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Sky Dragons

Dragonriders of Pern

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
Scores of dragons are dead after plague swept across the world of Pern, and now the Weyrs are struggling to rebuild before Threadfall destroys everything—and everyone—left alive. Their best hope lies with a group of new dragonriders who have volunteered to brave the dangers of an unexplored island populated by vicious wild felines and voracious tunnel-snakes to create a safe home for their young dragons, whose offspring will hopefully replenish Pern’s decimated population. But their leader, Xhinna, the first female rider of a blue dragon, faces an uphill battle to win the respect of her peers, especially after tragedy leaves the new colony reeling. The way forward seems to lie with the awesome ability of the dragons to travel through time. But that power comes with risks: By venturing into the past, Xhinna may jeopardize the very future she has sworn to save.
 
“Memorable characters and a good balance of individual dramas and large-scale action make this a strong addition to the Pern saga.”—Library Journal
 
“Longtime fans will enjoy the latest adventures of the cheerful dragonriders and their colorful mounts.”—Publishers Weekly

“McCaffrey will be remembered, rightly, as one of science fiction’s grand masters.”—Tor.com

Publishers Weekly Review

Jul 02, 2012 – Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series has been beloved for more than four decades. The saga continues with her fifth and final collaboration with her son, Todd, before her death in 2011. Young Xhinna, the first woman to ride a blue dragon, finds herself playing a key role in the desperate struggle to rebuild Pern's dragon population, which has been decimated by Plague and fearsome egg-eating tunnel snakes. Separated from Weyrleader T'Mar and Weyrwoman Fiona, Xhinna takes on the mantle of honorary weyrwoman and leads her small, battered group of dragonriders and infant weyrlings to shelter in what will become Sky Weyr. Relationship tangles take center stage as Xhinna struggles to lead the young weyr while convincing herself she is actually strong and skilled enough to do so. While minimal backstory will make it difficult for new readers to find their way into this chapter of the Pern story, longtime fans will enjoy the latest adventures of the cheerful dragonriders and their colorful mounts.

Customer Reviews

A fitting tribute

Started reading with mixed feelings knowing it was the last, it is a fitting tribute to the founder of Pern and it's wonderful inhabitants, human and animal alike. Have every book and loved them all including this one. Thanks for a wonderful 40 years of giving us these wonderful riders,dragons, harpers and healers to love.

DragonSkies

I'm so sorry to loose Anne! I have read every one of her books at least a dozen times each. I really enjoyed this book and will look forward to any future installments to any of Anne's worlds.

Not the greatest.

I didn't know till I read this book that Ann had passed on. She's the one who really got me hooked on episodic volumes. Yet her's and Todd's latest work don't seem to live up to her original works. If you haven't read the first Pern novels, I highly recommend it. The character development was far better back them, and the world was a brand new place to explore. Here in this book, I just couldn't really get into the characters. Perhaps there are just too many of them, and too many back stories to keep straight.

Never the less, I will miss her..

Sky Dragons
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Adventure
  • Published: Jun 26, 2012
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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