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In Dragon's Kin, bestselling author Anne McCaffrey did the unthinkable: for the first time ever, she invited another writer to join her in the skies of her most famous fictional creation. That writer was her son, Todd McCaffrey. Together, they penned a triumphant new chapter in the annals of the extraordinarily popular Dragonriders of Pern. Now, for the first time, Todd McCaffrey flies alone. And Dragonsblood is proof that the future of Pern is in good hands. After all, dragons are in his blood...

Never in the dramatic history of Pern has there been a more dire emergency than that which faces the young dragonrider Lorana. A mysterious fatal illness is striking dragons. The epidemic is spreading like wildfire...and the next deadly cycle of Threadfall is only days away. Somehow, Lorana must find a cure before the dragons — including her own beloved Arith — succumb to the sickness, leaving Pern undefended.

The lyrics of an all-but-forgotten song seem to point toward an answer from nearly five hundred years in the past, when Kitti Ping and her daughter Wind Blossom bred the first dragons from their smaller cousins, the fire-lizards. No doubt the first colonists possessed the advanced technology to find the cure for which Lorana seeks, but over the centuries, that knowledge has been lost.

Or has it?

For in the distant past, an aged Wind Blossom worries that the germs that affect the fire-lizards may one day turn on larger prey — and unleash a plague that will destroy the dragons, Pern's only defenders against Thread. But as her people struggle to survive, Wind Blossom has neither the time nor the resources to expend on a future that may never arrive — until suddenly she uncovers evidence that her worst fears will come true.

Now two brave women, separated by hundreds of years but joined by bonds transcending time, will become unknowing allies in a desperate race against sickness and Threadfall, with nothing less than the survival of all life on Pern at stake.

Review:

"The torch has been passed and burns more brightly than ever in this latest chapter of the venerable Pern saga....Even the most nepotism-wary will concur and eagerly look forward to the next installment." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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"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." Booklist

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"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." Library Journal

Review:

"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." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

The dragons of Pern are dying...and the only person who can save them has been dead for over four hundred Turns. Hope for the grieving dragonriders lies in the lyrics of a heartrending ballad — lyrics that hint of a long-forgotten knowledge and age-old rooms hidden somewhere in Benden Weyr. Only one thing seems crystal clear: that to save the dragons of Pern, one young woman must make the ultimate sacrifice...

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About the Author

Todd McCaffrey was born in the United States, but he spent his teenage years in Ireland, where his mother moved in 1970. After a stint in the U.S. Army, he followed his love of computers to build a career as a computer engineer. His true love is writing, though. Having grown up with the Dragonriders of Pern, he is bursting with ideas for new stories of that world, its people, and its dragons.

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Shoshana, January 2, 2009 (view all comments by Shoshana)
I have no idea how this clunker got a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Its greatest virtue is that it makes Eragon look like Pulitzer material. The writing can only be described as terrible. I've taught high school fiction writing and frankly, my students' products were less clunky, repetitive and difficult to track than this. The quality is so poor that it repeatedly intrudes, making it difficult to engage with the plot. I have a high tolerance for unevenness in this series, but I may never be able to finish this one. This is a first in my reading history.
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djcarley, March 25, 2007 (view all comments by djcarley)
Having avidly followed the Dragons of Pern for over 30 years, I am grateful that Todd is taking over so ably from Anne McCaffrey. I could not put it down. Once again I made the mistake of starting a new McCaffrey at bedtime, and paid the price of almost no sleep, finishing it before I could nod off.
Dragonsblood reminded me strongly of Moreta, and I agree totally with Anne in that I found the characters and settings to flow so smoothly, I felt as if I was back in the real Pern, rather than someone else's story set in Pern.
If you love the Dragons of Pern, I strongly recommend you add this book to your collection.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345441256
Author:
McCaffrey, Todd
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Author:
McCaffrey, Todd J.
Author:
Todd McCaffrey
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Life on other planets
Subject:
Dragons
Subject:
Fantasy - Series
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Pern
Publication Date:
June 27, 2006
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
6.88x4.24x1.02 in. .51 lbs.

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Product details 480 pages Del Rey Books - English 9780345441256 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The torch has been passed and burns more brightly than ever in this latest chapter of the venerable Pern saga....Even the most nepotism-wary will concur and eagerly look forward to the next installment."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , The dragons of Pern are dying...and the only person who can save them has been dead for over four hundred Turns. Hope for the grieving dragonriders lies in the lyrics of a heartrending ballad — lyrics that hint of a long-forgotten knowledge and age-old rooms hidden somewhere in Benden Weyr. Only one thing seems crystal clear: that to save the dragons of Pern, one young woman must make the ultimate sacrifice...
"Synopsis" by , US
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