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Dragongirl (The Dragonriders of Pern) (edition 2010)

by Todd J. McCaffrey (Author)

Series: New Adventures of Pern (6), Pern (3rd Pass)

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Young Fiona, rider of the gold queen Talenth, has returned from the past, where she and a group of dragons and riders fled so that the wounded could heal from their previous battles with Thread and the younger dragons could safely grow to fighting age. Gone only three days, yet aged more than three years, Fiona is no longer a child but a woman prepared to fight against the Thread that threatens to destroy her world. Fiona's life takes a pivotal turn when a shocking tragedy thrusts her into a position of authority. Now she finds herself leading weyrfolk who have a hard time trusting a senior Weyrwoman who is both young and an outsider.… (more)
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Title:Dragongirl (The Dragonriders of Pern)
Authors:Todd J. McCaffrey (Author)
Info:Del Rey (2010), Edition: 1, 512 pages
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This book picks up where "Dragonheart" leaves off - the same day, in fact. One needs to read the other two Todd McCaffrey dragon books before this one, or it won't make a lot of sense.

Pros: It's a good story, well integrated into the Pern universe. The story is very tight chronologically, starting in the second month of year 508, and ending in the 7th month of the same year. We follow Fiona closely, with Kindan and Lorana close secondary leads. I like the characters. This is clearly a middle book, continuing the story of the previous book, solves a conundrum set up early on, and then It ends on a cliff-hanger. It does not feel as padded as its immediate predecessor, and it seems like more happens.

Cons: This is about 450 pp, and could have been edited down to closer to 300 pp without sacrificing anything essential. I would have preferred fewer descriptions of fighting Threadfalls, and of sleeping arrangements. Fewer named characters would have been easier to follow: there are a LOT of names.

The book kept my interest, even if sometimes I was a bit impatient. ( )
  EowynA | May 24, 2020 |
And, unbelievably, this is the same book as Dragonsblood AND Dragonheart! Really, Todd. Even your mom didn't do that, especially so close together.

As I said with Dragonheart, I REFUSE to read another retelling Pern book. In fact, I think I'm done with Pern for a long, long time. ( )
  Amelia1989 | Jun 10, 2019 |
DRAGONGIRL takes place right after DRAGONHEART. Fiona and her group of dragonriders have come back from the past to just three days later. The problems she left are still problems. There is an illness that is killing dragons and thread is starting to fall and there are not enough dragons or dragonriders to battle it.

When a tragedy takes all the dragons and riders from Telgar in a horrible event, Fiona is sent with her gold queen Talenth to be the new weyrwoman there. She brings along T'mar and his wing. She also brings her young friends. Fiona has a remarkable talent for managing her weyr and a remarkable talent for inspiring loyalty.

When Kindan and Lorana find a cure for the dragons, part of the problems are solved but they are still facing a major shortage of dragons old enough to fight thread. Talenth clutches and provides 22 eggs as does the other queen at Telgar. These clutches are light - many too small - and they don't know if it is because of the cure or just coincidence.

Kindan, T'mar, Lorana, and Fiona forge a partnership for their emotional support with Fiona at the center. She has such a big heart that she wants to love everyone. She also takes her responsibility to keep up morale at the weyr very seriously and tries to hide her fears for the future of Pern.

This was an exciting story with lots of growth for Fiona but it is clearly part of a much larger story arc. Both a cliffhanger ending and unresolved plot threads will have to wait for the next book. ( )
  kmartin802 | Nov 12, 2016 |
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  BethanyMoore | May 13, 2016 |
Todd does an excellent job of continuing the saga of Pern. Fiona is back in her correct time and the fall is happening. Telanger is going to rise for her first Queen's mating flight but T'mar has been scored with Thread. Lorana and Kindan help and they become a polygamy group. Some might be disconcerted by this thought, but he also has a lesbian couple in the book. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, that I think finishes this line. Anne comes back to help finish it. ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
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Young Fiona, rider of the gold queen Talenth, has returned from the past, where she and a group of dragons and riders fled so that the wounded could heal from their previous battles with Thread and the younger dragons could safely grow to fighting age. Gone only three days, yet aged more than three years, Fiona is no longer a child but a woman prepared to fight against the Thread that threatens to destroy her world. Fiona's life takes a pivotal turn when a shocking tragedy thrusts her into a position of authority. Now she finds herself leading weyrfolk who have a hard time trusting a senior Weyrwoman who is both young and an outsider.

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Young Fiona, rider of the gold queen Talenth, has returned from the past, where she and a group of dragons and riders fled so that the wounded could heal from their previous battles with Thread and the younger dragons could safely grow to fighting age. Gone only three days, yet aged more than three years, Fiona is no longer a child but a woman prepared to fight against the Thread that threatens to destroy her world.

Fiona’s life takes a pivotal turn when a shocking tragedy thrusts her into a position of authority. Now she finds herself leading weyrfolk who have a hard time trusting a senior Weyrwoman who is both young and an outsider.

But even greater challenges lie ahead: Thread is falling and there are too few dragons to stem the tide. Many have died from the recent plague, and even with the influx of newly mature dragons from the past, the depleted fighting force is no match for the intensifying Threadfall. Fiona knows that something must be done, and what she proposes is daring and next to impossible. But if her plan succeeds, it just might save them all.

With a cast of familiar characters from previous Pern novels—including Lorana, who sacrificed her own queen dragon so that all the dragons of Pern would have a chance to survive, and Kindan, the harper Fiona has loved her whole life—Dragongirl is another triumph for Todd McCaffrey, and a riveting new chapter for the Dragonriders of Pern.
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