The list author says: "When I was in high school I went to the library in search of a great book about Dragons. The book I found was called Dragonsdawn by Anne Mccaffrey. I picked it up hoping for the best, and found one of my favorite books of all time. Since then I have been hooked on the more than 20 books about Pern and its Dragonriders. Some of these books can be purchased as a 3 in 1: "Dragonriders of Pern" includes the first 3 books, "On Dragonwings" includes books 7,9,13, and "Harper Hall Trilogy" which I can only find in hardcover and includes 4,5,6. I have included some descriptions that I copied from the back of the books so you know what each one is about. You can obviously read these books in whatever order you like, but here is my suggested reading order. I currently have not read beyond Dragon's Fire, as I think Anne's books are more entertaining and have just not rushed out yet to read the remaining two books. If this list is helpful to you, let me know with a helpful vote. Enjoy!"
"The 1st book. Story of Lessa, a girl who has been in hiding and biding her time until she can claim her birthright. F'lar, a dragonrider finds her and helps her to impress the new queen dragon. She succeeds: but the deadly silver threads that eat all in their path have returned, with not enough dragons to defend the planet. Lessa has a plan that will take her on a dangerous journey to the past."
"The second book. Story of F'lar, F'nor, Lessa, their dragons and their battles with Thread. The Oldtimers are creating problems as well as the fire lizards, and they must come up with a better way to fight thread. The only way to do it means risking a dragonriders life."
"The third book. One of my favorites! Story of Jaxom, a lordholder who accidentally impressed a dragon, a white dragon named Ruth. Ruth is a runt and the only white dragon in the history of Pern, and no one thinks he will be able to fly or to spew fire to defeat the deadly thread. But together they decide to defy the odds and they may be the only ones to prevent something bigger than Thread itself."
"The sixth book, third in Harper Hall. Story of Piemur. When his voice begins to change, he is assigned by the masterharper to help with some political work and is sent on missions that take him to the Southern Continent, of which few have ever ventured."
"The seventh book. Goes back to an earlier time in Pernese history to tell the story of Moreta, one of the great dragonriders sung about in their ballads. The people and animals of Pern have fallen ill to an unknown ailment which is spreading like the plague. The dragonriders and leaders of Pern must find a solution, but time is of the essence. This is an excellent read!"
"The eighth book. Story of the young girl Nerilka, who ashamed of her fathers selfish behavior, she leaves her home to help the people of her hold. She aids the healers with the saving of the Pernese people to defeat the dreadful plague. Extension of the Moreta story."
"The ninth book. One of my favorites! This is the story of the colonization of Pern and how the dragons came into being. When the colonists first came to Pern they had no idea that deadly thread could fall from the skies and had no protection against it. They noticed the small fire lizards flaming the thread when it fell, and so they started their mission to create the dragons."
"The tenth book. Another great one in this series. Story about the holdless on Pern. They are a traveling folk with no permanent place to live. Some have chosen this way of life, others were deemed holdless as punishment. These people preyed upon the holdless and all they needed was the one girl who can hear dragons, Aramina, to make their plans complete."
"The eleventh book. The dragonriders have been fighting thread for generations, but they want to find a way to eradicate it completely. Previous attempts have failed. But when the leaders of Pern astride the dragons journey to the Southern Continent, they find the colonists voice activated artificial intellience system, which tells them they still have a chance to realize their dream."
"The twelfth book. Collection of short stories about Pern. Learn of the original survery team who explored Pern and recommended it for colonization, read about the evacuation from the southern continent with the help of the dolphins, how Ruatha Hold was founded and the moving into new Weyrs, and the rescue of some colonists before the planet was cutoff from communications with other worlds."
"The thirteenth book. When the original colonists came to Pern, they brought along intelligent speaking dolphins. But when thread came, the dolphins were forgotten as the dragons became increasingly more important. Now they have become a legend that few believe in. But young Readis and a dragonrider named T'lion have rediscovered the dolphins, and this is their story. Another of my favorites!"
"The fourteenth book. It's been 200 years since the threads fell and no one believes they will return, except the dragonriders. But the signs start showing up again, leading to the first threadfall. The dragonriders and lord holders must convince everyone that thread is returning in order to assure their future on Pern."
"The fifteenth book. One of my favorites! Story of Robinton, one of the most famous Harpers on Pern. The story of his childhood and growing into adulthood to become the Masterharper of Pern. It is a time when harpers are being discriminated, and Robinton must overcome the tragedies in his own life the save the lives of others. A must read!"
"The sixteenth book. The dragonriders have succedded in ending the threat of Thread and are fighting the last pass. The dragonriders must find a new way for themselves now that their main duties will no longer be needed. But something new is threatening Pern and once again the people of Pern must call upon the dragons to save them."
"The seventeenth book. Story of Kindan, a miners son. He enjoys his lessons with the harper, but knows he has no future there. He also helps the camps watch-wher, a distant relative of the dragons. When a disaster happens in the mines and he loses his family and the watch-wher, Kindan must form new friendships and follow his dreams to help save the mining camp. First book written with her son Todd."
"The eighteenth book. Written by her son Todd, but still a good book. The dragons are dying from a mysterious illness. It will take a link between an original colonist and a dragonrider born 450 years later to save them."
"The ninteenth book. Story of Pellar, a mute taken in by the Masterharper. He works with the Masterharper and dragonriders to discover who is behind the thefts of coal. But when they get greedy and start to steal firestone, the rock the dragons need to produce fire, they threaten the lives of everyone on Pern."
"The twentieth book. Another story about Kindan. Kindan tries to impress a dragon but is unsuccessful and so returns to the Harper Hall. Pern is now being ravaged by another deadly disease, while having a shortage of Harper and Healer apprentices."
"The twenty-first book. Another illness is afflicting dragons and firelizards alike. Young Fiona is just learning how to be a Weyrwoman, and must now also try to help find a solution to the menacing illness."