Young Fiona, rider of the gold queen Talenth, has returned from the past, where she and a group of dragons and riders fled so that the wounded could heal from their previous battles. Gone only three days, yet aged more than three years, Fiona is no longer a child but a woman prepared to fight against the Thread that threatens to destroy her world.
Fiona’s life takes a pivotal turn when a shocking tragedy thrusts her into a position of authority. Now she finds herself leading weyrfolk who have a hard time trusting a senior Weyrwoman who is both young and an outsider.
But even greater challenges lie ahead: Thread is falling and there are too few dragons to stem the tide. Many have died from the recent plague, and even with the influx of newly mature dragons from the past, the depleted fighting force is no match for the intensifying Threadfall. Fiona knows that something must be done, and what she proposes is daring and next to impossible. But if her plan succeeds, it just might save them all.
Pay another visit to Pern.
©2010 Todd J. McCaffrey (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Todd McCaffrey continues carving his own niche in the Pern canon while remaining faithful to the world-building and characterizations that have made his mother Anne's series a perennial favorite" (Booklist).
I love Pern and I have read all of the books. For the most part, I appreciate what Todd is doing to add to the canon of Anne McCaffrey's Pern; and the narrator here neither adds to nor detracts from the story. [Especially compared to the droning narration that makes so many of the audio versions of Anne's excellent books unlistenable.] Dragongirl, which had great potential, is an exercise in frustration. Every element of the story is belabored to death, rather than developed. There are random enjoyable bits, but mostly the characters keep waiting for an ominous something very bad to happen while everyone around them dies. The "something" finally seems to happens near the last few minutes of the book, but it's all rather vague. Their problems aren't resolved, most questions aren't answered, and the elements that seem to contradict Anne's books are left unexplained. There are hints about what's to come, but mostly it's a cliff hanger of the worst sort and left me unhappy with characters that I had become fond of in previous books.
I have re-read all of Anne’s books more times than I can count. I have always found the people of Pern to be an inspiration in how to overcome adversity and find joy in the small pleasures that can be found even in a hard life. Todd does not carry on this tradition. I had high hopes for him after Dragonsblood. That store was very intense, deep and very well written.
In Dragonheart and Dragongirl Todd worked too hard to make children the heroes. I can understand having a young person do a grand thing and that alone can make a book interesting. But having so many young people doing everything important takes away from the strength and abilities of a world full of what has always been brave intelligent people. In Dragonheart and Dragongirl he turns the dragon riders of Pern in to perverts with no morals, no honor, and no adults with any brains, manners or backbone.
I won’t bother purchasing any more of his books.
I've enjoyed Anne McCaffrey's Pern books for many years, but I wish I had taken a minute to read some of the reviews before purchasing this particular book. Todd just does not write as well as Anne. The characters are shallow and seemingly without morals, and the plot is weak. I want meat to the story, not just fluff.
This book was a total waste of time! Reads more like a romance novel but has no real story until the last few minutes of the read. Author can do much better.
The reason I say this isn't one of the better Pern books is that an inordinant amount of time was spent on Fiona's polyamorous relationship and especially her anxieties about it. I don't have any issues with the nature of her relationship, but it just seems contrived, especially the fact that Lorana was practically throwing Kindan and Fiona at each other. In Dragonsblood it seemed like those two were utterly devoted to each other. As for Fiona, I liked her better in the last book. In this book she seems like a spoiled brat.
I did like the fact that Terin impressed a queen and I liked reading about them fighting thread. The ideas regarding timing it made the book more interesting. It will be interesting to see what happens with Lorana jumping ahead in time in the next book, although hopefully the next book will be more of a Pern book than a harlequin romance.
Back to the relationship, it seemed to me that both Kindan and T'mar were far more accepting of Fiona's need to share than they should have been. It would have made more sense if they had struggled with it more. There was no previous basis for the relationship in any of the previous books, therefore, it did not seem to have much of a foundation.
If you like the Pern adventure series, don't buy this book. It spends most of it's time in a love triangle were your favorite personalities distroy their honor and good character by betraying their mates.
Whatever I thought about this book, it was difficult to develop an opinion because the narrator was so badly suited to the topic. I have checked Ms. Durante's biography. She has narrated many children's books and I think her narration style would be well suited to that material. However, the Pern Novels were not intended solely for young adults and I found Ms. Durante's overly dramatic reading to be like the sound of fingernails on a chalk board. What it most reminded me of was an anime version of the story. All of Ms. Durante's characters sounded like they were no older than 12. Even her male voices sounded like young teen boys. In my mind's eye I could see the anime scharacters with their mouths barely moving and their expressions not quite matching their voices. I felt compelled to listen all the way through because I had wasted a credit on it, but I will not make that mistake again and will likely avoid any book that Ms. Durante narrates in the future.
I enjoy this time and consider it well spent exercising my imagination. I now have these other worlds to tell you about. I have value.
It just doesnt seem to have the same old
pern in it.Todd seems to be a good enough writer but there seems to be a definite change in the sexuality of these books. A vaguely little mention of maybe two fellows hooking up in Annes pern has turned into a 60s commune like attitudein these continueing series. There is more on the pages than Annes good ole Pern. I just read the reviews of the last two books in this series and there seems to be a continuance of this type of change in the books." Im sorry Anne but my interest in your beloved Pern is waning. Everywhere I look nowadays there is this stentch of political agendas and now it has arrived at Pern . Todd I too miss your mother.
Give it a better plot and ending.
Dick Hill or Lee Merriwether
Emily Durante's voice is too high pitched for all the different characters.
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