Dragon’s Code, by Gigi McCaffrey
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If you haven’t read any of Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series, you really need to start at the beginning. But don’t worry, you don’t have to read all 20-something titles before you get to this one! Just six: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, The White Dragon, and Dragondrums. (Links at the end of the post.) There’s a bit of plot overlap between Gigi McCaffrey’s new one and the last couple, but if you’ve read the others, that’s part of the charm.
For those of you who have loved this series since it first came out (I’m not old enough to make that claim, but I’ve loved it since I first discovered it), you’ll feel the same way about this one that I do.
5 stars, for bringing me back home.
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Those six books are actually two different trilogies. My all-time favorites in the history of ever are Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon, which make up The Dragonriders of Pern series. Read them. Read them all. They started me on the road to becoming a fantasy author. (The Dragonflight ebook is just $2.99, by the way.)
My second all-time favorites in the history of ever are Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums, which make up the Harper Hall of Pern series. They’re set in the same world, but there’s more contact with fire lizards than dragons. Still, I’d gladly take a fire lizard pet if I managed to Impress one. (That’s a Pern thing.) And any excuse to visit Pern is a worthwhile venture.
Go read them all. Yes, right now. The review will still be here, I promise.
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Now that you’re as big a fan of the series as I am, you’ll understand me when I say (without any spoilers) that Dragon’s Code is like coming back home. The book follows one of the harpers, and while I personally prefer the dragonrider books, I admit I screamed a little every time I saw a familiar name. Reading about these characters was like returning to that one perfect summer from your childhood and seeing all your old friends again.
The story is less traditional than you might expect, in that several scenes are more like side ventures that don’t really move the plot along. Normally, I’d dock a star for that, but in this case, they often involved a dragonrider fighting Thread, which made them my favorite chapters!!!! There are also several elements that rely on explanations found in those first six books, but since I’ve already mentioned that you should read them all because they’re amazing, that falls in the plus column, too (for avoiding unnecessary infodumping.)
Like most of the harper series, Dragon’s Code is about a character’s internal journey, and it left me profoundly satisfied (and a little teary-eyed.) I hated having to say goodbye all over again, but, hopefully, it won’t be too long before the next one. Maybe even about dragons?
Bottom line: Fans of the Harper Hall of Pern series will be delighted by the return of beloved characters in this paradoxically nostalgic story about the importance of letting go.
From the publisher:
A new hero emerges in a divided world as one of sci-fi’s most beloved series—Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern—relaunches with this original adventure from Anne’s daughter, Gigi McCaffrey.
In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Dragonriders of Pern series, Gigi does her mother proud, adding to the family tradition of spinning unputdownable tales that recount the adventures of the brave inhabitants of a distant planet who battle the pitiless adversary known as Thread.
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