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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


“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.”—Booklist

“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

“Highly recommended . . . strong storytelling and fully developed human and dragon characters.”—Library Journal, starred review

“[A] compelling read.”—SF Crowsnest

“Todd McCaffrey has hit his stride with Dragonheart, giving fans an entertaining continuation of the hugely popular saga.”—BookLoons

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Product Details

  • Series: Pern (Book 21)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345491157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345491152
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,372 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

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148 of 154 people found the following review helpful By eljay keller on January 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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 By Mary Tyrrell on February 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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 By D. Miller on March 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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 By P. Gravely on March 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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