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Readers who for two decades have been following the fortunes of the dragonriders and other inhabitants of the planet Pern will welcome the latest volume, chronicling the early years. It stands very much on its own, however; knowing about the later history of the planet only adds enjoyment. After 15 years of cold sleep, 6000 colonists land on Pern, seeking a simpler existence, escaping the aftermath of interstellar war and an overly technical society. The colony prospers until the consuming Threada force that destroys all life it comes in contact withmakes its first appearance. A brilliant bio-engineer attempts to develop a biological weapon to save them, a much larger version of a native life form many of the colonists have adopted as pets: dragonets with the ability to teleport and breathe flame after eating phosphoric rock. The book ends with the first successful result of that experiment. Many richly developed characters people the novel, among them two youngsters, Sorka Hanrahan and Sean Connell, who grow up to become two of the first dragonriders. One hopes McCaffrey, who most recently has been writing in the mainstream ( The Lady ), is beginning a new Pern cycle in which she will tell, in answer to many other questions, whatever happened to the intelligent dolphins that came with the humans to Pern. Major ad/promo; author tour
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Have you ever wondered how life on Pern started and where the dragons came from? McCaffrey presents the birth of civilization on Pern in Dragonsdawn , the "prequel" to her earlier novels about this strange planet (e.g., Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern , Audio Reviews, LJ 9/15/93). Listen to the adventures of the first colonists on this beautiful planet and learn where all the names, customs, and legends come from. Reader Dick Hill provides excellent characterizations for each role and conveys much emotion. Even listeners unfamiliar with McCaffrey's other installments in the Dragon series will delight in this audiobook. Suitable for broad fiction collections.
- Miriam Kahn, Columbus, Ohio
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I first read this so long ago that I forgot what it said. Now I have read it again after having read the other books in the series and found that it fills out important parts of... Read morePublished 2 days ago by USA
The good Dragon story, end fairly good plot . The only thing I did not like about it , it had a lot of big words in it that could've been changed and made easier to readPublished 4 days ago by rustman52
I am a third generation Dragonriders of Pern fan. I thoroughly enjoy reading the beginning of dragons on Pern. Really wish Anne had finished her story of Lessa and F'lar.Published 4 days ago by radarbandit
Loved these Pern books as a child and now I return to this world for a needed mental break from adulthood.Published 27 days ago by TwistedMoon
DragonsDawn is the very first book you should read in the PERN series. It starts with the colonists from earth finally reaching the planet they've signed on to colonize and ends... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elizabeth Rowley