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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling mother-and-son team of Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey comes the final installment in the riveting Pern saga that began with Todd’s solo novel, Dragonsblood. Now, with all of Pern imperiled by the aftereffects of a plague that killed scores of dragons and left the planet helpless against the fall of deadly Thread, the only hope for the future lies in the past.

There, on an unexplored island, a group of dragonriders led by Xhinna, a brave young woman who rides the blue dragon Tazith, must battle lethal Merows and voracious tunnel-snakes to build a safe home for themselves and the dragons, whose offspring will one day—if they survive—replenish Pern’s decimated dragon population. But as the first female rider of a blue dragon, and the first female Weyrleader in the history of Pern, Xhinna faces an uphill battle in winning the respect and loyalty of her peers... especially after an unforeseen tragedy leaves the struggling colony reeling from a shattering loss.

Amid the grieving, one girl, Jirana, blessed—or cursed—with the ability to foresee potential futures, will help Xhinna find a way forward. The answer lies in time... or, rather, in timing it: the awesome ability of the dragons to travel through time itself. But that power comes with risks, and by venturing further into the past, Xhinna may be jeopardizing the very future she has sworn to save.

©2012 Anne McCaffrey (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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A very epic story

This was the first of the mother-son McCaffrey collaborations I have read or listened to, and it surpassed my expectations. I will admit, I had my heartstrings tugged more than once by the heroics present in the story.
Also, for any McCaffrey fan who likes a bit more female presence among the riders, this story takes the cake. The narrator was excellent, and really brought the story to life. There is also a touching tribute by Todd McCaffrey to his late mother in the beginning. Someday, I will share her legacy with my own children. Truly an amazingly inspiring woman.

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Sky Dragons: Dragonriders of Pern

I have loved the dragons and their riders from the very first book. This latest book does not disappoint.

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Average level story somewhat disappointing

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Theme is very dark and desperate; supposed to be a mystery why no help returns to help those left behind, but instead comes across as disorganized plot writing with very little believable plot twists.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The mix of dragons and riders left behind is the most interesting aspect: leading to the one in charge being a blue ridden by a very inexperienced woman. It is never clear who all is available to 'take over' and the plot twists to allow the blue rider as the most experienced rider to take charge are confusing and overblown. The reasons for her leading the dragons could have been much better engineered. And that is what is least interesting, the plot twists piling one over the other in a "bad day" cascade. Better explanations were needed or better plot ideas.

What does Emily Durante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

First time I heard this narrator. I was not real impressed by her skill, but I do like her voice. I spent so much time relistening to plot twists trying to understand the progression of events that the narrator got lost in my attention.

Could you see Sky Dragons being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No way. Probably the poorest of all the dragonrider plots and stories. Do not use this one as an introduction of moviegoers to the Dragonrider/Pern world. The movie would flop.

Any additional comments?

I was patently disappointed in this book. I figured it being the last book Anne had input in would make it quite good, as her input usually does for Todd's work; but I was wrong. I usually like Todd's writing; but he writes more about plot twists, happenings and technical outcomes. Anne also wrote about the feelings of the characters, made them more human than Todd does. His books are OK, but not superlative like Anne's were.

I will continue reading Dragonrider books by Todd. He did real good on the ones about Fiona and Kindan, etc. This book was an unusual disappointment from him.

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A Tragic Loss

Would you listen to Sky Dragons again? Why?

By listening to this audio book, I have learned that the woman who inspired me to learn to read (in grade 8) has passed away. I will miss her worlds greatly, but that said, her son Todd has also come into his own as a writer and at least Pern will not be lost forever. I do find Todd a much darker writer. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes I yearn for the lighter touch of his mother. This book is a series of books I have been enjoying and I found this one quite interesting indeed. Sky Weir! I like it :-) There is a lot of foreshadowing for subsequent books which i can look forward to. The lenth of the book is pleasant and i hope you take the time to listen to this. I would very much help if you listen/read the other books in this series before listening to this one.

Sincerely,

CJ

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Ugh

I could go in depth, but in short, this whole section of the Pern series was a terrible waste of my audible credits (and I grew up reading the Pern books)

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sorry could not finish

and the story continued to be lackluster, so much so I had to stop should have left it at Dragons blood but I tried to push through but finally said enough. I could not finish this one. I just don't care, about the story, the characters, and all the plot holes and Ex machina.

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Not what I expected!!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I don't think anyone who has ever read Anne McCaffrey's books about Dragon Riders would ever enjoy this book. I can't think of anyone I know who would enjoy this book.

What was most disappointing about Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey ’s story?

The most disappointing thing about this book is that it was not about dragon riding or thread or any of the things these books are supposed to be about. It was about a lesbian relationship, envy, and jealously. If I want to listen to a book about these things then I will pick one out. I could not even finish this book because it was so bogged down in other factors.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emily Durante?

Kate Reading

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment that this book was not about what I thought it would be and anger because it did not tell you what the book was really like.

Any additional comments?

I don't usually pay attention to reviews when I pick out a book but in this case I was really wrong not to. I will read every review from now on unless I know the author and am familiar with the writings.

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Would you consider the audio edition of Sky Dragons to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

Good suspense at the end.

Which character – as performed by Emily Durante – was your favorite?

She does a good job of creating the differences between all the characters so you know who you are listening to

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I enjoyed the entire book.

Any additional comments?

With the death of Anne M. will her son continue the journey and if he does how will his style effect the generations of Pern to come

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Sky Dragons

This takes place after a terrible dragon sickness has taken most of Pern's dragons. They are fighting to discover how to repopulate the species as thread begins to fall again. The main character is overly forgiving.

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  • Liz M
  • 01-02-22

I struggled to keep track of the characters.

It may be just me but I struggled to remember all the names of the characters including the dragons.
There was a lot of dialogue/ thoughts described rather than story.
Perhaps if I listen a few times I will be able to put the story together.

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  • Sally Goddard
  • 04-24-21

Dragons in trees, love it

I love this series of books.

This one does have a bit too many characters in it for my liking.

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  • mrsvee
  • 11-03-18

Not one of my favourites

This story not up to Anne’s usual standard, maybe collaborating is not good for her own imagination. And again, a voice that’s too American with American pronunciations of many words wrong to English ears.h