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Dragon's Code

(Pern #25)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  324 ratings  ·  121 reviews
A new hero emerges in a divided world as one of sci-fi's most beloved series--Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern--relaunches with this original adventure from Anne's daughter, Gigi McCaffrey.

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Dragonriders of Pern series, Gigi does her mother proud, adding to the family tradition of spinning unputdownable tales that recount the
Hardcover, 251 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Del Rey Books
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Laurel Gigi does a nice job of explaining the setting, and what the main character has been up to, so it is do-able. I think you'd miss a lot of the…moreGigi does a nice job of explaining the setting, and what the main character has been up to, so it is do-able. I think you'd miss a lot of the subtleties, however, and the joy of seeing beloved characters in scenes or even just being mentioned. Plus, while Piemur doesn't know the answer to the big mystery, fans of the original series do, and that is kind of fun. Hope that helps!(less)

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Jun 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am sympathetic towards taking up the mantle of a science fiction great, up to an extent. The legacy Anne McCaffrey left behind is immense- one of the first women to write science fiction, she created a rich world that readers have returned to again and again. On a purely personal note, I have many fond memories of reading the books as I went from middle school to high school and then beyond, up until McCaffrey’s death. There are so many tales that could still be told using that framework alrea ...more
Judy Lesley
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, fantasy
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine - Del Rey for a digital galley of this novel.

I am proof that it can be done...….I have never read any of the Dragonriders of Pern novels, started with this book written by Anne McCaffrey's daughter Gigi and survived. Not just survived, but actually thrived and understood what was happening. If you are like me, in the evidently small group of fantasy novel readers who have never dipped their toe into a Pern book, take heart and
Aug 23, 2018 marked it as dnf
Shelves: netgalley, sci-fi
Del Rey provided me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to like this. I wanted to love it. I grew up devouring the Pern books. Menolly is one of my favorite characters of all time. Lessa isn't far behind her. I was vaguely disappointed by the Todd McCaffrey books, so I really wanted this to be good.

It . . . was not. I didn't finish it.

The book suffers from showing instead of telling, infodumping, ridiculous dialogue, and shallow characterizatio
Erin Sky
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you haven’t read any of Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series, you really need to start at the beginning. But don’t worry, you don’t have to read all 20-something titles before you get to this one! Just six: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, The White Dragon, and Dragondrums. (Links at the end of the full blog post.) There’s a bit of plot overlap between Gigi McCaffrey’s new one and the last couple, but if you’ve read the others, that’s part of the charm.

For those of you who have lo
Karen’s Library
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, netgalley, arc
Let me start out by saying that I have every book of Pern written by both Anne and Todd McCaffrey and have read the first 10 so many times that I had to replace my copy of Dragonriders of Pern because it fell to pieces from being read so many times. Yes, I am a huge fan!

It felt so good to be back in Anne McCaffrey’s world of the dragons, riders, and harpers of Pern.

In Dragon’s Code, Anne’s daughter Gigi takes over the reins from Anne’s son, Todd, and brings us Piemur’s story during the time of
Hans van der Boom
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It wouldn't be fair to compare Gigi McCaffrey with her mother and I will not be doing that. Of course there are little things that you could argue are not canon or should have been caught by a few good and knwoledgeable Pern fans. I would have been surprised if there hadn't been. But that isn't what a book review is about, shouldn't be about. Fact is, Dragon's Code is a good and finely crafted Pern book. And I, for one, loved being "back in Ninth Pass Pern". Gigi does her mother's legacy proud.

Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
Dragons continue!

Seamless was the word that occurred to me. An avid reader of McCaffrey from when Dragonflight burst onto the scene I was so surprised and delighted by another Pern story told from the perspective of the once singer Piemur. His readjustment to life with the changes to his voice, his disappointments and quest to find a different place within the dragon halls form the background from which the action springs.
The time is in the now but the challenges face date back to the oldtimers
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Lovers of the young adult trilogy, Harper Hall will enjoy this new perspective from Piemur. This book should be read after reading the original trilogy by Anne McCaffrey to fully appreciate this tale. When I read the original trilogy, I loved the first two books, Dragonsong and Dragonsinger. When it suddenly shifted to Piemur in Dragondrums, I was severely disappointed. Primarily because I didn't care for Piemur and didn't want to read about a "boy". There were so many stories already with boy l ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dragon's Code: Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern
by Gigi McCaffrey
By fortunes providence I spent my birthday reading through this book. What a gift. When we Lost our Dear Anne McCaffrey in November of 2011, I mourned the loss of these stories. Although I read and enjoyed Todd McCaffrey's time in the sandbox, I also mourned the loss of his books when he stopped publishing. Anne McCaffrey has always been my favorite since I was in seventh grade and was given Dragonsinger to try. I have and ow
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am having difficulty rating this book. I am a longtime fan of the Pern series. Rereading Anne's books are my book version of eating macaroni and cheese - comfort food. Reading Dragon's Code, I was frustrated and angry at the things that did not follow Anne's iconic series. I actually gained a new found appreciation of Todd's books in the series (despite his books being too sexualized IMO). Gigi giving nicknames of Pie and Lolly to two characters, Piemur and Menolly, that were so much a part of ...more
Georgen Charnes
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of all, I've read many of the Pern books several times. And this one did connect with me; I was able to return to Pern and enjoy new details of one of my favorite places. I thought the author successfully struck a similar tone to her mother's writing, which allowed me to really relax into the world. The story focuses on Piemur and takes place during the events of the White Dragon. I don't really think of it as a stand-alone book. It is a real Pern book, though, and very entertaining if you ...more
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a digital copy of Dragon's Code from NetGalley.

Piemur has always been one of my favorite characters, in this we have his side of things when Southern dragonriders plot to take a queen egg and would be holder ambition upon the lands of Ruatha Hold meet. Piemur's anxiety over his changing voice and urgency to prove his value to Harper Hall as something of a spy, map maker and teacher amidst it all too.

Through Piemur's eyes we see Benden's queen egg was stolen and mysteriously returned.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

This new tale is set in Anne McCaffrey’s world of the Dragonriders of Pern, but is written by her daughter, Gigi McCaffrey. While there are of course dragonriders in the story, this one centers on Piemur, a young journeyman Harper, who grew out of his ability to sing and so must make a new career for himself. Piemur has been on undercover assignment spending time around the Oldtimers. They are the dragonriders and their dragons who came forward in time to help teach the current people h
Ken Richards
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
It has been 5 years since the last 'Pern' book, so it was interesting to revisit the world, and see if there remains anything in the mine for the McCaffrey clan to extract. Sadly, the lode seems pretty much worked out, and 'Dragon's Code' merely fleshes out some details of events with which readers of the series would already be familiar. None of the extra insights are particularly surprising nor take the narrative anywhere significant.

In this instance, the major events surround the theft by rec
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this addition to the Pern collection written by Anne McCaffrey's daughter Gigi McCaffrey. I have read six Pern books: the first three, and the Harper Hall trilogy. This book fits right in with those. We see Menolly, Sebell, and Robinton going about business—but this book is all about Piemur, and what he does after his voice breaks, and how he finds a new footing for himself in the world. I'm so glad that I got to follow him a little longer because he's one of my favorite charact ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
It has been some time since I have last been to Pern. I enjoyed this book despite some differences in characters and cannon. I miss Pern so much that I am embracing Gigi's voice which describes her vision. I am grateful for her writing and timing me to a well loved place and people. Gigi is not her Mother and has her own voice. Continue on Gigi, keep writing. And tell Todd I need a Todd fix too. #76 of 2018
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A solid addition to the series, continuing Piemur's story on the southern continent.
Yuli Michaeili
Dec 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
הסיבה היחידה שלא נטשתי את הספר הזה באמצע הוא ההערכה הרבה שיש לי לאמא של הסופרת והאהבה הרבה לעולם. כתיבה נוראית ועריכה נוראית.
היא לקחה דמויות מוכרות ומרתקות ושיטחה אותן לקרטון. כתיבה גרועה וסיפור לא מעניין. ממליצה לשמור מרחק, במיוחד אם אתם קוראי פרן וותיקים. בתור פיצוי הולכת לקרוא קצת פאנפיקים בעולם. בנתיים ממה שדגמתי, הם כתובים הרבה יותר טוב מהספר הזה
Samuel Lubell
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
I read this through a NetGalley review ebook. I'll write a full review for sfrevu but can say that Gigi McCaffrey does a remarkable job capturing her mother's voice.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I think the author would have been better off telling a story set on Pern from a different era and with different characters rather than telling a story we already know much if and featuring characters we already know. Piemur, Master Robinson, Sebell, Menolly etc did not seem to act like themselves in this book. But it’s akways nice to return to Pern.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Having grown up reading about the dragons of Pern, Dragon's Code wasn't a tough sell. However, despite my familiarity with the characters and the background of the world, this book turned out to be one of perhaps 20 books in my life (I read between 200-300 books every year and have done so for the last 25 years) that I did not finish. The writing was so incredibly poor that I simply could not stand to read it after fighting through the first half. Honestly, it deserves less than a star and the p ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: anne-mccaffrey
I was hopeful....but that hope died a slow, painful death by utter boredom and despair as I attempted to make my way through this bland and unoriginal attempt at resurrecting the world of Pern once again. If you absolutely must read it- because Pern (and I totally get that)- check it out of your local public library so at least you don't spend any of your own hard earned money on what is but a half-hearted attempt.

What really bothered me about this book (besides that it was so boring) was that
Xandra (TheBookBlogBattle)
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Fans of Anne McCaffrey's original series should really enjoy this new book! Of course, anyone hoping to read this installment should read the previous books (Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums) first in order to understand and appreciate this one.

While this story definitely had a different feeling than the original series, it reminds me a lot of the previous books in a good way. This book was written by Anne McCaffrey's daughter, Gigi. I think Gigi really had a good grasp of her mother’s
Charity at OnMyKindleBR
I received a free copy of this book and opted to post a review.

I was over the moon to read a new perspective of the Southern Continent and Piemur's activities after Dragondrums. McCaffrey did an excellent job of reminding those of us who haven't visited Pern in a while of the events leading up to Piemur's assignment on the Southern Continent.

In the past, we've read about the current Weyrleaders' perspective of the Oldtimers. It was slanted to favor the current Weyrleaders and their decisions; ho
2.5 stars, Metaphorosis Reviews


Piemur, mischievous young harper boy, is growing up. His voice has broken, and he doesn’t sing anymore, spending all his time mapping and spying for the Masterharper, and wondering what to do with his life.


I’m glad I went back to Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonflight before reading this, because Gigi McCaffrey’s book takes place not long afterward, and references many of Dragonflight’s key moments. It’s essentially a gap-filling book in the series – fill

Ron Kyle
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a waste of 13.00. I have been a fan of Anne MacCaffrey's Dragon books since the early 60's where her first story appeared in Analog magazine.

This book was supposed to be about a new character/hero in the Anne's Dragon world. Instead, her daughter took this book from Anne's book, The White Dragon, changed the events and made it appear to be her vision of Pern.

Anne's Son Todd, wrote many books in his Mother's world, and stayed true to the story line, not completely change what happen
I was surprised to come across this book at the library. Unfortunately, the author has nowhere near the talent of her mother, and the book comes over as badly-written fanfiction. The characters were flat, the dialogue stilted, and the prose awkward. I finished the book but only with great effort. If Anne McCaffrey's Pern books are a happy childhood memory for you, give this book a pass.
Leslie Christ
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I haven’t been back to the world of Pern in decades but am happy to be back a time of the White Dragon and having the story of Piemur, a character I always wondered about. We run around with him in his clandestine adventures. I enjoyed this story and it was nice to see another side of the great egg caper. Review Provided Via NETGALLEY
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am, at heart, a Dragonrider in the wrong time and place. It was invigorating and immensely satisfying to go home again in this new story. I am eternally grateful that it continues.
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
I received a copy of Dragon’s Code through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

First and foremost – I can’t believe how quickly time flies! Did you know that this year marks the fiftieth anniversary for the Dragonriders of Pern series? Okay, I can’t really comment on how quickly that time actually flew, not being alive for half of it…but still. It feels like just yesterday I was picking up my first book by Anne McCaffrey and losing myself in her words. So it seems right, in a wa
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Other books in the series

Pern (1 - 10 of 25 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)