The way forward is dark and long. A dragon gold is only the first price you’ll pay for Pern.
Cold. Black. Silent.
Between. That strange nothingness where dragons can go that can only be described as “between one place and another.”
“Between only lasts as long as it takes to cough three times.” For a short journey, yes. For a journey from one place to another, anywhere on Pern--yes, three coughs is enough. But when traveling between one time and another--it takes longer. A cold, silent, freezing longer that saps life.
Lorana felt nothing, not the warmth of the queen dragon beneath her, not even the tiny, tender presence that warmed her womb.
I’m sorry! Lorana cried, her hand going to her belly. There was no other way!
Pern was dying, there were too few dragons and riders to protect it from Thread. Slowly, steadily, inexorably, the protection of Pern was being eroded, was dying out. The dragonriders, including Weyrleader T’mar, Weyrwoman Fiona, and all the Weyrleaders of the four other Weyrs, had tried their best, had developed new tactics, had kept adapting, kept striving, kept searching for some way out of their trap. But the problem was that there were too few dragons, less than a third the number required, and more were being lost each Fall.
The dragons’ numbers were so few because of the strange sickness that had come upon them just before the start of this new Pass of the Red Star. Lorana, with Kindan’s stout aid, had succeeded in finding help from the distant past and that help had led them to a cure for the sickness. In the meantime, however, too many dragons had succumbed to the sickness--and more to Thread--leaving too few dragons to protect the planet. In desperation, because no one could conceive of getting further help from the past, Lorana had decided to jump forward in time, to jump ahead to a time after the Third Pass and beg for aid from the future.
She was the only one with a sure sense of time and place--a gift, she thought, from her special link with all the dragons of Pern--and only she could make the journey forward to such an unknown, unseen time. She used the Red Star to guide her, picturing it and the stars in their stations where they would be fifty Turns from her present.
Using her gift came at a price, however. A jump of this length would be a terrible strain on her and gold Minith. But it would be fatal to the life stirring inside her.
Lorana wailed silently. Go back! she urged herself. Go back before it’s too late.
I can’t, she decided a moment later. It’s too late. I’m all alone.
I’m here! Minith called to her feebly, her touch full of support. You are not alone.
Excerpted from Dragon's Time by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey. Copyright © 2011 by Anne McCaffrey. Excerpted by permission of Del Rey, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
For the first time in more than three years, bestselling authors Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey, mother and son, have teamed up again to present Dragon’s Time, a fresh chapter in the most beloved science fantasy series of all time, The Dragonriders of Pern®.
Even though Lorana cured the plague that was killing the dragons of Pern, sacrificing her queen dragon in the process, the effects of the disease were so devastating that there aren’t enough dragons left to fight the deadly Thread. And as the situation grows more dire, a pregnant Lorana decides she must take drastic steps in the quest for help.
Meanwhile, back at Telgar Weyr, Weyrwoman Fiona, herself pregnant, and the harper Kindan race against time to keep morale from fading—until Lorana finds a way to use time itself in their favor.
It’s a plan fraught with risks, for attempting time travel means tampering with the laws of the universe, which could drastically alter history—and destiny—forever. But when it is found that time cannot be broken, Lorana wonders: Might it still be possible to bend it? With Pern dying around her, Lorana may have no choice but to make a fateful jump...but the price to be paid may be more than she can bear.
Hardcover Book : 352 pages
Publisher: Random House ( June 28, 2011 )
Item #: 13-426433
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it is just one in a series of books and that is why it is repetious it is necessary to read it as part of the series and contains information you need to understand the rest of the books and there is 1 more in the series u will want to read and as anne mccaffery bis dead now that will be the final 1 of her books u can read
Dragon's Time is not worth the read. It attempts poorly to tie in loose ends from prior stories and fails miserably. The plotline is convoluted and haphazard,and the details of timing, etc. cross lines set by Anne in earlier novels. Character development is sacrificed for snippetts already overused in Todd's other books or copied from Anne's earlier works. The text is repetitious and confusing, even when one is very familiar with earlier works in the series. This book seems to produce nothing but a set-up to sell the next and "final" one in the series. It is definitely NOT up to the high standard that Anne set. "Contrived" is the highest compliment I can give it. Definitely a non-read.
Yes, there was a lot of death, but death is a part of life. I thought this was another excellent entry into the Pern collection and I would recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed the Pern series. Probably NOT a good book to start the series with, as you need the previous history to properly understand what is going on. Good read.
I have been a devote reader of fantasy thanks to Anne McCaffrey, but this collaboration has to much death, and the time travel makes it a difficult read.
Reviewer: Lee K
I've read all of the Pern books (everyone single one and most of all Anne McCaffrey's other books) several times in most cases. However, I am unsure about buying the latest as I too am leery of yet another epidemic that kills dragons as that has been the theme of several previous. That said, I don't know that I want to purchase yet another. What happened to the more pleasant themes of life, hatchings that were truly happy and made one's heart soar to read, and other more pleasant topics. I don't wish to tackle another downer epidemic and life-threatening plague scene these days.
Reviewer: David P