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2.0 out of 5 stars
Someone please help Todd, Jan. 15 2008
Any Pern fan could have helped Todd out of this mess if he'd just asked.
The poor book can't even be internally consistent - a plague that kills young people in their prime somehow wipes out every journeyman and master at the harper hall? Make up your mind does it kill young or old?
Knowing a plague is coming and that isolation of the Weyr is critical to survival even basic quarantine precautions are not followed? If they had quarantine procedures why not follow them.
And for heaven's sake what happened to the Healer Hall? Why on earth would a plague centred book focus on Harpers?
A critical emergency that is passed to a junior harper? Copying dusty records is more important that the people dying around you?
A shame and a shambles.
Todd - please find someone other than your mother to give you some honest feedback. The book could have been fixed - your characters were likeable and your premise a good start - but you need a lot of help with plot development.
And shame shame shame on the editors - it's your job to make sure the book is a good one.
No tension, no drama, no story - you can't sell books just because they contain dragons (well, I guess you can - but your audience is slipping rapidly away).