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Dragon's Kin: A New Novel of Pern (Dragonriders of Pern)

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Publisher Comments:

Beginning with the classic Dragonriders of Pern, Anne McCaffrey has created a complex, endlessly fascinating world uniting humans and great telepathic dragons. Millions of devoted readers have soared on the glittering wings of Anne's imagination, following book by book the evolution of one of science fiction's most beloved and honored series. Now, for the first time, Anne has invited another writer to join her in the skies of Pern, a writer with an intimate knowledge of Pern and its history: her son, Todd.

Young Kindan has no expectations other than joining his father in the mines of Camp Natalon, a coal mining settlement struggling to turn a profit far from the great Holds where the presence of dragons and their riders means safety and civilization. Mining is fraught with danger. Fortunately, the camp has a watch-wher, a creature distantly related to dragons and uniquely suited to specialized work in the dark, cold mineshafts. Kindan's father is the watch-wher's handler, and his son sometimes helps him out. But even that important job promises no opportunity outside the mine.

Then disaster strikes. In one terrible instant, Kindan loses his family and the camp loses its watch-wher. Fathers are replaced by sons in the mine — except for Kindan, who is taken in by the camp's new Harper. Grieving, Kindan finds a measure of solace in a burgeoning musical talent...and in a new friendship with Nuella, a mysterious girl no one seems to know exists. It is Nuella who assists Kindan when he is selected to hatch and train a new watch-wher, a job that forces him to give up his dream of becoming a Harper; and it is Nuella who helps him give new meaning to his life.

Meanwhile, sparked by the tragedy, long-simmering tensions are dividing the camp. Far below the surface, a group of resentful miners hides a deadly secret. As warring factions threaten to explode, Nuella and Kindan begin to discover unknown talents in the misunderstood watch-wher — talents that could very well save an entire Hold. During their time teaching the watch-wher, the two learn some things themselves: that even a seemingly impossible dream is never completely out of reach...and that light can be found even in darkness.

Review:

"[A]nother delightful entry in the Pern series....Fans who have become comfortable with McCaffrey's smooth trademark style over the years will notice no seams..." Publishers Weekly

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"What with sound narrative technique, above-average characterization, and several of the Pern fans' favorite ongoing saga themes, the new book is a guaranteed pleaser as well as a harbinger that Pern...will continue after its originator's departure." Booklist

Review:

"Although there is a lackluster quality to this novel, making it less powerful than others in the series, it could encourage teens to read McCaffrey's previous novels." VOYA

Synopsis:

The Dragonriders of Pern learn about the special talents of the Watch-whers in this new novel by the beloved McCaffrey and her son.

About the Author

Anne McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic languages and literatures. A prolific bestselling author, McCaffrey is best known for her handling of broad themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly in her tales of the Talents and the novels about the Dragonriders of Pern. McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland. Visit the author's Web site at www.annemccaffrey.org.

Todd McCaffrey, Anne's son, is a computer engineer living in Los Angeles. He is currently working on a solo Dragonriders of Pern novel, Dragonsblood.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345462008
Author:
Anne McCaffrey Todd McCaffrey
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Author:
McCaffrey, Todd J.
Author:
McCaffrey, Anne
Subject:
Dragons
Subject:
Fantasy - Series
Subject:
Science Fiction - Space Opera
Subject:
Pern (Imaginary place)
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science / Space Opera
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Series Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern
Publication Date:
December 2004
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
6.82x4.62x.90 in. .35 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Del Rey Books - English 9780345462008 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A]nother delightful entry in the Pern series....Fans who have become comfortable with McCaffrey's smooth trademark style over the years will notice no seams..."
"Review" by , "What with sound narrative technique, above-average characterization, and several of the Pern fans' favorite ongoing saga themes, the new book is a guaranteed pleaser as well as a harbinger that Pern...will continue after its originator's departure."
"Review" by , "Although there is a lackluster quality to this novel, making it less powerful than others in the series, it could encourage teens to read McCaffrey's previous novels."
"Synopsis" by , The Dragonriders of Pern learn about the special talents of the Watch-whers in this new novel by the beloved McCaffrey and her son.
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