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Sky Dragons

(Pern #24)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  3,986 ratings  ·  228 reviews
Scores of dragons are dead after plague swept across the world of Pern, and now the Weyrs are struggling to rebuild before Threadfall destroys everything—and everyone—left alive. Their best hope lies with a group of new dragonriders who have volunteered to brave the dangers of an unexplored island populated by vicious wild felines and voracious tunnel-snakes to create a sa ...more
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Del Rey (first published December 1st 2011)
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Jul 07, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anne-mccaffrey
I think that Goodreads should give you a negative option when rating books- minus one star would be perfect for this book. Todd McCaffrey has completely ruined Pern. I am a huge fan of Anne McCaffrey's Pern books, but Todd needs to put this pass out of its misery and go do something else. One indicator for me that a book will be bad is when it is a new book in a popular series with a huge following, and the book is actually sitting on the shelf at the library, instead of on hold for three months ...more
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is a sad end to the great work which Anne McCaffrey has given us through the years, and I think that a lot, if not all, of the blame has to be placed at the feet of Todd. I have tried to keep an open mind to their collaborations in the last few years, and Todd's solo efforts, but things seemed to have gotten steadily worse.

But, where to begin ...

Sky Dragons reads more like an early draft, rather than a final edit. Scenes do not flow from one to the other, there are many short scenes which p
Susan Kennedy
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm not sure what to say. This was another book in what seemed a long series of books about the same characters and time span. There was a dragon sickness, thread fall was coming and they needed to save the dragons. There were several books dedicated to timing it to the past to have hatchings and raise hatchlings so that they would have more dragons during the time they needed it. This was another of those. Then they learned to fight thread really high where there isn't much oxygen. That was gre ...more
William Bentrim
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sky Dragons by Todd & Anne McCaffrey

This is a tale of dragons from Pern, the home of Anne McCaffrey’s dragonesque imagination. Plague has decimated the dragons of Pern and their riders to the point where there is an insufficient defense against Thread. This book details how a small band of courageous dragon riders preservers.

I don’t know if I own every book that Anne McCaffrey authored but if I don’t it isn’t for lack of trying. I am a major dragon fan and some of my all time favorite drago
Keilani Ludlow
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Someone is going to bash me for this one so if you're not conservative, probably better just move on to another review.

Ugh. I have been a long time fan of Anne McCaffery. I stumbled upon Dragonsinger years and years ago and was hooked. I hate to say anything negative, especially as she died in the last year, but I just can't give this book a good review. I've felt like her books have really gone downhill in the last decade, and her's books with her son Todd and/or his books are just not that gre
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Sky Dragons (Pern, #24)
McCaffrey, Anne
It is better sweet to turn the last page of An Anne Mccaffrey book, knowing that this is the last book she put her hands on and approved. I have read all her books, and #24 is no different then the first, with tears streaming down your face as you feel the ebb and pull of the events that occur with in the pages, wishing the characters could live forever. Greiving for a friend lost as those characters do mourn their losses. My only hope is with out the inspi
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Netgalley (an uncorrected proof)

At the end of Dragon’s Time the plague and sickness are over but there are few dragons and riders left, Sky Dragon’s starts where that one left off, sort of, at first it is a little off putting because they don’t tell the story of how they came to be where they are till later.

For the main part of the book we have some familiar folks, and some new faces but I do believe Todd & Anne have set us up for a new story arc that I am sure Todd
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Sky Dragons is the latest installment in the Pern Series and the last book which will feel the touch of Anne MacCaffrey herself. It's thrilling as a reader and lover of the Pern series that this latest and last book by her is as wonderful and thrilling as the first. The Pern series does need to be read in order because there are elements, which are developed and explained in early books and may leave readers confused, if they're picki
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, scifi, dragons
Sky Dragons: Dragonriders of Pern takes place after the plague has annihilated most the dragons and riders. This is the story how the remaining dragons and riders survive and rebuild.

This being my first book in this series, I was unfamiliar with all the past characters. Even though I was unfamiliar, I was still able to follow the story rather easily. The authors did a fabulous job giving just enough information to enlighten what I missed but not to bog down the story with details of the past.

Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book was hard to follow with all the various names that are similar. I also didn't feel connected to any of the characters, which is very different from the rest of the series, where I always became attached to certain key characters. It took many chapters before I started to feel like I knew the characters enough to properly enjoy the book.

In previous Pern books there was often a short recap of what had happened, so that after a year or more since the last book we could easily follow alon
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I still enjoy the Pern series, but something has been lost since the late Anne McCaffrey quit writing them solo. I've tried to warm up to Todd's writing style, but to my way of thinking, he tends to introduce way too many characters at a time, without really developing any of them. Maybe if I could read one book immediately after putting its predecessor down, it wouldn't be such work to keep track of all the characters. The world of Pern is still a wonderful place, but I feel like I need a flowc ...more
Sep 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dragons
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Feb 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Meh. If this had been a book set anywhere other than Pern (or other much-loved sci-fi/fantasy world), I probably wouldn't have finished it. The characters are sappy, there's very little dramatic tension, the time travel meme is simultaneously way overused and limited in arbitrary ways, and a lot of the descriptions of personal relationships reads like a "non-traditional sexuality is ok" pamphlet. In large part it feels like we've read this before in Dragongirl and Dragon's Time.

Having said all t
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, fantasy
I have lots of confusing feelings about this book. Here goes in no particular order.

I found it very difficult to remember who all the characters were from previous books and hence had trouble caring about some of the characters.

I'm not sure how realistic it was but fair play to Todd and Anne for portraying a lesbian relationship and broadening the dragon choices to include more women. In fact women form the majority of the main characters in this book.

However, as with the earlier books, many of
Jun 16, 2012 rated it liked it
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Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Parts of this were very enjoyable, but parts got rather confusing with the jumping forward and backward in time. I have found that to be more and more the case in the last few books. I still love the characters, but I have a hard time following where the story is ultimately going which I think is too bad. This, of course, was Anne's last book. The end of an era.
Bonnie Owen
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was my least favorite Pern book. It was actually written by Anne's son Todd McCaffrey, who completely embraces his mother's writing style. The story follow Xhinna, the first Blue Dragon rider Pern has ever seen. The story takes place after a plague has wiped out many citizens and most of the dragon force. Dragons can go between places and can also go between times, so Xhinna leads a small colony back in time by three turns (years) in order to rebuild the dragon force so they can continue to ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this series of books. It's one of my all time favourites. I decided to re-read the entire Dragonriders of Pern series and over the past couple of months, I have been working my way through them all. Anne McCaffrey has such a wonderful, boundless imagination and such a vivid and descriptive style, her stories transport the reader into the fantastic world that she created and sweeps you up on the breathtaking adventures. Spellbinding!
Lynda Tatad
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-r-us
I feel like I grew up with this series as my daughter grew up with the Harry Potter series. I had already heard about the passing of Anne McCaffrey before this book was released, and reading the forward written by her son Todd brought it home to me again. I needed tissues before I even started the story! I will always have a soft spot in my heart for this series, and I will keep reading any Pern stories that Todd McCaffrey continues with. Because if I think I grew up with the Dragons of Pern, To ...more
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pern fans
Recommended to Darlene by: Anne McCaffrey
This was a bittersweet book. Published after our Pern Queen, Anne McCaffrey passed. That acknowledgement is at the beginning of the book and set the tone. At least it did for me.

I already had the hardback so all I needed was the audio. I borrowed that from the library. Now I have this on my Audible wishlist. Once again, Emily Durante was the narrator. She is excellent! Her acting skills shine in this recording.

In this book, the McCaffrey's join the 21st century breaking the dragon-glass ceiling
S. W.
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I was very surprised by this book. The Todd Mccaffrey series' have been somewhat slow, but this one was not. I enjoyed the self-contained isolation of this book. Although it connects with the larger series, I was able to enjoy it almost as a stand alone novel.

I was also impressed with the fact that one of the main characters was at least a bisexual and at most a lesbian. For Pern, that seems cutting edge and very liberal. There have always been references to the blue and green dragon rider men
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really love Anne McCaffrey books, especially the Pern books. They're filled with action, excitement, and dragons. They may not actually be magical dragons, but their hard work charring thread puts them in the top spot for top dragon (behind Saphira, Glaedr, and Firnin from the Inheritance Cycle). I also love how the main character, Xhinna, a gay woman and rider of blue Tazith, shows that even if some people think you can't do something, if you try hard enough, you will always succeed. Througho ...more
Vicki Jaeger
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 the point of view in different books, retelling the same events from someone else's p
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Very sad that Anne McCaffrey has passed away. Pern will never be the same.
This wasn't one of the better Pern books. It seemed to lack the excitment of the others and I find Kindan or K"dan's character very annoying. Not sure why, didn't like him in Dragon's Kin and it seems to have gone on from there. There seemed to be too many characters in this book. There was little fighting of thread and too much about green dragons laying eggs , which I didn't think happened. Well in all the otehrs books
Kristy Halseth
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've seen a lot of people blaming Todd for this book being a bit substandard. But some of his that he wrote alone were quite good. So I do not think that is a fair assessment.

It does start oddly. I feel like I was missing a book that should have been in between. It was a rough beginning and I felt like I needed to go back and find the books before it to re-read them. But I also missed it when it came out so had an extra couple years between the previous book and this one.

It eventually smoothed
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
All of Anne's books, even if they form a trilogy, can be read alone and not much gets lost. Each of her books are their own story. Sadly, that is not the case with this one. I felt like I picked up a book that the first few chapters ripped out which left me lost and always a little behind. There were a lot of different people that popped in and out with very little warning and despite there being a ton of dialogue, they really didn't talk about what was going on very much. It was hard to get in ...more
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-of-2013
Firestone does not sterilize Greens- they're born sterile. At least that is what was established in previous books and if this wasn't so, dragons would have died out after the 1st generation since all of the dragons tried chewing firestone in Dragonsdawn. So I'm rather pissed the McCaffreys' decided to change this biological fact so late in the series and use it as a major plot point.

There are so many issues like this that I feel like all the books set during the 3rd fall are actually set in an
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As confusing as the book was with its back in time, forward in time, future predictions and future knowledge, it was entrancing. I loved Xhinna's story, but could never think much of Taria. There is still a lot of the story to be told. A whole section of explanation is missing concerning K'dan and Fiona, T'mar and Lorana. I'll need to re-read all the Pern books eventually to see if some of this was already covered in another book and I've forgotten. Lots of good thread-fighting scenes. Lots of d ...more
Aug 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
so disappointing. I was tempted not to finish it but I did as I wanted to know the end but not worth the effort. too many characters not enough about dragons and fighting thread.
my biggest question is that it was against tradition to have women (girls) fly dragons (other then queens) and this tradition was broken by this series of books. but in f'lar and lessa's time it was also tradition to have women only fly queens. why did things change???
this will be my my last pern book. I will reread the
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Much as I've enjoyed many of the Pern novels, this one was really kind of a mess. I often found myself confused as to what was going on and wondering why I should care about the characters. Taria in particular just annoyed me for almost the entire book - she was presented as a nurturing figure, but what I saw was a character who made strange and not-very-smart decisions. I mostly finished it because I still enjoy the Pern universe, but I'm not sure I would read any follow-up books.
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two brothers: Hugh McCaffrey (deceased 1988), Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.

Anne was educated at Stuart Hall in Staunton Virginia, Montclair High Scho

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