Dragonriders of Pern (New Series)

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,449 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 345
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 271
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Over too soon

    • By Luna Fortuna on 03-18-15

    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 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 302
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229

    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 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 358
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 264
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 271

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-12-09

    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 413
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 279
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 280

    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: $27.99

  • 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 306
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 238

    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 HB on 08-10-10

    Regular price: $27.29

  • Book 7

    • Dragon's Time

    • A Dragonriders of Pern Novel
    • By: Anne McCaffrey, Todd McCaffrey
    • Narrated by: Emily Durante
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 300
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 261

    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 277
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 251
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 254

    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