Dragonflight (The Dragon Books) Paperback – 1 Nov 1983
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"Read Dragonflight and you're confronted with McCaffrey the storyteller in her prime, staking a claim for being one of the influential fantasy and SF novelists of her generation - and doing it, remarkably, in the same novel" (SFX)
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The girl is Lessa, forced into servitude by the Lord who ursurped her lands and title, but whose success in winning back those lands brings her to the attention of the Dragon Riders of the title. Though too few in numbers, and barely tolerated by a world that has forgotten the need for the great telepathic dragons and their riders, they are all that stands against the coming dark. They need Lessa, and it is with the riders that Lessa finds her most enduring love when she bonds with the newly hatched, and last, of the golden queen dragons. As to the threat, well that's one of the things that makes Dragonflight unique as it does not involve hordes of the undead, orcs or aliens. Similarly, the act of bravery stands out as one of the best imagined resolutions to an impossible problem in fiction. And arrival of the cavalry is just that, but with a neat McCaffrey twist that brings all of the plot lines together, as every ending should. Dragonflight is a great read.
Anne McCaffrey creates a supremely engrossing world in this novel. The history and folklore of Pern are so well layered - she weaves folk song, tradition, politics, natural disaster and social order together into a cogent, believable world, yet doesn't allow you to lose the sense of wonder for what she's crafted, allowing you to experience the world of the dragonriders through Lessa as she finds her feet in the Weyr.
Possibly the novel's chief strength is that there is no "big bad". Instead, the conflict comes from the apparent threat or the Threads and the disagreement surrounding their fabled arrival. Unlike with most natural disaster stories, there is never a sense of needless scale or boredom with the danger. They are a thoroughly dynamic catastrophe. But this allows the real drama to flow from the relationships between the characters - all of whom are flawed and nuanced.
It is written in 3 or more novella form, and each episode is self contained, but follows on from the one before. Anne McCaffrey set the scene and planted the characters for the whole series, but without this firm beginning, the strong characterisations would not have worked so well in the later books. F'lar and Lessa particularly are bound together in a project that will last the rest of their lives, and they are aided by the Craftmasters. The Lawyer, PR man musician Robinton, the engineer Fandarel and of course, the ex-dragonrider, weaver Lytol who takes charge of the baby lord of the great estate of Ruatha, fallen into disrepair and unproductiveness. F'lar's loyal brother is a useful sidekick, but it is the dragons that tend to star.
One can tire of the matching of dragons to riders, but in this book it is fresh and moving.
It works on many levels and is worth reading.
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I read this year's ago and it is still a good read but a little expensive for such an old book.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I give this 5 stars. I love all the Perm books and would recommend them to anyone who enjoys escapism to a different world.Published 1 month ago by Fran
Brilliantly engaging story, little slow at the beginning. Sets up nicely for some sequels. A great read for fantasy fans.Published 2 months ago by rosellegreywood
Finally managed to find a nice copy with the cover I like! Overall I enjoyed this a great deal and will be coming back for more books later.Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth-Rose Best
This is the first of the series and it sets up the partial background and the current status of Pern. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer