The lyrics of an all-but-forgotten song seem to point toward an answer, 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 Pern colonists possessed the advanced technology to find the cure 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 against 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.
Pay another visit to Pern.
©2005 Todd McCaffrey; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio
"The torch has been passed and burns more brightly than ever in this latest chapter of the venerable Pern saga, the first of what one hopes will be many solo efforts by the son of series creator Anne McCaffrey." (Publishers Weekly)
Children's book illustrator & toy designer living in Los Angeles. Addicted to audio books.
But there is a definite difference between Todd McCaffrey's style and his fantastic Mother's. This was a somewhat frustrating listen with too many threads (pardon the pun) going every which way. Character's seemed to leapt to correct conclusions without much evidence to go on and Mr. McCaffrey seemed to not care too much about the fate of his characters and treated many- including the heroine a little coldly. If he does not care for the characters, what makes a reader?
I suggest Moreta Dragonlady of Pern before reading this. Maybe Todd's style will mature with time, but this seemed an amateur outing to Pern. It was like visiting your favorite vacation spot, only to find it under new (and less than capable) management.
I hope he improves on his next ventures and does his mother proud.
This was a good "read", though the jumps from past to present made it a bit trying to get the characters straight at first.
The revelation of the origin of the Harper Halls drum signals was a cool scene.
Though at times Dick Hill seemed to be having saliva management issues, he did a very good job of changing tone and inflection to individualize character voices.
I would listen to this again.
The thing I liked about this book, was that it gave some illumination to why the settlers colonized Pern and how they went about it. I also liked the explaination of the whys and hows of making dragons and watch weres.
IMHO and as a fellow writer as well as a fan of the series, Todd does a great job filling in his mother's shoes. Yes his writing style is different. It follows a more modern style now promoted and encouraged among writers and readers. Longtime fans of the series may find the change hard to adapt to, but if you care to look beyond style and see the story, you will see that Todd has a firm grasp on what made The Dragonriders of Pern such a long loved series. Now that our sorely missed Anne has crossed over, I hope Todd will continue giving us more new adventures in the world of Pern.
I read the book several years ago and I was iffy on the direction Todd McCaffrey was taking the story. I decided to give it another chance and really liked it, and Dick Hill's narration of the story is superb. If you're a fan of the Pern series, I recommend this title.
I fell in love with Pern as soon as DRAGONFLIGHT was published in the late 60's. Todd has taken his mother's world and has made his mark in a different time period and stayed true to the Pernese. DRAGONSBLOOD explains how the cure was found to save the dragons of Pern.
The flashback to Kitty Ping from DRAGONSDAWN. How she figured out what was wrong and found a solution to help the dragons was great. The clues she left for the Pernese to find to make the vaccine was ingenious.
He has a voice that is easy on the ears. The characters come alive with the changes in tone and manner of speaking and can be identified.
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