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Anne McCaffrey , Todd McCaffrey
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5 Nov 2007 The Dragon Books (Book 18)

When Masterharper Zist takes over as Harper for Natalon's coal-mining camp, he takes with him his apprentice, the orphaned, mute Pellar, and Pellar's fire-lizard Chitter. Pellar has become a gifted tracker and Zist gives him his own mission - to find out if the recent thefts of coal are the work of the Shunned, criminals condemned to a life of wandering and hardship. Halla is one of the children of the Shunned. Though innocent of their parents' crimes, these children have inherited their cruel punishment. With no shelter when the lethal Thread falls again they will have no protection against it. Life is even tougher for Halla, all her family are dead and she must fend for herself. Yet Halla is kind and gentle, devoted to helping those more helpless than she, unlike Tenim, a fellow child of the Shunned. Tenim is in league with Tarik, a crooked miner from Camp Natalon, who helps him steal coal in exchange for a cut of the profit. But Tenim soon realizes there is a lot more to be made from firestone, the volatile mineral that enables the dragons of Pern to burn Thread out of the sky. Tenim doesn't care what he has to do, or whom he has to kill, in order to corner the market. Cristov is Tarik's son. Dishonored by his father's greed and treachery, he decides he must make amends somehow... even if it means risking his life by mining the volatile firestone, which blows up at contact with the slightest drop of moisture.

When the last remaining firestone mine explodes in flames, a desperate race begins to find a new deposit of the deadly but essential mineral, for without it there can be no defence against Thread. But Tenim has a murderous plan to turn the tragedy to his own advantage, and only Pellar, Halla and Cristov can stop him - and ensure that there will be a future for all on the world of the Dragonriders.


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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (5 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552153486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552153485
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 10.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"These fabled dragons still cast a spell" (Publishers Weekly)

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A new novel of Pern.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another worthy addition 11 July 2007
Format:Hardcover
Dragon's Fire is the second collaboration between Anne and Todd - and once again they have produced an engaging and entertaining story. like the previous few novels, Dragon's Fire is a Third Pass story - which is set before the events of Dragonsblood, and is nicely woven around the story of Dragons Kin - starting slightly before that novel, paralleling it in places and continuing on after it.

One of the joys of this book for me is that the primary character is disabled (he cannot talk), and yet he finds a way to work well within the Harper Craft Hall, a craft dedicated to communication of various sorts! Pellar is a well rounded character in this novel, and is given both a chance to grow and change through tragedy, adversity and through shear adventure. He is one of the more interesting characters created by "team McCaffrey" - and one I hope we hear more about in the future. His journey through Dragon's Fire is both touching, and compelling - and well thought out.

The same can be said of the main villain of the story - Tenim who is truly evil, which is a rarity on Pern. Someone who places no value on the life of others - unless they can be of benefit to him. He is willing to risk Pern's safety for his own selfish ends. One of the nice touches about this character is that he seems to have picked up falconry and has a trained bird-of-prey (something that must be a descendant of the birds brought by the original colonists). His shear cold bloodedness is quite chilling. The contrast between him and Pellar makes for interesting reading - especially in the scenes where they are together.

There are plenty of interesting secondary characters as well, from the selfless Halla, to the tragic and misguided Tarik and his son Cristov (both of whom were introduced in Dragon's Kin).
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69 of 77 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Anne and Son's latest effort 27 Aug 2006
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Anyone whose ever thought about buying a fantasy novel must have encountered Anne's Pern series in their time. However as the series has moved into the 21st Century the reins are being handed over to her son, Todd. Here the two collaborate for the second time and the clear distinctions between the old and new blend to bring it to a new generation as well as making the series apply to the "older fan".

Always prolific the writing keeps you glued and is perhaps a little too clinical in the end. Readers will of course enjoy the book with fans devouring it in short time indeed. However I do wonder for how much longer the series can continue and how new ideas will continue to be generated. In a modern world with many new authors tackling Dragon fiction, she remains the author to match or to cross with Dragon Fire battle. Few will draw with her and fewer still will manage to withdraw with anything other than a singed record. Anne's work will remain up there for a good few years more and is still the author to judge this particular subsection genre by, however as a matter of personal preference its not her best, although it is still a gripping novel better than a number of others.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Anne's earlier sparkle 22 Jan 2008
By Cacnea
Format:Paperback
As with Todd's solo book "Dragon's Blood", this story lacks the depth of character and atmosphere that is so appealing in Anne's earlier books in the Pern saga. If the cover didn't say otherwise, I'd swear that Todd wrote it and Anne's name is there to help sell copies. Oh dear. Very disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwile read 6 Feb 2008
Format:Paperback
Dragon's Fire is the second collaboration between Anne and Todd - and once again they have produced an engaging and entertaining story. like the previous few novels, Dragon's Fire is a Third Pass story - which is set before the events of Dragonsblood, and is nicely woven around the story of Dragons Kin - starting slightly before that novel, paralleling it in places and continuing on after it.

One of the joys of this book for me is that the primary character is disabled (he cannot talk), and yet he finds a way to work well within the Harper Craft Hall, a craft dedicated to communication of various sorts! Pellar is a well rounded character in this novel, and is given both a chance to grow and change through tragedy, adversity and through shear adventure. He is one of the more interesting characters created by "team McCaffrey" - and one I hope we hear more about in the future. His journey through Dragon's Fire is both touching, and compelling - and well thought out.

The same can be said of the main villain of the story - Tenim who is truly evil, which is a rarity on Pern. Someone who places no value on the life of others - unless they can be of benefit to him. He is willing to risk Pern's safety for his own selfish ends. One of the nice touches about this character is that he seems to have picked up falconry and has a trained bird-of-prey (something that must be a descendant of the birds brought by the original colonists). His shear cold bloodedness is quite chilling. The contrast between him and Pellar makes for interesting reading - especially in the scenes where they are together.

There are plenty of interesting secondary characters as well, from the selfless Halla, to the tragic and misguided Tarik and his son Cristov (both of whom were introduced in Dragon's Kin).
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dragon's Fire 29 Jan 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What a disappointment. What looked a really long exciting read is divided into two 'books' The first half, or 'book' retells Dragon's Blood, from another point of view, bringing in a few new characters. The second 'book' continues the story. It limps along so slowly I'm not surprised that the next book is with a different co-writer. A precis would only fill one side of a sheet of A4 there is so little meat there.
I would only buy this if you can get it very cheaply, just so you can keep your collection up to date.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, thanks
Published 19 days ago by Mrs L. L. Noel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bit confusing but a gd read
Published 21 days ago by Elaine Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars my collection
goes with the other 30 books in the series
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Story of the Miners of Pern
With stories about the miners of Pern, the series has found a new life. Perhaps I am being a little harsh with four stars because this is really good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. S. Caddy
5.0 out of 5 stars excellen
Great sequel totally in the Pern tradition. The story telling and intertwining of characters is such good reading you get great enjoyment,
Published 8 months ago by Mrs Brenda J Rex
4.0 out of 5 stars More history about Pern in past Turns
Having grown up with Pern, the dragon riders and the peoples of the Holds this story takes place in a different time period for others and just adds to the growing and incredible... Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. Flinders
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not brilliant
I like this but it does perhaps lack the brilliance that you expected when Anne was writing on her own.
Published 14 months ago by Chris Knowles
5.0 out of 5 stars love the series
l find the books very enjoyable, l have been reading the McCaffrey books for years and now enjoying them on my kindel
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragons fire
Personally I like books that have some surprising twists. I'm sorry they didn't go into greater detail with the harper Moran , but I liked the story as a whole and was sorry to... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Pesky
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
The Pern Series of books are great, This is another classic which I wouldn't hesitate in recommending to any fan of fantasy/sci-fi.
Published 17 months ago by MikeT
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