Dragonflight pdf Book Summary by Anne McCaffrey
Dragonflight pdf Book is a science fiction/ fantasy novel by the American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey.
Dragonflight pdf Book is the first book in the Dragonriders of Pern series. First published by Ballantine Books in July 1968, it was a fix-up of two novellas which between them had made the writer McCaffrey the first woman writer to win a Hugo and a Nebula Award.
Dragonflight pdf book is the story of Lessa, the sole survivor of the noble ruling family of Ruatha Hold on the northern continent of Pern. When the rest of her family is killed by a cruel usurper, Fax, she survives by disguising herself as a drudge (a menial servant), partly through simply adopting a slovenly appearance, but also by using her hereditary telepathic abilities to make others see her as far older and less attractive than she actually is. Her only friend is a watch-wher, a somewhat telepathic animal related to dragons, that guards the Hold. Lessa psychically influences other Hold workers to do less than their best work, or to become clumsy or inefficient, in order to sabotage Ruatha as part of her strategy to make it economically unproductive, so that Fax will renounce it and she can retake her Hold.
F’lar, wingleader at Benden Weyr, and rider of the bronze dragon Mnementh, finds Lessa while searching for candidates to impress a new queen dragon. The current queen has a batch of eggs due to hatch shortly, including a crucial golden egg. After killing Fax in single combat, following the rules of the Pernese code duello, he realises that she manipulated him emotionally to kill Fax and engineered Fax’s renouncement. F’lar recognizes that Lessa possesses both unusually strong psychic abilities and great strength of will. He recognizes her potential to be the strongest Weyrwoman in recent history, and the path to his own leadership at Benden Weyr. F’lar convinces a reluctant Lessa to give up her birthright as Lord Holder of Ruatha Hold for the larger domain of the dragonweyr and she agrees to pass the title on to Fax’s newborn son (who later features in The White Dragon). F’lar takes Lessa to Benden Weyr, where she Impresses the queen hatchling Ramoth and becomes the Weyrwoman, the new co-leader of the last active Weyr. On Ramoth’s first mating flight, Mnementh catches her, and by Weyr tradition, this makes F’lar the Weyrleader.
One Weyr by itself is not enough to defend the planet; there had been six, but the other five Weyrs are now empty, deserted since the last Pass centuries before. In a desperate attempt to increase their numbers, a new queen, Prideth, and her rider, Kylara, are sent back between times (a recently rediscovered skill) ten turns, to allow Prideth time to mature and reproduce. Lessa travels four hundred turns into the past to bring the five ‘missing’ Weyrs forward to her present. This is a huge strain for both her and Ramoth. She convinces the dragonriders of the five Weyrs to go with her to their future, and they use the Red Star as a guide to make smaller, less strenuous hops forward in time. This not only provides much needed skilled reinforcements in the battle against Thread, but explains how and why the five Weyrs were abandoned: they came forward in time.
Dragonflight pdf book Author – Anne McCaffrey
Anne McCaffrey author of Dragonflight pdf book, 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.
Dragonflight pdf Book Information
- Publisher : Del Rey; Reissue edition (May 12, 1986)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345335465
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345335463
- Lexile measure : 940L
- Grade level : 7 – 9
- Item Weight : 5.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.15 x 0.79 x 6.85 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #227 in Time Travel Fiction
- #306 in Dragons & Mythical Creatures Fantasy (Books)
- #1,404 in Sword & Sorcery Fantasy (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3,548 ratings
4.0 out of 5 stars but the dip was pretty powerful here and it made the slow start feel …
Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2018
Let me start by saying that this was the first Anne McCaffrey novel, and first Dragonriders of Pern novel, I’ve read in nearly 15 years. I read a few as a schoolchild and they had a notable impact on me, but I hadn’t really touched them since. So, having found a new thirst for fantasy, I decided to revisit her series through the eyes of an adult and see if it held up.
1) General Impression:
– I finished this novel over the course of 4 weeks. Although that isn’t quite accurate to how I actually read it. I began reading it in my surgery rotation of medical school and found time in my Family Medicine rotation to finish it. But it does speak to the primary reason why I rated it 4/5 and not 5/5. The beginning starts slow. Very slow. Anne’s world is fascinating and incredibly well crafted but she does throw you in the thick of it and explains very little. I actually prefer that, but the dip was pretty powerful here and it made the slow start feel slower.
– The lack of plot and generic feel to both protagonists made the first half of the novel rather bland, but there is a huge shift once about 40% into the book when all the elements start to align and there is a course for the reader to see ahead.
– Once the elements of the plot settle in, this gives the characters (Lessa and F’lar) real room to breathe and develop. Book got infinitely better.
– By the end I was beyond hyped and thoroughly enjoyed the read. At about the 55% mark I couldn’t put the book down.
– Lessa – Female lead. Very reserved, independent, and dealing with a troubled past while being kept in the squallor of Ruatha, her home Hold. I can’t really reveal much more for spoilers sake. As a character she starts off rather generic. She is your prototypical passionate, vengeful, clever female lead. However, when her place in the plot is revealed, she is really given room to show incredible character depth. In fact, I was impressed with Anne’s ability to add great levels of nuance. Her romantic relationship, her personal growth, her understanding of her role, her wisdom in knowing when to be overbearing and when to let others lead. It all made for a very unique and memorable character.
– F’lar – Male lead. A born leader, big picture thinker, determined, and charismatic. His and Lessa’s growth are very interwoven so it is difficult to truly analyze them separately, but he acted as a solid foundation for the story to move forward. His journey from mentor to partner is fascinating to watch and his obssessive drive to defend and lead his people made for a solid reason to root for him. It was relieving to see that his romantic relationship was only a facet of his character, one that very much took a backseat to his true motivation which was saving his people.
3) Plot – It takes a while to truly settle in, and even when it does there is a lack of urgency. The plot is essentially that the Red Star circling the planet will release Threads (deadly organisms that devour organic matter) upon Pern, which it hadn’t done in 400 years. Only F’lar believes this to come true, everyone else is sceptic. When the events inevitably do come true it felt so sudden after what felt like a long, drawn out “doomsday clock” sort of vibe. It could have been smoother, but honestly, it was fine. There is a nice mystery element and plot twist that adds alot of fun.
4) Prose – Anne breaks a lot of rules and writes her world with that “old time” kind of feel, but it is strangely hypnotic and is actually a strong case to her successful series. She really knows how to make deep characters, her vocabulary and seamless transitions make for a steady read, and her clear depiction of perspective decreases confusion. However she does abuse certain adjectives. Be prepared to read “Sardonically” a million times.
5) World Building – Incredible. #1 reason I came back to this book. The planet and traditions of Pern honestly feel like another character in itself. Anne put serious work into her world, its history, its cultures, and its mechanisms. There were so many times where I just wanted her to keep describing elements of a new city as opposed to returning to the plot or the main characters.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragonflight Kindle OCR problems seem fixed
Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2018
OCR problems are common when converting an older book to digital format. The problem can be huge for some books. While it sounds like the Kindle version of Dragonflight pdf book had OCR problems originally, I can happily report that the current version seems perfect. I’ve read the whole series multiple times over the past 40 years and have all the paperbacks in my library. I tend to prefer reading on Kindle these days, so wanted to read the series once again, this time on Kindle. I have no idea yet how the rest of the books are on Kindle, but as I said, the first was perfect. Thanks to whoever fixed the reported OCR problem. I’ll be downloading more in the series and hoping for the best.
If you had problems with this book on Kindle, re-download and hopefully your problem is fixed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome epic story about named PernReviewed in the United States on May 13, 2021
F’lar is a Brenen Wyerleader bronze dragonrider on Pern and Lessa is his mate.
She is rider of golden dragon. Their wyer has the impossible task of protecting modern Pern from the deadly destructive threads from the Red Star.
How can one wyer protected Pern from thread? This story is the first book in this epic battle to save Pern.
Characters are telepathic with their dragons, with emotions that are believable. The fast paced epic drama has lots of action. I love the description of daily life of both human and dragons that is so realistic that I could taste the klah. I started collecting the books in my early twenties until the author passed, then I morn the loss of a creative imaginative writer.
Highly recommended for great books. This is my third or is it fourth rereading?
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