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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harpers press; 1st edition (1 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593055284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593055281
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 927,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne McCaffrey was one of the world's leading science-fiction writers, and has won both the Hugo and Nebula awards as well as the Margaret A. Edwards' Lifetime Achievement Literary Award. Born and raised in the US, although of Irish extraction, she lived in Ireland, in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, where, as well as writing, she bred horses. She was the creator of the Dragons of Pern series. She died in November 2011.

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A new novel of Pern.

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All Kindan ever wanted to do was become a Harper, singing, playing, and teaching the ballads of Pern, and he is thrilled when he becomes an Apprentice at the Harper Hall. But then he is offered the chance to attend a hatching and succeeds in Impressing the magnificent bronze fire-lizard, Valla There he meets Koriana, daughter of Lord Holder Bemin of Fort Hold. She also Impresses, in her case a gold fire-lizard, and there is an instant attraction between her and Kindan. Unfortunately an apprentice Harper is not considered a suitable consort for a Fort Holder's daughter and they are quickly separated, leaving Kindan to wonder about his future - would it be possible for him to have more than just the life of a Harper? But suddenly everything starts to go wrong for Kindan and he is accused of starting a fire which destroys ancient and extremely precious Records. Kindan is banished to Fort Hold in shame and dishonour. However, his own worries pale into insignificance when a terrible plague starts to spread across Pern, killing nearly everyone infected. As it reaches Fort Hold, Kindan and the rest of Pern's inhabitants know their very survival is in doubt.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. R. Hurst on 8 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Dragon Harper is the third collaboration between Anne and Todd, and like the previous novels set in the Third Pass era of Pern's vast history. This story is very much a direct sequel to Dragon's Fire (although the epilogue in Dragon's Fire is in fact set several years into Dragon Harper), and tells the story of Kindan's apprentice years at the Harper Hall and of the flu-type plague that wipes out a large portion of the population.
Like Dragon's Kin and Dragon's Fire, Dragon Harper is set before the events of Dragonsblood and references events mentioned in that book. The focus of the story is on Kindan, and Dragon Harper is very much his story from beginning to end. There are small moments when we see events from another characters point of view - but this novel is very much all about his apprenticeship at Harper Hall, and a terrifying situation that he must live through and deal with.
Since the publication of Dragon's Kin, it's been clear that Kindan would be one of the main characters of the Third Pass books being written by Anne and Todd, and this book doesn't disappoint in that respects. However, where the book does disappoint (and it pains me to say this, as I am very much a fan of the recent Pern novels), is that I got the feel that parts of the story had been cut, and trimmed away, leaving the focus on Kindan, and Kindan alone. Todd and Anne have created several interesting characters for the Third Pass stories, and it is a shame that they were pretty much ignored in this novel. I can only hope that they have plans to expand on characters such as C'tov (formally Cristov), J'trel and M'tal in later stories. And of course it would be nice to see more of Kindan as well, as he continues to shape up into one of the more interesting characters.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By E. McKiernan on 9 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
I have been reading the Pern stories for over a decade now and every time I read a new one I just feel more and more disapointed. Books like The White Dragon and Dragonsong are truely magical and I've read Moreta more than 10 times and it still makes me cry. It feels to me that these stories keep on coming just to keep the franchise going rather than to add anything new or exciting. I hope that new readers wont be put off trying the original books by efforts like this one. My advice is to forget this one and go back to the old favourites.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Calum White on 20 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm a huge, huge fan of Anne McCaffrey's work and own every book she's written. Unlike some i'm really optimistic about the collaborative work she's done with Todd, and lots of solo adventures from the son in the near future.
However, and there usually has been a however with Todd so far, he has got to give us some happiness! I get the opinion this is mostly Todd's work, his plan and execution only being 'supervised' by mummy.
I felt with Dragon's Blood, and I feel with this that the majority of the book is simply too bleak, and gives a fairly majorly unsatisfactory ending. It is poignant, evocative and does have a real sense of place that shows incredible skill in storytelling - that said I will not read this book a second time.
Would I recommend it to people? Yes. Because if you're a fan of Pern, like me, you will suffer anything to delve in to that incredible fantasy world. But the books recently are breaking my heart, and I feel that Todd needs to let some sunshine in from time to time!

As a product I have given it '4', because it outclasses anything else i've read in style and technique. However, on a scale of 'Novels of Pern' this would not rate highly for me, and I would be flabergasted to be found in the minority.

Give us something to smile about while the tears flow down our cheeks, Todd!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've never actually written a review on anything before, but I thought that this book deserved it. I was tempted to just buy it, but I decided to borrow it from the library. Well, borrowing it wasn't enough! I HAD to buy it, and I'm glad I did. The book is a lovely story with charming characters (Kindan obviously, and his friends, Nonala, Kelsa and Virilan). But this wasn't just a 'friendly' story. There were daunting problems and haunting consequences. I think my only problem with this book is that a couple of characters died who, by rights, at least one should've lived. I won't say anymore, 'cause that will spoil it for others. But truly, if you like the Dragon's of Pern series, then this is the next one in line to get. Trust me.
But why trust me? I correct myself, don't trust me! Find out for yourself that this book truly is a Pern novel. Don't rely on us to tell Kindan and friends' story. Rely on the characters themselves. Only they can tell you their story - so let them. You won't be dissapointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M.A. on 29 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm sorry to say that Todd's books simply don't hold a candle to Anne McCaffrey's. I've tried, and didn't manage, to finish the two previous books by Todd McCaffrey in the series, and this time, I only finished the book because I listened to it on audiobook. The characters simply don't grab you. You are told what they are supposedly feeling, but their feelings don't seem to jive with the rest of their actions, and I was left very disconnected from the characters. I also found the plot terribly contrived - the various "eureka" moments the main character has seem to be quite obvious for the reader. And the characters just don't grow and evolve with the story, at least not in a believable manner. It has always been Anne McCaffrey's ability to create lovable, believable characters that has drawn me to her books, so this is the last time I'll try one of Todd's.
Apart from that, the story of an epidemic on Pern has already been told, in a much more enjoyable way - I recommend a re-read of "Moreta".
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