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Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern - Volume 1) Mass Market Paperback – May 12, 1986
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The planet Pern has been colonized for centuries by humans. When humans first settled on this world, they did not take notice of its sister planet, which had an indigenous life form that attempted to land on Pern when it came within reach. These silver "threads" fell in a destructive wave on the temperate lands of Pern once every 200 years, destroying all life they encountered. To combat this menace, the inhabitants of Pern developed a species of dragon that could burn these threads out of the sky before they touched down. Now, centuries have passed between threadfalls, and the danger of thread is considered a myth. However, a dragon rider named F'lar knows that the riders are once again needed. This fine production is recommended wherever McCaffrey ( Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern , Audio Reviews, LJ 9/15/93) is popular.
- Roxanna Herrick, Washington Univ. Lib., St. Louis
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"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 * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Appropriate for young readers as well as those more mature, this series offers the voracious reader a chance to surround themselves with an incredible tale of astonishing depth and emotion. Though there are some sensual passages in the book and series, nothing too graphic is described and the overall message of the story is one of commitment, strength, ingenuity and survival.
This installment introduces us to Lessa, a kitchen drudge with an axe to grind with her master,whose plans for vengeance are ruined by the appearance of dragons from the sky. Chosen to stand for possible selection and impression by a new Queen Dragon, her life is turned inside out.
In this masterfully written series, dragons are noble creatures displaying emotional depth and wisdom. There is no "magic" to speak of, but the story is never-the-less spellbinding and addictive.
While the central character of this installment is a young woman, young male readers will still enjoy it immensely. Later installments focus more tightly on male characters, though there are many examples of strong female characters throughout the experience to hold young female reader's attention to the very end.
I highly recommend this series to anyone searching for a new "fix" after reading the Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings series of stories. As there are more than a dozen stories in the Pern chronicles, this quick read is just the beginning.