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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (23 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593066200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593066201
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The sequel to Dragongirl, continuing the epic saga of the dragons of Pern.

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The sequel to Dragongirl

Although Lorana cured the dragons' sickness, so many died from the disease that there are no longer enough dragons to fight the deadly Thread, and more dragons and their riders die each Threadfall.

With their numbers dwindling, Lorana makes the decision to fly forward in time in a desperate bid to bring dragons from the future to fight Thread. She knows that jumping so far in time will result in her losing her baby - but without her action all life on Pern is doomed.

Left behind at Telgar Weyr, Fiona, Kindan and T'mar realize what Lorana has done. They are distraught, but two things save them from complete despair. The first is that Fiona is expecting twins, the second the fact all the dragonriders are exhausted, a sure sign that they are Timing it - existing elsewhere in space and time. This gives them hope for the future and confidence that Lorana has found a way through time to help them. They just have to trust in her and wait for her to lead them through this most perilous of times...


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Claire de Trafford on 30 Jun 2011
Format: Hardcover
I will buy the next book (the yet to be published Dragonrider) as I'm a completist, but if you aren't I'm not sure that you should bother with this. First off the prose just doesn't grip like an Anne McCaffrey book - somehow I just can't care as much about this lot. Secondly this one just piled disaster upon disaster - what else is poor Lorana going to have to suffer? Thirdly it's a shame that although there are some really good ideas here (the increase in the number of women riders is just one), the overriding impression of the book is - 'Fiona's sleeping with who tonight?', 'how young is that girl?', 'oh whoops lots more people just died, nevermind'.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug 2011
Format: Hardcover
It's official: Anne McCaffrey should have retired the Pern series, rather than handing it off to her profoundly untalented son Todd. And we get yet another demonstration of why in "Dragon's Time," another painfully slow, tension-free story that is more soap-opera than sci-fantasy. And this time around, Todd is obsessing about something new: PREGNANCY.

Specifically, Fiona is pregnant, and everyone cares about this because she's so wonderful. Lorana WAS pregnant, but traveling through time causes her to miscarry. However, she does manage to keep hopping through time, supposedly to find help in obliterating the thread in the present... although most of it just seems to be sightseeing.

Meanwhile, everybody is delighted by the fact that Fiona is pregnant, even when another woman miscarries. Fiona "adopts" more random people into her little family, Lorana pops in and out of the plot, and dragon eggs are attacked by tunnel snakes. Think that McCaffrey has run out of plot ideas?

There's supposed to be a lot going on in "Dragon's Time," but you wouldn't know it by actually READING the book. I mean, main characters DIE, two women miscarry their babies, and Pern is about to be obliterated by the Thread... and all anyone seems to care about is that Fiona is knocked up.

In fact, Todd McCaffrey seems weirdly obsessed with pregnancy in this book, since a good chunk of the story is devoted to what happens to the female characters' pregnancies. Occasionally he throws in some brain-meltingly confusing time travel stuff, or some truly horrifying romantic dialogue ("Shut up harper, and get into bed. I want your apology in silence").

And once again, McCaffrey seems to think that readers will adore Fiona as much as he does. Well, I don't.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jack on 12 Aug 2011
Format: Hardcover
With Dragongirl setting the bar on the floor of satan's wine cellar, I thought this series had nowhere to go but up.

I was wrong.

The plot is at once turgid and yet overblown. With Todd's excursions into the dragon plagues timeline needing some firm hammering out, I wasn't expecting much. What we got was a confusing mess of deus ex mechanica style time travelling that fits as smoothly as a square peg into a round hole.

The characterisation is not what I have come to expect of Pern: in parts you can almost feel Anne slapping Todd away from the keyboard in an attempt to bring sanity to the mess of the current story arc, but these attempts simply throw it further out of line with the writing style long-term readers have become familiar with. The book feels schitsophrenic; making attempts to bring Todd's work into line with Anne's canon and falling completely flat on its face.

This book unfortunatly was already crippled by its predecessor and for the sake of continuity has to carry over much of its baggage in terms of plot and prose. The Dragons especially seem to have been pushed to the sidelines, save when they make an appearance to conveniently mate or die horribly to drive the sluggish plot. At all other times they're buried beneath reams of rider soliliquising; the emotional connection that made earlier books enthralling does not exist. Counter-intuatively to the title, the dragons seem little more than glorified transportation, living aphrodisiacs and expendable deaths to create drama that is becoming distinctly stale after three books of it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By McKenzie on 3 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
I cannot believe i am about to say something negative about a McCaffrey offering but here I go......

Dragon's Time continues Fiona's story. I found it confusing and dull. The absolute opposite of a page turner. A whole book about timing it and 'cheating' time? A very odd concept - we knew what was going to happen - this was a book about how it happened. Yawn. And there was SO much dialogue.

Also the three in a bed theme was odd to start with. Now it is just plain annoying.

I will of course be buying the next book too - but I really hope it is better than this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lamanth on 16 Nov 2011
Format: Hardcover
I think it's now got to the point where we have spent too much time with the same characters. I'm no longer interested in their stories, in fact I'm finding them more than slightly annoying. I kept finding myself wishing they would all be killed off by which ever plague is currently going around so I would have to deal with an entire cast of Mary-Sue's.

We know it is possible to travel between time, but there was far too much of it in this book and, for me, it didn't really add anything to the plot. A plot which was so lacking as to be almost non-existence while at the same time filled with so many overblown complexities as to leave the reader dazed and confused.

In truth Dragon's Time reads like a piece of fan fiction, with cannon facts completely ignored just so the writer can shine an even brighter spotlight on his heroine. A character he seems to think the rest of the world adores as much as he does. However she just comes across as a sickeningly sweet nightmare.

But worse than all of this, which as a die hard Pern fan I could forgive, is the fact that the dragons have been relegated to the sidelines. As another reviewer perfectly stated it 'they've been turned into glorified transportation that only show up to mate or die'.

No one was expecting Todd McCaffrey to write Pern the way is mother did, but if he doesn't get his act together I fear it will be too late for a series that, potentially, still had so much more to give.
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