Todd McCaffrey is the bestselling author of the Pern novels Dragonsblood and Dragonheart, and the co-author, with his mother, Anne McCaffrey, of Dragon's Kin, Dragon's Fire, and Dragon Harper. A computer engineer, he currently lives in Los Angeles. Having grown up in Ireland with the epic of the Dragonriders of Pern, (R) he is burst-ing with ideas for new stories of that world, its people, and its dragons.
When Fiona, the daughter of the Lord Holder of Fort Hold, unexpectedly impresses a newborn gold dragon, she becomes involved in her new duties as Junior Weyrwoman to Fort Weyr, a place beleaguered by a mysterious, usually fatal sickness among dragons. As Fiona learns the manners and politics of a nascent Queen dragonrider, she faces other hardships, including a Threadfall that dragonriders must fight despite their ever-diminishing numbers and her own accelerated coming-of-age as she risks her future to ensure the safety of Pern. Following in his mother's formidable footsteps, Todd McCaffrey skillfully continues exploring new eras of Pern's past, reviving characters from his previous solo novel (Dragonsblood) as well as from those cowritten with his mother, SFWA Grand Master Anne McCaffrey (Dragon's Kin; Dragon's Fire; Dragon Harper). The author's strong storytelling and fully developed human and dragon characters make this a good addition to any library and an essential read for Pern's many fans. Highly recommended. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.