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Title:
Dragongirl
ISBN:
9780345491169

9780345491176
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, ©2010.
Physical Description:
xiii, 482 pages : map ; 25 cm.
Contents:
One. Fort Weyr, AL 508.2.2 -- Two. Fort Weyr, AL 508.2.5 -- Three. Fort Weyr, AL 508.2.6 -- Four. Fort Weyr, early morning, AL 508.2.7 -- Five. Fort Weyr, later, AL 508.2.8 -- Six. Telgar Weyr, later, AL 508.2.8 -- Seven. Telgar Weyr, early morning, AL 508.2.9 -- Eight. Telgar Weyr, late evening, AL 508.2.9 -- Nine. Telgar Weyr, early morning, AL 508.2.10 -- Ten. Telgar Weyr, later, AL 508.2.10 -- Eleven. Telgar Weyr, late evening, AL 508.2.10 -- Twelve. Telgar Weyr, Threadfall, AL 508.2.11 -- Thirteen. Telgar Weyr, morning, AL 508.2.13 -- Fourteen. Telgar Weyr, morning, AL 508.2.15 -- Fifteen. Telgar Weyr, next morning, AL 508.2.16 -- Sixteen. Telgar Weyr, morning, AL 508.4.15 -- Seventeen. Ista Weyr, afternoon, AL 508.5.5 -- Eighteen. Keroon Threadfall, morning, AL 508.5.21 -- Nineteen. Telgar Weyr, evening, AL 508.5.26 -- Twenty. Telgar Weyr, early morning, AL 508.6.19 -- Twenty-One. Telgar Weyr, evening, AL 508.6.25 -- Twenty-Two. Telgar Weyr, morning, AL 508.6.28 -- Twenty-Three. Telgar Weyr, early evening, AL 508.7.17 -- Twenty-Four. Fort Weyr, second hour, AL 507.11.18, Second Interval.
Summary:
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.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.0 24.0 138961.
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Summary

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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.


Author Notes

Todd J. McCaffrey was born on April 27, 1956. His birth name was Todd Johnson. He is the youngest son of author Anne McCaffrey. Todd writes science fiction novels and is best known for his continuation of his mother's best-selling Dragonriders of Pern series.

He lives in California. (Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Older and wiser after three turns in the past, young Weyrwoman Fiona and Talenth, her golden queen dragon, return to continue the fight against the deadly Threadfall in McCaffrey's romantic, highflying sequel to Dragonheart. This time out the battle is made more difficult by a horrifying disease that is steadily killing off the dragons. Despite finding a cure, the fear persists that there won't be enough dragons to battle the next Threadfall. In the meantime, a kinky love quartette between Fiona, dragonrider T'Mar, Weyrwoman and ex-queenrider Lorana, and Harper/Weyrlingmaster Kindan creates friction, especially when both Lorana and Fiona become pregnant as threats to Pern increase. McCaffrey's assured characterizations and ease with referencing Pern's elaborate history make this a hardy fantasy that faithfully echoes and builds upon his mother's original vision. (July) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.


Booklist Review

Young Fiona, rider of the gold queen dragon Talenth, has just returned from three years at the abandoned Weyr (or dragon domicile) Ingen, to which injured dragons and riders had gone to heal. The place is 10 Turns in the past, yet only days have passed at Fort Weyr when they return. The Weyr (dragons, riders, and support) are still fighting Thread shorthanded because the plague is still killing dragons, and dragons and riders are going down in battle. Suddenly all Telgar dragons and riders are lost Between. Since Talenth is the oldest queen who isn't leading a Weyr, Fiona becomes Weyrwoman of Telgar, where she galvanizes the people and attracts dragon riders and healers to join. The constant Thread falls cause rapid attrition of dragons and riders, and the search for a cure for the plague and the fight for survival become ever more desperate. Adding fascination is the book's exploration of the possibilities of dragons going Between from one time to another just as they go almost instantly from place to place on the planet. Todd McCaffrey continues carving his own niche in the Pern canon while remaining faithful to the world-building and characterizations that have made his mother Anne's series a perennial favorite.--Estes, Sally Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Once again, the Red Star appears in the skies over Pern, triggering the fall of Thread, a corrosive and deadly spaceborn spore that comes in Passes that last approximately 50 years. This time, however, the dragons bred by the colonists of Pern to fight Thread are dying from a mysterious plague, and the population of Pern faces extinction. While gold-dragon rider Fiona concentrates on learning to heal sick and injured dragons and their riders, the harper Kindan and ex-dragon rider Lorana search for a cure. Even so, the dragons' numbers are dwindling, and Fiona decides that help must come from the past-or the future. The latest addition to the popular canon of novels set on the planet Pern continues the story of a trio of unique individuals whose commitment to the welfare of Pern requires not only devotion but also great sacrifice. The son of sf Grand Master Anne McCaffrey, creator of the Pern series, McCaffrey steps gracefully into the role of his mother's successor, exploring new times and places in Pern's history. VERDICT Pern fans will enjoy following the destinies of the characters from Dragonholder, Dragonsblood, and Dragonheart. [Ebook ISBN 978-0-345-40973-4.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.