Dragongirl is a science fiction novel by Todd McCaffrey in the Dragonriders of Pern series that his mother Anne McCaffrey initiated in 1967. Published in 2010, it is the sequel to Dragonheart and third with Todd as sole author.[1][2]

AuthorTodd McCaffrey
Cover artistLes Edwards[a]
CountryUnited States
SeriesDragonriders of Pern
GenreScience fiction
PublisherDel Rey Books
Publication date
July 2010
Media typePrint (Hardcover & Paperback)
LC ClassPS3563.A25525 D68
Preceded byDragonheart 
Followed byDragon's Time 

Plot overview

Dragongirl is set primarily during a few months of year 508 AL (After Landing on Pern), beginning weeks after the start of the "Third Pass" of the Red Star and its attendant Threadfall. Primarily it continues the story of gold dragonrider Fiona of Fort and the people she leads. In broad terms, it continues the history of the crisis that the start of every Pass brings to Pern, the third such crisis.

Plot summary

Until nearly the end of Dragonheart, Fiona had been a very young Weyrwoman in the past, during a long episode of time travel. Essentially, she had led a large group of young dragons and young dragonriders with the primary purpose simply to survive and to mature in the relative safety of the past. That worked, and so they gained time, or adult man- and dragonpower, for the Pernese to handle the current crisis. Upon return from the past, Fiona is no longer Weyrwoman, but she has that experience, and the proven love and loyalty of many who had traveled with her.

Early in Dragongirl, the entire force of centrally located Telgar Weyr is lost to a sudden disaster — all its mature dragons and dragonriders, about 300 pairs. That leaves only the support population, with almost no adult men, and some of the young, retired, or sick. Fiona's group of recent travelers is transferred to Telgar, among others, and she is Weyrwoman again.

Following the plague that had decimated the dragons, and the loss of an entire Weyr, the remaining dragons are overstretched, and the limited numbers lead to even further casualties. The novel follows Fiona, now as Weyrwoman of Telgar, as the dragonriders come to realize that there are no longer enough dragons to protect the planet for the whole Pass.


Critical reception for Dragongirl has been mixed, with SF Crowsnest saying that McCaffrey has developed as an author but that the writing still felt inexperienced and hurried at the end.[3] Publishers Weekly positively reviewed the book, writing "McCaffrey's assured characterizations and ease with referencing Pern's elaborate history make this a hardy fantasy that faithfully echoes and builds upon his mother's original vision."[4]


  1. ^ a b Dragongirl title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database lists 464pp and no cover artist. Page numbers in the first US hardcover run to 482 without padding, and there is preliminary material. The jacket identifies cover artist Les Edwards.


  1. ^ Dragonriders of Pern series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  2. ^ Todd McCaffrey at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  3. ^ "Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey". SF Crowsnest. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  4. ^ "Fiction review: Dragongirl". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2012-10-09.

External links

Anne McCaffrey bibliography

This is a list of works by American science fiction and fantasy author Anne McCaffrey, including some cowritten with others or written by close collaborators.

Dragon's Time

Dragon's Time is a science fiction novel by the American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey and her son Todd McCaffrey in the Dragonriders of Pern series that she initiated in 1967. Published by Del Rey Books and released June 2011, Dragon's Time is their fourth collaboration in the series and is the sequel to Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey.

The McCaffreys wrote one more sequel together, Sky Dragons (published July 2012).

Dragon Girl

Dragon Girl may refer to:

Dragongirl, a 2010 American science fiction novel by Todd McCaffrey in the Dragonriders of Pern series

St. Dragon Girl, a 1999–2003 Japanese manga by Natsumi Matsumoto

Longnü, an acolyte of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara in Chinese Buddhism, daughter of the Dragon King

Xiaolongnü, a fiction character in the 1959–1961 Chinese novel The Return of the Condor Heroes, also translated as "Dragon Girl"

Dragonriders of Pern

Dragonriders of Pern is a science fiction series written primarily by American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey, who initiated it in 1967. Beginning in 2003, her middle child Todd McCaffrey has written Pern novels, both solo and jointly with Anne. The series (as of July 2012) comprises 23 novels and several short stories. Most of the short fiction has been collected in two volumes or incorporated in one of the novels, so Dragonriders of Pern is sometimes identified with the 24 books. Two of the novellas included in the first novel, Dragonflight, made McCaffrey the first woman to win a Hugo or Nebula Award.

Dragonriders of Pern (video game)

Dragonriders of Pern is a 1983 video game published by Epyx that is based on Anne McCaffrey's book series of the same name. The game was released for the Atari 8-bit family and Commodore 64.

The player acts as the ruler of a "weyr," a mountaintop redoubt where the people of the planet Pern raise dragons in order to protect against periodic invasions of deadly "thread" that falls from a nearby planet. The game is primarily a strategic one, in which the user attempts to form alliances, but it also includes an action portion where the player controls a dragon in an attempt to destroy falling thread.

The game was considered a forerunner of similar games based on novels. A sequel for the Commodore 64, Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern, was cancelled and not completed.

Jennell Jaquays

Jennell Jaquays (born October 14, 1956), previously known as Paul Jaquays, is an American game designer and artist of table-top role-playing games (RPGs) and video games. Her notable works include the Dungeons & Dragons modules "Dark Tower" and "Caverns of Thracia" for Judges Guild; the development and design of conversions on games such as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong for Coleco's home arcade video game system; and more recent design work, including the Age of Empires series, Quake 2, and Quake III Arena. Some of her best known works as a fantasy artist are the cover illustration for TSR's Dragon Mountain adventure.

List of Pern books

This list follows Pern historical order and includes Pern short fiction. See Dragonriders of Pern for publication order and for more bibliographic data on the short fiction.Dragonriders of Pern is a science fiction series initiated by Anne McCaffrey with the Hugo Award-winning novella Weyr Search in 1967.

The stories feature human history on the planet Pern, which might be called human-draconian society for its lifelong inter-species relationships between humans and dragons. Anne McCaffrey wrote all the Pern stories until 2003; as of 2012, eight books by her son Todd McCaffrey or by Anne and Todd have continued the series. In all, there are 23 novels, two collections of short fiction, and a few uncollected works. That includes one book by Anne and Todd published in July 2012, several months after her death.

This complete list of Pern stories follows Pern historical order, which is very different from the order of composition or the order of publication. The sequence is also disputable at some points, because many of the works overlap in time or feature travel between times; limited annotations are provided here.

The point of reference for Pern chronology is "Landing", when transport ships arrived and human settlement began. Years, or "Turns" around Pern's sun, are counted After Landing or "AL".

Sky Dragons

Sky Dragons is a science fiction novel by the American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey and her son Todd McCaffrey in the Dragonriders of Pern series that she initiated in 1967. Published by Del Rey Ballantine and released July 2012, Sky Dragons is the sequel to Dragon's Time.

This was the last collaboration between mother and son, which Anne described in a foreword to Dragon's Time as "helping Todd wrap up this very dramatic part of Pernese history."

Todd McCaffrey

Todd J. McCaffrey (born 27 April 1956 as Todd Johnson) is an Irish American author of science fiction best known for continuing the Dragonriders of Pern series in collaboration with his mother Anne McCaffrey.


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Anthony has stated that he has kept the series going as long as he has because the Xanth novels are "just about all that publishers want" from him.

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