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Publisher's Summary

Life in the Harper Hall is busy for best friends Kindan, Nonala, and Kelsa. As the only female apprentices, Nonala and Kelsa are the butt of jokes and easy targets for the bully Vaxoram and his cronies. But when Kindan springs to Kelsa's defense, he winds up in a fight for his life against the older, bigger Vaxoram - a fight that will lead to a surprising friendship. Meanwhile, in nearby Fort Hold, a clutch of fire-lizard eggs is about to hatch, and Lord Bemin's beautiful young daughter, Koriana, is determined to Impress one of the delightful creatures. At the hatching, Kindan Impresses a fire-lizard of his own...and wins the heart of Koriana. But Lord Bemin mistrusts harpers and will not hear of a match between his daughter and the low-born Kindan.
Then fate intervenes in the form of a virulent plague as fast-spreading as it is deadly. Arising suddenly, as if out of nowhere, the contagion decimates hold after hold, paying no heed to distinctions of birth.
In this feverish crucible, friendship and love will be tested to the breaking point and beyond. For with Threadfall scant years away, the Dragonriders dare not expose themselves to infection, and it will fall to Kindan and his fellow apprentices to bravely search for a cure and save humanity.
The price of failure is unthinkable. But the price of success may be even harder to bear.
Pay another visit to Pern.
©2007 Anne and Todd McCaffrey (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
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Critic Reviews

"The McCaffreys depict the crisis vividly, with enough detail to make the tragedy all too real and with enough hope to keep fantasy fans happy." ( Publishers Weekly)
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2 out of 5 stars
By SCOTT on 11-30-17

Mixed feelings

What disappointed you about Dragon Harper?

In all of the Todd M. books thus far there are too many extraneous characters with similar names too follow in too few places. And way way way too much torture porn. Another plague? Seriously? Sure, readers just love to have all of the main characters either dying or have everyone they care about dying. What great entertainment! Not!!!
It's understandable that every once in a while a sorrowful story is required to be realistic - Moreta's story for example from his Mother's books. But it seems that every book that Todd wrote after his mother passed is depressing as all get out. It's starting to make me wonder if maybe he wasn't resentful about his mother's creation and now is intent on tearing it apart bit by bit with nothing but a bunch of morbid events one after another.

What could Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less misery and suffering. Focus more on main characters, show more than just a handful of locations. When Anne used to incorporate multiple characters, they were central to specific themes and locations spread all across Pern. Virtually all of this book takes place in first the Harper Hall then later in Fort Hold. Names come and go as people are just dying one after another. This isn't entertainment. It's just sadism.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were some shining moments. He managed to pick up on some of the emotions and uplifting scenes that his mother would have such as Kindan's 10 reasons to live and the readjustmant of Vaxorrum.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

As mentioned, there were a few emotional scenes that were well depicted, but way too few that were uplifting. Most of them just plain depressing. And as if that is not bad enough, it seems to continue from similar morbidity in the prior book and carries on in the following books that start by re-living still other people's suffering in the same time frame then go on with still more suffering.
Is Todd just a flaming nihilist? WTH?

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4 out of 5 stars
By Babs on 07-31-17

Be prepared to cry

This Pern story does not shy away from the harsh realities of an agrarian society. Anne and Todd creates a story that speaks about life, tragedy, death and then living. It is a well done tale.

I've heard other performances done by Susan Eriksen, this is not one of her better reads. She did not resonate with the characters. The company would have been smarter to stick with Dick Hill, whose voice has become synonymous with the Pern series.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Bob on 09-12-10

Not up to the same standard.

This Pern book is nothing like as good as the others in the series. There are too many characters and they are poorly portrayed, and, while at first it lays down some potentially interesting plot lines, they are all ruthlessly eradicated around 2/3rds of the way through, rendering the effort of writing/listening to them pointless and frustrating. All that is left is the most obvious resolution which had previously been discounted on a dubious technicality only to be revived too late to save the story.

Meanwhile, new characters and previously unknown and contradictory facts are shoe-horned into the story in a doomed attempt to prevent the whole thing grinding to a halt. It is a ploy that fails and the last 1/3rd of the book is simply dull.

Nothing wrong with the narration though ;)

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jacqui on 08-23-12

Enjoyable, but a couple of disappointments

I really enjoy the Pern series and this story was good overall.

I was a little disappointed that the narrator had an American accent. It doesn't seem right from an Irish author. I was also a little disappointed that there were a few mistakes, e.g. calling someone a 'Holder' rather than a 'Harper' or the other way around. I don't know if this was a mistake in recording or in the original text.

There were a few times when my disbelief was not entirely suspended when I thought that characters were not doing something obvious, but overall the story was good. The characters were interesting and it was good to discover what had happened to characters introduced in a previous book.

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