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Dragonheart: Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern [Kindle Edition]

Todd J. McCaffrey
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Todd McCaffrey’s first solo novel in the classic Dragonriders of Pern series, Dragonsblood, was hailed by critics and embraced by the countless devoted readers of the landmark science fiction saga created by his mother, Anne McCaffrey. Now the chronicles of Pern take another captivating turn as the embattled planet, the brave pioneers who call it home, and the magnificent flame-breathing creatures who fly high to protect it confront a dire new challenge.
The grim specter of sickness looms over the Weyrs of Pern, felling fire-lizards and posing a potentially devastating threat to their dragon cousins, Pern’s sole defense against the deadly phenomenon that is Thread. Fiona, the youngest and only surviving daughter of Lord Bemin, is just coming of age, and about to assume the duties of a Weyrwoman, when word spreads that dragons have indeed begun succumbing to the new contagion. With the next season of Threadfall quickly approaching, and the already diminished ranks of the dragons once more under siege, every Weyr across Pern is in crisis mode. It is hardly the time for disturbing distractions–such as the strange voice Fiona suddenly hears in her mind at the darkest and most urgent moments.

Circumstances and the mood of the weyrfolk worsen when advance patrols relay the dreaded news that black dust–the unmistakable herald of falling Thread–has been sighted. As more dragons sicken and die, leaving only a new generation of weyrlings too young to succeed them, Weyrleader B’Nik and queen rider Lorana arrive from Benden Weyr to comb Fort Weyr’s archives in a desperate search for clues from the past that may hold the solution to the plague.

But could the actual past itself prove the pathway to salvation for Pern’s stricken dragons and the entire imperiled planet? Guided by a mysterious ally from a wholly unexpected place, and trusting in the unique dragon gift for transcending time, Fiona will join a risky expedition with far-reaching consequences for both Pern’s future and her personal destiny.

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    Although not a candidate on the Hatching Grounds, young Fiona, daughter of Fort Hold’s Lord Holder, impresses the only queen-dragon hatchling. She enters the frenzy of feeding, oiling, scratching, and tending the baby dragon as well as learning her responsibilities as a Weyrwoman. Then tragedy strikes as dragons begin to sicken and die. With the fall of Thread looming, will there be enough dragons to fight it? Even though the watch-whers guide and help the dragons fight Thread in the darkness, many dragons and riders are injured. And the threat of Thread is still imminent. The only solution is to send the injured back in time 10 Turns to heal in Ingen, the only empty Weyr. Those living in that past must not become aware of the visitors to avoid influencing events that for the latter have already occurred. When healed, the injured will return to their own time a few days after they left it. Anne McCaffrey’s son meticulously chronicles the creation of a new society at Ingen and maintains the series’ strong portrayal of human-dragon relationships. His second Pern novel further confirms that he is the one to carry the torch of the extremely popular ongoing saga. --Sally Estes


    “The torch has been passed and burns more brightly than ever in this latest chapter of the venerable Pern saga, the first of what one hopes will be many solo efforts by the son of series creator Anne McCaffrey. . . . This stand-alone tale fits beautifully into the existing history and style of earlier books while still breaking new ground.”
    –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    “Todd McCaffrey does something I didn’t think anyone could do: he writes Anne McCaffrey’s Pern. . . . This is Pern, in the hands of a new master-grade harper, carefully trained in the old traditions, but scoring his own ballads. May the saga continue!”
    –David Weber, author of By Schism Rent Asunder

    “A dramatic, thoroughly captivating tale, steeped in the lore and well-drawn characterizations of the people and the dragons for which the Pern novels are prized. Fans old and new will be delighted.”

    “Todd McCaffrey has inherited his mother’s storytelling ability. His dragons and fire-lizards, his harpers in Harper’s Hall, carry on the great traditions–and add much to them. Huzzah, Todd! You have learned wisdom indeed.”
    –Jane Yolen, author of Briar Rose

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    Product Details

    • File Size: 1696 KB
    • Print Length: 545 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345491157
    • Publisher: Del Rey (November 4, 2008)
    • Sold by: Random House LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0015DWLW6
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    147 of 153 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Lover's Beware January 11, 2009
    Dragonheart needs to be read with a strong pot of Klah close at hand. Todd has a morose way of infecting all his books with some kind of deadly plague. Every time Todd takes us to Pern, there is nothing new to discover,no move forward,no expansion of their world or characters and the hope filled themes that life on this planet will get better with time are gone with the change of authors.
    I caution the fans who have devoured Anne McCaffrey's books for decades that this book has not much in the way of exciting newly found information left by the 'ancients' that help anyone do anything to save the dragons and their riders in the prime of life from going between forever.
    The time line in this book almost sent me 'between' trying to keep track of WHEN I was and what was going on.
    The story doesn't GO anywhere! After slogging through the first 2/3rd's of the book you still feel like Todd has too many more books to write before this storyline that started in Dragon's Blood is over.
    Todd needs to go back and re-read his mother's earlier novels, they do and say much more in a short amount of time to involve the reader than his do in a multi-book series.
    I had figured out the disorientation of the new weyrlings as soon as it was mentioned in the story. Any dragonrider would. This between times travel has been hard on dragonriders since Lessa and Moreta did it way back in long past books.
    When Kitti Ping bioengineered the Dragons, they were a super lifeform,immune to sickness and affording their riders a long mostly disease free life.The Pernese people have a dominant spirit and will to live that is missing here.
    In the earlier books the diversity of the things they eat like wherrys (not chicken!),herdbeasts and runnerbeasts, tubers, etc.
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    78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars So Close, and Yet So Astronomically Far Away February 19, 2009
    The Dragonriders of Pern series, associated novellas and accompanying extras (does anyone remember the beautiful book of artwork?) have been a staple in my literary life for a quarter of a century. I consider myself an avid fan and was happy to read Todd's continuation of the storyline, entrusting Anne's wisdom and Todd's abilities to tell a great story in a familiar land.

    Though the plotline re-covered ideas and concepts that have long been drawn from in the Pern universe, there was enough of an immersion into Weyrlife to make the story enjoyable, like greeting an old friend.

    The phrase "old friend" helps me move into my first real criticism. The heroine of the story is a 13 year old girl. Not a problem, many stories are told from a child's perspective. (Ender's Game being a great example.) My issue is that this girl is like a 20 year old with a 13 year old's Birth Certificate. Now, I don't know if the author has met any 13 year old girls, however they simply aren't that mature. They have mature moments, sure, and that would be more apt to show with Holder training, which the heroine had, but leaving a 13 year old girl in charge of a Weyr is just plain ridiculous. The fact that this 13 year old girl is flirting her head off and conveniently waits until her 16th birthday before she finally goes through with said flirting was just... uncomfortable for me to read through. That and the driving need for her to sleep with other girls... a point made once too often. Lessa, in the original Dragonriders series, was around 20 when she became Weyrwoman and she still had some growing up to do.
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    28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it a Zero if possible March 15, 2009
    After about 4 weeks of up picking this book up, reading as long as I could stand it, and then putting it down, I have only been able to force myself to read 140 pages, all the while waiting, waiting, waiting for something to make sense or something to happen.

    All the weyrlings and their dragons are sleepy and muzzy-headed. The older dragons are sick and coughing and the fire lizards have been banished because it is thought they may be the source of infection to the dragons. Thread is getting ready to fall. There are pages and pages of disjointed dialogue, more complaints abut the sleepiness of the weyrlings and dragons, more disjointed dialogue. In the midst is Fiona, a Lord Holder's daughter who has managed to impress a golden queen dragon. She walks about worried that her dragon is sleeping too much and she can't remember things, all while nursing sick dragons and their riders. But after 140 pages of this disjointed book, I'm still waiting for a plot and wondering why in the world the author wasted 140 pages to say absolutely nothing.

    Todd McCaffrey's last book was very well written - in fact, it was a page-turner, which is what I expected this one to be. I keep thinking that if I just read a few more pages, then it will finally pick up the pace and something will happen. I just don't know if I can make myself do it.
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    25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not the best...probably the worst March 16, 2009
    I just finished the longest drawn out Prelogue to whatever is coming up next in this series, which I will probably NOT read at this point. I felt like I was walking through mud throughout most of the book...there was too much talk, not enough action. Huge sections where I think I totally missed something.
    It just wrapping up, no urge to read on. It just ENDS.
    The hair cutting scene made me laugh out loud. (If you read it, you know what I mean) Not from amusement, but from hysterical 'you've got to be kidding me!' emotion. HORRIBLE. What a stereotype...could it be any worse...I dont' think so!
    Todd is not Anne, in any light.
    I love Dragonriders. I love Pern. I love Anne McCaffrey. I am not a fan of Todd McCaffrey, or this series.
    This book is too squeaky, written for an extremely young crowd, and just obnoxious to read. Fiona is annoying. Terin is annoying. Still can't figure out Xihanna's role.
    I do not recommend to any fans that are familiar with Anne's work. Just stick with the old books, don't bother picking this one up.
    I am soooo disappointed!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars good book
    Good Anne McCaffrey book!
    Published 3 days ago by Karen S. Ober
    5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificently Good.
    Love to read stories about the world of PERN. Great characters require great adventures which leads to great stories. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by S /F OLD READER 1962.
    5.0 out of 5 stars It was a great addition to my bookshelf
    Received very quickly. It was a great addition to my bookshelf.
    Published 1 month ago by Keith House
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes you just feel like holding a book and curling up in your...
    Still loving all the Pern books. Have them in paperback and on my kindle. Sometimes you just feel like holding a book and curling up in your favorite chair.
    Published 1 month ago by Carol Adams
    2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing happens
    We already know what is going on during this book as it is coincident with Dragon's Blood. I imagine this was supposed to be more like Nerlika's Story, a different viewpoint of... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Calvin
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    sad how they forgot without the fire lizard there would not be the big dragons
    Published 1 month ago by frances
    1.0 out of 5 stars stick with anne, and skip todd's crap
    todd's books stink. i have enjoyed ALL of anne mccaffrey's books, especially the dragon riders series. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Nokmedown
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    Published 3 months ago by Anna
    5.0 out of 5 stars favorite author.
    wifes favorite author ever.
    Published 3 months ago by flashlightnut
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    love the whole series
    Published 3 months ago by Jessica Rainbolt
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    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

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    Not only does it sound like a retread of the earlier plague, but the Dragonsblood book was so badly written that I am not inclined to read this new one. I used to buy the Dragons of Pern books on faith, I never even read the descriptions, now I am not even considering buying this one. I wish that... Read More
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