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| Author: Anne McCaffrey
| Genre: Science Fantasy
| Content: Dragons, 13+
| ISBN-10: 0345335465
| ISBN-13: 9780345335463
| Publisher: Random House
| Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
| Cover Artist: Michael Whelan
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 5/5 Stars
For 400 turns (years) the planet of Pern has been safe from the horrors of vegetation destroying thread. The fire breathing, telepathic dragons bred to fight thread storms have been relegated to the role of nuisance. However, a few still believe in the old traditions and stories handed down by the harpers. F'lar and others live in the fear that one day; thread will reappear in the sky and threaten them all. It is not just the old traditions that have changed. Where there were once five weyrs of dragons, now there is only one and the population of dragons has dwindled by an alarming amount. F'lar knows that if things are to improve he must find a strong weyrwoman, someone with the power to impress a new dragon queen and stand by F'lar's side. He finds what he seeks, in the most unlikely of places, but will it be enough or is Pern doomed?
Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane
♦ What I Liked. No classic fantasy collection is complete without some or all of the huge Dragonriders series. This series is a mix of science fiction and fantasy, written well before the term Science Fantasy was coined. Pern is an Earth colonized planet, only the inhabitants have long forgotten this fact. One word of advice, I know that I am often guilty of not reading a prologue but in this case, it is necessary if you want to understand what is going on. Dragonflight is the first in a long line of novels written in this unique world, a series that is still being added to today by both Anne McCaffrey and her son Todd. The series includes sets, trilogies, standalones, and analogies and in most cases, the progression of the series is not well defined. Since this is the case, I am going to start with the first three books written, even though they are not officially labeled as a trilogy.
♦ My Thoughts. This is a very short book, and a very fast read. The story centers on two main characters. Lessa is a young woman who has hidden from the man who has not only murdered her entire family but assumed ownership of her family home. For years, she has dressed as a filthy drudge, the type of servant nobody notices, biding her time and taking revenge in a number of subtle ways. F'lar is a dragonrider, one of the few who still believes that thread will return and fears that Pern is far from prepared for this event. Lessa and F'lar's fates are intertwined in ways that neither could have imagined and together they must save their world. Standard fare but when this was written, back in the 60s, strong female characters were not the norm. Add telepathic dragons to the mix, which are literally bound to their partners until death and you have a delightful story.
♦ Conclusion. Readers of modern fantasy may find this story to be lacking but I do not. I love a simple love story, happy endings and I adore the fairytale aspect of bonding with a dragon for life. As is true in any science fantasy you will not find "magic" here but you will find telepathic powers and time travel. Later on in the series, you will see more technology but for now, all of that has been forgotten. What you get instead is a bit of romance, some drama, and a fascinating world to explore. Great book for a rainy afternoon and it is considered suitable for both teens and adults. Great start to a great series.
Librarything Rating 3.91/5
Amazon Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Science Fantasy Review of Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern: Book 1) by Anne McCaffrey - Reviewed by Mulluane - on November 26, 2008 - Rating: of 5 Stars