Dragonheart (Pern, #21)
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Dragonheart (Pern (Publication Order) #21)

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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...more
Hardcover, 538 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Del Rey Books (first published 2008)
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Cathy
Dec 20, 2008 Cathy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jon
Preface: I love Pern and have read every single book in the series and plan to do so until I die or the McCaffrey clan stops writing them.

Overall: A great book, read it!

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This one started a tiny bit rough for me in a few ways. One of the things I love most about this series is how vivid and real it's become for me (after reading what appears to be 22 books or stories). In reading this book it felt to me a bit like the author felt the same way, a little too much. Some common knowledge felt...more
Chrystal
This book is about a young girl named Fiona, the only surviving offspring of Lord Bemin at Fort Hold and how she grows and matures into becoming a Weyrwoman.
Fiona and her father attend the hatching grounds to see the new candidates impress the new hatching dragons. One of the eggs is a gold queen, the most powerful of all the dragons and to everyone's surprise the infant queen heads toward the stands instead of the remaining candidates. With double surprise the queen chooses Fiona and she impre...more
Kimberle
TODD MCCAFFREY IS RUINING PERN!

please stop him. dragonheart was not a very good book.

okay so he is telling the story of the dragon riders that went back in time during the dragon plague. fine...poor storytelling. i mean his books are getting worse instead of better. there were so many thing i did not like.

the dialogue was a major issue. the ages of fiona and terin was another one, a lil gross and kinda unbelievable. the needless detail about how they were going to get the weyr up and running....more
Kim
I have just loved the Pern series. Some of the books are stronger than others - my favorites are the first three of the Dragonriders series and the Harper Hall trilogy - but all are wonderful. The dragon personalities are amazingly individualized and each rider distinct. I am decidedly NOT a fantasy/SF fan, but have loved these books and reread them. All of those were written by Anne McCaffrey. This book was written by her son, who just doesn't write as well - at least in this series. The book i...more
Jenny
This is the fifth book by Todd Mccaffrey and it tells the story of Fiona, last surviving daughter of Lord Bemin at Fort Hold who impresses a gold dragon, Talenth. Fiona must learn the difficult duties of a Weyrwoman despite being only thirteen Turns old. Things are further complicated by a terrible plague that is affecting dragons across Pern, just as the deadly Threads begin falling again in the Third Pass. Fiona travels back in time ten Turns to abandoned Igen Weyr to allow injured dragons and...more
Luann
I'm always happy to be back in the world of Pern and its dragonriders - especially when I haven't been there for a while! While Todd isn't Anne, he really is the next best thing. I wish it hadn't been quite so long since I had last read Todd's books, though. They deal with this same time period and many of these same characters. I know there were connections I missed or only vaguely grasped. Overall, though, this was enjoyable to read. It didn't quite grab me up and carry me along like most of A...more
E.
I have long been an avid Anne McCaffrey fan and have enjoyed visiting Pern with her but unfortunately her son has not quite captured her flair for storytelling. The premise is good but the story was a bit disjointed and characters appear and die off with abandon. I am still a Pern fan but I hope that the next book is a little better organized and that it doesn't end with as little resolution as this one.
Maree  ♫ Light's Shadow ♪
I wasn't as excited about this one as a lot of the others. I've been enjoying the nature of these books in that they show parts of the same time from different perspectives (after all, there is an entire planet to be concerned with) but this one was a bit difficult. I felt like I already knew what was going to happen because of the other books, and that might be because it's so confusing what order these books should be read in. It's definitely not publishing order.

I do love Fiona as a character...more
Maria
I had a little trouble with the continuity in this book, but on the whole it read very smoothly and well. Pern's history is being well-fleshed out when we only had references in harper songs to go on before. I am thoroughly enjoying Todd's continuing sagas in the world of Pern. Maybe one day he will write a sequel to the Restoree, my personal favorite of the McCaffrey books. Sometimes it is hard to read about the tragic times in Pern's history. I had enough trouble with the plague in Dragonharpe...more
Stephanie
Todd does not write as well as his mother. Needs to use a larger variety of adjectives. Also uses too many formula descriptions. That said, will keep reading the Pern books even if Anne isn't writing them any more as I love the universe so well.
Valerie
I read this because they had a copy at the library when I took my sons. I enjoyed parts of the story, but I did not feel like it was a complete novel, in spite of its length. I did not buy in to any of the conflict, or characters completely.
Jennifer
Did not finish.

I think I'm done with the Pern series. I've been reading them chronologically and this one is just the last one I can even begin to handle. They've gotten progressively worse. Nothing happens, the characters seem incapable of any sensible decisions and generally just sit around talking about how there is really nothing they can do about anything. Added to that, this book was creeping really close to pedophilia with the female rider being only 13 and constantly being reminded about...more
Richelle
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Cindy
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Dorothy (D. J.) Emry
On StaticMultimedia.com I gave this -- stars, our highest rating. Below are some highlights from that review. To read my full review go to: http://www.staticmultimedia.com/print...

One of the chief problems McCaffrey faces, as the blurb from Del Rey puts it as “the heir apparent to the Pern universe created by his mother, Anne McCaffrey” is that his story backtracks over ground already explored in depth in previous books. None of the situations the characters encounter are new to fans; no one but...more
Carolyn
Dec 15, 2008 Carolyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all Pern lovers
FINALLY!! (NO SPOILERS)
Yes, *finally* a book by Todd MC worthy of being included in the pantheon of Pern books!
The first couple of Pern books he co-wrote/wrote (DragonKin/Fire/Harper) were shallow and extremely lacking in descriptions and character development, every incident happens at a breakneck pace, foreshadowing of exactly what is going to happen is obvious from about page 25, and overall they seem to be novellas that the publisher had him bulk up to come out in book form. Dragonsblood wa...more
Myssi
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Rose
When I picked up this book, the memory of Dragonharper was still fresh in my mind. The fact that I read it is a great tribute to either my masochism or my determination. With fortitude of mind and resilience of spirit, I rolled up my sleeves, spat on my hands, and plunged head-first into yet another long trek through a tedious mire.
To be fair, Dragonheart wasn’t quite as bad as its predecessor: there was an amorphous shadow which might, with a little encouragement, eventually grow into a plot -...more
Andrew
Picked this up from the bargain area of Barnes and Noble. I actually found Sci-Fi/ Fantasy as a kid through the short story Littlest Dragonrider of Pern, so this world is near and dear to me. Since adulthood, I haven't kept track of things, but I decided to pick this one up. I fought a long time between 2 and 3 stars here, because there were parts of this book I thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately, there were also parts that I found painful. I found the author's style very disjointed. There was no...more
Kristen
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Kathy
An overall engaging read along the lines of Anne McCaffrey's orginial series; however, this book lacks the stand-alone factor that was prominent in each of her books. Yes, they were each part of a series and when you read one you found references to the wonderful world and charming characters she had created running through each, but this one seems to rely too heavily on readers being aware of the content and characters introduced in Todd McCaffrey's other continuations of the Pern series. Unfo...more
Catherine Yezak
Apr 23, 2009 Catherine Yezak rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Todd McCaffrey has certainly proved himself equal to his mother in this latest in the Dragonriders of Pern series. He is definitely the best person to carry this series on. Once again, the Dragonriders must face the impossible if the dragons are to survive a mysterious illness that is destroying dragons and dragon lizards. And with the next turn of Thread, this is disastorous. So a group of injured dragonriders as well as Weyrlings with their young dragons, travel 10 years into to the past to gr...more
Kathy Davidson
Todd can't write the way his mother, Anne McCaffrey. His book is integrating, but not the same. It's kind of a let down.
Fiona, a newly impressed, teen, is unbelievable as a teen. Todd keeps trying to remind us she was raised to be a leader, but still teens are never that level headed. Her friend, an eleven year old decides to become sexually active, and she herself seduces a thirty-something year old. Anne McCaffrey always had a theme of a girl overcoming surmountable odds. Todd doesn't quite g...more
Red
A disappointment in the Pern series. This is the first time I've had to say that. I'm not sure why Todd McCaffrey had a problem with this book, when he has been so capable with his previous books in the series. I believe this is his first female protagonist, and that might be one of the problems. Her character was flat and a little creepy. A lot of the dialog was forced, not well developed, and not only not good, but not interesting. And then there were the problems on the publishers side. There...more
Christina
This book was awful. I've read every Anne McCaffrey Pern book at least four or five times, and I've read the other ones by Todd once (they were meh), but this book must've been written when Todd was drunk or high or something. I couldn't get through it, it was super dull and descriptions were extremely repetitive. The characters are one dimensional and boring. In fact, this reminds me a lot of the awfulness that is "A Game of Thrones". I couldn't get through it. Fiona, whose name is even boring,...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Fiona is from Fort Hold raised to be a holder never expecting to Impress when she's at Fort Weyr hatching. Fiona has alot to learn about being Weyrwoman and Weyrfolk. Since Impressing Fiona has felt unusual fatigue that has no explanation and it's not just her either but her fellow hatching mates. Fiona is struck by how much duties and chores at the weyr are similar to hold's. When dragons and firelizards start coughing from illness. A panic begins to form in young Fiona's mind praying that it's...more
Amylynn
A well written, incredibly depressing ruing of all that I have loved about Pern. Todd what have you done?! This is his way off cleaning the slate and making the series his. Pern was my happy place but this made it so so sad!
Rift Vegan
This book is the best (so far as I've read) of Todd's Pern books. At times, it was hard to put down. But, it's not a stand-alone book and the story is not finished at the end.

All of the Third Pass books need to be read together, in quick order... Parallel stories are told and reading the books without a break between would help to keep events and people straight in your head.

And having said that, I really do think that Todd could be a great writer. The scope of the Third Pass books is rather am...more
Kris
Todd McCafferey is NOT Anne McCaffrey. Anne has always been one of my favorite authors due to her ability to tell you a story. She takes you into the story and keeps you entertained, with one story line always easing simply into the next.

Todd has a tendancy to jump from one story to another. I found myself going back several pages to try to figure out when we went from discussing one character, and were now discussing a completely different character.

Dragonheart has/had potentional. The storyli...more
Anna
This is definitely an improvement over his previous efforts, but felt a bit disjointed at times. The ending is anti-climactic, serving more as the introduction to the next book than wrapping up the dangling threads of this one. Also, the final third of the book shifts from overcoming challenges to the mopy, confused love life of a young woman. Not exactly the kind of thing one expects in a Pern book. Maybe a little here and there, but this really made the ending drag, and the anti-climax even mo...more
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Release Date 1 17 Apr 13, 2008 09:36AM  
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