I am an avid reader of all Ms McCaffery's books, but most particularly the Pern books. The world that has been created , and all the wonderful, complex characters that call Pern home have many times provided a 'safe place'for me when I was feeling down. Thankyou to A.M After reading, through the other Pern books many times of the great legend of Moreta, I was thrilled to be able, at last to read Moreta's story. Moreta was told in the true Pern style, and was indeed an epic tragedy. However, I was left unsatisfied with the ending. I must admit to feeling rather let down by the circumstances that led to Moreta becoming the legend she is on Pern, and in paricular, her death. Throughout the other Pern novels, Moreta's death was told as a great tragedy, huge, sad, and a momentous event in Perns history. I must admit though, I failed to notice when she actually died. the chapter finishes with Moreta going between (and dying). With going between such a necessary part of a dragonriders job, in the first reading I failed to notice that Moreta had actually died till the funeral preparations had begun. Don't get me wrong, the Pern books are wonderful, magical books, and Moreta is an epic story, but ultimately, for me, Moreta did not satisfy my sense of tuly grand tradgedy.