“Power Play” by Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Friday, March 25, 2011 - Book Reading
“Power Play” by Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Back of the Book:

Like a child, the sentient planet Petaybee is growing–learning to respond and communicate. Yanaba Maddock has appointed herself defender of her adopted planet, protecting it against outsiders who seek to plunder its resources. Then Yanaba is kidnapped and the price of freedom is Petaybee itself. The rousing conclusion to Powers That Be and Power Lines.

From Publishers Weekly

This final volume of the trilogy that began with Powers That Be opens with the marriage of Yanaba Maddock, administrator of the sentient planet Petaybee, to geneticist and selkie Sean Shongili. The pregnant Yana soon has to travel off-world to defend Petaybee’s interests before a skeptical galaxy, leaving the planet open to devious exploitation by such predators as old enemy Torkel Fiske. The narrative shifts focus between the primitive but honest planet and the glittering space city of Gal Three as travails mount at both locations. Yana and two young friends are kidnapped by pirate Onidi Louchard; pilgrims and treasure seekers flood Petaybe. Throughout, the story oozes with the same sentimentality and one-dimensional characterization that afflicted the previous volumes. McCaffrey and Scarborough are capable of better, jointly as well as individually.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

“Power Play” by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

“Power Play” by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough


Literary Merit:

So, I realized that in reviewing the previous two books that I mentioned only Anne McCaffrey as the author. As you can see from the book cover and the title of the post, there are two authors. The other being Elizabeth Ann Scarborough I forget to mention her (I’m soo sorry) because I’ve never read any of her books that weren’t also written with McCaffrey.

In this book, the writing seems to deteriorate a little. It’s still good, but not amazing like it usually is. It’s almost as though the authors kind of got bored with the writing part of this installment. There are plenty of interesting ideas, though…


Again, the basics are the same as the first two books. Yana and Sean get married and I’m under the impression that Petaybee mellows Yana out a good bit because she’s a little mushy in this one. Yana has to go off-planet while pregnant (which is a miracle because of her age) to keep the planet safe and goes gaga over some random guy. She doesn’t cheat, though, thank goodness. She’s also kidnapped by pirates before the day is saved and she gives birth to selkie twins. (These twins are the main characters of another trilogy.)


I’ve already mentioned the main characters in my reviews for the first two books.

Again, Petaybee gets rementioned for becoming an even more “vocal” character.

Torkel Fiske is turning into a really bad guy and joins forces, so to speak, with Matthew Luzon and some pirates.

Bunny has a larger role in this book, as does Diego when they accompany Yana off-planet.

Onidi Louchard is the “head pirate” with Dinah O’Neill as his business manager. There’s an interesting tie between the two.

Personal Enjoyment:

I won’t lie, while this book wasn’t as good as the first two, I still loved it. It was a conclusion that tied up a good number of loose ends and tying up loose ends is important to me! :-)

In Conclusion:

Pages: 352

Published: 1996-03-31

Format Read: ebook

[xrr rating=4/5]

Okay, maybe I’m losing my mind, but Yana and Sean’s relationship seems to work  a little better in the book, but they also go a little out-of-character.  That’s why it lost a whole point.  There’s no explanation for the change in their characters, it’s just suddenly and subtly different.

The very worst thing about this book is the unexplained changes in the characters.

The very best thing about this book is a tie between Petaybee (the planet) and the loose ends being mostly tied up.


This book will be placed under the 42 Challenge 2011, the 2011 E-Book Reading Challenge, the 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge, and the 2011 Futuristic/Sci-Fi Reading Challenge.

Occasionally Important Information:

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  • Nana

    Anne, you will be missed. I am sad, so sad you are gone. Soar high on the wings of a Golden Queen Dragon like the Queen of wrtinig you were. Find rest and peace in your beloved PERN.Many books and stories you penned but for me I lived and loved your DragonRiders all. I read and reread the books so many times. The books gave me a world to retreat to when times were rough. I looked forward to each new book Anne wrote. Anne, thank you for your wonderful stories. Todd, please continue the dragon stories. I’m so glad to know Dragonflight will soon be a movie. Sad that Anne didn’t live to see the movie released.My prayers to your family.God bless you all and give you peace during your sorrow.Thank you Anne.Rest In Peace.Janis


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