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The mantra of writing teachers everywhere -- write what you know -- is a phrase taken to heart by Todd McCaffrey, who, according to his celebrated mother, spent his childhood "immersed in the Pern experience." In Dragonsblood, the very first Pern novel written solely by someone other than Anne McCaffrey, her son asks the question: What would Pern be without its dragons?
Just when Pern needs its dragons and dragonriders the most -- during Threadfall -- a mysterious respiratory ailment begins to kill off the beasts. The one person capable of unraveling the mystery is Lorana, a young woman with unparalleled telepathic abilities who is destined to be "the best Weyrwoman Pern's ever seen." As more and more dragons become afflicted with the plague and die, Lorana uncovers the potential answer hidden deep in Pern's ancient archives. Almost five centuries earlier, one of Pern's original colonists, Wind Blossom -- a geneticist whose mother actually created the dragons from indigenous fire-lizards -- left an invaluable legacy for those smart enough to understand it…
After more than 15 Pern novels (Dragonflight, The White Dragon, The Renegades of Pern, et al.) and countless short story collections and companion books, Todd McCaffrey has adeptly taken over the reins from his mother, offering a novel that not only lovingly and scrupulously expands the already richly described realm but also turns it upside down with a masterfully intricate plot. Longtime fans of Pern will be pleasantly surprised with Dragonsblood. The torch has been officially passed! Paul Goat Allen