The Dragons Mourn

Fantasy writer Anne McCaffrey passed away last night. I am not a reader of fantasy in general, but some of her books hold honored — and permanent — places on my bookshelf. Her Dragonriders of Pern series is *the* classic for novels about dragons, but none of those is the novel I remember best.

In the 80s, Ms. McCaffrey wrote a little-known horse story called (on this side of the Pond) The Lady.┬áIt’s set in Ireland in the early 1970s and follows the lives of the Carradyne family. I was, I think, only a few years older than Catriona, the protagonist, when I read it for the first time, and I was just as horse mad as she. I’ve owned multiple copies of this book. I’ve read it so many times that my copies tend to fall apart. The last time, I ordered several copies, because I was afraid it might go out of print. The story is an old friend, a best friend.

Thank you, Anne, for the dragons and the horses. As a friend of mine noted, a Golden dragon has gone Between….

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3 Responses to The Dragons Mourn

  1. Maggie says:

    A friend of mine is also a fan of her work. She’s quite sad too about her passing.

  2. Cindy M says:

    She also wrote a great story called, “Tea with the Black Dragon.” Find an old copy. Not technically fantasy, but you would probably enjoy it. She used a pen-name, and I can’t remember that right now. She did her fair share of more mainstream sci-fi, as well, but with a woman’s twist. Check out “The Ship Who Sang,” and “Crystal Singer.”

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