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Readers who for two decades have been following the fortunes of the dragonriders and other inhabitants of the planet Pern will welcome the latest volume, chronicling the early years. It stands very much on its own, however; knowing about the later history of the planet only adds enjoyment. After 15 years of cold sleep, 6000 colonists land on Pern, seeking a simpler existence, escaping the aftermath of interstellar war and an overly technical society. The colony prospers until the consuming Threada force that destroys all life it comes in contact withmakes its first appearance. A brilliant bio-engineer attempts to develop a biological weapon to save them, a much larger version of a native life form many of the colonists have adopted as pets: dragonets with the ability to teleport and breathe flame after eating phosphoric rock. The book ends with the first successful result of that experiment. Many richly developed characters people the novel, among them two youngsters, Sorka Hanrahan and Sean Connell, who grow up to become two of the first dragonriders. One hopes McCaffrey, who most recently has been writing in the mainstream ( The Lady ), is beginning a new Pern cycle in which she will tell, in answer to many other questions, whatever happened to the intelligent dolphins that came with the humans to Pern. Major ad/promo; author tour
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Have you ever wondered how life on Pern started and where the dragons came from? McCaffrey presents the birth of civilization on Pern in Dragonsdawn , the "prequel" to her earlier novels about this strange planet (e.g., Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern , Audio Reviews, LJ 9/15/93). Listen to the adventures of the first colonists on this beautiful planet and learn where all the names, customs, and legends come from. Reader Dick Hill provides excellent characterizations for each role and conveys much emotion. Even listeners unfamiliar with McCaffrey's other installments in the Dragon series will delight in this audiobook. Suitable for broad fiction collections.
- Miriam Kahn, Columbus, Ohio
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great story and wonderful narrative and am looking forward to read the rest of the series, and other books by this authorPublished on Nov. 28 2012 by darnfinehobby
Ever wonder where the dragons of Pern came from? This book gives a satisfying answer to that question. Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2003 by Katayla
I fell in love with the first 3 books in the Pern series when I was in high school. Dragonsdawn takes you back to when Pern was first inhabitated and the first encounters with... Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2003 by M. Rhodes
Nothing can top the first six books of the Pern series but this is definitely one of the best after those first six. Read morePublished on July 18 2003 by Cybele A. Baker
Dragonsdawn is the beginning to arguably the best Pern series written by McCaffrey. The novel and the subsequent novels suck the reader in with realistic characters and the... Read morePublished on July 8 2003
Dragonsdawn is a great book. It has many characters and a great plotline about the colonists battle to keep everything they had worked so hard for alive. Read morePublished on April 20 2003
This was the first of McCaffrey's works that I have picked up. This book lays some foundation material for her world of Pern. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2003 by Bradford Hull
Though I do not love Anne McCaffrey I am beginning to like her just a little.I read the Harpor Hall trilogy 1st and to some that would be a mistake but thats where my taste... Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2002 by Marina L.