Then disaster strikes. In one terrible instant, Kindan loses his family and the camp loses its watch-wher. Fathers are replaced by sons in the mine - except for Kindan, who is taken in by the camp's new Harper. Grieving, Kindan finds a measure of solace in a burgeoning musical talent...and in a new friendship with Nuella, a mysterious girl no one seems to know exists. It is Nuella who assists Kindan when he is selected to hatch and train a new watch-wher, a job that forces him to give up his dream of becoming a Harper; and it is Nuella who helps him give new meaning to his life.
Meanwhile, sparked by the tragedy, long-simmering tensions are dividing the camp. Far below the surface, a group of resentful miners hides a deadly secret. As warring factions threaten to explode, Nuella and Kindan begin to discover unknown talents in the misunderstood watch-wher-talents that could very well save an entire Hold. During their time teaching the watch-wher, the two learn some things themselves: that even a seemingly impossible dream is never completely out of reach...and that light can be found even in the deepest darkness.
©2004 Anne McCaffrey; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
The story felt cut off. I wanted it to be a trilogy! The kids weren't done growing, and I wanted to know more about watch-whers. Having read many of the Pern novels, I know Ann tends to ramble. Todd seems to keep the story more focused. An excellent book.
The performance was wonderful. Every character had its own voice and patterns of speech. He even put in noises such as coughs and laughter, which really brought the story to life.
another great listen
all characters were well developed.
loved the harper.
for the people who say there are discrepancies with the previously written books - get over it, it's not distracting (it was so enjoyable I barely noticed) - things can change - because..um..well, it's fiction.
I was so glad to hear the story of Watch wyers continue. They are mentioned throughout the stories without any details. The details of the training and the differences between dragons and fire-lizards is great. I believe this is a real addition to the stories of Pern.
It was definitely one of the more captivating of the McCaffrey books. Kindan begins the process of growing up, and learns that sometimes secrets can be found right in one's own hold. The Master Harper was my favourite character, but overall I was pleased with the development of most of the others. A very good story.
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