Dragonriders of Pern (New Series)

21 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 11,225 ratings

Dragon's Kin 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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  • Book 1

    • Dragon's Kin

    • Dragonriders of Pern, Book 18
    • By: Anne McCaffrey, Todd McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 396
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 315
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 317

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • great fiction

    • By Cathy on 01-31-12

    Regular price: $22.37

  • Book 2

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  • Book 3

    • Dragon's Fire

    • Dragonriders of Pern
    • By: Anne McCaffrey, Todd McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 344
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 262
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267

    Pellar is an orphan taken in by Masterharper Zist. Though born mute, Pellar is a gifted tracker, and when Zist sets off to take over as harper for Natalon's coal-mining camp, Pellar - along with his fire-lizard, Chitter - joins him on a secret mission of his own: to find out if reported thefts of coal are the work of the Shunned, criminals condemned to a life of wandering and hardship.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Glad this story is going on

    • By Krickett Crawford on 05-01-14

    Regular price: $27.27

  • Book 4

    • Dragon Harper

    • Dragonriders of Pern
    • By: Anne McCaffrey, Todd McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 398
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 297
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 304

    Life in the Harper Hall is busy for best friends Kindan, Nonala, and Kelsa. As the only female apprentices, Nonala and Kelsa are the butt of jokes and easy targets for the bully Vaxoram and his cronies. But when Kindan springs to Kelsa's defense, he winds up in a fight for his life against the older, bigger Vaxoram - a fight that will lead to a surprising friendship. Then fate intervenes in the form of a virulent plague as fast-spreading as it is deadly.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Be prepared to cry

    • By Babs on 07-31-17

    Regular price: $25.87

  • Book 5

    • Dragonheart

    • Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern
    • By: Todd McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Emily Durante
    • Length: 20 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 445
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 309
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 309

    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?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • rough around the edges

    • By Jennifer on 11-13-08

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 6

    • Dragongirl

    • Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern
    • By: Todd McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Emily Durante
    • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 340
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 261
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 265

    Young Fiona, rider of the gold queen Talenth, has returned from the past, where she and a group of dragons and riders fled so that the wounded could heal from their previous battles. Gone only three days, yet aged more than three years, Fiona is no longer a child but a woman prepared to fight against the Thread that threatens to destroy her world.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • "Stuck in Time with No Conclusion"

    • By HZ on 08-10-10

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 7

    • Dragon's Time

    • A Dragonriders of Pern Novel
    • By: Anne McCaffrey, Todd McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Emily Durante
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 331
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 286
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 291

    For the first time in more than three years, best-selling authors Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey have teamed up again to do what they do best: add another chapter to 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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Very depressing...

    • By Ariel on 09-01-11

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 8

    • Sky Dragons

    • Dragonriders of Pern
    • By: Anne McCaffrey, Todd McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Emily Durante
    • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 303
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 274
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 277

    Leadership of these dragons and riders falls to Xhinna, female rider of a blue dragon, who must earn the respect of all who follow her and solve the problem of how to get sufficient numbers of dragon eggs, all while protecting her people and baby dragons from the predators, and worse, traitors!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A very epic story

    • By Jennifer J.T.B. on 04-18-15

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 9

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    • Dragonquest

    • Dragonriders of Pern, Volume 2
    • By: Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Adrienne Barbeau
    • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 134
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 51

    Another Turn, and the deadly silver Threads begin falling again. So the bold dragonriders take to the air once more and their magnificent flying dragons swirl and swoop, belching flames that destroy the shimmering strands before they reach the ground.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged is not good

    • By Alan on 03-16-05

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The White Dragon

    • Dragonriders of Pern Volume 3
    • By: Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Adrienne Barbeau
    • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 183
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    Lord Jaxom is too young to be allowed to fight the dreaded Thread, so he and Ruth, his white dragon, train themselves in secret. Their delightful, illicit flight leads them into danger - and the chance to prevent unimaginable disaster. This fabulous story of bravery and friendship is narrated by Adrienne Barbeau ( The Fog).

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book Mediocre Audobook

    • By Alex Cornwall on 03-24-08

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Dragonsinger

    • Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 2
    • By: Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Sally Darling
    • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,265
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,765

    Menolly has returned home and entered the Harper Hall. But her entry into the Hall proves the beginning of more troubles, and the Master Harper gives her a difficult time because she is a girl. As Menolly begins to despair, she finds help in the shape of nine bright allies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Discription Diffrent

    • By debra on 07-10-11

    Regular price: $29.37

    • Dragondrums

    • The Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 3
    • By: Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Adrienne Barbeau
    • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 127
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    Once again Pern is in danger. The air trembles with Threadfall, and the holds seethe with rebellion. Piemur, his singing ended by a change of voice, is given a new assignment. On a bold mission to the Southern Hold he will learn the Oldtimers' secret and help Pern rediscover its lost heritage.

    Browse other Anne McCaffrey titles.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book Mediocre Audobook

    • By Alex Cornwall on 03-24-08

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Moreta

    • Dragonlady of Pern: Dragonriders of Pern
    • By: Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Sheila Hart
    • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 612
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 489
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 492

    An air of pleasant anticipation hung so thickly over the Halls, Holds, and Weyrs of Pern that it had affected even the businesslike ways of Moreta, the Weyrwoman of Fort Weyr. Her dragon, Queen Orlith, would soon clutch; spring had made a glorious debut; the Gather at Ruatha Hold was extremely merry; and Moreta was enjoying the attentions of Alessan, the new Lord Holder of Ruatha Hold. Then, without warning, a runnerbeast fell ill.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Weakest Storyline So Far

    • By Burt on 06-01-13
    • Dragonlady of Pern: Dragonriders of Pern
    • By: Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Sheila Hart
    • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
    • Release date: 05-30-08
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 612 ratings

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Dragonsdawn

    • Dragonriders of Pern
    • By: Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 987
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 996

    The beautiful planet Pern seemed a paradise to its new colonists - until unimaginable terror turned it into hell. Suddenly deadly spores were falling like silver threads from the sky, devouring everything - and everyone - in their path. It began to look as if the colony, cut off from Earth and lacking the resources to combat the menace, was doomed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Story has held up over the yrs & still a good one!

    • By debheller on 05-27-14

    Regular price: $31.47

    • The Renegades of Pern

    • Dragonriders of Pern
    • By: Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 627
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 504
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 509

    As long as the people of Pern could remember, the Holds had protected them from Thread, the deadly silver strands that fell from the sky and ravaged the land. In exchange for sanctuary in the huge stone fortresses, the people tithed to their lord Holders, who in turn supported the Weyrs, whose dragons were Pern's greatest weapon against Thread.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • one of my favorite authors

    • By Margaret on 02-25-10

    Regular price: $29.99

    • All the Weyrs of Pern

    • Dragonriders of Pern
    • By: Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 939
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 950

    For generations, the dragonriders had dedicated their lives to fighting Thread, the dreaded spores that periodically rained from the sky to ravage the land. On the backs of their magnificent telepathic dragons they flew to flame the deadly stuff out of the air before it could reach the planet's surface. But the greatest dream of the dragonriders was to find a way to eradicate Thread completely, so that never again would their beloved Pern be threatened with destruction.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Narration Would Make A Harper Weep

    • By WMF on 09-29-12

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Dolphins of Pern

    • Dragonriders of Pern
    • By: Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 784
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 589
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 595

    When the first humans came to settle the planet Pern, they did not come alone: intelligence-enhanced dolphins also crossed the stars to colonize Pern's oceans while their human partners settled the vast continents. But then disaster struck. The deadly silver spores called Thread fell like rain from the sky, and as human colonists' dreams of a new, idyllic life shattered into a desperate struggle for survival, the dolphins were forgotten.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A bit dissapointed

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-02-14

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Dragonseye

    • Dragonriders of Pern, Book 4
    • By: Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 539
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 442
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 447

    Thread: deadly silver strands that fall from the sky like rain, devouring every organic thing in their path - animals, plants, and people alike. Who could believe that such a horrible thing could exist? After all, it's been 200 years since Thread supposedly fell on Pern. No one alive remembers that first onslaught. There's no sign of it anywhere in the world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Narration is distracting.

    • By beckee carrier on 07-17-17

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Masterharper of Pern

    • By: Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 796
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 622
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 631

    In a time when no Thread has fallen for centuries - when, indeed, many are beginning to dare to hope that Thread will never fall again - a boy is born to Harper Hall. His name is Robinton, and he is destined to be one of the most famous and beloved leaders Pern has ever known.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Generally very enjoyable, some minor flaws

    • By Jersey Girl on 06-02-09

    Regular price: $29.99

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