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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

great Pern tale

When the colonists landed on Pern, they didn¿t know that the red star would align with the planet every two hundred and fifty years. When that event happens, spores from the red star fall onto Pern destroying anything organic in its path. To combat this problem, genet...
When the colonists landed on Pern, they didn¿t know that the red star would align with the planet every two hundred and fifty years. When that event happens, spores from the red star fall onto Pern destroying anything organic in its path. To combat this problem, geneticists changed fire lizards into telepathic dragons that bond with a human; together they unite to fight spores or thread as it is now called in 507 years after the initial landing of the spaceship.--- In AL 507, Lorana sends her fire lizards away when she thinks she is dying, but she is saved and brought to Bendon Weyr where she bonds with a hatchling dragonet Arith. A plague infects the dragons killing many including Arith just when thread is coming. Arith and Lorana¿s two fire lizards go back to 42 AL where geneticist Wind Blossom concludes that the three visitors come from Bendan Weyr in the future. She devises a plan to help her descendents battle the deadly dragon killer plague if the future people can interpret the clues she left behind to save them.--- This is the first solo Pern story not written by the immortal Anne McCaffrey, but her son who obviously inherited the writing gene as readers will not be able to tell who wrote the novel without reading the cover. Two women living centuries apart work to find a cure to save the dragons and ultimately their world. There is plenty of action scenes especially when dragons and their human rider battle thread, but it is the strong characterizations especially the grieving Lorana who can communicate with any dragon while reminded of the loss of her Arith to the plague that make this a worthy entry in the long running series.--- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Good, But Choppy Storyline

Not bad, but not as good as early books in the series. Main problem was no narrative flow, that the story was too back and forth. Was bored with Wind Blossom half of story, too much technical stuff about genetics, etc. Would have been stronger story if told entirely fr...
Not bad, but not as good as early books in the series. Main problem was no narrative flow, that the story was too back and forth. Was bored with Wind Blossom half of story, too much technical stuff about genetics, etc. Would have been stronger story if told entirely from Lorana's point of view. Ending was very abrupt, and lacked a full explanation of prior events. However, had some good stuff, Lorana, Arith, Kindan, and the sailing ship.

posted by Anonymous on July 24, 2006

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  • Posted May 19, 2009

    McCafrey's do it again

    Like all the books by his mother Todd steps in like and picks up his mothers saga with out a hitch. It is clear that she has passed to her son the gift of Pern. I look for ward to more stories from Pern from mother or son it is hard to tell wher one ends and the other starts writhing the style andstore is so seamless

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    An nail biting, edge of the seat, can't put it down book

    This book gets you almost from page one. It ties two stories together seamlessly. The death of the dragons left me heart broken, yet the courage of the dragon riders in the face of such devastation is uplifting and strangely romantic. The courage of the riders who chose to live after the death of their dragon was an inspiration, especially in today's world - with the war in Iraq, the purges in Africa, and so on. Perhaps the characters are 'make believe' but the courage to continue on in the face of devastating loss, doesn't change. In fact, because it is expressed in strong terms it becomes 'believable' and applicable to today.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2006

    Good, But Choppy Storyline

    Not bad, but not as good as early books in the series. Main problem was no narrative flow, that the story was too back and forth. Was bored with Wind Blossom half of story, too much technical stuff about genetics, etc. Would have been stronger story if told entirely from Lorana's point of view. Ending was very abrupt, and lacked a full explanation of prior events. However, had some good stuff, Lorana, Arith, Kindan, and the sailing ship.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    great Pern tale

    When the colonists landed on Pern, they didn¿t know that the red star would align with the planet every two hundred and fifty years. When that event happens, spores from the red star fall onto Pern destroying anything organic in its path. To combat this problem, geneticists changed fire lizards into telepathic dragons that bond with a human; together they unite to fight spores or thread as it is now called in 507 years after the initial landing of the spaceship.--- In AL 507, Lorana sends her fire lizards away when she thinks she is dying, but she is saved and brought to Bendon Weyr where she bonds with a hatchling dragonet Arith. A plague infects the dragons killing many including Arith just when thread is coming. Arith and Lorana¿s two fire lizards go back to 42 AL where geneticist Wind Blossom concludes that the three visitors come from Bendan Weyr in the future. She devises a plan to help her descendents battle the deadly dragon killer plague if the future people can interpret the clues she left behind to save them.--- This is the first solo Pern story not written by the immortal Anne McCaffrey, but her son who obviously inherited the writing gene as readers will not be able to tell who wrote the novel without reading the cover. Two women living centuries apart work to find a cure to save the dragons and ultimately their world. There is plenty of action scenes especially when dragons and their human rider battle thread, but it is the strong characterizations especially the grieving Lorana who can communicate with any dragon while reminded of the loss of her Arith to the plague that make this a worthy entry in the long running series.--- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Yeah

    Whats the next book in the series ?

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  • Posted April 11, 2013

    I have read all of the Pern novels and have loved each one. This

    I have read all of the Pern novels and have loved each one. This one lived up to and exceeded my high ecpectations

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    Great book, loved the new insight , Todd is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Anne's style is missing

    Todd does his best and does try to keep the essence of Pern and its characters true to their creators vision. Good story telling.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

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    good

    good read, one of the sadder Pern stories but still good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Another good one.

    I liked the part where Wind Blossom was helping the boy who got attacked by the watch-were.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2008

    Quite a twist

    This was very different from some of the original Pern novels but very interesting. I enjoyed the characters but was very sad for the lost dragons large and small. I'm looking forward to finishing this twist in his new book "Dragonheart".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2006

    Weak characterization

    Todd's writing is flat and uninteresting. The characters are boring, and he does not bring them to life. The difference between Anne and Todd is the difference between an artist and a technician. His writing doesn't have 'heart'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2006

    It really isn't that bad (or that good)

    So we all know the dragons survive. So what? We knew the people survived in Moreta, and did that make that book boring? I thought the plot was good, and the characters were decent. Todd does make slips with who's related to whom and in what way, but then, so does his mother. One of the problems I had was that I thought losing your dragon was supposed to hurt more. In the 9th pass books, we have 2 dragonless riders who are special because they survived losing their dragons. Here, we suddenly have what feels like half of each Weyr running around without dragons. And watch-whers eating Thread at night? That's just an odd, pointless plot device with virtually no effect other than to make us wonder why he's fiddling with the way Pern works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2006

    Worthy Successor

    Pern's beloved dragons are coughing to death, literally. Weyrleaders and Healers have no answers as more dragons die each day. Worse, the ecological menace Thread is due to drop from the skies for the first time in two centuries. If the dragons don't rise to char Thread from the skies, Pern's fertile lands will be destroyed, condemning its people to starvation. If humans and dragons are to survive, a cure must be found. It will take the effort of hundreds of people to battle the killer cough, with help coming from the most unexpected source. The question remains: Can the Dragons be saved before Thread destroys Pern? This novel will be hard for a lover of Anne McCaffrey's Pern to put down. The transition to her son's writing is nearly seamless. Pern society, from Holds to Weyrs is depicted true to the established tradition, and the dragons are as magnificent as ever. Readers new to the 'Dragonriders of Pern' series may have difficulty keeping track of the many characters in the book however, seasoned fans will find it to be consistent with the casts in previous titles. Although the story encompasses many characters, the action does center on a handful of character who are the driving force behind the search for a cure. The plot is well developed, and the writing is up to McCaffrey standards. However, some of the sections pertaining to the genetics and science of the disease can be lengthy and involved. If the reader can get past that, they will find two engaging stories, which are nicely intertwined. Todd McCaffrey promises to be a worthy successor to his mother's writing legacy. -C.W.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2005

    We Already Know

    In 'Dragonsblood' an epidemic threatens all of dragonkind. Pardon me? We already know that the dragons survive and thrive in future 'turns', so where's the suspense of that? MacCaffery, mother and son, should explore new aspects of Pern. If they wish to do back history--what about how the settlers slid into a feudalistic society and who fought the idea and who encouraged it? What happened to the caravans during Threadfall? What do drudges think about their status? Can they improve their life or run away? What did the dolphins do during the many Turns without human help? A novel that has great danger that we already know will be overcome is not that exciting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2005

    Fascinating!!

    I have just finished Dragonsblood and found it absolutely fascinating!!! I couldn't put it down.Todd has carried on the Dragonrider series superbly and I for one am enthralled by the new story! I am honored to put this book with all the rest of the Dragon books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2005

    Long Live Todd McCaffrey

    Having just finished Dragonsblood, I congratulate the author and his 'mum' , Anne McCaffrey on an excellent tour de force! The novel is engaging and he is obviously well versed in the Pern universe. I would recommend this book to any and all fans of the Dragonriders of Pern series. I enjoyed the book immensly and hope to see many more installments in the lives of the Pernese from this talented heir to the DragonHolder.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    If only he had actually read Dragon's Dawn

    Todd McCaffrey, in Dragon¿s Blood, makes his solo debut into his mother, Anne¿s, world of Pern. This novel is loosely a sequel to Dragon¿s Kin, a collaborative effort between mother and son. Todd does an excellent job of keeping to Anne¿s basic cannon. He keeps the basic tenets that Anne has set down in her numerous Pern novels. Todd¿s style, while darker than Anne¿s, is still readable and captivating. It would have been nice to see a stronger connection to Dragon¿s Kin as were fans received from Anne in her trilogies, but the story line is not adversely affected by this. The story line moves from the third pass to the end of the first pass connecting characters from Anne¿s Dragon¿s Dawn to new characters in Dragon¿s Blood. I rather enjoyed the time shifts and the interweaving of past and present. Todd is adept at delving into the psychological profiles of his many main characters. He reveals to the reader the full range of humanity through even minor characters. This would have been a nearly perfect Pern novel, if not for one glaring error on Todd¿s part. The casual Pern fan will probably not notice, but for those of us who have read and reread every book Anne every gave us on Pern, this error just may drive you crazy. In Dragon¿s Dawn, Anne¿s clear states that Windblossom is Kitty Ping Yung¿s granddaughter, not her daughter. It was reiterated enough times by Anne to stick in the readers¿ minds. A large part of Todd¿s story line centers around Windblossom¿s relationship with her ¿mother¿ Kitty Ping. It makes a reader wonder if Todd has actually read all of his mother¿s Pern novels. In the forward to the book, Anne comments that Todd is the only person she would trust with her child¿Pern. I think she might want to reevaluate his worthiness. On the other hand, if he can be bothered to take the time to read the books enough times to avoid such gross errors, than he will do really well with Pern and Pern fans all over the world will be thrilled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2005

    Amazing!

    A truly amazing book by the heir to Pern! It did start kind of slow, but it was excellent in the end. I believe all of his other books will be good as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2005

    By the numbers disappointment

    The first Pern books had interesting characters that Anne McCaffrey took the time to explore. As the series progressed, she skipped character development in favor of plot. Her son makes the same mistake. Dragonsblood has a good plot, but the characters are cardboard cutouts.

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