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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

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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.

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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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Yeah

    Whats the next book in the series ?

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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 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 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 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 February 17, 2005

    Welcome to the new Masterharper of Pern!

    In his solo writing debut, Todd McCaffrey not only hits a home run, he slams it right out of the park! McCaffrey takes his mother¿s world of Pern and makes it his own. He brings his own special skills and knowledge to the story, while writing with a style similar enough to Anne McCaffrey¿s that long-time readers can shout for joy, while new readers can use the book as their seminal portal to Pern. McCaffrey weaves his narrative between two time periods, connected by the death of one fire lizard and the survival of another. Skillful narrative builds tension in both eras. The Dragonriders of the third pass search frantically for a cure for the mysterious illness killing off the dragons. Loss of the genetically-engineered protectors of Pern would leave no way to battle thread, which, left unchecked, would ravage the planet and destroy all life. More than four centuries in the past, Wind Blossom, the last of the original geneticists, uses technology lost to the future Dragonriders to find a cure for the future plague. How can Wind Blossom preserve the cure and the knowledge to administer it so that those who need it will find it? Does a half-remembered song hold the key to the knowledge sought by the third-pass riders? McCaffrey spices the tale with foreshadowing of events and answers to questions raised in other Pern books. He presents a story to savor. Well done, Masterharper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2005

    Todd McCaffrey carries on the Pern tradition with style

    Todd McCaffrey times it through Pern in his own unique style coupled with his heritage from 'Mum'. He brings together the first and third passes of Pern, answers questions, makes you laugh and brings on the tears. This is a great read for any Pern fan, and those who haven't had the pleasure yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2005

    Passing of the reigns?

    Todd McCaffrey has written a truely remarkable book. He deftly passes between times of the story(58 and 508AL). He closely matches the style set in previous books. While I was somewhat disappointed with Dragon's Kin and hesitated buying this book as a result of that, I am glad I decided too. Without giving anything a way it is a book well worth the reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2005

    Highly Recommended!

    Further adventures of the colonists of Pern. Todd McCaffrey has given the Pernese new storylines to follow. Great new characters, and more info concerning beloved old ones. Looking forward to reading more about the new characters, especially Kindan and Lorana. Very well written and very well researched, although I'm sure he had some help from the home front concerning the research! Thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, and it went very quickly as did not want to put the book down until done. Great Read!!

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