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Dragon Harper (The Dragon Books) [Paperback]

Anne McCaffrey , Todd McCaffrey
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Book Description

1 Jan 2009 The Dragon Books (Book 19)
Kindan is an apprentice harper at the Harper Hall but he is finding the lessons very difficult and although he has his friends, Nonala, Kelsa and Verilan, he also has enemies, such as the bully Vaxoram. Things begin to improve for Kindan when he beats Vaxoram in a duel and Vaxoram becomes first his servant and then gradually his trusted friend. Then Kindan impresses a fire-lizard and becomes the proud owner of the magnicent Valla. At the hatching he meets Koriana, daughter of Lord Holder Bemin of Fort Hold. She also impresses and she and Kindan fall in love, but her parents disapprove and she has to return to Fort Hold. Then a plague begins to spread across Pern, killing nearly everyone infected. Kindan and his friends search the harper records to see if they can find a cure, but all they can find is mention of a similar plague over a hundred Turns past. As the plague gets worse Kindan and Vaxoram are sent to Fort Hold to help tend the sick. Kindan will be reunited with Koriana, but will she be free of the plague, and will he be able to find a cure before more people die?

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Product details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (1 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552153494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552153492
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A pleasant, feelgood read...the sort of thing that it's good to sit down with on a rainy day and read from cover to cover" (SFX)

"Todd McCaffrey takes the reins of the dragonriders of Pern in a coming-of-age story" (DeathRay)

"Captivating . . . The McCaffreys are well known for their brilliant characterizations, and they do not disappoint here" (Booklist)

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A new novel of Pern.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine addition to the saga of Pern 8 Jan 2008
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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I miss the old days 9 Mar 2010
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Another box of tissues, please.. 20 Jan 2009
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pern continues 12 Mar 2009
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A good story that keeps the Pern traditions going. Timeline for the story is not clear so difficult to place in relation to other Pern stories.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A real disappointment 30 Jun 2008
Some years ago I was a real fan of Anne McCaffrey, reading everything she wrote. However, a lack of time and a feeling that the books were losing their edge meant I moved on to other stuff. However, with time on my hands I decided to read Dragonharper and see what had resulted from the collaboration of Anne and her son.

What can I say? I was so disappointed - the characterisation (even allowing for this being a sequel of sorts) was poor, the story line weak and the writing awful - what was the editor thinking to allow this through? I suppose my main gripe is that this story is supposed to be about a virulent plague which spreads quickly and devastates populations, killing those in their prime while a harper apprentice struggles with his work and feelings. Yet there was no feeling of urgency; no suspense or even any consistency in the plot line. The characters were weak and frankly I had no interest in whether they survived or not. The motives of characters were not explored, rather they were stated (for example, the bully becomes a friend when forced to work as the main character's apprentice - but he seems to do this overnight with no qualms or emotional journey) and outcomes were one liners as if the authors couldn't really be bothered to think about the resolution.

I'm really sad that a once engrossing series has come to this, but most of all I'm really cross that I wasted my time in reading this drivel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, thanks
Published 8 days ago by Mrs L. L. Noel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very enjoyable read
Published 10 days ago by Elaine Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love these books.
I thought I loved the dragons most but I love getting all the background stories filled in about how everyday people lived in Pern.
Published 2 months ago by LMD
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Harper
Dragon Books - I love them all. Why can't they be true. I want a dragon - or even a Fire lizard.
Published 2 months ago by Ms. Therese Gleeson
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
As always, a superb story from Anne McCaffrey - what an amazing writer. Can her son live up to this now?
Published 3 months ago by Anne-Marie
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Like His Mother
A classic case of generational change where the new writer completely misses the subtlety required. A sledgehammer is used here with no finesse, a bad effort.
Published 7 months ago by A. Wallis
5.0 out of 5 stars She will be sorely missed But her son has taken up the reins
No matter how often I read and reread these books they remain fresh to read It's a wonderful series and separate story
Published 7 months ago by WISEDOM
2.0 out of 5 stars inconsistent, not worth it
Sadly not in the league of the originals, either in character detailing or in narrative management. Too many logical inconsistencies and gaps, and too much plagiarisation from... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Christopher Rosevear
4.0 out of 5 stars Dragonharper
I have most of Anne Macaffrey s Dragon books and was delighted to see that although I have a lot there are more for me to enjoy and treasure
Published 18 months ago by Gil webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Mc Caffery's pern world series, now taken on by Todd Mc Caffery...
Anne Mc Caffery's pern world series, now taken on by Todd Mc Caffery is a constant great read.

Great interaction between well formed characters, in a world in under... Read more
Published 19 months ago by David
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