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When the volcanoes rumble and the powerful storms begin brewing on Pern, it means one thing: Thread. For 257 years Pern has been free of the life-destroying Thread, but now the Red Star has reappeared in the sky and soon the deadly Threadfall will follow. In the holds and weyrs across the land, the genetically-engineered dragons of Pern and their human riders begin feverishly training to combat the Thread, for only dragon fire can destroy the silvery invaders. But, incredibly, one Lord Holder refuses to believe the Thread will fall again, and he may endanger the entire planet. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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YA. While not as good as the first "Dragonriders" novels, this 11th in the series comes closer than most of the more recent Pern books. It has been more than 250 years since the first Thread fall, but everything seems to indicate the imminent approach of the Red Star. The Dragonriders have been practicing and passing down knowledge for over two centuries to be prepared, but there are skeptics unwilling to believe. The worst of the lot is Lord Holder, Chalkin of Bitra, a greedy, self-centered, abusive leader. He refuses to take any action to prepare, threatening the survival of the planet, because all must work together to overcome Thread. Interesting, fleshed-out characters combined with a well-written story makes for a very good read. While this entry can stand alone, it is best read along with the other Pern novels, especially Dragonflight (1978) and Dragonquest (1979, both Ballantine).?John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pern: On Dragons (Book 14)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (December 27, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345418794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345418791
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne McCaffrey, the Hugo Award-winning author of the bestselling Dragonriders of Pern® novels, is one of science fiction's most popular authors. With Elizabeth Ann Scarborough she co-authored Changelings and Maelstrom, Books One and Two of The Twins of Petaybee. McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland.

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Marian Powell on December 18, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Have you wanted details on how to train a dragon? Wondered how and why Harper Hall got started? Thought about the implications of all male riders? In short, if you've read and loved some of the Pern novels, you'll enjoy this one for all the questions it answers. At the same time, though, it lacks any single really interesting central character or plot. One can hope that the author will write another book in the same era - greater acquaintance with some of the same people would help. The era is 200 years after Dragonsdawn. The next threadfall is approaching. There's some problems with convincing people to prepare that are nothing but a rehash of the original stories. The interest here lies in the fact that this is a society that still remembers they came from earth. Even though they have flying dragons, the last airplane is mothballed in a museum. This is a society that has struggled to nurture its few remaining computers and during the novel, the last one breaks down forever. Decisions have to be made. Herein lies the interest of the book. You see a society in transition, having to make very difficult decisions. Overriding all, the need to make sure the information about the 250 years cycle of threads will be passed down to succeeding generations. As the characters agonize over these problems, one sees the society of Pern we all know from the other novels take shape. All this makes fascinating reading along with the details of how the young dragonets are raised. If only a really vivid personality or two had been put in and/or a really interesting plotline this would have been one of her best instead of merely interesting. Needless to say, this is not a book for someone who is unfamiliar with the Pern stories. It's simply an enjoyable read that fills in a great many gaps.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Silmarwen VINE VOICE on August 12, 2003
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It has been two hundred years since the last Threadfall on Pern and there is no one alive who remembers the deadly silver thread and its first horrific onslaught - except for the dragonriders. For two centuries they have been faithfully practicing the manuevers that Sean O'Connell, the first Weryleader, had developed to most effectively fight Thread. Now the signs of Threadfall are appearing: violent winter storms & volcanic eruptions, as well as other, more subtle signs. But one stubborn Lord Holder, Chalkin of Bitra, refuses to believe the signs. He also refuses to let his people prepare for Threadfall or to let dragonriders patrol his holdings. The Lord Holders must band together and find a way to deal with Chalkin before it is too late...
But, of course, Chalkin is not the only person who is causing problems. Clisser, who is in charge of teaching, is forced to deal with Pern's slowly dying technology. Most of the computers are already dead and unrepairable. Students and parents are rebelling at learning "useless" information, such as wars fought on old Terran and other alien information. Clisser and his fellow teachers must make the tough decision as to curriculum changes - do they begin teaching at the beginning of Pern's history and focus on the here and now or do they continue to teach their students to try and see beyond their own planet? Artist Iantine is caught up in Chalkin's evil wake when he accepted Chalkin's patronage and agreed to paint portraits of his children and his wife. Little did Iantine realize that Chalkin would not be satisfied with any portrait that he made and that he would be forced to pay for food and lodging while staying in Chalkin's home.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1998
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Two kinds of people might enjoy this book: Pern addicts and cultural anthropologists who happen to be sci fi fans. This book is interesting in that it explains how the Pernese went from technology-proficient, star-roaming people to pseudo-mediavelists. The Star Stones, teaching songs, what happened to computers etc., it's all here. AND it's pretty cool. Problem is the plot that's sooo reminiscent of "Dragonflight" (disgruntled lords are antsy 'cause they think Thread will never fall again and dragonriders are a strain on resources--why is this always the case, anyway?), and the average characters. Chalkin could be a watered-down ancestor of Fax or Meron, and Zuleya and K'vin just have nothing on F'lar, Lessa, Moreta, or any of the other prominent Weyrfolk. The conflict is resolved quite easily...but, hell, I AM into cultural development and the like, so I got a kick out of learning the origin of all these traditions. Anyway, it's worth the read but won't put you in a euphoric state.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Miriam on February 29, 2004
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In this book, Dragonseye (aka Red Star Rising, the Second Chronicle of Pern), you meet up with familiar attitudes. Close to the second pass (about 250 years after the colonists landed) Chalkin, a Lord Holder of Brita Hold, is abusing his responsibility to his hold and refuses to prepare for Threadfall. The Weyrleaders and many other holders are trying to do what they can to overrun his authority. Unfortunately you need a unanimous vote to impeach a Lord Holder, and some don't believe the stories. Artist Iantine may offer a solution, but can they save Brita Hold in time?

This book answers some questions like:
Where did the firelizards go? And why don't the people still have them, since the colonists had them?
When did computers disappear and why?
Why didn't the people go and find AVIAS after the dust had settled?
How did the Star Stones get to be?
When and why did the teaching methods go from teachers to harpers?

If you are looking for old and familiar characters, you will be disappointed. I would recommend starting with a book that is later on in time, so you will get familiar faces and characters that you will see over and over again, not like the one time only characters in this book. The first book anyone should read is Dragonsflight.
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