The White Dragon

The White Dragon
Dragonriders of Pern #3
Anne McCaffrey
SFF
3 stars
295 pages

a young holder lord impresses a runt dragon. The southern continent is shown to be HUGE and the northerners want it opened up for their landless children. F’lar wants the best of the continent for dragonmen so they won’t be beholden to the holds once threadfall passes. Everything works out and it is discovered that man is not indigenous to Pern.

This was a good wrap up to the original trilogy, BUT, McCaffrey rushes forward so quickly that you can see the world going from Dragons and Fantasy to Science Fiction. and I think that is why her later books are weaker.

Dragonquest

Dragonquest
Dragonriders of Pern #2
Anne McCaffrey
fantasy
3 stars
250 pages

The “oldtimers” aren’t fitting in. So they are exiled to the southern continent. Lots of problems between dragonmen, holders and craftsmen. Lots of intrigue among northern dragonmen as well. Things get sorted out and “ancient timer” technology is discovered.

A very logical working out of time travel and it’s consequences culturally.

Dragonflight

Dragonflight
Dragonriders of Pern #1
Anne McCaffrey
fantasy
4 stars
180 pages

Introduced to the world of Pern. Dragons are in symbiosis with men, to fight thread, a parasitic thing that falls every 200 to 400 years. It has been very long since last threadfall in this story and nobody believes it will come again. One dragonrider, F’lar, believes it will. He searches out a woman to be queen of the Weir for the next queen egg. Lessa gets it and ends up discovering that dragons can jump between times as well as distances. Not enough dragons to fight thread. So Lessa goes back 400+ years to get the last known large group of dragonriders. Works and saves Pern.

I gave this 4 stars because the story just grabbed me. The writing was definitely early McCaffrey [which isn’t a bad thing to be honest] but the idea was new at the time and the original trilogy, of which this is book 1, perfectly captures the wonder of dragons without all the associated crap of later novels.