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Dragonsblood (Pern (Publication Order) #18)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  7,490 Ratings  ·  170 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
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Published January 25th 2005 by Del Rey (first published 2005)
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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
Kathy Davie
Jul 25, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Mar 21, 2013 diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 24, 2012 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 8, sf, 2006
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
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.

Sep 14, 2011 Stefany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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, it would've been voted down just to the absurdity of the plot. Spoilers ahead! ---> (view spoiler) ...more
Kathy Martin
Jul 25, 2015 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book weaves two stories and two time periods together. In 507, Thread is just beginning to fall but the dragons are getting sick. Lorana is the daughter of a herder and one of the population that survived a plague. She is a talented artist, a skilled healer, has impressed two fire lizards, and can speak to all dragons.

Lorana has set herself a goal of traveling around Pern and drawing pictures of all the life forms. To do this she boards a ship but has to escape it because the Captain wants
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
L. Silvey
Jun 06, 2011 L. Silvey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tony Pucci
Aug 27, 2012 Tony Pucci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 24, 2016 MFE rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In short, a much better effort upon Todd McCaffrey's part in regards to the Pern series, but not really bringing enough to stand apart.

Certainly a more convoluted story that tries its best to deal with the ins and outs of time-travel, and character development is certainly better than his previous effort in Dragon's Kin. Todd tends to be less descriptive about scenes in general, and focuses more on dialogue, which in itself is not a bad thing, but sometimes it feels like a little more time setti
Dec 18, 2014 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: needs-editing
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
Feb 14, 2009 Foomy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 10, 2008 Evaine rated it it was ok  ·  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
Mar 02, 2010 Tamcamry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
• 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
Jun 05, 2012 Andrea Fife rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 05, 2010 Cherry Mischievous rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-ve-read, own
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.
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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.
Sep 21, 2007 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Just not as interested in the middle passes. Prefer the earlier and later years.
Sep 09, 2014 Chrystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 16, 2017 Josephine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this talk from Perl, I think the writer did a good job in continuing the story in the same way his mother did. I i had not known it wasn't written by Anne, I don't think I would have even known.
Will continue with this series.
I thoroughly enjoyed this new direction of Pern stories that Todd McCaffrey has taken. Asking the question "What if dragons got affected by a plague?" Todd gives us a complex, compelling tale. For a bit, I was confused about the switches between two different thread passes, but I finally got straight who was when and that there really were two different whens in operation. Perhaps if I had read a physical book it would have been less confusing. It's easy to page back to the start of a chapter in ...more
Mar 22, 2017 Nina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better Pern-novels I've ever read, but it ended kind of like hitting a wall at 100km/h. I wanted to know more than what was given at the end. Apart from that, it was great.
Abigail Clepper
As a 30 year Pern fan, I was a little worried about reading this book because I had just finished Dragon's Time (they occur at the same time). This one was much better, captured a good bit of the flavor of the older books. However, I couldn't help but think, haven't we seen this plot before? Terrible disease threatens all of Pern, how will they be saved, could it be, timing it? There is a little more to it than this, but really follows the same line.
Feb 07, 2013 Al rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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
Mar 20, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
2011 Grade B-.

Series book P03

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 unp
Cary Spratt
Feb 24, 2013 Cary Spratt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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 (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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