All the Weyrs of Pern
picks up with the people we know communicating with Aivas to carry out plans to get rid of Thread permanently.
It was ok but I could see that this book should have been one to wrap up the Pern series. Sadly, it is still going.
Renegades of Pern
deals with those who were holdless, for a variety of reasons, during the beginning years of Threadfall. Almost the same period as DragonDrums but from different viewpoints. Sets up just right for the following book, All the Weyrs of Pern. Looking forward to it.
Masterharper of Pern
The story of Master Robinton from his being born til the events of the first Dragonrider trilogy. An extremely talented boy is ignored by his perfectionist father even while being better than him. Amazing that Robinton turned out as well as he did. A very enjoyable tale, even though McCaffrey shows her true colors in regards to her views on marriage and sexuality.
Not sure what is up with this specific edition on Goodreads. It is NOT abridged. [nor specially priced :D]
Harper Hall of Pern #3
follows the adventures of Piemur, a young lad whose voice changes. His adventures as the apprentice to the Master Harper, Robinton. Ends up on the Southern Continent. These 3 novels were in the same vain as her Dragonrider trilogy. Fresh, funny with just the right amount of adventure and adversity to keep you interested without getting you depressed or sad.
Harper Hall of Pern #2
Menolly’s adventures in the Harper Hold. Trials to be overcome as she learns much about music and such.
Harper Hall of Pern #1
a young girl from a fishing hold has great musical talent. Due to her fathers holding to the old ways, however, it is discouraged. She runs away and in the process impresses 9 firelizards. Then she is picked up by a dragon rider and taken to the Harper Hall.
The White Dragon
Dragonriders of Pern #3
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.
Dragonriders of Pern #2
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.
Dragonriders of Pern #1
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.
Renegades of Pern