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Third Watch: Acorna's Children


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Anne McCaffrey, a multiple Hugo and Nebula Award winner, was one of the world's most beloved and bestselling science fiction and fantasy writers. She is known for her hugely successful Dragonriders of Pern books, as well as the fantasy series that she cowrote with Elizabeth A. Scarborough that began with Acorna: The Unicorn Girl. Elizabeth Ann Scarborough is the author of Channeling Cleopatra and the Nebula Award-winning The Healer's War, as well as more than twenty science fiction and fantasy novels. She lives in the Puget Sound area of Washington State.


Wrapping up the "Acorna's Children" series, starring devil-may-care Khorii. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

At the start of this readable light entry in McCaffrey and Scarborough's popular Acorna series (Acorna's Rebels, etc.), Acorna's long-lost daughter, Korii, and Korii's twin, Ariin, travel through time and space in search of the secret of the plague that's endangering galactic civilization. With them is their faithful cat, Khiindi, who turns out to be a good deal more than he seems. After plenty of stirring adventures, the twins find that the secret of the plague lies in the elder race known as the Ancestral Friends, in particular in one not-so-friendly Lord Odus. The time traveling is almost too easy, and the book isn't for newcomers despite the comprehensive glossary and notes, but series fans will appreciate the authors' genuine feeling for their human characters as well as for cats and dragons. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Adult/High School-The wait is over: the last installment of the "Acorna" trilogy is here. Khorii, daughter of the legendary Acorna and her life-mate, Aari; Elviiz, her adopted, now fully organic brother; and her erstwhile cat, Khiindi (actually shape-shifter Grimalkin), are joined by Khorii's lost twin, Ariin, to find the cause of the plague ravaging the known worlds and stop it before it can end all life everywhere. For those readers not equipped with a LAANYE (a learning device invented by the Linyaari people that can, from a small sample of any foreign language, teach the wearer the new language overnight), the glossary of terms and proper names is essential. To solve the problems of the plague, extensive and sometimes overlapping time travel is necessary. Many long-lost characters, ships, cities, etc., appear and, as the saying goes, it's hard to tell the players without a scorecard. As intricate as the threads of the story are and have been, fans can rest assured that all plot and character lines are tied up and explained in a satisfying manner. Fans will find this every bit as entertaining, tightly paced, and enjoyable as the volumes preceding it.-Dana Cobern-Kullman, Luther Burbank Middle School, Burbank, CA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"Entertaining fare indeed."--Booklist

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