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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.
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.
Loved these Pern books as a child and now I return to this world for a needed mental break from adulthood.Published 21 days ago by TwistedMoon
I'm a big Anne Mccaffrey fan, and I have long loved the dragons of Pern. I was excited to try out what her son is continuing. Read morePublished 27 days ago by marai
I have all of her books and some on audio would like to find morePublished 28 days ago by Sharon Busse
This book in the PERN series details how important the Harpers of HarperHall are to the planet's survival. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elizabeth Rowley
One of the pleasures of a series as long as the Pern novels is that the author can explore the back story as deeply as this. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book helps you understand why the people on Pern went backwards in technology. It' a good bridge between Anne McCaffrey's first books and her later ones.Published 2 months ago by Joanne Keim
It is two-hundred years since the first Thread fell on Pern. Old Earth technology is failing or has already failed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. M. Martin
Anne McCaffrey can do no wrong in the Dragonriders of Pern! One of my all time favorite writers and this part of the series does not fail! Excellent!Published 3 months ago by Kara Liane McBride