Title: The Coelura
Author: Anne McCaffrey
Genre: Science Fiction / Romance
Publisher: TOR Books, 1987
Synopsis: Casting aside her duty as the heir to the Ambassador of her world, Lady Caissa refuses to marry a man she despises and flees into the Forbidden Zone, where she meets a handsome injured man and sets a world-changing series of events in motion
Review: This is a repeat of an oft-told tale, only this time it's told on another planet. Beautiful, self-centered princess goes somewhere forbidden and meets a mysterious, handsome man. She immediately falls in love with him, only to find out later he is actually a prince. The twist? The Coelura, a species native to the planet, is in jeopardy and the prince and princess must save them....by getting married. Ugh.
I love Anne McCaffrey and when she does Science Fiction or Fantasy, she is one of the best. She is the original Mother of Dragons. I just have so little patience for romance, especially an unlikely and silly romance between two characters that barely know each other. This was a thankfully short and quick read. It had really nice pen and ink illustrations, which were one of the saving graces for this book. The society was somewhat interesting, if a bit too worried about fashion and appearances. It will not go anywhere near the top of my list of great tales.
Rating: 2 / 10