Following on from Dragon's Time and finishing the saga begun by Todd McCaffrey with Dragonsblood, Dragonheart and Dragongirl, this is the tale of the fight to replenish Pern's dragon population and the world's very first female Weyrleader.
After a vicious plague swept through the world of Pern, there are no longer enough dragons to fight off the current onslaught of Thread, the deadly spore that falls like rain from the skies and devours everything organic in its path. Pern's last best chance to rebuild the decimated dragon population lies with a group of young dragonriders and their dragons left stranded on an unexplored island. Leadership of these dragons and riders falls to Xhinna, female rider of a blue dragon, who, as the most experienced dragonrider in the new Weyr, must earn the respect of all who follow her, as not everyone is ready to accept a female Weyrleader. She must solve the problem of how to get sufficient numbers of dragon eggs, although her newfangled ideas, like letting green dragons mate and lay eggs to hatch new dragons, cause uproar. All the while she must protect her people and baby dragons from the predators and, worse, traitors or all hope for Pern will be lost!
About the Author
Todd McCaffrey is Anne McCaffrey's son and like, and often with, Anne writes about the Dragons of Pern. He is a licensed pilot and software engineer living in Los Angeles and took up writing full-time in 2002. Todd is the author of several books, including Dragonsblood, his first solo Pern novel, and other Pern novels which he co-wrote with his mother.