With a cast of beloved characters from previous Pern novels, Dragongirl is another triumph for Todd McCaffrey—and a riveting chapter for the Dragonriders of Pern.
Young Fiona, rider of the gold queen Talenth, has returned with the dragons and riders who fled into the past to heal their battle wounds and prepare to fight anew the menace of Thread. Now more than three years older, Fiona is no longer a child but a woman—thrust into authority by a shocking tragedy. But leading weyrfolk who are distrustful of a young outsider will be only one of her challenges. Despite gaining reinforcements from the past, too few dragons have survived the recent plague to stem the tide of the intensifying Threadfall. As a senior Weyrwoman, Fiona must take decisive action. With the aid of Lorana, the rider who sacrificed her dragon for others, and Fiona’s true love, the harper Kindan, she proposes a daring, nearly impossible plan. But if it succeeds, it just might save them all.
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|Title of eBook: Dragongirl|
|Release Date: 07-27-2010|
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|Publisher: Del Rey|
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Heart, give voice to sing Of life on dragon wings!
Fort Weyr, AL 508.2.2
It was still snowing, and cold. Fiona shivered, wishing she hadn't outgrown her warm fur-lined leathers. Back in hot Igen, heavy clothing had been out of place, but here, at Fort Weyr, it was invaluable.
Her nose and lungs froze as she took another breath. Frantically, she pulled a portion of her thin scarf up to cover her nose; the air was easier to breathe that way, but her breath fogged her vision.
It had been an age for her since that time--only days ago here--when the strange gold rider had come:
"Get dressed," the rider had said. "We must be quick. We can't wake the others."
Fiona had had only an instant to decide: a rash plunge into the unknown. Why had she taken it?
But she had; and for three Turns she'd been Weyrwoman of Igen Weyr, which had been abandoned until she and the other Fort dragonriders had gone back ten Turns in time to use it as a place to grow and heal . . . She'd learned to trade, learned to fly, andlearned what it meant to be a Weyrwoman.
She had nearly seventeen Turns now, but here, back in her own time, they still thought her not yet fourteen. A part of her longed for that, longed to give the responsibility for decisions to others, to rest and relax and just focus on raising her queen.
Her queen. Beautiful Talenth had grown, had become a queen in all her glory, ready for her first mating flight, ready to add her hatchlings to the dragons of Pern.
Title: Dragongirl August 25, 2010 In fact, the only reason to read it is to have the background for the next one, which will be written with Anne back as a co-writer. Perhaps she can get us out of the bedrooms and back to fighting Thread.
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Not the best in the series
Reviewer: A reader from Sacramento, CA US
Considering that any Pern book will get at least one star from me, the fact that this one only gets 2 is telling. More time is spent on detailing who is sleeping with whom than on how the Riders will keep Pern safe. That and giving the main characters 'ex deus machina' talents, which Fiona forgets all about at the most critical time, made me want to re-read the early novels when they had people I wanted to meet.
And then there's the whole timing thing, without the slightest thought that if you can time it to whenever you want to go in the past, then you have time to get rested before you go.
One of the few series I buy in hardback, I will continue to do so - but only because my OCD is kicking in.
August 25, 2010
In fact, the only reason to read it is to have the background for the next one, which will be written with Anne back as a co-writer. Perhaps she can get us out of the bedrooms and back to fighting Thread.
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