Author: Anne McCaffrey
Series: Dragons of Pern #1
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Dragons, High fantasy, Science fiction
Publisher: Corgi Books
5th sentence, 74th page: F’lar somehow got to his feet, attempting to straighten up to meet Fax’s stumbling charge.
The men who rode the dragons were a breed apart. Chosen when the dragons were first hatched, they became soul-mates for life with the huge, magnificent beasts they controlled – the green, blue, brown and bronzes – beautiful – terrible – the only creatures who could defend the planet Pern from the blood-red star. But without the Queen, the dragons would become extinct. Only the gigantic, golden Queen could breed the new flights. And the Queen was fading… dying… leaving behind one last, huge, golden egg.
I was introduced to this series years ago. But I couldn’t remember much (I was only 11 at the time). So I decided to re-read this series. I’m so glad that I did. It was a completely amazing book. Halfway through it I went online and ordered the next 4 books in the Dragons of Pern series.
I’ve often heard of Anne McCaffrey as the mother of Science Fiction and once I read Dragonflight, I completely understood this. Not only are the characters relatable and believable, the world of Pern is so intricately woven that you can’t help but believe that it is a real place. I love the creation of a world beyond ours, inhabited by our descendants in a time when we are completely forgotten – in my mind this is actually plausible.
Dragonflight is a little hard to get through in some stages, the very intricacies which make Pern so real to the reader also establish a succession of plot lines and realities of the characters that create a complex storyline. It certainly isn’t a book to lightly read while the family is bustling about. But, it is definitely a book that should be read by every fan of SciFi, fantasy and dragons.
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