The Skies of Pern

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Ballantine Books, 2002 - Fiction - 456 pages
The long-awaited new Dragonriders of PernŽ novel
from bestselling author Anne McCaffrey

It is a time of hope and regret, of endings and beginnings. The Red Star, that celestial curse whose eccentric orbit was responsible for Thread, has been shifted to a harmless orbit, and the current Threadfall will be the last. Technological marvels are changing the face of life on Pern, and the dragonriders, led by F'lessan, son of F'lar and Lessa and rider of bronze Golanth, and Tia, rider of green Zaranth, must forge a new place for themselves in a world that may no longer need them.

But change is not easy for everyone. There are those who will stop at nothing to keep Pern and its people pure. And now a brand-new danger looms from the skies and threatens a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions. Once again, the world looks to the dragons and their riders to save the world. But now, as the friendship of F'lessan and Tia begins to bloom into something more, unforeseen tragedy strikes: a tragedy destined to forever change the future–not just of the two young lovers, but of every human and dragon on Pern . . .

“McCaffrey's sexy and cunning dragons carry the day–and the novel–with impeccable, irresistible panache.”
–Publishers Weekly

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User Review  - themulhern - LibraryThing

I am _done_ w/ the ninth pass. The ninth pass books fall into three categories: the pseudo-mediaeval ones (Dragonflight, Dragonquest), the girl-power/justice will prevail ones (Dragonsong ... Read full review

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User Review  - alsocass - LibraryThing

Sometimes when I read this book I just skip through reading the romance storyline between the two main characters Bronze rider F'lessan (son of F'lar and Lessa) and Tai, a green rider. For a time I ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Anne McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures. Before her success as a writer, she was involved in theater. She directed the American premiere of Carl Orff's Ludus de Nato Infante Mirificus, in which she also played a witch. Her first novel, Restoree, was written as a protest against the absurd and unrealistic portrayals of women in science fiction novels in the 50s and early 60s. Ms. McCaffrey is best known, however, for her handling of broader themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly in her tales of the Talents and the fourteen novels about the Dragonriders of Pern.

McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland. Visit the author online at www.annemccaffrey.org.

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