For the first time in more than three years, best-selling authors Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey, mother and son, have teamed up again to do what they do best: add a fresh chapter to the most beloved science fiction series of all time, the Dragonriders of Pern.
Even though Lorana cured the plague that was killing the dragons of Pern, sacrificing her queen dragon in the process, the effects of the disease were so devastating that there are no longer enough dragons available to fight the fall of deadly Thread. And as the situation grows more dire, a pregnant Lorana decides that she must take drastic steps in the quest for help.
Meanwhile, back at Telgar Weyr, Weyrwoman Fiona, herself pregnant, and the harper Kindan must somehow keep morale from fading altogether in the face of the steadily mounting losses of dragons and their riders. But time weighs heavily against them - until Lorana finds a way to use time itself in their favor.
It’s a plan fraught with risk, however. For attempting time travel means tampering with the natural laws of the universe, which could drastically alter history - and destiny - forever. Or so it has always been thought. But Lorana discovers that if the laws of time can’t be broken without consequences, it may still be possible to bend them. To ensure the future of Pern, she’s willing to take the fateful chance - even if it demands another, even greater, sacrifice.
Book another flight with the Dragonriders of Pern.
©2011 Anne Mccaffrey, Todd J. Mccaffrey (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This story was overly depressing, and used the Time Travel far too much. Honestly, this book was needlessly depressing, and I don't know that I'm looking forward to the next book. I gave it a three out of five, mostly from sentimentality, but really the story probably deserves a one. The performance, though, if there was a way to give a negative amount of stars I would do it. Emily Durante is the worst narrator I've ever heard, and I've had an account for three years now. If she narrates the next book, I might just skip it despite the fact that Anne McCaffrey was my favorite author when I was younger. I wish Todd would have been more like his mother in his writings... But I suppose that was too much to hope for.
I've read allllll the early dragon novels. This just does NOT stand up. While I admire Todd for trying to carry on his mother's legacy, the magic just isn't there.
I LOVE the Pern books! So much that I did not read the reviews before purchasing this book. I wish I had....
I started to listen to this one, not realizing that it was the second (or third?) in a series. The description of the plot is confusing on Audible. (I figured out what was wrong when I read the description on Amazon.) SInce it started off with a synopsis of what had happened, I thought I would give it a listen. I gave up after 20 minutes.
Todd has not developed his mother's skill at story telling. It is Todd's little excursion into "Gee, what would happen if I went back in time, then forward, then maybe back and see myself?"
The established laws of time travel by dragons is not followed. I have never given up on a book so quickly. Don't waste your money!
No, I found myself trying to work out in which time a particular chapter was supposed to be.
being blind I usually like to visualize the story as it goes along, but with this one I did not know where or more importantly when it was. I think the storyline was far too weak as well, not worth the money in the long run.
I was never sure when it was finished, several times I thought it was, only for another chapter to come along.
No I have to admit I have no others by her.
never thought about it, too much putting on and taking off of makeup I should imagine.
It was not only far too confusing, but also too dragged out, and all in all, just too weak a storyline.
It's going to be a chore to get through this book. I love this series but wish it were read by the past narrator.
I'm sorry but I just hate listening to this narrator. She has just one manner of speaking that does not change through the entire book. Her range is just not there and it becomes a chore to keep up with which character is speaking and what the drama is. Flat, unemotional and boring.
Dragons in this book flit between time without thought or consequence - and not just queens or bronzes - everybody does it. Not only that, they do it wtih riders who are not theirs - and even folk who have never impressed. They go into space and view Pern from the Yokohama, and are constantly breaking the rules we learned in Dragon Quest, Dragon Flight, the White Dragon, and their progeny. The author writes a good tale, but it is hard to enjoy because he breaks all the rules of Pern.
I'm sorry, but this story doesn't seem to do Pern or the dragonriders any justice. As has already been stated in some of the other reviews, most of the dragonrider rules regarding time travel have been broken. The book just goes on and on with nothing really noteworthy happening. It was a struggle to get through it. I only finished it because I love Anne Mccaffrey's pern books so much. Tod's earlier pern books were not bad, but this one is just boring.
I am sure this is a great book, it is Anne McCaffrey. I usually listen to my books from my phone. I purchased the book, went to download it onto my phone and ended up with a Maeve Binchy book instead. I sent a support email to Audible and have heard nothing,
Boooo, Audidble. So the file is sitting on my computer and I am unable to actually listen to it.
Any of the Dragon Riders of Pern Books.
Not sure since I haven't been able to listen to the book - Boo Audible
Booooo, Audible for not responding to my support email
It was very hard to follow...didn't know which time line or person you were with...if the layout had been a bit different it would have been a better book...the two queen riders are very interesting characters but it got just way to confusing and then Kindan who could have been a stronger character was an afterthought and the relationship between the two queen riders, the wheyrleader and Kindan was just too much...didn't care for that part of it at all...
Too confusing and didn't care for the "romances" of the two queen riders and Kindan
an easy listen
I love Anne McCaffrey books, but her son Todd does not quite seem to have her gift, and Emily Durante definitely does NOT make for an enjoyable listen. Having her as narrator is almost enough to prevent me from listening at all.
I love pretty much anything that Anne has written, I am nearly always very disappointed by Todd's work, however.
Her voice is too high pitched to be comfortable and when she attempts to alter her voice to indicated a man's character, it comes out sounding very badly.
No, I cannot. I would love to see a movie being made of Anne's early Pern series, but not the later books.
It is a shame that Anne has passed on leaving Todd to continue Pern. She attempted to involve him while she could still contribute, but his stamp is undeniable and leaves much to be desired. This story is far too much about the characters and their feelings and way too little about the situation they are in. It is also very disjointed and the entire storyline is so chopped up that one cannot piece it all together. Not at all the quality one would expect of a Pern novel.
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