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Older and wiser after three turns in the past, young Weyrwoman Fiona and Talenth, her golden queen dragon, return to continue the fight against the deadly Threadfall in McCaffrey's romantic, highflying sequel to Dragonheart. This time out the battle is made more difficult by a horrifying disease that is steadily killing off the dragons. Despite finding a cure, the fear persists that there won't be enough dragons to battle the next Threadfall. In the meantime, a kinky love quartette between Fiona, dragonrider T'Mar, Weyrwoman and ex-queenrider Lorana, and Harper/Weyrlingmaster Kindan creates friction, especially when both Lorana and Fiona become pregnant as threats to Pern increase. McCaffrey's assured characterizations and ease with referencing Pern's elaborate history make this a hardy fantasy that faithfully echoes and builds upon his mother's original vision. (July) (c)
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Young Fiona, rider of the gold queen dragon Talenth, has just returned from three years at the abandoned Weyr (or dragon domicile) Ingen, to which injured dragons and riders had gone to heal. The place is 10 Turns in the past, yet only days have passed at Fort Weyr when they return. The Weyr (dragons, riders, and support) are still fighting Thread shorthanded because the plague is still killing dragons, and dragons and riders are going down in battle. Suddenly all Telgar dragons and riders are lost Between. Since Talenth is the oldest queen who isn't leading a Weyr, Fiona becomes Weyrwoman of Telgar, where she galvanizes the people and attracts dragon riders and healers to join. The constant Thread falls cause rapid attrition of dragons and riders, and the search for a cure for the plague and the fight for survival become ever more desperate. Adding fascination is the book's exploration of the possibilities of dragons going Between from one time to another just as they go almost instantly from place to place on the planet. Todd McCaffrey continues carving his own niche in the Pern canon while remaining faithful to the world-building and characterizations that have made his mother Anne's series a perennial favorite. --Sally Estes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pern (Book 22)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345491173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345491176
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Todd McCaffrey has written more than a dozen books, including eight in the Dragonriders of Pern (R) universe. He has published numerous short stories, with the latest being "Robin Redbreast" in "When the Villain Comes Home." Visit his website on www.toddmccaffrey.org

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226 of 231 people found the following review helpful By Robert Thorbury on July 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've been reading Anne McCaffrey's Dragonrider novels since 1979, and Pern has long been the place I love to visit in my daydreams. While I can imagine flying a dragon and fighting Threads, I can more readily picture myself living and working in the Harper Hall, immersing myself in music. Anne, over more than 30 years, has come up with a wealth of believable characters, people I could envision meeting and talking to. Pern is real to me.

And then there's Anne's son, Todd. With Anne getting too old to do much solo writing, Todd was a logical choice to take over her world. He grew up with the stories the same way I did, and could ask his mother for the whys and wherefores.

So I started following his stories, set in the Third Pass, a full two thousand Turns (years) before the original stories. For a time, I was enthusiastic. Sure, some of Todd's efforts were a bit rough, but he was new to the trade and would surely only get better.

In anticipation of reading the lastest Pern novel, Dragongirl, I re-read its immediate predecessor, Dragonheart, and was reminded of why I liked it as much as I did. I also skimmed through the highlights of Dragonblood, an earlier novel whose events largely overlap those of Dragonheart.

I recommend that you read at least Dragonblood and Dragonheart before you pick up Dragongirl. Todd's other Pern novels form part of the backstory, so are less important.

Dragongirl begins right where Dragonheart leaves off, so I was able to plunge right in. The main protagonist is Fiona, a gold dragon rider who has just spent three Turns in the past, managing Igen Weyr mainly on her own, having to make a lot of serious decisions despite being only in her mid-teens.
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110 of 116 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If all life on the planet was about to die and the only way of saving it was suffering from a virulent plague, I imagine people would be at least a LITTLE worried. But apparently the people of Pern don't have that problem. Todd McCaffrey sets plenty of high stakes in "Dragongirl," the latest book in his mother's Pern series, but he ends up making it a mushy, sluggish mass of mediocrity.

Junior Weyrwoman Fiona and her dragon Talenth have returned from the past, where dragons and riders have been training, healing and generally preparing to blast out the Thread. Unfortunately there's STILL a plague that is killing the dragons -- like in every Todd McCaffrey book -- meaning that there aren't enough dragons to save Pern. Yes, again. The man is obsessed with plagues.

Then a tragic disaster hits, leaving countless dragons and riders dead. So Fiona immediately becomes the new Weyrwoman, and takes a position of authority in Telgar just as the plague hits her own dragon... which is very dramatic for about five minutes. Then Lorana and Kindan arrive at the hold, and a tepid love triangle suddenly becomes the centerpiece of the plot.

Todd McCaffrey's Pern books are an excellent illustration of why an author should just retire their bestselling series instead of handing them to someone else. "Dragongirl" has the bones of a brilliant fantasy novel, but those bones are almost buried under a few hundred pages of repetitive flab -- seriously, I felt like screaming every time somebody mentioned that Talenth was going to "rise."

McCaffrey's prose is tepidly mediocre and very stilted ("If you do this, you are no longer of Fort. For by standing by these riders, you stand for Telgar"), and his poetry is even worse.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By M. Alexander on October 27, 2010
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Like so many people who have loved the Anne McCaffrey Pern world, I eagerly looked forward to her son being able to carry on the tradition, so I bought the first couple of collaborations. They were not good, but I hoped they would get better.

Sadly this seems unlikely. Todd McCaffrey simply cannot write. His characters are unbelievable, his plots non existent, and to add insult to injury he introduces some very typical prurient male sexual fantasies, and even a plug for capitalism in the book (Fiona chastises another woman and lectures her on the virtues and fairness of "profit")This apropos nothing whatsoever and against a background of a society whose very existence depends on total cooperation, and whose past experience with holders who indulged in too much personal acquisition proved disastrous.

Anne herself dealt with the sexual "freedoms" of the Weyrs with a light and tactful hand, and while she mentioned in passing that some of the older and more conservative holders disliked this aspect of the Weyrs, she also went to some lengths to point out that they were usually mistaken in their assumptions about it all, were in the minority and not liked for their views.

Todd on the other hand hints at overall disgust against certain sexual orientations, specifically he mentions prejudice against a young lesbian girl, even within the Weyr itself, while indulging in a multiple partnered relationship revolving around an under aged girl with a strange inability to sleep alone.

His grammar is below high school level, as is his vocabulary, which also means his editor should be fired. On a purely technical level this finished book rises, barely, to the level of a very rough first draft, with elementary English corrections required on just about every page.
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