Paperback, 320 pages

English language

Published July 25, 2005 by Del Rey.

ISBN:
978-0-345-48426-0
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4 stars (101 reviews)

HOW CAN ONE GIRL SAVE AN ENTIRE WORLD?To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise--and take back her stolen birthright. But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will be deep and last forever. It will protect them when, for the first time in centuries, Lessa's world is threatened by Thread, an evil substance that falls like rain and destroys everything it touches. Dragons and their Riders once protected the planet from Thread, but there are very few of them left these days. Now brave Lessa must risk her life, and the life of her beloved dragon, to save her beautiful world. . . .From the …

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Review of 'Dragonflight' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Okay I liked this book, it's alright science fantasy, heavy on the fantasy...

But god the relationship between the main characters is awful and doesn't even really matter to the story. The story isn't improved in anyway by its marginal inclusion, it's just baffling. Why why why it's so gross

Review of 'Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern)' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I devoured this entire series of books when I was a teenager in the 80s, but hadn't reread them for decades. This book was originally published in 1968 I believe. For its time it was hugely imaginative, had a strong heroine, and there was nothing else like it - telepathic dragons! What? I remember adoring the entire series and reading them over and over - I discovered I still remember large parts of the book even after all this time, in particular most of the songs/rhymes.

That said, it's definitely a bit dated to read now. There's internalized misogyny that may have been par for the course in 1968 but is definitely more obvious nowdays. The fast pace of the writing is breathtaking compared to the 900 page epics some authors are writing nowdays; the introduction to Dragonflight is approximately a page an a half. An author like Patrick Rothfuss …

Review of 'Dragonflight' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Enjoyed it more than I expected to, to be honest. Knowing that there are dozens of other books published after this one, it would be easy to look at this story as mere set dressing, but McCaffrey does well navigating the line between telling this story and setting up future tales. I was pleasantly surprised by some of the twists and developments, and it's clear she worked out the details of the science-fantasy elements of the story very carefully and (so far as I can tell) thoroughly.

Review of 'Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern)' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

As a kid, I heard a lot about the Pern books, but somehow never got around to reading them.

I'm reading through them one by one as part of an omnibus edition, so I'm not sure how much of the foreward information was or is included if you read just Dragonflight on its own.

Pern is an awesome blend of science fiction and fantasy. A red star orbits in the same system as Pern, and when it comes close, these black threads fall to the planet leaching the life out of everything. So the Pernese genetically engineer dragons to fight the threads. Dragons that can tesseract through time and space.

Dragonflight centers around the last haven of dragonriders on Pern following a very long time passing since the last pass of the red star. People are starting to think that the danger that the dragons "protect" them from is just …

Review of 'Dragonflight' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Just a few notes: Dragonflight is a fairly light SF/fantasy novel that has held up well over the 35 years or so since I last read it. There were more typos than I remembered! There is more visual imagery than in Dragon's Kin, and I wonder whether that is a trademark difference between Anne's writing and her son's.

Review of 'Dragonflight (Bookcassette(r) Edition)' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is the first novel in a classic series, and various books in the series have own a bucketful of awards. This novel reads like a fantasy, and you think that is what it all is about until later in the series when it becomes a science fiction theme. Dragons in this case are winged beasts who can breathe fire and burn the "thread", a deadly enemy that periodically falls from the sky. Lessa, a young lady, has certain mental powers that she puts to work getting revenge on the people who invaded her family's domain, and tries to use those powers on the Dragonriders when they come around. This brings her to their attention, and she become a Dragonrider herself. While I like it a lot (and so do many others when you look at the awards McCaffrey earned), I would not recommend it to someone who does not …

Review of 'Dragonflight' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

After Anne Mcaffrey died late 2011 I rooted around in my bookshelves for all my old pern paperbacks from the early 80's. I was utterly obsessed with these books when I was a young teenager, and they were extremely formative in my own history as a writer. The first novel I ever wrote -- longhand, in mead spiralbound notebooks -- was a thin knockoff of Dragonflight (I seem to remember it had unicorns, but I'm so embarrassed by that book I haven't managed to actually read enough of it to check).

I reread all three books in the first Pern trilogy because I was curious to see if they held up to my very fond memories of them. Sadly the answer was no. Sometimes its best to let your fond childhood memories remain memories. :(

(I've duplicated this review across all three books).

Dragonflight: The earliest of the Pern books …

Review of 'Dragonflight' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

From back: After ten long Turns, Lessa is ready to come out of hiding, to reclaim her birthright ... and to Impress the young dragon queen and become Weyrwoman of Benden.
Suddenly the deadly silver Thread once again threatens all Pern with destruction. But the mighty telepathic dragons that had defended Pern for centuries are now few in number, not nearly enough to protect the planet in its hour of greatest peril. So Lessa hatches a daring and dangerous scheme: rally support from people who long go ceased to exist...


I see why this story is historical fantasy akin to reading Tolkien if you are a fantasy reader. How can you not fall in love with the stories of these dragons and their riders?

I love tiny Lessa with her stubborn and defiant ways. This is a character I would have loved as a teenager, and I know I would …

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