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Dragonheart (Pern (Publication Order) #21)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  11,738 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
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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Sep 14, 2008 Cathy rated it really liked it
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!


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
Oct 18, 2008 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own, sci-fi, fantasy
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
Apr 12, 2009 Valerie rated it liked it
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.
Kay Dee
Nov 27, 2008 Kay Dee rated it did not like it

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.
Dec 07, 2008 Stephanie rated it liked it
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.
Jul 18, 2014 Chrystal rated it really liked it
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
Niki Beecher
May 09, 2015 Niki Beecher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 it just loyal ...more
Feb 22, 2009 Kim rated it it was ok
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
Sep 22, 2008 Luann rated it liked it
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
Jan 15, 2009 E. rated it liked it
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.
Kathy Martin
Nov 11, 2016 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it
This is another story from the early days of Pern. Fiona, who is the Lord Holder's only surviving child after plague ravaged the population, impresses a queen dragon Talenth and her life changes. Now she is the youngest of three weyrwomen at Fort Weyr. While she spent her life in the Holds, now she has to change her thinking. Luckily, the skills she learned as a Lord Holder's daughter translate nicely to that of a weyrwoman who cares for the needs of the dragons, dragonriders and other people of ...more
I did not care for this particular title. It had a slow start, a slow middle and only the last 20% did it seem more a pleasure than a chore to read. In fact, the only reason I did not stop without finishing it is because I want to read all of the books of Dragonriders of Pern. I think it was less enjoyable because McCaffrey wanted to strongly establish a new timeline in Pern, one he had already initiated. But I feel like he tried to cover too much. Because of this, he had what should have been a ...more
Jan 10, 2017 Casey rated it really liked it
Todd McCaffrey is moderately scary in his ability to mimic his mother's writing style. It's a talent I appreciate though.

Most of the time I wouldn't notice a difference in writing style--except when his maleness came through, like when he had male characters smack female characters on the butt "in a sign of affection." No. Gross. Don't. Do. It. Unless you ask the female first if she would be okay with it, don't. do. it. If asking feels too awkward, well then, I have a solution for you--don't. do
Jan 10, 2009 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2009
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Rena Sherwood
I gave up at page 96.

Now, granted, I made a mistake here before I picked up my local library's copy of Dragonheart. In 2016, I thought I'd read as many of the Dragonrider of Pern books as I could in chronological (not publication) order. By the time I decided to call it quits at page 96 I was thoroughly sick to death of Pern. It's just too much at once. You have to dole it out but by bit in order to read the series and not go


Another mistake I made is to also read Jane Yolen's pit dragon trilogy
Dec 11, 2012 Richelle rated it liked it
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Jan 12, 2017 Travis rated it liked it
Shelves: library, overdrive
Nobody else has mentioned it (that I saw) so maybe it's just me, but I'm puzzled by many many inconsistencies in this book. I've already read dragon's kin and dragon's blood, and just about everything Anne wrote, even her non pern stuff, but I can't say that this book keeps the consistency that Anne's books always had. I read dragon's Kin several years ago, so perhaps I'm remembering incorrectly, but it seems to me that several things in this book didn't mesh with things in other books. The stor ...more
Feb 23, 2017 Cheryl rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
too much repetition in the writing which breaks the story up too much
Jan 07, 2012 Rose rated it did not like it
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 -
Oct 10, 2016 Eric rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one, really.
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Aug 18, 2010 Kathy rated it it was ok
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
Aug 28, 2016 MFE rated it it was ok
This took me a concerted effort to read, not because of its length, but because of the tediousness of the story, coupled with very average - and in places painfully poor - writing on Todd's part.

The more I read of Todd's Pern, the more I see that he suffers from an inability to pace a story in a way that keeps the reader engaged. Whilst dialogue is important, in this effort it is overwhelming - far too much time is spent talking, and not nearly enough doing. The writing in places comes across as
Aug 06, 2008 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all Pern lovers
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
Dorothy (D. J.) Emry
On I gave this -- stars, our highest rating. Below are some highlights from that review. To read my full review go to:

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
Jan 31, 2009 Cindy rated it liked it
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Silvio Curtis
Sep 07, 2015 Silvio Curtis rated it really liked it
This book happens in parallel to Dragonsblood. Unfortunately, when I read the description, I mistook it for Dragonsblood, which I read in my last stage of Pern reading before college and before I was on Goodreads, and read Dragon's Time first, which horribly spoiled this book and Dragongirl, before realizing my mistake. The Dragonriders of Pern span most of my reading career so far and I scrambled the order at every stage, so I guess this just follows the precedent. Dragonheart is another Todd-a ...more
Jun 28, 2012 Andrew rated it it was ok
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
Amy Bradley
Dec 31, 2016 Amy Bradley rated it really liked it
Building on Dragonblood, this second of three novels circles around Fiona, youngest and only remaining child of the lord of Fort Hold, after the plague in Dragon Harper. She Impresses gold Talenth shortly before the dragons begin to fall ill, and is drawn into the seemingly futile struggle as the dragons of the weyr die - some from Thread injuries, but more from the dragon plague. A plan is struck upon when it feels like the end - the oldest weyrlings and injured will Time it, to ten turns prior ...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
Catherine Yezak
Apr 23, 2009 Catherine Yezak rated it it was amazing
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
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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 (Dragonriders of 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)

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