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Sky Dragons (The Dragon Books) [Hardcover]

Todd McCaffrey , Anne McCaffrey
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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5 July 2012 The Dragon Books (Book 21)

After a vicious plague swept through the world of Pern, there are no longer enough dragons to fight off the current onslaught of Thread, the deadly spore that falls like rain from the skies and devours everything organic in its path.

Pern's last best chance to rebuild the decimated dragon population lies with a group of young dragonriders and their dragons left stranded on an unexplored island. Leadership of these dragons and riders falls to Xhinna, female rider of a blue dragon, who, as the most experienced dragonrider in the new Weyr, must earn the respect of all who follow her, as not everyone is ready to accept a female wingleader. She must solve the problem of how to get sufficient numbers of dragon eggs, although her newfangled ideas, like letting green dragons mate and lay eggs to hatch new dragons, cause uproar. All the while she must protect her people and baby dragons from the predators and, worse, traitors or all hope for Pern will be lost!


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593066219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593066218
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Following on from Dragon's Time and finishing the saga begun by Todd McCaffrey with Dragonsblood, Dragonheart and Dragongirl, this is the tale of the fight to replenish Pern's dragon population and the world's very first female wingleader.

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The sequel to Dragon's Time, by the New York Times bestselling mother and son team of Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey.

After a vicious plague swept through the world of Pern, there are no longer enough dragons to fight off the current onslaught of Thread, the deadly spore that falls like rain from the skies and devours everything organic in its path.

Pern's last chance to rebuild the decimated dragon population lies with a group of young dragonriders and their dragons, left stranded on an unexplored island. Leadership of these dragons and riders falls to Xhinna, female rider of the blue dragon Tazith, who, as the most experienced dragonrider in the new Weyr, becomes Pern's first female wingleader.

Not everyone is ready to accept a female wingleader and Xhinna must battle to earn their respect, as well as protecting the precious dragon eggs from the lethal Mrreows and voracious tunnel-snakes. Some of her newfangled ideas, like letting green dragons mate and lay eggs to hatch new dragons, cause uproar. All the while she must protect her people and baby dragons from the predators and, worse, traitors, or all hope for Pern will be lost...


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More development needed 13 July 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book feels as though Todd has a lot of ideas and plot material, but he has used it up in a profligate way, without adding enough detail to make a good book. Anne (R.I.P) tended to take relatively few characters and a simple plot and develop them well. This book contains a vast number of players with a large plot, but little time to get to know them. There's enough material here to cover three books. I'm not an author and have difficulty writing a coherent letter to my mum, but maybe Todd should look at the way David Weber or L. E. Modesitt Jr. can fill a story in with detail instead of using it all up too soon and confusing the readers.

Sorry Todd, You've got an impossible standard to live up to.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly lacking 12 July 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
With this being Anne's final foray into the world of Pern with her son Todd, I was expecting great things, firstly because I thought that it would be polished to a diamond shine in her memory and secondly because of the overall threads that were available to develop.

What unfurled sadly was a disappointment as it felt disjointed, the characters forgettable and with so many similar sounding names, it caused no end of trouble until I started keeping a record of who was who. This only lead to greater pauses in reading and when added to an overall arc that really didn't accomplish much in my opinion, left me feeling cheated as well as let-down. A great shame all in.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 11 July 2012
Format:Hardcover
I've been a fan of the Pern books for a very long time, and I think it's fair to say that I love them.
I didn't love this one.
It seemed really rushed and incomplete, more of a proposal for a much bigger book, or even a couple of books. There's too much in there, but there isn't enough explanation, or depth of exploration of the themes and ideas, and it comes across and confusing. The frustrating thing is that there are some really nice ideas in here - the Sky Wing, the green queens, the disagreement between riders/lovers, but they weren't explored. There were too many characters with names starting with J; and I didn't feel as if I knew these characters very well at all.

Get it if you're a completionist and want to have the whole Pern series. If you're in any doubt at all, save your money.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A long way to go, but its of Pern. I like it 28 July 2012
By Scorpio
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The last book Anne McCaffrey wrote with her son Todd before her death in 2011. I am a big fan of hers, so yes, I enjoyed it. It was not the best she had written, but it was of the dragons of Pern 'nough said. A whole lot of people are not going to like this book. Todd has a great act to follow. He is not his mother but is trying to keep Pern alive. He has a long way to go. I do hope he makes it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, uninspired, dissapointed 18 Jun 2013
By Lanny
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Will the poor dragons and riders of Pern ever ever survive yet another "plague"/"Disaster"/"Depopulation" plot that Anne in her day mastered wonderfully, that certainly don't need to be repeated over and over again.

Without wanting to be ridiculously negative and trying to not mention too much the "samey" characters we've seen before under the disguise of different names in different books, perhaps the time has come for Todd to put down his mothers legacy before he utterly undoes her hard work by boring her many admiring fans to death.

I found nothing unique, new or evocative of the original Pern novels in this redo of plots and themes we've seen more than enough times already. Disappointing all over and I had to force myself to finish reading it.

I will without doubt go back to the original Pern series written by Anne and will continue to love every single character and story she created. I won't be doing the same with any of the ones written by Todd, which is a great shame, because Annes legacy deserves better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the mark 23 Nov 2012
By Aseret
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm sorry and perhaps I'm a traditionalist but Todd McCaffrey isn't his mother.

Anne McCaffrey's voice and style are so different than Todd's and I find Todd's grates on me. I don't like his character development,and I find his plots just a re-gigging or an amalgamation of the orginals. I have been seduced into buying the dragon books because I've loved them for years, but unless Todd finds a different style I'm giving up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dragosn of Pern 2 Oct 2012
By jilliz
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a read for fans of Anne McCaffrey and her son Todd. To really appreciate it you need to have read the previous three books in the series. Not quite up to the original 'Pern' books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sky Dragons (The Dragon Books) 4 Sep 2012
By David
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After reading the reviews posted here I was worried that Todd Mc Caffery had changed his writing style and alter the general feel of the Pern world books.

I'm very happy to report that the Sky Dragon book is an excellent read and if anything a little less complex to the last book as he has centre the tale around the group of riders who have journeyed back in time to help repopulate and save the persent day Weyrs. Infact the tale is taking on the very direction I felt screamed out to me as I read the last book.

To conclude if you love the Pern world series be not affraid to get this book which is an excellent read. Many thanks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as any of her works
I have loved these stories since I read the first one in the Argosy magazine some fifty years ago. This is up to the usual standard
Published 13 days ago by Mrs. S. Caddy
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Pern lives on in this book, and I'm sure they'll just get better and better. A good read thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 24 days ago by Kyle
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I really like Anne McCaffrey and didn't realise this is written by her son, who sadly can use some of her phrases and ideas but the book is very hard to engage with and I have... Read more
Published 1 month ago by alice
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Love all Anne McCaffrey Dragons of Perns and have them all, I read them over and over again, wish they would never end
Published 1 month ago by mei
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read as always
A good read. So addictive. Need the next one. Love all the new characters. Brings so much diversity to it. Well done Todd
Published 1 month ago by Roxanne Pozzi
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Although not as gripping as his mother's famous Dragon books, Todd McCaffrey makes a good-enough heir to the series and I look forward to more.
Published 2 months ago by Anne-Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful story
what can I say. Anne McCaffrey is wonderflul to read.this one was no different from the other books she has written. To Todd and the rest of her family. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Margaret Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars book
I like these books. Not so keen on the ones written by Todd, but then I suppose they would have to be different.
Published 6 months ago by Ms. Therese Gleeson
5.0 out of 5 stars A more realistic Pern
Todd's writing is grittier and more realistic than his mother's was - I like that! The characters are flawed but real and you care desperately what happens to them. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars No more than expected
Enjoyable but missing Anna McCaffrey's touch . Todd does well with the continuance of his mother's creation . A hard task but noble effort .
Published 6 months ago by ashara
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