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Dragonheart: Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern | [Todd McCaffrey]

Dragonheart: Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern

When young Fiona impresses a queen dragon, she doesn't realize the perils and privileges that come with her new role. The challenges of becoming a Weyrwoman - co-leader of an entire dragon Weyr - can be overwhelming, and then, on top of it all, she faces the possibility of losing her dragon to the sickness that has already claimed so many others. Now Fiona is forced to confront the question: What is she willing to give up in order to truly be a queen rider?
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When young Fiona impresses a queen dragon, she doesn't realize the perils and privileges that come with her new role. The challenges of becoming a Weyrwoman - co-leader of an entire dragon Weyr - can be overwhelming. And then, on top of it all, she faces the possibility of losing her dragon to the sickness that has already claimed so many others. Now Fiona is forced to confront the question: What is she willing to give up in order to truly be a queen rider?

Pay another visit to Pern.

©2008 Todd McCaffrey; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jennifer Lakewood, OH, USA 11-13-08
    Jennifer Lakewood, OH, USA 11-13-08 Member Since 2003
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    "rough around the edges"

    This book takes on a new cast of characters in the Pern Dragonrider series. I've read, not listened to, many of the other books set in this world and thoroughly enjoyed them. The premise of this story is rather vague, the writing is awkward and the plot development is tediously slow. The end of this book seems very far away.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 05-16-09
    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 05-16-09 Member Since 2008

    Married, middle-age, owner of 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.

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    "not what I was expecting"

    I have read many Pern books, mostly by Anne M, but a few of Todd M's. This one was full of unrelenting death, with no resolution at the end. I understand it is a "middle" story, where the end is told elsewhere, in another book, but this one left me depressed. I feel that the story was stopped, not ended, as too many things were left hanging. The deaths were also handled unevenly. The characters responded to some deaths very emotionally, and others were mere numbers on a wall.
    I will read reviews of Todd M's books more closely now, to see if this book is an anomaly or if this is just his style of writing. The story itself is very good, but the writing feels unfinished. If you haven't read Pern books before, read another one first.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 01-11-09
    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 01-11-09 Member Since 2007
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    "OK if you need a Pern Fix while painting."

    This book inconsistant. I enjoyed it, but the plot never really got resolved, and I really learned more then I cared to know about the supporting cast while wondering what was going to happen to the main character and the world. There were huge holes that were never filled in. Todd needs a different and more critical editor if he is going to fly on his own. I'll read more Pern novels if he writes them just because I like them. I won't be waiting with great anticipation for the next one, and that is a shame. Oh - and Let's NOT do the Time Plot Again.... please!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lea Calgary, Alberta, Canada 04-16-10
    Lea Calgary, Alberta, Canada 04-16-10 Member Since 2010
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    "The difference between a good reader and not."

    One of the main problems that I found with this audio book was the reader. This is not one that she, in my opinion, should read. Her voice lends itself more to romance than science fantasy. The story itself is not bad, but with a different reader could be a lot better. My attention wanders, and like I said if it had a more forceful reader I don't think that would happen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susie Buggs Wisconsin 08-21-09
    Susie Buggs Wisconsin 08-21-09 Member Since 2008

    Susie Buggs

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    "Better than the last one"

    Todd - Would you please, please, please review your mother's books so that you can avoid all the continuity issues. While this was better than his last couple of attempts at recreating Pern, Todd McCaffrey continues to load his books with lots of daily details with not so much story line.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Madison, NJ, United States 11-10-09
    Lee Madison, NJ, United States 11-10-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Somewhat disappointing"

    In my opinion, Dragonheart is only valuable to round out a PERN-lover's book collection. Todd's writing is not up to Anne's standard. The book was not improved by Emily's reading. She was probably given it because the main character is young, but her voice doesn't lend itself to the delivery of stronger male characters.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Steve little rock, AR, United States 05-27-12
    Steve little rock, AR, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2006
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    "too many loose ends"
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    Too many dragon deaths...didn't know the dragons well enough...too many loose ends...not a strong enough Fiona talenth connection...

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    "Nice to revisit Pern, but he is NOT his mother"

    An interesting addition to the Pern landscape, but it is missing something. Not very engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin San Acacio, CO 03-14-10
    Robin San Acacio, CO 03-14-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Very soft sleep inducing narration."

    I just couldn't get into it. I drive and listen. This one is sleep inducing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Columbus, OH, USA 03-02-09
    Cindy Columbus, OH, USA 03-02-09
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    "Loved it"

    Todd is following in his mom's literary footsteps.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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