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The breathtaking saga of the second generation begins! It is difficult growing up in the shadow of heroes revered throughout the galaxy. But that is the lot of young Khorii -- daughter of the legendary Acorna and her lifemate Aari -- who must now follow her own destiny through a fantastic universe of wonders and perils. On a journey, Khorii's trip is delayed when her ship e The breathtaking saga of the second generation begins! It is difficult growing up in the shadow of heroes revered throughout the galaxy. But that is the lot of young Khorii -- daughter of the legendary Acorna and her lifemate Aari -- who must now follow her own destiny through a fantastic universe of wonders and perils. On a journey, Khorii's trip is delayed when her ship encounters a derelict spacecraft floating aimlessly among the stars, its crew dead in their seats. Suddenly a planned visit by her parents has turned into a terrifying race against time as a deadly plague spreads relentlessly across the universe. Even the healing powers of the Linyaari cannot slow its horrific advance. And now Khorii, one of the few unaffected by the outbreak, must find an antidote -- before the scourge consumes everyone and everything in its path . . . including those she loves above all others.


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The breathtaking saga of the second generation begins! It is difficult growing up in the shadow of heroes revered throughout the galaxy. But that is the lot of young Khorii -- daughter of the legendary Acorna and her lifemate Aari -- who must now follow her own destiny through a fantastic universe of wonders and perils. On a journey, Khorii's trip is delayed when her ship e The breathtaking saga of the second generation begins! It is difficult growing up in the shadow of heroes revered throughout the galaxy. But that is the lot of young Khorii -- daughter of the legendary Acorna and her lifemate Aari -- who must now follow her own destiny through a fantastic universe of wonders and perils. On a journey, Khorii's trip is delayed when her ship encounters a derelict spacecraft floating aimlessly among the stars, its crew dead in their seats. Suddenly a planned visit by her parents has turned into a terrifying race against time as a deadly plague spreads relentlessly across the universe. Even the healing powers of the Linyaari cannot slow its horrific advance. And now Khorii, one of the few unaffected by the outbreak, must find an antidote -- before the scourge consumes everyone and everything in its path . . . including those she loves above all others.

30 review for First Warning: Acorna's Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    I'm short on time, so, I'll be brief: This series already passed its "jump the shark" point, so, it was already headed downhill. Some great moments, but, overall, not as good as the earlier novels. I'm short on time, so, I'll be brief: This series already passed its "jump the shark" point, so, it was already headed downhill. Some great moments, but, overall, not as good as the earlier novels.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    It's now a few years later, and Acorna and Aari's daughter, Khorii, is being taken from Vhiliinyar, to her mother's adopted family on the Moon of Opportunity - or MOO, as it's known by - for a visit to get to know this side of her family better. On their journey, they come across a derelict luxury liner, called The White Star, in standard, and her adopted Uncle, Captain Joh Becker, with his usual eye for scrap opportunities, persuades his Linyaari friends to pause for a while to investigate it. As It's now a few years later, and Acorna and Aari's daughter, Khorii, is being taken from Vhiliinyar, to her mother's adopted family on the Moon of Opportunity - or MOO, as it's known by - for a visit to get to know this side of her family better. On their journey, they come across a derelict luxury liner, called The White Star, in standard, and her adopted Uncle, Captain Joh Becker, with his usual eye for scrap opportunities, persuades his Linyaari friends to pause for a while to investigate it. As Acorna and Aari are resting, Becker takes Khorii and her cat, Khiindi, along with his first mate, the Makahomian Cat, RK, along with him. But Acorna and Aari wake up as they are leaving the Condor, Becker's ship, and insist that Maak, Becker's android first mate, and his son, Elviiz, go with them for safety. What they find on the derelict ship, are hundreds of dead bodies, floating around in zero G, and Khorii notices a strange cloud of tiny dots floating everywhere. They decide to access the ships computers, so they can get all the lists they'd need of passenger, crew, and cargo information, in order to report their claim to salvage but, half way back to the Condor, Becker's ship, Becker, RK, and Khiindi fall seriously, and suddenly, ill, with both Maak and Elviiz also being affected in their organic parts. Khorii manages to make them well again, but, as they get back to the Condor, they decide to tow The White Star to one of Becker's nearby storage asteroid, so that it didn't become either a shipping hazard, nor a time bomb, as they all realised that most of the deaths were caused by a new plague. As they get near to MOO, they're informed by a Federation broadcast that there is a plague in the Solojos System, and are asked if they could help save however many people are still alive but, as they're worried about taking Khorii with them into danger, so they agree to go after they've dropped her off with Calum and Judit at MOO. As they near the moon, they contact it, only to be told that Calum had taken Judit to Kezdet, as her baby is now due, and that Gill and Mercy had gone with them. They decide that it's still best for Khorii to stay on MOO, with Elviiz and Khiindi cat to go with her for company, and so, with reluctance on both sides, they are left, while Becker, Acorna, and Aari go on towards their first stop. From then on, it's a race between life and death, as more and more Linyaari are informed of the problem. Everywhere that Federation troops went, the plague follows, and Acorna and Aari become swamped with plague victims. But, back on MOO, they also have problems, as their food supply ship is late, and then eventually arrives, but with the crew struck down with plague, too. The headmaster of MOO refuses to let the ship land, and won't listen to Khorii, as she tries to tell him that she can cure the crew and ship. Then Khorii, Elviiz, Khiindi, and two school friends, Hap, and Sesseli, plot to sneak onto the supply ship so that Khorii can clear it of the plague, but, despite their reassurances to the headmaster that all is clear, he still refuses to let them land. But, one of the teachers, Asha Bates, who knows Acorna well, believes Khorii, and knows that the pupils will starve without those supplies, so she uses her own ship, to meet up with the supply ship. Unfortunately, the school bully, Marl Fidd, who had already almost killed Khiindi, knows what she's doing, so blackmails her into letting him come along. Unfortunately, all the crew, apart from the young daughter of the supply crew, Jaya, have died by the time Khorii gets to the ship, but Khorii sees all the plague dots everywhere, and starts to clear both crew, cargo, and ship. But, while everyone is busy getting the supplies down to MOO, Marl catches Hap by surprise, knocks him out, and ties him up in the engine room, then he puts small packages of explosives all over the supply ship. When everyone gets back there, he grabs Sesseli as a hostage, and forces everyone to take him to one of the planets in the Solojos System, where all the rich lived, then, with the threat of blowing up the ship, with them on it, he supervises them to gather up warehouses worth of drugs. While he's doing this, Khiindi manages to get into the engine room and with much effort, and lots of blood, helps Hap to escape his bonds. Hap follows Khiindi all around the ship, as the cat points out where Marl has placed the explosives, and disarms them then, as Marl returns to the ship, Hap manages to knock him out for enough time to disarm him, then tie him up. None of them will ant to deal with Marl so, in the end, they drop him back onto the planet he had just stolen from, and let the plague survivors, Khorii had helped, deal with him. From then on, it's a race against time, as Khorii joins in with trying to clean the plague from wherever it touches but, unfortunately, Acorna and Aari got so tired and overworked, that the plague mutated and, though it couldn't kill them, they became carriers themselves. Khorii meets back up with her parents, but can't heal them of the mutated strain, so it's decided that Acorna and Aari, plus Becker and Maak, should go back to Vhiliinyar, to see if the Ancestors can help cure her parents The book ends with Khorii vowing to find the entity who, they had discovered, had deliberately spread the terrible plague.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alayne

    I have enjoyed other Acorna stories, but this one started out being written in a very patronising manner as for a child - very Enid Blyton-ish. I almost put it away after the first chapter, but continued and it improved. I doubt Anne McCaffrey had much to do with it beyond the idea, and I think it was written entirely by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. Not highly recommended, but enjoyable.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Acorna and Aari decided that their daughter, Khorii, hadn't seen their family on Maganos Moonbase or on Kezdet in way too long. So with Captain Becker, RK, and MacKenZ, they leave for vacation. The Federation "requests" that Acorna and Aari help with a plague that has broken out. Quarantine is instituted in Federation Space. While Acorna and Aari are on their way to try to cure the plague, the reader is introduced to various planets/characters that the plague infects. Khorii and Khiindi are dropp Acorna and Aari decided that their daughter, Khorii, hadn't seen their family on Maganos Moonbase or on Kezdet in way too long. So with Captain Becker, RK, and MacKenZ, they leave for vacation. The Federation "requests" that Acorna and Aari help with a plague that has broken out. Quarantine is instituted in Federation Space. While Acorna and Aari are on their way to try to cure the plague, the reader is introduced to various planets/characters that the plague infects. Khorii and Khiindi are dropped off on the moonbase, but food supplies are running low. She meets new friends, new enemies, and new adventures: Jana may be the only one left alive on a supply ship. Khorii, Khiindi, Elviiz, Hap and Sessili go up to try to save the adult, but are too late. Captain Bates and Merl follow after Captain Bates decides practicality wins and Merl decides that rationing food is not for him. Merl is a bully and eventually commandeers the ship to become rich, diverting the ship to a rich planet instead of trying to help people. Khorii and her friends escape and leave Merl on his rich plague-infested planet. Khorii can see the specks that make up the plague, and they are blue around the two Linyaari, but grey everywhere else. A gamer named Jorge helps with finding out that the plague targets people with higher hormone levels. Khorii saves Captain Becker and RK after Acorna and Aari become "Typhoid Mary" infectants. Provisions are made for them on the Linyaari homeworld. Khorii realizes that healing in water works better than any other means, so sick people are placed in a pool for her to heal them; she is near exhaustion when reinforcement Linyaari arrive. Khorii is determined to find those who started the plague in the first place.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dexter

    Considering my love/hate relationship with the original series, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It's got more of what I wanted from Acorna - we actually see things from Khorii's point of view instead of it focusing on the people around her. She has interesting internal struggles with her Linyaari identity and the people around her in a way that Acorna never did. I imagine it was a different experience reading this back in 2005. In 2021 the whole plague thing hits a bit different... Considering my love/hate relationship with the original series, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It's got more of what I wanted from Acorna - we actually see things from Khorii's point of view instead of it focusing on the people around her. She has interesting internal struggles with her Linyaari identity and the people around her in a way that Acorna never did. I imagine it was a different experience reading this back in 2005. In 2021 the whole plague thing hits a bit different...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shyla

    First Warning Khorii, Acorna and Aaris’ daughter was on her first voyage when the ship received a message from the main Federation of the universe about a plague on a planet. Acorna and Aari left their daughter on MOO and traveled to help others out. But Khorii couldn’t stay in one place and not help others out like her mother and father and ended up in a few situations herself. Now she just has to figure out how and who invented the plague.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Braiding

    Quick quick, we need to pay the electricity bill. Let's shit out another Acorna book. Quick quick, we need to pay the electricity bill. Let's shit out another Acorna book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Virna

    The story is interesting, well-written, with good character, is a bit slow moving, but entertaining.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Another great addition to the series. I loved getting the chance to meet, and get to know, Acorna's daughter. I look forward to reading and learning more about her in the next two books. Another great addition to the series. I loved getting the chance to meet, and get to know, Acorna's daughter. I look forward to reading and learning more about her in the next two books.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Tesler

    A pandemic that mostly affects adults--how prescient! I'm still in the middle of the book, but couldn't help notice the parallels. Imagine a pandemic that spans a galaxy... A pandemic that mostly affects adults--how prescient! I'm still in the middle of the book, but couldn't help notice the parallels. Imagine a pandemic that spans a galaxy...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I love the whole Acorna series. Now that she has a daughter, the Acorna's children series is like a Teen Fiction series. Not meaning in a bad way, but it's one of the times I've seen her deal with teen problems and issues in her books. So it might be appealing to a teenager. Love the whole Unicorn-alien world with Earth one of the colonies for the Ancestor Unicorns. But then there is the twist in this series that make it enjoyable, time travel. It's a good read especially if you like Anne McCaffre I love the whole Acorna series. Now that she has a daughter, the Acorna's children series is like a Teen Fiction series. Not meaning in a bad way, but it's one of the times I've seen her deal with teen problems and issues in her books. So it might be appealing to a teenager. Love the whole Unicorn-alien world with Earth one of the colonies for the Ancestor Unicorns. But then there is the twist in this series that make it enjoyable, time travel. It's a good read especially if you like Anne McCaffrey. Try the other Acorna books as well.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Strange

    Great adventure within a very interesting reality of a planet with dragons--of many sizes. Watch out for the sensuality in some of these books. However, they're still worth reading--well written fantasy adventure with positive characters and decisions, with the ultimate triumph of the noble and good. Great adventure within a very interesting reality of a planet with dragons--of many sizes. Watch out for the sensuality in some of these books. However, they're still worth reading--well written fantasy adventure with positive characters and decisions, with the ultimate triumph of the noble and good.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kira

    Another amazing collaboration between Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough! Incredible new characters intermingled with familiar older ones. There were twists and turns in "First Warning" that I didn't anticipate, and I cannot wait to see what else Khorii encounters on her journey to find the cure! Another amazing collaboration between Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough! Incredible new characters intermingled with familiar older ones. There were twists and turns in "First Warning" that I didn't anticipate, and I cannot wait to see what else Khorii encounters on her journey to find the cure!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    This first book about Acorna's children picks up a few years after the previous book ended, incorporating a new story line about Acorna's daughter with some plotlines from the previous books. This is a fun read, and it is great to get to know more about Acorna's children while still revisiting old favorite characters. This first book about Acorna's children picks up a few years after the previous book ended, incorporating a new story line about Acorna's daughter with some plotlines from the previous books. This is a fun read, and it is great to get to know more about Acorna's children while still revisiting old favorite characters.

  15. 4 out of 5

    BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    I thought this series was done. Then I find out that she has children! Of course I had to pick up this book to see what is going on. We meet Khorii. Now there is another plague, but what is causing it? I did enjoy it because it is a Ms. McCaffrey story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mollie *scoutrmom*

    I've been reading the series in order, and find the quality of this one to be the best since the first one. As for theme and plot, it reads more like YA fiction than the others. I like the new characters that have been introduced, and look forward to reading the next one. I've been reading the series in order, and find the quality of this one to be the best since the first one. As for theme and plot, it reads more like YA fiction than the others. I like the new characters that have been introduced, and look forward to reading the next one.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Read October 2007 Read September 2006

  18. 5 out of 5

    George

    Good Sci-Fi story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Number 8 - really?! I read these because they're McCaffrey, but it's hard to reconcile myself to the fact that she spending her time writing about Acorna instead of about my beloved dragons. Number 8 - really?! I read these because they're McCaffrey, but it's hard to reconcile myself to the fact that she spending her time writing about Acorna instead of about my beloved dragons.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Haven't read the rest of the Acorna series, but I will give this one a read anyway. Haven't read the rest of the Acorna series, but I will give this one a read anyway.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Lengyel

    First Warning (Acorna book 8) Another very enjoyable book in this series, bringing Acorna and Aari's daughter into the picture. Looking forward to reading the next book. First Warning (Acorna book 8) Another very enjoyable book in this series, bringing Acorna and Aari's daughter into the picture. Looking forward to reading the next book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    First Warning: Acorna's Children (Acorna, #8) McCaffrey, Anne this book is a dynamic story of Acorna's children, how they struggle to save their father, and the universe First Warning: Acorna's Children (Acorna, #8) McCaffrey, Anne this book is a dynamic story of Acorna's children, how they struggle to save their father, and the universe

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    Overall I loved this series more than the original Acorna series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kate Millin

    Khorri Acorna’s daughter is a key part of fighting a plague that is killing people across the federation

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Very good book - good to be "back in the family". Interesting character development of the daughter and her relationships. Very good book - good to be "back in the family". Interesting character development of the daughter and her relationships.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Terri

  27. 5 out of 5

    Patria

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

  29. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Ball

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

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