient race, Acorna begins to believe that Aari is really an Ancestor host that he traveled with and the real Aari is trapped on Vhiliinyar in the past during a Khleevi attack. A rescue mission is mounted but will they be in time to rescue Aari before the Khleevi torture him once again.
The Acorna novels are great space opera filled with non-stop action and enough romance to appeal to fans of that genre. Fans of Star Trek, Star Wars and Lost in Space will find ACORNA'S TRIUMPH a wondrous delight and a fitting end to this breathtaking series. Readers who liked this book will want to read the previous six works in this series starting with the aptly named ACORNA.
Harriet Klausner
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Happy Ending but so many Plot Holes Aug. 31 2004
By Seorgia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Like many others I have enjoyed the Acorna series for years. I started when I was a kid and have looked forwarding avidly to each new book being released. I'm afraid all my waiting was a bit of a let down this time.

While the book was an enjoyable read, it didn't really have the same viseral appeal of the other few books. It was very much like eating a large amount of cotton candy, you may like it at the time but you beginning to doubt how wise a chioce it all was towards the end. While not something I was hoping for it wasn't something I take major points away for, even I love a happy ending.

What truly got to me was the rules set down about time travel in the previous books were basically ignored and tossed aside. It seemed to me that two books back, "Acorna's Search" if I remember correctly, it was basically established that even though you didn't know you were going to effect the past you already had. As established by the rock paintings already being there about what Acorna had done in the past. Here in "Triumph" that is ignored with people and objects suddenly appearing where they should have easily already been discovered.

Also I am confused as to why people bother to appear later on in the time stream from when they left. Why didn't Grimalkin just appear right after Aari left Acorna the first time? Why wait all those many months? Though I must thank him because I enjoyed "Acorna's Rebels". They explained this away with the double helix which only makes a moderate amount of sense considering all the other time sliding they did. The concept of time being a double helix, while interesting, seems to need more thought to it.

All in all I enjoyed this book and the entire series. It became a bit heavy in the story book ending feel but was still enjoyable, I just wish a few more of the concepts were either explained or atleast stuck to in their original forms. It does seem to me with so many unanswered questions that we might see further works in this world maybe centered around a second generation? That I think I shall enjoy reading. But even if not it was a fun, if sweet, ride while it lasted.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good reading March 2 2004
By Huntress Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Over the past few years, Acorna has won the hearts of fans around the world. Sweet, yet strong, she has faced down aliens, healed, and searched for her past and her future. Yet, she has been a tragic heroine, for in the quest for freedom, she lost her lifemate, Aari.
Fortunately, in her universe, time is something to be bent, and through the magic of alternate realities, Acorna and Aari get a second chance. The problem is, Aari seems to have no memory of their love other than a dry recitation as if he is reading a script of who he is supposed to be. As heartbreaking as that change might be, there are direr matters at hand, the insectoid aliens who have caused Acorna's people so much pain are once more a threat, and thieves have stolen a treasure that must be recovered.
**** As with the Pernese stories, domestic dramas weigh equally with planetary crises to create a well rounded story. Fans of action, adventure, intrigue, and romance each have something to appreciate herein. Subtle humor poking fun at this current timeframe lighten the mood appreciably. While you may be sad to see this saga end, since Ms. McCaffrey's stories are among the most re-readable written, it is nothing to be too disheartened about. ****
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A terrific end to a terrific series March 4 2012
By Ivy Bewley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I originally purchased one of the Acorna books because I am a fan of unicorns and there was a pretty unicorn girl on the cover, I was not expecting to read about child slavery, giant alien bugs, planet-hopping, time travel, thought-speak and all that other stuff. But I love science fiction, so it's all good.

I'm giving the series as a whole five stars, not this book in particular. And I have to mention that I did not like book 6. But that's because I kind of have a thing against cats... unlike dogs, they are not loyal, they act completely superior, etc., etc. And you have to admit RK did not do anything to dispel those prejudices against cats that we dog lovers have. Especially when he started the thought-speak. Boy did he have a huge ego! As if it wasn't bad enough that he was already making people bleed frequently before he was "able" to communicate.

Anyway. I liked this book. Not that it was really a conclusion... the ending definitely leads into the "Acorna's Children" trilogy. The time travel aspect was the one fault of this book and I see most of the other reviewers agree with me. You can't just jump back and forth in time like that and not affect EVERYTHING. Watch The Butterfly Effect - one of my favorite movies - and see the devastating effects of changing the tiniest incident. And that freak Grimalkin brought people back from the dead. That's about the biggest incident you can get. I cannot believe that, once everyone was FINALLY safe, Acorna and Aari risked everything YET AGAIN to go back to try to save Grimalkin, the one who cause all the trouble. And once they brought him back, why, oh why, did they not immediately grab that time watch and smash it? Because they needed to preserve it, of course. Nobody learned their lesson. Which of course gave Grimalkin his opportunity to disappear again. At least the aagroni (is that the right word?) had the foresight to not repair the time lab and rebury the city. A very smart move, in my opinion.

One can only hope that it's finally time for Acorna to settle down and relax. After all, she has to save a planet in every book! While it makes for exciting reading, I think she deserves a rest! Based on the ending of this book, though, I kind of doubt it. And, after all, there are three books in the next series. We'll see if that solves whatever problem Grimalkin caused at the end of this one.

With the plethora of science fiction available these days about silly teenagers and their silly dramas and their silly crushes, full of clueless adults who have no idea their little children are having near-death experiences on a daily basis... it's really good to read a series where it's a bunch of intelligent adults who are the ones saving the world(s). Not that I am not addicted to several of those series as well... but still!

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