Dragon's Kin by Anne McCaffrey

Dragon's Kin

byAnne McCaffrey

Kobo ebook | November 25, 2003

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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 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 darkness.
Title:Dragon's KinFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 25, 2003Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345461991

ISBN - 13:9780345461995

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book McCafferey lovers, welcome to a new age of Pern as Anne initiates her son into the creation of new dragon lore! Todd brings a new perspective, adding new dimensions to the characters and expanding the possibilities for new stories. In this tale, a boy in a mining camp comes into maturity amidst the hardship and tragedies of mining life on Pern. His sense of commitment to family and community conflicts with his heart's calling until he impresses a watch-wher. As the story unfolds he is able to find his own place in Pern's society as well as help someone he loves to do so as well. This is a true harper's tale, enlightening us about mining on Pern in the second interval and the world of watch-whers.
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very well done! I am such a huge Anne McCaffrey fan. I don't know how many books I've read but no can beat Anne McCaffrey! Dragon's Kin is a very interesting novel that goes into great depth about an area that's never been brought up in her books before Watch Wher's . I recommend this book to any Anne McCaffrey fan! Thank-you Todd and Anne for bringing Pern back!
Date published: 2005-03-30