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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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    3 out of 5 stars

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.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Margaret
  • Corryton, TN, United States
  • 05-16-09

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.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Bruce
  • Knoxville, MD, United States
  • 01-11-09

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!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

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.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

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.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Dragonheart

This was another good read. This story focuses on the dragons and dragonriders. The dragons are suffering from a sickness that is killing dragons as they are just beginning to fight thread. They are losing dragons from both the sickness and thread. This is causing the weyrs to not have enough dragons ready to fight thread.

With that, a group of young dragons and sick dragons and their riders all go back 10 turns so that they can heal and grow. Then they will show back up during their time three days later.

This book didn't keep me that interested. I wasn't as attached to the characters. This is also a parallel book to the other two that I have read prior. I don't know, it wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either. I think you can only retell the same story from so many perspectives. This was a bit much and then there is one more Dragonsblood. That one is during the same time from a different perspective as well. That one isn't available on audible, so I think I will just be passing that.

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Good, but not the same

The saga of Pern continues ... to disappointment in the change of writers. Many of the same references and images are still here, but the vocabulary distinctly impacts this story to feel like I was in modern day America. Too many familiar references to actual items and foods of today are used so that I didn’t feel as if I were on Pern, but 21st Century Earth ... including topics such as women’s rights and male shovanist situations. Not the “Camelot” atmosphere mixed with knights of the round table I’ve come accustomed to. Darn.

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Mundanely written and preformed

I have listened to other dragonrider books. This one did not compare to others. The main character was not someone I would care to read about again. The readers voice added to the uninspiring tenor of the material.

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Not the best Pern story

I love the pern stories, and I didn't think I'd really be able to tell that Anne didn't write this, but it is surprisingly very different. I don't prefer Todd's style of describing every little thing the main characters feel (mostly Fiona). It's too much description in the sense that it leaves nothing for the reader to infer so it feels more like a lecture than a story absorbing you. I was actually irritated at points during Dragonheart because it was stretching so long unnecessarily. The overall story arch is an interesting concept and should make for an intriguing read (listen) but I was very glad to finish it and will have to put off reading the next one so I don't end my beloved pern on a sour note.
The narrator is actually much better in Dragonheart than she is in Dragon's Time (which I mistakenly read prior to this one which chronologically comes before it), she has much more feeling in her voice and doesn't sound like an AI at all.