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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,579 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne McCaffrey, Todd McCaffrey Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dragonriders of Pern Series Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597102230
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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 and listeners have soared on the glittering wings of Anne’s imagination, following book by book the evolution of one of science fiction’s 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. Kindan’s father is the watch-wher’s 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 mine—except for Kindan, who is taken in by the camp’s 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-wher-talents 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 the deepest darkness.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avid | 2/10/2014

    " This is the first book written by her son Todd Mccaffrey. And it definitely keeps to her dragonrider tradition. Only this time, it focuses on the watchwhers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danny | 2/7/2014

    " Had a fantasy binge for quite some time so I'll be handling these reviews with canned factory responses. Decent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Compton | 2/3/2014

    " It been years since I read a Pern book but fell back in love immediately. If you'd consider some of her books PG or PG-13 this one was G rated. I didn't want to put the book down near the end and then all of a sudden it was over. I wanted more. The ending was a little abrupt. Maybe the authors were up against a deadline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Foomy | 1/14/2014

    " A story about watch-whers used like canaries in coal mines. Small-scale, like Menolly's story I suppose, and different enough to be enjoyable without feeling like he was reaching too hard for a plot line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kait | 1/4/2014

    " Dragonriders of Pern series is always a nice light read whenever I want to read something with dragons but not a full fantasy book. Dragon's Kin was also a nice change from the other books in the series by focusing on the watch whers rather then dragons. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kat | 12/15/2013

    " Not her best, and I'd only recommend it if you're interested in all of her Pern books. Otherwise, pass. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MMG | 12/15/2013

    " I went through an Anne McCaffery phase... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Tietjen | 12/1/2013

    " I still love the world and the idea, but I admit I feel a little difference with Todd added to the recipe. Hope he can replace Anne in the future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 8/9/2013

    " Unlike many other creators of alternate worlds, Anne McCaffery continues to mine fresh ore from the soil of her imagined reality. Her storytelling is good, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie Krasuski | 7/23/2013

    " This book was fantastic because it introduces another facet of the world of Pern's reptiles. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 5/30/2013

    " This book is a big let down for fans of Anne McCaffrey's other Pern books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandi | 5/24/2013

    " Love this series. Glad her son continued it! ^-^ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 10/26/2012

    " I really like Anne McCaffrey's Pern books. This one tells the story of some watch-whers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula Brown | 5/7/2012

    " Was a bit slow to get going, The end was hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 4/3/2012

    " Lovely story of overcoming handicaps and acceptance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 11/25/2011

    " Not as good as the older Pern books (the ending falls extremely flat). I liked it despite that, mostly for the sense of nostalgia it gave me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabby | 11/16/2011

    " Todd McCaffrey brings a new view to Pern which is original and yet totally consistent with AM's version. I like it, although I feel the writing style isn't quite as polished as the original ones, and plot is not as strong either. But it is the next best thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristian Alva | 8/17/2011

    " This was a great read. The beginning was a little slow, but I enjoyed the book overall. It was nice to read something by Anne McCaffrey again after all these years. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tine! | 6/21/2011

    " Kin or no kin....talent or no talent....let us not forget the nepotistic indulgences that led to the "Eragon" catastrophe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristian | 6/15/2011

    " This was a great read. The beginning was a little slow, but I enjoyed the book overall. It was nice to read something by Anne McCaffrey again after all these years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wynter | 3/4/2011

    " To put it very briefly, I liked it a lot because I am obsessed with everything 'Pern.'

    One negative is that this book would probably make no sense at all to someone who hadn't read at least three or more previously published Anne Mccaffrey books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 1/29/2011

    " I actually read the Kinden books in reverse order so this one explained several things from other books. Not the best storytelling...lots of repetitive info. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 1/16/2011

    " Not as good as the older Pern books (the ending falls extremely flat). I liked it despite that, mostly for the sense of nostalgia it gave me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabby | 12/12/2010

    " Todd McCaffrey brings a new view to Pern which is original and yet totally consistent with AM's version. I like it, although I feel the writing style isn't quite as polished as the original ones, and plot is not as strong either. But it is the next best thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 8/13/2010

    " Excellent book, very well written. I thought the story line flowed very well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 7/29/2010

    " Kindan is the son of a miner and an aspiring harper. However, when his whole family is killed in a mining accident, along with their watch wher. As Kindan, Nuella, and Harper Zist learn more about the watch-whers and their abilities, finding one to guard the mine becomes ever more important. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 7/4/2010

    " I had been avoiding the collaborative efforts of Anne McCaffery & son Todd..... don't really even remember why. I did grow up reading of Pern's Dragons.... I suppose I though my fond memories would be tinkered with?
    Quite enjoyable though & I'll continue with them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Uriah | 6/20/2010

    " A nice addition to the lore of Pern but nothing spectacular. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bryan457 | 5/10/2010

    " They should have quit on the whole Pern thing while they were ahead. But since the series already had a couple plot/logic holes, why not add a few more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 1/24/2010

    " great escapist fiction. When I finally have time without any To-Do's, this is where I go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 1/10/2010

    " This book focuses more on watch weyrs than on dragons. Some of the talents that watch weyrs exhibit here conflict with later stories, but the portrayal of life in a mining town makes for a change of scene. This cast of characters reappears in several books. "

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About the Author
Author Anne McCaffrey

Anne McCaffrey graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures. A prolific bestselling author, she is best known for her handling of broad themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly in her tales of the Talents and the numerous novels about the Dragonriders of Pern. She lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.