Thursday, January 8, 2009

Dragonheart by Todd McCaffrey


Product Description; Todd McCaffrey’s first solo novel in the classic Dragonriders of Pern series, Dragonsblood, was hailed by critics and embraced by the countless devoted readers of the landmark science fiction saga created by his mother, Anne McCaffrey. Now the chronicles of Pern take another captivating turn as the embattled planet, the brave pioneers who call it home, and the magnificent flame-breathing creatures who fly high to protect it confront a dire new challenge.The grim specter of sickness looms over the Weyrs of Pern, felling fire-lizards and posing a potentially devastating threat to their dragon cousins, Pern’s sole defense against the deadly phenomenon that is Thread. Fiona, the youngest and only surviving daughter of Lord Bemin, is just coming of age, and about to assume the duties of a Weyrwoman, when word spreads that dragons have indeed begun succumbing to the new contagion. With the next season of Threadfall quickly approaching, and the already diminished ranks of the dragons once more under siege, every Weyr across Pern is in crisis mode. It is hardly the time for disturbing distractions–such as the strange voice Fiona suddenly hears in her mind at the darkest and most urgent moments. Circumstances and the mood of the weyrfolk worsen when advance patrols relay the dreaded news that black dust–the unmistakable herald of falling Thread–has been sighted. As more dragons sicken and die, leaving only a new generation of weyrlings too young to succeed them, Weyrleader B’Nik and queen rider Lorana arrive from Benden Weyr to comb Fort Weyr’s archives in a desperate search for clues from the past that may hold the solution to the plague. But could the actual past itself prove the pathway to salvation for Pern’s stricken dragons and the entire imperiled planet? Guided by a mysterious ally from a wholly unexpected place, and trusting in the unique dragon gift for transcending time, Fiona will join a risky expedition with far-reaching consequences for both Pern’s future and her personal destiny.
My thoughts: I loved all of Anne McCaffrey's Pern books and I read one of Todd's books that I liked. I went into this book fully expecting to love it as well. However I was somewhat disappointed and found myself skimming. This was a 538 page book that seemed to be just a bridge to the next book. I enjoyed revisiting Pern, Todd has a full grasp of the story and world of Pern from his mother. I guess as a Dragonriders of Pern fan, I'm glad I read it, but if you haven't read these books before, start with Anne's!

4 comments:

J. Kaye Oldner said...

My middle son loved this one too!

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D Wright said...

Jan Karon invites you to visit her website at www.mitfordbooks.com. I know you will enjoy the site!

Jenne said...

I read this series years ago as a teenager and was not surprised when her son started writing more, but I didn't pick any up. My husband is reading them now and reading your review I might visit Pern again soon!