on 30 May 2003
Dragonflight is the story of the people of PERN and their brave defenders the Dragonriders. Dragonriders are people who are telepathically linked to the dragon on which they ride and only a prividgled few are worthy. It is in particular a story about F'lar and his bronze dragon Mnementh and the new weyrwoman Lessa, who rides gold dragon Ramoth. Lessa is the last of an old line of a pure blood family, of Ruatha who was murdered by Fax. the book primarily centres on F'lars desire to be weyrleader, the changes that are affected when his bronze suceedds in flying Ramoth and the return of the deadly thread.
For 400 turns ~(years) no theread has fallen from the sky to devour any living organisim on Pern and many believe that this herald the end of years of fear and a normal life at last. But Threads do return but there is only one Weyr with 200 dragons left to defend the whole of Pern. Lessa discovers an old teaching ballad scored by a harper over 400 turns ago about how the 5 other weyrs on Pern suddently disappeared over night. Lessa then begins her historical Journey on ramoth back 400 turns to persuade the "Oldtimer" dragon riders to come into her future to fight Thread, and suceeds.
The abouve is a VERY general synopsis of the story, but believe me this is a story worth reading. I started halfway through the whole series called the MasterHarper of Pern and I have been hooked ever since. These are some of the best fantasy books ever written and I strongly urge anyone who comes across this review to read them all!!! :)