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Dragonsblood (Pern (Publication Order) #18)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  6,139 ratings  ·  142 reviews
In Dragon's Kin, bestselling author Anne McCaffrey did the unthinkable: for the first time ever, she invited another writer to join her in the skies of her most famous fictional creation. That writer was her son, Todd McCaffrey. Together, they penned a triumphant new chapter in the annals of the extraordinarily popular Dragonriders of Pern. Now, for the first time, Todd Mc ...more
Paperback, 452 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Del Rey Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Luann
At first I felt that Dragonsblood wasn't nearly as good as any of the other Pern books, including Dragon's Kin, which is the one combined effort of Anne and Todd McCaffrey that I've read so far. I liked a lot of the details and story that Todd chose to tell, but it just didn't flow as smoothly as the other Pern books.

In the beginning of the book, I struggled with keeping the characters straight. Also, the constant jumping between time periods interrupted the flow of the storyline for me. Things
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Kerry
I enjoyed this. I like the Pern books. I acknowledge they're not going to be classed as literary masterpieces, but I like the world, I like the people - and the dragons of course - and I like getting the chance to go back and visit on a regular basis.

Todd McCaffrey has done a good job in his mother's world, and it's also good to know that the new things he introduces (mostly more history about the original colonists and their next generation) have most likely been given the go-ahead by Anne McCa
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Diane
Mar 21, 2013 Diane rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
I felt like I'd read this story before. I've never read this book before, but I realized half way through that Todd was reusing tropes from some of the other really grand Pern novels to tell this story: a plague (Moreta), timing it as a way to solve the problem of being short staffed (Dragonflight, Dragonquest, etc), learning Oldtimer science to save the world (Dragonsdawn, the White Dragon, etc.), using the loss of a dragon to create instant sympathy for the character (Dragonquest).

While this g
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Kathy Davie
It's 507 AL, 507 years after landing, and Thread is expected soon. It parallels Dragon's Fire and Dragon's Kin.

The Story
Half the story is of Wind Blossom's last years on Pern, 50 years after landing to 59 AL, struggling to find a cure for the dragons and fire lizards in which we learn the true reason for her attitude toward her students and child while the other half of the story takes place in the weyrs as dragons sicken and die.

All the characters from Dragon's Fire and Dragon's Kin appear play
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Mike
I used to love the Pern books (before I developed a sense of literary style), and when I saw this one I thought I'd give them another try.

For a while I was thinking, "This is spooky. He writes exactly like his mother - with all the faults as well." (For example, using incorrect words - someone burns charcoal in a "grazier", and someone else is "dowsed" - instead of "doused" - with water.)

But actually, this isn't up to Anne McCaffrey's standard. Sure, she's no literary giant, and she has inconsis
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Cass
Oh gosh, another plague.... Does he realise that he doesn't have to write about plagues? There is some shit about Wind Blossom and how the Watchwhers were created and Boy Wonder (a.k.a. Kindan) makes is usual appearances.

DO NOT BOTHER!!!!!!!
L. Silvey
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Foomy
Okay, the idea was interesting (a dragon plague), and I liked the way they tied the past to the present with the whole time travel thing. Also, pretty heart-wrenching in places. A good story overall.

But honestly, I have some words for Todd at this point. Todd, listen. Your mother built this incredible world and wrote some incredible stories about the people in it. There are rules in this world. You can write new things with new characters, that's okay. But you can't change the rules of reality o
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Séverine
This story is really good, even if it's not my favorite.

I love how Todd McCaffrey writes his stories because they fit perfectly in Pern's world. But this one didn't captivated me as much as his others novels. Perhaps because I didn't read it in the right chronological order so I already knew what will be next.

This story has to be read just before "Dragonheart" and certainly before "Dragongirl".

Lorana is the heroine of this novel, introducing us to Fiona - the main character of "Dragonheart" and
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Tony Pucci
I so love and so identify with the Pern world and novels, that reading a new book (to me) in the series is automatically a thrill. I really have nothing to say about Todd vs. Anne McCaffrey; this book felt like a Pern book. I did worry near the end about the plot device used to solve the issue at hand, it's a bit too unrealistic, but since it also involves people roughly 400 years apart trying to solve the same problem, I really liked the overall arc of the story. My other concern was something ...more
Stefany
A pretty terrible book. While Pern has always been littered with Mary Sues and Gary Sues for it's main characters (pretty much almost all of them), Lorana takes the cake. If this had been on Fanfiction.net, it would've been voted down just to the absurdity of the plot. Spoilers ahead! ---> (view spoiler) ...more
Evaine
Feb 10, 2008 Evaine rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only die-hard Pern fans who have to read them all.
The son playing in his revered mother's world of dragons. Well, I was somewhat disappointed, I must say. For my taste there was too much focus on the actual science of genetics. I don't think I needed to know all the nitty-gritty of gene-tracking, splicing... and everything else geneticists find so fascinating. I wanted more about the dragons, their riders, the Weyrfolk - everything that makes Pern, well... Pern! The characters were rather flat and I honestly didn't come across one that grabbed ...more
Tamcamry
• As this book is in the actual Dragonrider series it is filled with much more action than the last Pern book I read. It really is a page turner. It also opens up a lot of questions that can only be answered down the road in later books. One thing that will be interesting to me will be what the original books say about the first and the second pass of thread. There is a very strong cannon designed around this series, and it will be interesting to see what shaped the cannon for these earlier book ...more
Andrea Fife
It was wonderful to be back on Pern even if only for a day (because I just couldn't make the book last longer). I'd never have known this installment was written by Todd instead of Anne had the cover not loudly proclaimed it. The story was seamless, fitting like the perfect puzzle piece into the historical landscape of Pern. I loved meeting the descendants of Pern's first settlers, and I appreciated the creative solutions based on creative science to solve the crisis. No magic here! Perhaps the ...more
Chrystal
This book is #18 of the series. It is absolutely amazing! The linking of the two periods of time alone with fantastic character development is absolutely superb! The jumping back and forth between what is happening is confusing at first but eventually it merges to where pieces that were mentioned from different points fall into place. Also this is a total molecular biology nerd book. I really like how real scientific concepts are incorporated into this story.
The book starts out with the beginni
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Allison
The time travel aspect redeemed this from a one star rating. I believe the epidemic tragedy storyline has worn itself out for this series. It might be a different epidemic, a different time period on Pern, and different characters, but really... all that death, desperation, and tragedy wears on me. I'm going to pretend I quit reading at the end of the original story arc (before Todd McCaffrey got involved) and stop hoping that the new installments will be any good.
Cherry Mischievous
Todd does not have Anne's magic. This book is obviously written by someone who has read a lot of Pern stories. The publisher was a bit too optimistic when they wrote that Todd brought fresh ideas to the series because he obviously didn't. This book is a hodge-podge collection of bits and pieces from previously published Pern books that Todd put together and it didn't quite gel. Thereby, for the long-time Pern fans, this book is a disappointment.
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
This one was just okay for me. Honestly, it felt more like a microbiology course than my beloved dragon stories. I want to read about dragronriders with a coming of age story. While this one was about Lorana and trying to save her dragon by learning from the past, it was kind of dull. I'm not sure I like having Ms. McCaffrey's son involved in the writing. His style is missing her special spark.
Wyldkat
This book is SERIOUSLY flawed. Anne would have done better to have found an accomplished writer who was familiar with her world to continue the series. It is apparent that Todd had no practical experience writing fiction and it does not seem he is well versed in his mother's work.

The book is rampant with inconsistencies, logic errors, and science flaws and in several points appears to contradict what his mother wrote back in the 70's and 80's. It is rough to read, switching scenes seemingly at r
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Jennifer
Sep 21, 2007 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pern lovers
Shelves: fluff
I was really craving fluff and I found this one. I was skeptical, but since Todd has published more than one Pern book, I took a chance.

By page 75 or so, I didn't remember that this wasn't Anne writing. Good story, good evocation of Pern. Doesn't disappoint!

And perfect when you're craving some dragons...
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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Hilary
3.5 stars, but I rounded up because the two plotlines made it worth the slight awkwardness of mentally jumping back and forth 500 years with new characters.

This is one of the better Pern books that Todd McCaffrey authored, and it fills in some of those gaps that I always wondered about: What happened to the first dragonriders? How did so much get lost? And why were fire-lizards all but unknown even in Moreta's time?

Many elements will seem familiar, but they don't feel plagiarized at all - more l
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Jenn
This book was alright. I think that there were too many characters in this book and it was a little hard to keep track of them. I also was a little bit confused with the different timelines in the beginning of the book. There were more scientific explanations and science in this book (I understand why he needed it for his plot) than I remembered being in the other Pern books. Because of that I don't think that Todd McCaffrey quite captured the personal feeling of Pern and the beloved characters ...more
Bookboy
When a fatal illness begins affecting dragons just before the latest cycle of Thread begins to fall, the young dragonrider Lorana must try to find a way to stop the disease before it decimates their ranks. When her efforts fail to bring about the necessary healing, she and her friends turn to the lyrics of an ancient song that may point to an answer five hundred years in their past, in the early years after the arrival of mankind on Pern. In those long-ago days, Wind Blossom, daughter of the wom ...more
Patrick Burgess
Not As Good As His Mama, But Still Good

I love Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels, have since I was a little wanna-be weyrling (when I wrote to Santa asking him if he could send me a clutch of fire lizard eggs for Christmas). Tod has managed to take what The Creator Of Pern manifested and spun a decent yarn that gives a similar but definitely different view of our beloved dragonriders' history.

Contrasting between two time periods, one at the beginning of Pern's colonization (after the dragons were cre
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John
Grade B-.

This is a good book but not great. It was easy to put down for long periods and to read in short segments before sleeping. It is well written and the story is basically interesting but its biggest problem is structure. I'll describe those in case they bother you also.

The first structure problem is flashbacks.
Chapter 1 follows the events around a likable character named Lorana and is quite enjoyable.

Chapter 2 flashes back 450 years to follow events around a mildly unpleasant character na
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Al
From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. The torch has been passed and burns more brightly than ever in this latest chapter of the venerable Pern saga, the first of what one hopes will be many solo efforts by the son of series creator Anne McCaffrey (_Dragons of Pern_). The narrative shifts smoothly between Wind Blossom, one of the original colonists of Pern, who's struggling to create a legacy for future generations before she dies, and Lorana, a young dragonrider born 450 years later with unusu

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Kacey
Okay, so I decided to try for Pern again. I loved this series growing up and wondered if it would still be magical coming back to it as an adult. And I still wonder, because although this book was interesting... the magic simply wasn't there. Is this because a different writer was telling the story, or because the story itself was confusing and a little convoluted? It's possible that it's a little bit of both.

First I'm going to talk about what other readers might have noticed, which is the utter
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Sara Powell
As a Pern fan for 25+ years, I've read a number of Mr. McCaffrey's Pern books. First let me say that I commend the man for jumping into this incredible world that is followed by so many knowledgable fans. It is to be expected that the pacing, flow, and perspectives would differ between authors; even between "Dragonflight" and "All the Weyrs of Pern," both written by the Dragonlady but several decades apart, there are noticeable differences.

However, I do beg leave to point out three details that
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Cary Spratt
I was expecting this to be not as good as it was, coming so close on the heels of a novel about a devastating human plague (so now we have a devastating *dragon* plague? eye roll), but I did find myself enjoying it.

Some things seemed a bit 'convenient', like the identity of the 'entombed in solid rock' young rider and dragon. As if the author has a list of all the little mysteries from future (previous?) books that he's trying to address. On the one hand, when I read it I thought 'Oh, so that's
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Todd J. McCaffrey (born as Todd Johnson) is an Irish American author of science fiction best known for continuing the Dragonriders of Pern series in collaboration with his mother Anne McCaffrey.


Todd Johnson was born 27 April 1956 in Montclair, New Jersey as the second son and middle child of Horace Wright Johnson (deceased 2009), who worked for DuPont, and Anne McCaffrey (deceased 2011), who had h
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Other Books in the Series

Pern (Publication Order) (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • Dragonflight (Pern, #1)
  • Dragonquest (Pern, #2)
  • Dragonsong (Harper Hall, #1)
  • Dragonsinger (Harper Hall, #2)
  • The White Dragon (Pern, #3)
  • Dragondrums (Harper Hall, #3)
  • Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern (Pern, #7)
  • Nerilka's Story (Pern, #8)
  • Dragonsdawn (Pern, #9)
  • The Renegades of Pern (Pern, #10)
Dragonheart (Pern, #21) Dragongirl (Pern, #22) Dragonholder: The Life and Dreams (So Far) of Anne McCaffrey Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern City of Angels

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