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Dragonheart: Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern (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
ebook, 545 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by Del Rey (first published 2008)
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Sep 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kay Dee
Nov 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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.
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.
May 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mollie *scoutrmom*
Sometimes the son of the author tries to continue a series, and the reader is disappointed. I never expected this book to be as great as his mother's work, yet it truly is!
Ann B
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Todd maintains the Perm traditions I have loved through the years. I enjoyed the characters and story, and Emily's reading style works well with the whole package.
Kathy Martin
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Niki Beecher
May 09, 2015 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
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
4.5 stars rounded up.

Dragonheart by Todd McCaffrey is the 21st book in the Dragonriders of Pern series.

I've been a fan of the series since I discovered them in the late 1990's. I must admit that I was a bit leary when I heard that her son, Todd, was starting to take over the series. I wasn't a huge fan of the first couple of books that came out under his name, but this one I really love. Fiona and T'mar have become two of my all-time favorite Pern characters and this book really showcases their
Silvio Curtis
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Catherine Yezak
Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Dec 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, pern
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
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, pern
This is the latest in the Dragon Riders of Pern series--penned by the son of the originator. I enjoyed this book a great deal. I admit, I was a bit disappointed when I first realized that it was an explanation/fleshing out of one of the side-plots in a previous book, with no intense adventure plot of it's own. It was a good read, though. I just wish there had been a more obvious feeling of resolution at the end. This one feels like it's part of a much larger story that was broken up by the publi ...more
Oct 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This was terrific! Fiona is just wonderful, forthright, assertive, but still learning herself and leadership as a young weyrwoman! And T'mar is delightful too. A great read, with connects to Nuella, M'tal and others from Todd and Anne's joint series. I love seeing watch-whers given their proper respect. It's a shame this doesn't get picked up on later in Anne's books of the future. Maybe Todd will write sequels even later than hers?
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So what happens when an entire Weyr disappears? Well you take all the, okay only most, of the main characters from the past books and put them in the same place. While as a plot device it seems a little thin, it does make for a fun story. I am quite possibly rating these books a tad higher than they deserve, but they are fun reads, that pull on the emotions. Quickly read and easily enjoyed, they are great to read, but perhaps not the best of literature.
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book of a trilogy and I enjoyed the story line. That said, I did find the reading tedious and boring at times. There was a lot of unnecessary waffling that distracted from the story at times.

A group of Dragonriders and Weyrlings, jump to 10 turns in the past. The aim is that this will help heal injured dragon riders from thread injuries and to allow the Weyrlings to grow untainted by a mystery illness which is threatening Pern's dragons.
Jan 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jackie Krasuski
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hope that Todd Mccaffrey continues this story, because I was completely enthralled with this book from start to finish. I felt it was very incomplete in the end, however, with so many pieces of the puzzle completely unfinished. This has left a great opening for another book to continue the saga and I cannot wait to read on!
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well what a surprise: Pern is saved again. Actually we only got to the point where they are ready to fight again. The next book, no doubt, will continue the battle. Why do I waste my time? The books are delightful and soapoperaish> (Is that a word.)The protagonists have a challenge to overcome and by wit and determination win out.
Jun 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as soaring as Anne McCaffrey's best, but much deeper than Anne's later/weaker books, this is a good addition to the series, and follows Dragonsblood well. There's a little too much focus on neatly filling in the gaps of how Pernese society evoloved through the actions of these particular characters, but it left me eager to find out what happens next.
Todd McCaffrey seems to be as good a writer as his mother as he continues the Dragonriders of Pern series. In this gratifyingly hefty volume, first thread has started to fall after 250 years. Unfortunately the population of Pern has been decimated by a recent plague, and now dragons are falling sick. Fiona, newest Weyrwoman at Fort Weyr, is pressed to come up with a creative solution.
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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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