Praise for Dragonsblood
“Todd McCaffrey does something I didn’t think anyone could do; he writes Anne McCaffrey’s Pern. Not just a novel set in Pern, but Pern. The people, the places, the characters and challenges. 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, New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow of Saganami
“Dragonsblood is a strong, lively story, with vivid, interesting characters and plenty of exciting action. Todd has captured the tone as well as the familiar settings of the Pern books. Pern fans (and newcomers to the Pern universe) have reason to rejoice.”
–ELIZABETH MOON, Nebula Award—winning author of Marque and Reprisal
“For Pern lovers, the good news is that Todd McCaffrey has inherited his mother’s storytelling ability. His dragons and firelizards, 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, award-winning author of Briar Rose
“Dragonsblood is cause for celebration! A worthy addition to one of the grandest traditions in the literature of the fantastic, this is a lock-the-door, take-the-phone-off-the-hook, send-the-kids-out-to-play, curl-up-and-enjoy adventure!”
–DAVID GERROLD, author of Blood and Fire
“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)
“McCaffrey convincingly spins 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 by his continuance of a beloved saga.”
The Barnes & Noble Review
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
This absorbing addition to the McCaffreys' Dragonriders of Pern fantasy epic gracefully intertwines the tales of Wind Blossom, an aging original colonist, and Lorana, a youthful dragonrider.
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 (Dragons of Pern). The narrative shifts smoothly between Wind Blossom, one of the original colonists of Pern, who's struggling to create a legacy for future generations before she dies, and Lorana, a young dragonrider born 450 years later with unusual talents for healing and telepathy. A genuinely spellbinding set of time travel puzzles and paradoxes is set against the moving backdrop of two populations struggling to survive: the children of the colonists, learning to live in a new world as they lose the technology of the old one, and the dragons of Lorana's time, who are dying of a mysterious plague just when they're needed to protect Pern. The strength of the two women and the mysterious connection between them is gradually revealed through a number of surprising and sometimes heartbreaking parallel occurrences. This stand-alone tale fits beautifully into the existing history and style of earlier books while still breaking new ground. Despite being geared toward the existing fan base, it will be quite accessible to new readers. In her introduction, the elder McCaffrey writes, "son, you done did good and me proud!" Even the most nepotism-wary will concur and eagerly look forward to the next installment. Agent, Donald Maass. (Jan. 25) FYI: McCaffrey co-wrote the previous Pern novel, Dragon's Kin (2003), with his mother. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Near the end of the Second Interval, a deadly illness strikes the dragons of Pern, which leaves dragons and dragonriders unable to combat the deadly Threadfall that periodically rains destruction on the planet. Hints of a cure lie in the words of an eerie and seldom-sung ballad written hundreds of years in the past, and only a young woman who hears the speech of all dragons has a chance to solve the riddle and save her world. In his first solo novel, the author-who co-wrote Dragon's Kin with mother Anne McCaffrey (who provides the introduction here)-continues the Pern saga with a story set in two periods of the planet's past. Compelling characters, both human and dragon, and a tightly woven plot make this tale of courage, sacrifice, and love a priority purchase for sf and YA collections. Highly recommended. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Son and collaborator Todd's first solo Dragonriders of Pern novel, with mother Anne's introductory blessing. The Red Star, Pern's sister planet, always returns after 50 Turns and sends its Threads to exterminate all organic life on Pern. Though destroyed in an earlier novel, the Red Star is here again, back in AL 58, once more threatening a devastating invasion of Threadfall. Dragonrider factions of different wings find they must get along if Threads are to be gobbled up midair or killed in the ground. Again there is much dragon lore to take in, especially about birthing, care of eggs, and the aging of dragons. New readers may struggle for their footing as the story switches between two periods. In AL 508 the dragons are nearing extinction as their DNA winds down. Verses about knowledge in a hidden room, which must be rediscovered if the dragons are to be saved, suggest that help will be found in AL 58, 450 years in the past. On hand in AL 508 is youthful artist and harper Lorana, an orphan, and in AL 58 the elderly healer Wind Blossom, whose mother bred the first great dragons from little fire-lizards. Series fans were not all that delighted with the joint effort Dragon's Kin (2003), which had inconsistencies with earlier installments, but the saga can probably coast on its affectionate readership. Agent: Donald Maass/Donald Maass Literary Agency