Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern: Dragonheart

Todd McCaffrey
science fiction, fantasy
Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern: Dragonheart - Todd McCaffrey

Todd McCaffrey’s first solo novel in the classic Dragonriders of Pern series, Dragonsblood, was hailed by critics and embraced by the countless devoted readers of the landmark science fiction saga created by his mother, Anne McCaffrey. Now the chronicles of Pern take another captivating turn as the embattled planet, the brave pioneers who call it home, and the magnificent flame-breathing creatures who fly high to protect it confront a dire new challenge.

The grim specter of sickness looms over the Weyrs of Pern, felling fire-lizards and posing a potentially devastating threat to their dragon cousins, Pern’s sole defense against the deadly phenomenon that is Thread. Fiona, the youngest and only surviving daughter of Lord Bemin, is just coming of age, and about to assume the duties of a Weyrwoman, when word spreads that dragons have indeed begun succumbing to the new contagion. With the next season of Threadfall quickly approaching, and the already diminished ranks of the dragons once more under siege, every Weyr across Pern is in crisis mode. It is hardly the time for disturbing distractions – such as the strange voice Fiona suddenly hears in her mind at the darkest and most urgent moments.

Circumstances and the mood of the weyrfolk worsen when advance patrols relay the dreaded news that black dust – the unmistakable herald of falling Thread – has been sighted. As more dragons sicken and die, leaving only a new generation of weyrlings too young to succeed them, Weyrleader B’Nik and queen rider Lorana arrive from Benden Weyr to comb Fort Weyr’s archives in a desperate search for clues from the past that may hold the solution to the plague.

But could the actual past itself prove the pathway to salvation for Pern’s stricken dragons and the entire imperiled planet? Guided by a mysterious ally from a wholly unexpected place, and trusting in the unique dragon gift for transcending time, Fiona will join a risky expedition with far-reaching consequences for both Pern’s future and her personal destiny.

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Release date: November 4, 2008
Genres: science fiction, fantasy
Tags: dragons
Updated: May 20, 2020

Pern :: Series

Suggested reading order.

Related series The Dragonriders of Pern
Related series The Harper Hall Trilogy

Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern6.00
Nerilka's Story6.00
Dragonsdawn7.56
The Renegades of Pern6.76
All the Weyrs of Pern7.14
The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall6.00
The Dolphins of Pern
Dragonseye6.34
The Masterharper of Pern6.26
The Skies of Pern5.76
A Gift of Dragons5.34
Dragon's Kin6.66
Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern: Dragonsblood7.00
Dragon's Fire7.40
Dragon Harper
Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern: Dragonheart
Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern: Dragongirl
Dragon's Time
Sky Dragons
Dragon's Code: Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern