Dragon's Kin

Dragonriders of Pern, Book 18
Narrated by: Dick Hill
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (588 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Young Kindan has no expectations other than joining his father in the mines of Camp Natalon, a coal mining settlement struggling to turn a profit far from the great Holds where the presence of dragons and their riders means safety and civilization. Mining is fraught with danger. Fortunately, the camp has a watch-wher, a creature distantly related to dragons and uniquely suited to specialized work in the dark, cold mineshafts. Kindan's father is the watch-wher's handler, and his son sometimes helps him out. But even that important job promises no opportunity outside the mine.

Then disaster strikes. In one terrible instant, Kindan loses his family and the camp loses its watch-wher. Fathers are replaced by sons in the mine - except for Kindan, who is taken in by the camp's new Harper. Grieving, Kindan finds a measure of solace in a burgeoning musical talent...and in a new friendship with Nuella, a mysterious girl no one seems to know exists. It is Nuella who assists Kindan when he is selected to hatch and train a new watch-wher, a job that forces him to give up his dream of becoming a Harper; and it is Nuella who helps him give new meaning to his life.

Meanwhile, sparked by the tragedy, long-simmering tensions are dividing the camp. Far below the surface, a group of resentful miners hides a deadly secret. As warring factions threaten to explode, Nuella and Kindan begin to discover unknown talents in the misunderstood watch-wher-talents that could very well save an entire Hold. During their time teaching the watch-wher, the two learn some things themselves: that even a seemingly impossible dream is never completely out of reach...and that light can be found even in the deepest darkness.

©2004 Anne McCaffrey (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

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great fiction

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

another great listen

Who was your favorite character and why?

all characters were well developed.

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

loved the harper.

Any additional comments?

for the people who say there are discrepancies with the previously written books - get over it, it's not distracting (it was so enjoyable I barely noticed) - things can change - because..um..well, it's fiction.

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Wonderful

It’s been years since I read the book. When I discovered it on Audible I knew that I had to get it. The narrator was wonderful and the story has lost none of its charm.

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Dry at first, get a lot better.

As I am now listening to these books, in what is supposed to be a chronological order, they're coming out dry. This is during a Time of one there is no thread, so therefore a lot less dragons coma a lot less excitement, excetera excetera excetera.

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Great listen

One of my favorites from the Pern series More beast types with new and older characters.

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Great Story!

I loved the story, I learned more about the Watch-whers than I new before, looking forward to reading more.

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An unexpected surprise

Starts a little slow but what an ending! I am not disappointed! I will definitely be reading more of Todd MCaffrey’s contributions to the lore.

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YAY! Pern lives, again

This reading was perfectly Pern. Dick Hill reads wonderfully. Each character represents the Pern I have grown to love and aspire to.

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Good read.

Loved it ,they did a good job on the story and the reading was great

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Dragon's Kin

Going into this book, which I had not read before, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. It wasn't about Dragons, instead it was about the watch-whers. I had always found them interesting, but wasn't sure that a book that was all about them would be enticing. Boy was I wrong.

Kindan and Nuella were the main characters in this story. Kindan lost his father and brothers in a disaster at the mine early on. Later, he was chosen to hatch a new watch-wher. This book focuses on him wanting to become a harper and then hatching the watch-wher. It also follows his friendship with Nuella, who is the blind daughter of the miner that is trying to get this mine to be successful so they can become a hold. He keeps Nuella hidden because he feels that others will look down on her and him because of her disability. He feels that it will also hamper her siblings ability to find spouses.

She is an amazing girl and her bond with the watch-wher and her ability to befriend other watch-whers is amazing. I fell in love with her character and that of Kindan. They are both strong and stubborn and talented in their own ways.

It was also interesting to learn more about the watch-whers and the different talents that they had. It was a fantastic read that had me crying in the end.

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Brilliant

A very good book . The story takes place some years before the 3rd pass . It is the story of Kinder and Nutella at Camp Natal long, which is struggling to become a Mine Hold . A good Story with an ending twist .