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Dragonsblood (Dragons of Pern) [Paperback]

Todd McCaffrey
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3 July 2006

Pern AL 50: the geneticist Wind Blossom is nearing the end of her long life and is painfully aware that the colonists are running out of the modern technology the settlers brought with them to Pern and that they are forgetting how to use what they do have. Society is beginning to revert to a feudal system and Wind Blossom is concerned that future generations may be hit by an illness they have no tools to fight and that mankind may subsequently be wiped off the face of Pern.

AL 507: Lorana is training to be an animal healer but when she arrives at Benden Weyr she impresses a golden dragon and becomes a dragonrider. However, a deadly and mysterious plague begins to wipe out the dragons, leaving mankind no defence against the deadly Thread which has just begun to fall. Lorana has two firelizards who manage to travel Back in time to Wind Blossom's era. Wind Blossom discovers what is wrong with the dragons and comes up with a cure. She also devises a way to leave clues for Lorana so that she can discover the cure in her time and save the dragons, and thus the future of mankind on Pern.


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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (3 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552152080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552152082
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'A proper Pern novel...bodes well for future volumes'" (SFX)

"Dragonsblood is a good yarn, fitting perfectly into the Pern series, yet something I don't think I would have thought up myself. Enjoy, as I did, another point of view about Pern" (Anne McCaffrey (from her introduction to Dragonsblood))

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A new novel of Pern.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Has Pern lost its spark? 16 July 2008
By Jessica
Format:Paperback
Todd McCaffrey's continuation of the Pern saga is a convoluted mix of Pern 50 years after Landing and 507 years after mans arrival on Pern. We are introduced to Lorana a master healer, artist and empathetic to the point of hearing all dragons and impressing accidentally two firelizards and a queen dragon. Her father has died from an accident involving a deranged animal and the rest of her family died in the disastrous plague that swept Pern 12 turns before. She befriends a Dragon Rider named J'trel who old and alone after losing his partner sees something special in Lorana and seeks to help her develop her talents by arranging passage for her on a ship so she can be the first to catalogue all the creatures of Pern. But J'trel dies and Lorana finds herself shipwrecked and alone after sending her firelizards away to save them. The riders from Benden Weyr look for Lorana knowing J'trel liked her and offer her the Weyr to stay in. Lorana accidentally impresses a Gold Dragon but it seems that Lorana may be more special than anyone first thought, Dragons have started to become sick and Lorana just may hold the key to the very salvation of Pern.

Meanwhile in the past Wind Blossom in frightened for the future of Perns dragons, there appears to be a problem with their genetics that may incur a plague for future generations. Nearing the end of her life she struggles to find the solution in a society that no longer practices or values science, the old knowledge is being lost, but could the answer lie in two firelizards who miraculously appear and who don't seem to be from their time period?
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The McCaffrey Magic does it again! 14 Mar 2006
Format:Paperback
I got this book, thinking that it would probably be a good shadow of Anne's work - only to be disabused of the idea straight away!
Todd McCaffrey has continued seamlessly in his mother's footsteps, and has written a book that is full of the discriptive and emotional magic I have come to expect from a Pern book.
The plot fits without seam into the rest of the series, and clarifies some facts that I always wondered about along the way.
Well done for such a brilliant continuation of a fascinating series - long may you continue!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pern Saga is in safe hands 9 Oct 2006
Format:Paperback
I had enjoyed the books which Todd McCaffrey had written with his mother although they did not grab at me in the way that the earlier books of the Saga had. Nevertheless being a devotee of the books, I had to buy Dragon's Blood. What a joy, this book evoked in me the emotions that I had when I first read 'The White Dragon', my first Dragon book. It had me worried, then happy, then apprehensive, distraught, hopeful and as I finally put the book down exhausted and content. I had to take two bites at the book because it is a full length book, but truly I was hard put to stop and leave the second half until the next day and rejoiced that as a retired person I could indulge myself in an orgy of reading. Todd keep up the good work, I look forward to your next one in the not too distant future, I hope.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even worth a one star 10 Feb 2008
By Cherry
Format:Paperback
Todd does not have Anne's magic. This book is obviously written by someone who has read a lot of Pern stories. The publisher was a bit too optimistic when they wrote that Todd brought fresh ideas to the series because he obviously didn't. This book is a hodge-podge collection of bits and pieces from previously published Pern books that Todd put together and it didn't quite gel. Thereby, for the long-time Pern fans, this book is a disappointment.

I find that Amazon has been a bit sneaky in advertising this book. This same exact book has apparently been published by different publishers. As far as I can tell: one by Bantam Press in April 2005 (hardcover), Del Rey Books in Jun 2006 (mass market) and by Corgi in July 2006 (paperback). Bantam and Del Rey versions of this book have about 2.5 stars with both versions sharing the same reviews like one. Corgi has 4 stars sporting an entirely different group of reviews. When you click this book from the Amazon home page it comes up with Corgi with glowing reviews. From Bantam and Del Rey it seems that this book is "currently unavailable" however you can buy from different individual sellers. However it is not "currently unavailable" from Corgi.

It looks like that Amazon wants to sell this book by dividing the reviews. Putting the low-starred reviews with Bantam/Del Rey while grouping the generally high-starred reviews with Corgi with only one odd one-starred review to make it look unbiased. Then putting Corgi's version in the front lines. That is why I placed my review from Bantam/Del Rey to this Corgi version.

I find that very sneaky indeed! However, I guess its dog eating dog in the publishing business. I recommend to those intending to buy this book to read the reviews in the Bantam/Del Rey version as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting addition to the Pern saga 30 Jan 2013
By Medsec
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For a die-hard Pern fan like me, this is an interesting addition to the series. However, chunks of dialogue and characterisation appear to have been lifted straight from early books in the series, which I found a little startling as I had to check I was reading the right book. Todd McCaffrey obviously loves Pern too but I don't think he quite has has mother's gift. Still an enjoyable read though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 12 days ago by DJW
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
Good fiction book. A subject I like. Have read others by the same author, will read other books in this style.
Published 3 months ago by Ms. Therese Gleeson
4.0 out of 5 stars For McCaffrey fans
It has taken me a while to get into Todd's dragon series. Being an avid Pern reader I am always hungry for more. Read more
Published 10 months ago by crownjules
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 18 months ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars PERN AGAIN
As a fan of all the Pern series I enjoyed this book. Not quite as intricate as the original books but an easy book to read.
Published 20 months ago by jilliz
4.0 out of 5 stars Lacking plausible emotion
Although the story line is excellent and in keeping with the ethos of Pern, I have been disappointed by the lack of emotional engagement in all Todd McCaffrey's solo forays into... Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars With one bound he leaped into flight
I have been reading all the Pern books since Dragonflight. This one did drag a tiny bit at the beginning, and too rushed in the characterisation of the weyr healer. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2009 by Rwth of Cornovii
2.0 out of 5 stars Sigh!
I have been a fan of the Pern books since the beginning and I was very excited at the prospect of more books in the series. Read more
Published on 30 May 2008 by Marigold
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Having read a book that Todd had written with Anne I was excited about reading this ... until about half way through when I almost lost the will to continue. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2008 by Bookworm
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
The writing style, if you can call it that, is awful. It is everything that early Anne Mccaffrey was not e.g. clunky, poorly written, & leaving nothing to the imagination. Read more
Published on 24 July 2007 by A. Bolton
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