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Dragon's Kin (Pern (Publication Order) #17)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  6,856 ratings  ·  151 reviews
Beginning with the classic Dragonriders of Pern, Anne McCaffrey has created a complex, endlessly fascinating world uniting humans and great telepathic dragons. Millions of devoted readers have soared on the glittering wings of Anne’s imagination, following book by book the evolution of one of science fiction’s most beloved and honored series. Now, for the first time, Anne ...more
Published (first published January 1st 2003)
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Karen Wyle
I've read many books by Anne McCaffrey over the years, including several in her Dragonrider series, but since reading Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern, a collection of tributes to McCaffrey, I've been reading more of that series. This book is one of the better ones. Like many of the others (e.g. The Dolphins of Pern, and the story "Runner of Pern" in A Gift of Dragons: Illustrated Stories), it provides a wealth of new detail about some previously mentioned aspect of Pernese soc ...more
Darlene
May 20, 2015 Darlene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: McCaffrey fans
Recommended to Darlene by: Anne McCaffrey's name
Sometimes a person has to do with what they can afford and/or find at the time. Found, at the library the hardback and the audio CDs of this book available at the same time! Score! And I own the next four hardbacks waiting for me on my own bookshelves. Problem with those is I don't have the audio/Audible versions to help me out. So it may take a while until I can read them.

Meanwhile, I had a lot of fun reading/listening to this. Dick Hill did the narration. And I think he did a better job acting
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Gypsydawn
Wondered if son would wreck the series by changing the format but was totally delighted to find I was every bit as engrossed as before with Anne's works.
On the strength of this went out and purchased the next 3 books of the Pern collection.

MizzThurzday Adamz
It was good, I'm liking the highlights of other species on PERN. Though this is typical of the McCaffery formula, right down to the snarky, just for the sake of snark character that highlights the need of the author's to vent personal frustrations.
Ron
Unlike many other creators of alternate worlds, Anne McCaffery continues to mine fresh ore from the soil of her imagined reality. Her storytelling is good, too.
Valerie
Sep 04, 2008 Valerie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Valerie by: free
Shelves: fantasy-sf
I expected not to like this because of the collaboration, but it was alright. I did enjoy learning something about Pern outside the Dragonriders.
Jill Smith
BOOK REVIEW By Jill Smith April 2008

Do you have a favorite author? I do. Anne McCaffrey has been a staple reading diet of mine since my teens. My all time read and re-read titles being ‘The Ship Who Sang’, ‘Decision at Doona’ and ‘Restoree’. As Science Fiction/Fantasy authors go she is a classic, and now her son is following in her footsteps. I thought this was a recent release but find on my search of ‘The Worlds of Anne McCaffrey’ website that it was released in 2003.

Returning to the world An
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L.A. Catron
I have always adored Anne McCaffrey's writing, so I was more than willing to give Todd a break and check out his style. I was curious to see how he'd continue his mother's legacy.

He got off to a rough start with some dense descriptions and nearly undecipherable family-trees. I slogged on. His skill warmed up a bit as the book went on but there were still quite a few places were fewer words would have sufficed.

I met a few characters who were okay. The best wasn't even a main character (though I
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Tony Pucci
I loved reading this book! Having read (and loved) everything Anne McCaffrey has written in the Pern world, I was anxious about reading the books her son Todd had written for Pern. I needn't have worried, he seems to have the same feel for Pern. These are character-driven books. Most of the characters, except for a few cliche baddies, have a lot of depth to them, and as the reader you develop a lot of empathy for the characters. So as another immersion into the world of Pern, this book was comfo ...more
Maree
I was kind of concerned when I started this book and realized that it wasn't going to be about the usual Pernese dragons. Instead, it was about mining and werewatchers, which everyone knows are just badly created dragons. A mistake.

Or...maybe not? :D I was pretty taken aback by the new story emerging from what I assumed was a dank and dull mine shaft. This book is actually an awesome addition to Pern, and I have to say, that's what I love about this series, long and varied as it is. It's actuall
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Charity
The writing in this book was TERRIBLE. It was like a middle school kid wrote it. The writing was a little jumpy and not very descriptive. The writing was just.... gosh, it was bad. However, the storyline itself wasn't too shabby. It's the only thing that kept me reading this book.

This was my first Pern novel and I've learned not to read anything written by Anne McCaffrey's son. I've yet to read anything by Anne, but I'm not going to let her son's terrible writing sway me from her. If she really
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Judith
The story was OK, but the McCaffrey flair for character and story development was not there. I own all the other books in this series, and many of Anne McCaffrey's other series as well, and her ability to make realistic characters that readers actually like and care about is missing from this latest effort. Reading this book was like eating cotton candy -- you know you're eating, but you're not getting anything of substance. The idea was good, but this looked like a skeleton outline of a book th ...more
Niki Beecher
I read the Pern books long ago. Decided to re-read in "chronological order". Then I got to the ones Todd McCaffrey wrote, both in conjunction with his mother and on his own. I made it through the first, Dragon's Kin, which wasn't TOO bad, and the second, Dragon Harper, which was okay, then got through about half of Dragon's Fire, and now a quarter of the way into Dragon Heart, I just can't go on. When I look at the ratings, I'm astonished to see his books rated as high as hers...is it just loyal ...more
Vicki Jaeger
I can't tell you how many times I've read this series. Just read this title again, and it still doesn't disappoint. Telepathic dragons, strong female characters, great relationships, and the Harpers' guild and music as a strong guiding force. What could be better?
In hindsight, I still enjoy reading the series in order written (versus actual chronological order of events). I especially like how McCaffrey shifts her point of view in different books, retelling the same events from someone else's p
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Jill Smith
Do you have a favorite author? I do. Anne McCaffrey has been a staple reading diet of mine since my teens. My all time read and re-read titles being ‘The Ship Who Sang’, ‘Decision at Doona’ and ‘Restoree’. As Science Fiction/Fantasy authors go she is a classic, and now her son is following in her footsteps. I thought this was a recent release but find on my search of ‘The Worlds of Anne McCaffrey’ website that it was released in 2003.

Returning to the world Anne McCaffrey created in ‘PERN’ is lik
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Myst
The story had a lot of promise, but a pile of potentially relevant plot points were ignored/forgotten about.

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Jacki
Kindan's family has recently moved to a new miner camp in the hopes of establishing a new hold. But tragdey strikes, leaving Kindan an orphan and the camp without a watch-wher. But the dramatic events place Kindan in new paths never imagined and he must make the choice to pursue his dream or save the camp.

It has been many, many years since I have picked up a Dragonriders of Pern book, and I was immediately reminded of why this series alone fills up a good portion of my bookshelves. Written by bo
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leon
Synopsis: A story told by the eyes of a boy raised to be..a Dragon Rider. Kindan excells through life as an assistant through this dreadfall life. tryin to protect himself, families, and other from the devistation threadfall.

Classification-
Audience: 10+
Purpose: to show if you wait good things will always come
Genre-setting- fantasy
Genre-style- ,elodramatic
-Genre plot: asction/adventure

Criticism: The New Story of Pern-Dragon's Kin- was written by Anne McCaffry. This book is a perfect story for th
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Jeanne
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Marina
Lately I have had a craving for Pern.I remember that someone from Baen's Bar recommended the series to me because of my love of Mercedes Lackey books years ago.They told me I had to read this series if I loved dragons! How could I not give it a read after that.Sadly, I was never able to finish the series.Due to Hurricane Sandy I lost about 10 books that I had planned on reading to catch up.I am not sure why lately I have been yearning for Pern but I am so glad I listened.

Before ordering this boo
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Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Kindan is from Camp Natalon in Crom Hold, his family are coal miners preparing for his sister's wedding. Kindan will miss his sister alot because she looked out for him even with his many older and younger brothers. Harper Jofri is being replaced by another harper Master Zist to the dismay of Kindan. Kindan's best friend Zenor finds Kindan on the watch heights when they spy the Trader Caravan coming up the road. After Kindan's sister's wedding life settles into a rountine for all the miners Dani ...more
Kari Metzger
Meh - I LOVE the world of Pern. It's always nice to visit there again, and even if the book isn't awesome, it's still good to see stories unfolding. (for the record - 2.5 stars would be my vote if it were possible...)

However, I found it difficult to stay engaged with this book - the plot jumped around a bit, especially at the beginning, the stories were compelling, then not, then compelling - it was very off and on again! Just when I would decide to give up on it, it would pick up again, only to
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Kathy Davie
Sorry...I just have no enthusiasm about this book and it shows in the review...The only reason I'm giving it a 2 is...it's Pern.


It's 491 AL, 491 years after landing, and sixteen years before Thread is scheduled to return to Pern with the primary action taking place at Natalon's mine. It parallels Dragonsblood and Dragon's Fire.

The Story
The focus in this story is on the watch-whers. Most people despise them and feel they're useless. Silstra marries Terregar. Kindan rescues Natalon's family when
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Gere Lewis
*****Possible spoilers starting in the 3rd paragraph*****
A lot of people thought that the writing itself, the technical aspects, were lacking. They're not wrong. However, I consider this the first effort of Todd McCaffrey rather than a mediocre effort of Anne McCaffrey. Besides, I don't nitpick on technical aspects when the story is good.

A lot of people don't seem to like the non-dragons of Pern. There are a great many complaints about watch-whers and dolphins. In a strange way, I like them bet
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Al

Beginning with the classic Dragonriders of Pern, Anne McCaffrey has created a complex, endlessly fascinating world uniting humans and great telepathic dragons. Millions of devoted readers have soared on the glittering wings of Anne’s imagination, following book by book the evolution of one of science fiction’s most beloved and honored series. Now, for the first time, Anne has invited another writer to join her in the skies of Pern, a writer with an intimate knowledge of Pern and its history: he

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Kerry
Kindan is the youngest son of the watchwher handler at a coal mine in Pern's Third Pass. The mine is new, only six months old, and still needs to prove itself before it can become a legitimate Hold. With the next Pass due to start in less than twenty years, getting the mine established is vitally important.

Much as Kindan likes the watchwher Dask, he has ambitions to be a Harper and loves his time working with the settlement's Harper Zist. When his entire family, and Dask as well, are killed in
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Maya
I finally ventured into the Todd McCaffrey books. I thought it was okay and had some potential, but, as noted, the writing was not fantastic. In addition to disorganized writing & story telling, I noticed a lot of glaring errors in Pern-specific terminology (guitar instead of gitar, wedding instead of handfasting, etc.) that kept reminding me that it was not written by Anne. This also extended to his organization of the community, which (ignoring the presence of watch-whers) seemed in many w ...more
Sarah
This is some of the worst fan fiction I've ever read. It is a crime that Anne's name is even on this, when it's not even clear she wrote a word of it, and I doubt even an editor looked at it. The writing is careless, and the characters are nothing more than names. Give this one a pass. Gave up on page 18, but believe me, that was enough.
Jodie
Been awhile since I read this. I adore Anne, but even if I hadn't known her son helped to start writing her pern series I could tell the difference. It's by no means horrible, but it just wasn't the same. Still a fan of the books...oh *sigh* RIP Anne McCaffrey:'(
Robert Clouse
Great addition to the Perm series

Great addition to the Perm series

McCartney has done it again. More of the story, history, and people, and creatures of Perm explained. Great fantasy and Sci-Fi
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two
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Pern (Publication Order) (1 - 10 of 24 books)
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  • Dragonsinger (Harper Hall, #2)
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