Sky Dragons

Sky Dragons

Paperback - 2013
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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."-- Tordotcom
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2013
ISBN: 9780345500922
034550092X
Additional Contributors: McCaffrey, Todd 1956-

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tigerlily_13
Feb 03, 2016

Sky Dragons was a good end to the Third Pass of Pernese history which started in "Dragon's Kin". Even though the Third Pass novels were usually darker and depressing-- than I cared for--after all, how many more times can they wipe out the humans and/or dragons from Pern from plagues, and an colony of Earth not fail-- I liked many of the characters, such as, Seban, Kindan, Lorana, Fiona, T'mar, and the ill-fated M'tal. My two favorites books in the Third Pass part of The Dragonriders of Pern series were Dragon's Fire, and Dragonheart.

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AngelaMoran
Feb 06, 2013

I was sad to learn that this was Anne McCaffrey's last book. I have loved her books for two decades and will greatly her. Unfortunately this was much more a Todd McCaffrey book than an Annne McCaffrey book. While he is a good writer he has in no way mastered his craft to the degree his mother did. Hopefully he will continue to improve so we can continue to enjoy Pern in the future.

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GuyN
Dec 17, 2012

This third book in the miniseries is the best of the three with more actual challenges in the life of the "colony" and less emphasis on "timing it". Females and youngsters become increasingly important in riding dragons, fighting thread, etc. It may not be as good as the best Pern books, but it is worthy of a read. As others observe Todd doesn't write as well as his mom did. Her contributions to this book were her swansong, er, dragonsong.

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Komplikator
Dec 03, 2012

This WILL be my last Pern book. I couldn't even get past the first 50 pages I'll stick to re-reading the older books every couple of years if I need a fix

As mentioned by others, Todd is not the author his mother was. And the last couple of book showed this all too well

rowanquincy Oct 03, 2012

Read all the Pern books but this may be my last. the son is nowhere near the mother's writing ability. I was bored.

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