Dragon's Kin (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 25, 2003 - Fiction - 292 pages
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Beginning with the classic Dragonriders of Pern, Anne McCaffrey has created a complex, endlessly fascinating world uniting humans and great telepathic dragons. Millions of devoted readers have soared on the glittering wings of Anneís imagination, following book by book the evolution of one of science fictionís most beloved and honored series. Now, for the first time, Anne has invited another writer to join her in the skies of Pern, a writer with an intimate knowledge of Pern and its history: her son, Todd.


Young Kindan has no expectations other than joining his father in the mines of Camp Natalon, a coal mining settlement struggling to turn a profit far from the great Holds where the presence of dragons and their riders means safety and civilization. Mining is fraught with danger. Fortunately, the camp has a watch-wher, a creature distantly related to dragons and uniquely suited to specialized work in the dark, cold mineshafts. Kindanís father is the watch-wherís handler, and his son sometimes helps him out. But even that important job promises no opportunity outside the mine.

Then disaster strikes. In one terrible instant, Kindan loses his family and the camp loses its watch-wher. Fathers are replaced by sons in the mineĖexcept for Kindan, who is taken in by the campís new Harper. Grieving, Kindan finds a measure of solace in a burgeoning musical talent . . . and in a new friendship with Nuella, a mysterious girl no one seems to know exists. It is Nuella who assists Kindan when he is selected to hatch and train a new watch-wher, a job that forces him to give up his dream of becoming a Harper; and it is Nuella who helps him give new meaning to his life.

Meanwhile, sparked by the tragedy, long-simmering tensions are dividing the camp. Far below the surface, a group of resentful miners hides a deadly secret. As warring factions threaten to explode, Nuella and Kindan begin to discover unknown talents in the misunderstood watch-wherĖtalents that could very well save an entire Hold. During their time teaching the watch-wher, the two learn some things themselves: that even a seemingly impossible dream is never completely out of reach . . . and that light can be found even in darkness.

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User Review  - alsocass - LibraryThing

This is definetly the best of Todd McCaffreys attempts at taking over the Pern series. It sheds light on both the watch wher and the mining profession, two aspects of Pern that have received very ... Read full review

Review: Dragon's Kin (Pern (Publication Order) #17)

User Review  - Jodie Newton-drouin - Goodreads

Been awhile since I read this. I adore Anne, but even if I hadn't known her son helped to start writing her pern series I could tell the difference. It's by no means horrible, but it just wasn't the same. Still a fan of the books...oh *sigh* RIP Anne McCaffrey:'( Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Anne McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic languages and literatures. A prolific bestselling author, McCaffrey is best known for her handling of broad themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly in her tales of the Talents and the novels about the Dragonriders of Pern. McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland. Visit the authorís Web site at www.annemccaffrey.org.

Todd McCaffrey, Anneís son, is a computer engineer living in Los Angeles. He is currently working on a solo Dragonriders of Pern novel, Dragonsblood.

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