The Dragonriders of Pern

The Dragonriders of Pern

Book - 1988
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Together in one volume--the first three books in the world's most beloved science-fiction series!


On a beautiful world called Pern, an ancient way of life is about to come under attack. Lessa is an outcast survivor--her parents murdered, her birthright stolen--a strong young woman who has never stopped dreaming of revenge. But when an ancient threat reemerges, Lessa will rise--upon the back of a great dragon with whom she shares a telepathic bond more intimate than any human connection. Together, dragon and rider will fly, and Pern will be changed forever.


Since Lessa and Ramoth, her golden queen dragon, traveled into the past to bring forward a small army of dragons and riders to save their world from deadly alien spores, fear and desperation have spread across the land. But while the dragonriders struggle with threats both human and otherworldly, a young rider named F'nor and his brown dragon, Canth, hatch a bold plan to destroy the alien scourge at its source--the baleful Red Star that fills the heavens and promises doom to all.


Never in the history of Pern has there been a dragon like Ruth. Mocked by other dragons for his small size and pure white color, Ruth is smart, brave, and loyal--qualities that he shares with his rider, the young Lord Jaxom. Unfortunately, Jaxom is also looked down upon by his fellow lords, and by other riders as well. His dreams of joining the dragonriders in defending Pern are dismissed. What else can Jaxom and Ruth do but strike out on their own, pursuing in secret all they are denied? But in doing so, the two friends will find themselves facing a desperate choice--one that will push their bond to the breaking point . . . and threaten the future of Pern itself.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c1988
Edition: Omnibus ed
ISBN: 9780345340245
Call Number: SF MCCAFFRE
Characteristics: xii, 820 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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SPPL_Kristen Mar 23, 2018

I can't with good conscience recommend Anne McCaffery's work given her problematic and deeply hurtful views, which do permeate into her books. Much like Ender's Game, I recognize its place in science fiction's history; however, I think my recommendation space and energy could be used on better titles.

Feb 28, 2016

This is the first 3 novels of the Pern series. Aka, the first triliolgy of Pern is this book. Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and White Dragon. It is the best way to get all 3 novels at once and start your epic journey in the world of Pern.

Oct 30, 2011

I read the first of the Dragonrider books as a teenager and loved them, but the series has gotten really sprawling since then so I thought I'd offer my two cents worth on navigating your way through it. If you want to read the Pern series without wading through two dozen books full of different characters and timelines, the Dragonriders of Pern trilogy, Harper Hall trilogy and All the Weyrs of Pern will cover the heart of it for you. If you love the first couple of books so much you want to read the whole series, reading the books in the order they were first published is a safe way to go, although you could try following the internal chronology if you like. Be warned, though, that while most of the series is enjoyable and interesting, the quality varies widely, and you may want to skip the Todd McCaffrey books altogether.


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