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Another Turn, and the deadly silver Threads began falling again. So the bold dragonriders took to the skies and their magnificent dragons swirled and swooped in space, belching flames that destroyed the shimmering strands before they reached the ground.But F'lar knew he had to find a better way to protect the peoples and lands of Pern, and he had to find it before the rebeAnother Turn, and the deadly silver Threads began falling again. So the bold dragonriders took to the skies and their magnificent dragons swirled and swooped in space, belching flames that destroyed the shimmering strands before they reached the ground.But F'lar knew he had to find a better way to protect the peoples and lands of Pern, and he had to find it before the rebellious Oldtimers could breed any more dissent...before his brother F'nor would be foolhardy enough to launch another suicide mission...and before the mercurial fire lizards could cause even more trouble.Anne McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures. A prolific bestselling author, she is best known for her handling of broad themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly in her tales of the Talents and the novels about the Dragonriders of Pern. Anne McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland. Visit the author's website at www.annemccaffrey.net...

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Dragonquest Reviews

  • Judah Nielsen
    2018-12-03 05:15

    So, this is the second book of a trilogy, and then there's another trilogy, and then some other books, and when you've tallied it all up, you have something like 27 books in the series. And I've read the first two, but unless I get pneumonia and my reading time suddenly quadruples, I'm probably done, and I feel strange about it, because when all is said and done, I don't hate these books.The setting is imaginative. The stories move along at a good pace. The stories are interesting. If that was all their was to a book, this would be a pretty decent read. But it isn't.The characters are garbage. They're cardboard. The heroes never make any mistakes, but they also never do anything interesting. If anything they do is surprising, it isn't genuinely surprising, it just wasn't foreshadowed.The writing, the style? Also largely nonsense. When I got to the end of the book, and I found myself wondering what happened in the next one, I had a flash of inspiration: I would much rather read the plot summary than the actual plot. What I like about this series is the hierarchy, the relationships between people, the structure of the world, and how the events in the story impact that society. But since I don't like or care about any of the individual people, it's more than enough to just read what happened next, in bullet points or on a timeline.So fuck it.

  • Punk
    2018-11-28 05:01

    Fantasy. Again, this book teaches that the way to a woman's heart is through dubious consent. This time it's just F'nor being a dick; horny telepathic dragons had nothing to do with it. Apparently our hero sees nothing wrong with having sex with a woman who is "fighting him." He's also a big fan of domestic violence: "It was too bad you couldn't beat a Weyrwoman with impunity. Her dragon wouldn't permit it but a sound thrashing was what Kylara badly needed."Look, I didn't like Kylara either. No one likes Kylara because McCaffrey didn't want us to like her. The woman is extremely unsympathetic. But oh my god that does not make it okay for the hero to want to beat her. Ugh, Anne McCaffrey, Your Issues.Despite Anne McCaffrey's issues, which I knew about going into this, I like this world enough to keep reading until she really pisses me off. In this book she addresses the tension between the modern and the old weyrs. They have different ways of managing their societies and of course those ways clash so there's some political maneuvering and palace intrigue type stuff while F'lar tries to rule all of Pern.Three stars. I liked this one for the science, the problem-solving, and the fire lizards. The plot's pretty engaging too, when it isn't broken up by pointless rambling.eBook: Lots of OCR errors and the section breaks aren't marked; still it was in better shape than Dragonflight, which is funny because I actually read these two as an omnibus.

  • Jerry
    2018-12-06 02:16

    In my review of Dragonflight, I compared that starter Pern novel to a series premiere of a television show; although it was a bit rough around the edges, it showed some signs of promise. Dragonquest, although still not perfect, was an improvement over its prequel. The story was just as good, and the writing was better. Now, I just hope that the upswing continues throughout the rest of the Pern series, as long as it is.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2018-12-09 02:07

    Well, we found out dragons can travel in time as well as space, and people from the past don't get along well with people in the present...

  • Stephen
    2018-11-17 23:21

    2.5 stars. A decent sequel to Dragonflight. The world created by McCaffrey was well done as was the description of the "link" between dragon and rider. The plot and some of the characters failed to keep my interest the entire time and I did find myself waiting for something to happen. Overall, decent but not great. Nominee: Hugo Award Best Science Fiction Novel Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Kerry
    2018-11-26 05:00

    I've always liked this book in the Pern series, probably more than I like Dragonflight. I really like F'nor and Brekke and the introduction of the fire lizards. It's also in this book that the characters really start to begin discovering their history and the technology of the Ancients, which is a trope I generally always really like in SF/Fantasy. I love those cross-over books that feel like fantasy but you discover have a solid, SF premise underneath.I absorbed the Pern books so long ago in my reading life (they were some of my first SFF, loaned to me by one of my father's PhD students; she was my book provider for a long time in my teens) that I don't think I've ever really watched the progress of the story McCaffrey unfolded.I remember I got a delightful surprise with The White Dragon and later Dragonsdawn as we really began to discover the Ancients (oh, how I loved Dragonsdawn when it came out). Looking back now, with much older eyes, and reading the books in sequence, I can see that McCaffrey must have had the basic idea for the Ninth and First Passes from the beginning. The first setup came in Dragonflight, but that book was too full of world building, character introduction and the beginning of Threadfall for much to be done with it. Here, it starts in earnest. I ate it up way back then, and I admit, I'm eating it up all over again.This book was originally published in 1971 and it mostly holds up. But, ouch, there are a few misogynistic moments that made me cringe.This was a matter for men to settle, F'lar thinks at one point, although at least he'd been thinking Lessa might be helpful the moment before.Later, someone (F'lar again I think but my quote doesn't include who was thinking it) reflects It was too bad you couldn't beat a Weyrwoman with impunity. Her dragon wouldn't permit it, but a sound thrashing was what Kylara badly needed. Well, she badly needed something, but I'm not sure a thrashing was it.Neither attitude is acceptable, and if my son shows an interest in reading these books when he's older, I'll be pointing that out to him. But all the same, I'm going to give the book a general pass for two bad passages written over 40 years ago. (Not ignore them, but not stomp and throw the book either.) I'll encourage him to read them because they are good stories with (generally good) role models both male and female. All the same, it did make me go ouch.I'm looking forward to rereading the rest of the books (and I'm hoping those problematic attitudes pop up less and less as the books' publication dates get closer to today). I'm seriously tempted to read Dragonsong to that 8 year old son I mentioned above, as I think he's more ready for the tale and politics of Menolly and the fire lizards and the Harper Hall right now. However, I'm rereading McCaffrey in publication order, so To Ride Pegasus will be my next McCaffrey (and Vortex by Robert Charles Wilson my next book).Pern and dragons and fire lizards and Thread! It's been a happy trip back down memory lane so far.

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    2018-11-21 04:14

    Summer Fantasy Fest read #16

  • Edward Rathke
    2018-11-28 03:10

    These are peculiar books that are beginning to take on an interesting shape.The first novel is something I would probably describe as misogynistic, classist, and maybe racist (in what it implies about genetic superiority), and for about half of this I was thinking the same thing. It's odd reading a book written by a woman that seems pretty hateful towards women. Not that women can't be misogynists--it's just not what I expect out of a writer who is a woman.There's at least an implicit argument in these first two novels that men should take control and women should be docile and support their men, while also being sexually loyal to them, despite the fact that this society has done away with that form of sexual morality.Had I not read Dragonsong first (which, chronologically, comes after this one), I probably wouldn't have continued, but Dragonsong is at least much kinder and more supportive of women, and eschews traditional gender roles.But Dragonquest is actually a link between that more traditional, patriarchal, and racist society presented in Dragonflight and the gradually opening up of society in Dragonsong. We see the society change, evolve, become more open. The classism and totalitarianism and misogyny become eroded by new ways of thinking that develop in this novel, which is pretty cool.It gives all of this an interesting shape. We start with traditional fantasy stuff and are becoming more radical with each novel.Anyrate, the novel itself is deeply sociological. More than a quest or an adventure, it's a restructuring of the world around them.Pretty interesting stuff. Aspects and sequences are still troubling, but I think McCaffrey's doing something a bit more revolutionary than I expected. She's thrown us in a world that feels familiarly upsetting and is transforming that world into a more equitable place.It's also worth remembering when these books came out. McCaffrey was the first woman to win a major SF award for one of the novellas that makes up Dragonflight. It was the early 70s, a time when publishing was especially dominated by masculine voices. So she gave us a masculine and muscular world and story to draw us all in. Then, here, she begins subverting that. Dragonsong subverts it further. I'm interested where these first six books lead.

  • Badseedgirl
    2018-12-11 01:56

    I expect a certain amount of misogyny in fantasy novels, but I was disappointed in it from a female author. Seriously the most interesting thing the female characters did in this story was when two of the female characters got into a stupendous catfight (dragonfight) in which they both end up dragonless and almost destroyed.Still I will probably give the next book a go. They are quick reads after all.

  • Sotiris Karaiskos
    2018-12-08 05:13

    The second part of the series and this trilogy is the same well written as the first and has the same virtues that made me like it. In this we add some interesting characters and a little more emotion inside the pages and so we have an equally positive result. The problem, however, is that apart from some political power games, our heroes are mainly concerned with issues of... gardening. This of course does not look very exciting. but in the author's hands this gardening becomes equally epic and heroic with battles of more military books and this balances the situation. So this book is an excellent follow-up.

  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    2018-12-15 03:14

    More satisfying emotionally than Dragonflight. Lots of changes being put in motion. This book is heavily concerned with challenging traditions of all kinds. F'lar and F'nor are definitely the main characters rather than Lessa* and I remain frustrated with some of their actions and views on women.F'nor's scene with Brekke was the worst part (more not so consensual sex presented as swooningly romantic) but overall less of the stupid underlying misogyny and infantalizing/domination of women by men. So, noticeable if slight improvement.I seriously love where the story is going with plans to end Thread's threat over all of Pern...and one of my favorite ideas in sci fi: a "fantasy" low tech world discovering its roots and ancient high tech! Plus, MUCH more of Masterharper Robinton, one of the few instantly likable and GOOD people introduced in these first two books. And who doesn't love Fandarel's brief appearances and passion for technical efficiency?*In fact my major complaint about this book is how Lessa's triumphant solution to saving Pern in Dragonflight is *literally attributed* to F'lar in at least one scene of dialog in Dragonquest. Overall he benefits politically from it and Lessa's role is diminished. She's sidelined in a feminine caretaker / domestic role in Dragonquest while F'lar is blatantly described as having power over the whole planet after what *she* did. It's the definition of "Men get all the credit in history"....

  • Karen
    2018-11-24 00:58

    If I can't have a dragon, then I want a firelizard!I made the mistake of deciding to re-read book 1 of The Dragonriders of Pern by audio this time around. And yup, I am once again obsessed with this world and these dragons/riders.

  • Ricky Ganci
    2018-12-05 23:07

    Jumping ahead 7 Turns, I felt like this book settled me into the continued plot very comfortably. She became a bit longer-winded in this volume, spending a bit more time with character’s thoughts and reflections of events, but only once or twice did I feel distracted from the story and the danger of the Threadfall. F’nor takes a centerpiece in this novel, and it felt natural, being totally separate from the first book, which centered on F’lar and Lessa (both of whom appear in this book), who have settled in nicely to their role as dragonrider celebrities, so to speak. The conflict with the Oldtimers was a natural permutation of what would happen when people 400 years different attempt to do the same thing, and I was surprised at some of the sweet knife fights in these books. I was thinking I should really feel the absence of swordplay more in these books, but the way the world is set up really seems to not need swords and sorcery—more than a fantasy, these are works of hard science fiction, dealing with the colonization of planets and celestial occurrences. There are also some interesting themes dealing with human history and the propensity to forget useful, helpful, and even necessary things, with a hint of critique on what seemed like revisionist history—the value of the grubs being totally forgotten and overlooked. It was pretty good, though I missed the “training” scenes from the previous book. I want to ride a dragon—maybe a white one? I’m glad that the third book deals with that aspect of the story—a white dragon sounds awesome.

  • Juushika
    2018-11-25 22:04

    When Thread begins to fall out of schedule Pern is thrown into high agitation, aggravating troubled political relationships and sending dragonriders on a new quest: to stop the threat of Thread for good. For such a bold aim, Dragonquest is markedly undirected. It discards the flawed but compelling POVs of Dragonflight and replaces them with an ensemble cast, headhopping, and a pair of inspired minor protagonists. While largely political the plot lacks politicking (McCaffrey's antagonists are problematically characterized--there's a disgusting amount of slut-shaming--and blatantly wrong), the pacing is poor, and there's almost no "quest" to speak of: characters themselves admit that the solution to their problem is uninspiring and disappointingly mundane. At times, Pern is an interesting place--the lingering impact of the technologically advanced society that founded it is especially intriguing, and the dragons remain appealing although their newly-introduced miniature cousins bring little to the story. But McCaffrey's worldbuilding is heavyhanded, her writing clunky, and what little good the book has fails to save it from its plentiful flaws. I didn't enjoy Dragonquest and don't recommend it.

  • Barbara ★
    2018-12-06 06:02

    I've been very reluctant to continue this series though I did try a month or so ago to read Dragonquest and was so darn confused that I gave up on it. I need it for a challenge so decided to give it another try. Again it's very confusing but I'm determined to read it this time since I've already committed to White Dragon for August. Hopefully I'll be able to stomach another one.Like the first book, this has a very slow start that takes a good 100 pages before everything began to make sense and I became invested in the story. I was interested in how they were finding new ways to defeat the Threads; Brekke and T'Nor's romance; Jaxom's impressing a dragon and what they were going to do with Kylara (that bitch). The only real issue I had with the book was the rape scene. It's one thing when it's necessitated by the dragon's heat and unavoidable but this was pure rape.p.161 "He wanted to be gentle but, unaccountably B fought him. (She was a virgin after all.) She pleaded with him, crying out wildly. He wasn't gentle but he was thorough, and in the end, B astounded him with a surrender as passionate as if her dragon was involved." Well that makes it all right then. NOT!

  • Don Bradshaw
    2018-12-13 22:20

    Buddy read with Vivian. This installment was much more political with less thread fighting as some major changes are made on Pern. F'lar has always been a leader but tried to give the leadership over all away but was forced to take it. Somehow F'lar as been cast as the bad guy in some reader's minds because he tends to hold his cards close to his chest. If the poor guy shared most of his thoughts of his imagined future for Pern he would have a revolution on his hands. There were some amazing discoveries made when Jaxom and Felessan were sneaking around the old caverns. Many instruments that the ancients had stored away got everyone excited. I love the Master Craftmen and was happy to see them beginning to share knowledge. Pern under F'lar is slowly becoming more open. These new happenings were tempered by sadness and heart ache that could have been avoided if some egos were not over inflated. I think some of the parties involved needed to die but that just my opinion. A white dragon was hatched from Ramoth's last clutch which was an unprecedented first in the histories. Changes are coming to Pern but will the people accept them?

  • Alsha
    2018-12-06 06:04

    I still love this book for what it is and for what it sets up. At the same time, I was totally bowled over by a certain dubious consent scene and other attitudes legitimising domestic violence that weren't part of my awareness when I first read these books (many times) as a teenager. They alter my fondness for a character I otherwise like very much and a relationship that I always viewed very positively. Disappointing. The words might not change, but times and attitudes do. A fascinating way to measure the development of my own thinking and my consciousness of social issues as my horizons have broadened over the years. Anne McCaffrey proved herself to be a bit of an Oldtimer herself here. For a relatively feminist and obliquely gay-friendly world, some nuances of its culture are still quite dated. Having said that, DRAGONS. FIRE LIZARDS. AMBITIOUS PLOT. DRAGONS. TRADITION vs. INNOVATION. DRAGONS. RUTH <3 Ultimately, the core Pern books champion moving away from dated attitudes to more enlightened, civilised ideals, methods, technologies and social systems, so they'll always have that trend in their favour.

  • Anastasia
    2018-11-24 23:14

    Initial impression: So far, slower and more boring than the first, with more traditional gender roles.Final conclusion: It seems like maybe Anne McCaffrey had nothing going on so she decided to try to write a follow-up to Dragonflight, but when she started, she couldn't figure out what to write about. Not much happens in this book-- really just a bunch of boring arguing. Some of the times/dates are off, with certain characters being too young or too old to mesh with what did/didn't happen in the first book. It's a slower read, and the characters aren't particularly compelling either. Most disappointing of all is the complete role reversal of Lessa, who in the first book was a strong woman. In this book, she's a typical "helpmeet," no longer strong or powerful . . . or interesting. In book one, she was a woman, but in this book, she and most other women are almost always referred to as "girls." So much sci-fi is so unimaginative and boring when authors repeat the same tired gender stereotypes. Crash and burn, McCaffrey!

  • Curtiss
    2018-11-24 01:02

    This has my favorite scene in the entire series in which brownrider F'nor 'impresses' a newly-hatched queen firelizard while recuperating on a sandy beach of the Southern continent. The little golden queen even flies 'between' from fright at the sight of his dragon Canth, and F'nor realizes with awe that the legends are true about the dragons having been bred from firelizards by the long-lost technology of the ancients.When F'nor mentions his conclusions to his dragon, Canth's reply is a subdued, "I don't remember."Otherwise this sequel builds on the political dynamic has developed between the 'hide-bound' attitudes of the oldtimers from 400 turns in the past and the more progressive attitude of F'lar and the modern-day dragonriders.

  • Gillian Murrell
    2018-12-16 05:16

    Another trip down memory land to the land of Pern. Once you get your head around all the names of the people and dragons its smooth sailing into this brilliant story. I particularly love when the Eggs hatch :)

  • Deborah Ideiosepius
    2018-11-21 02:16

    This is the second of the dragonriders of Pern book, not chronologically but in order of publication. This is a far more important order in my estimation, since the later written books lacked the creativity of the early ones.Dragonquest is set seven years after Dragonflight was but was published a mere two years after the first book. The characters are continued from the first book with relatively few changes. Lessa, F'lar, F'nor are all pretty much the same and the Masterharper and Mastersmith continue to play their parts. This book covers the acrimonious split which occurred between the oldtimer dragon riders that Lessa brought forward to save Pern. It also covers the first impressions of fire-lizards and their introduction to the notice of Pernese.I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but it would not at all suit anyone who had not read Dragonflight recently. In writing style McCaffrey was way ahead of her time with this one; the current fashion of having a fantasy book completely reliant upon previous books is evident here. The early parts of the book are tense; McCaffrey is setting us up for all the difficulties, tensions and social issues that the story is addressing. There are a lot of them, so there is a fair bit of uncomfortable reading early in the book, it takes a while to get into is what I am suggesting.As always, the true charm for me with McCaffreys early books (well, aside from the lovely world building, the charming fiction, the good characters and the nice writing style) is the level of social commentary that is incorporated into the fictional story. In Quest, she looks at tradition vs innovation and how changes can affect people who are unprepared for change.Some of the points she makes remind me of Alvin Toffler and his book Future Shock, which examines peoples ability to cope with technological changes. In Pern, there is no technology as we know it, but the Weyrs are simultaneously trying to recover lost knowledge and techniques, and invent new solutions.Now for one of my normal 'old book warnings'. This book was copyrighted in 1971. Think about that: That was the year the very first e-book was posted (the origin of the Gutenberg project) Australian troops withdrew from America's war in Vietnam. Jim Morrison, The Doors lead singer died.... What I am saying was that this was a different world and from some of the reviews I have read, many readers don't get that.One reader complained that the romance was disgusting because it talks about a man 'overcoming the resistance' of a woman. Granted, that is nasty by 2000's standards, if that will bother you significantly, maybe skip this one. But it is small and understated (as is all the romance section in this book) and if you think you can grimace and bear it for a second or two, try the book anyway. If you think that is bad though, try reading a few of the Mills and Boons or bodice rippers written in the 70's - you will be horrified, rape used to be thought completely ok in romance novels.Another said they thought it might be racist. That one really left me scratching my head; McCaffrey never really mentions race at all and I suspect that is intentional. I once read an interview with her where she said that she purposefully made NO religion AT ALL in the Pern books. She considered religion to have messed up society badly and she wanted to create a society free of it. Given that America in the 70's had horrible racial problems, I would not be surprised if she had intentionally eliminated race as well as religion.In any case, this is a good book, if you enjoyed Dragonflight it is well worth going on to read this one.

  • Jennifer Alvarez
    2018-12-14 04:08

    I'm breathless! What an ending to the second book in this series. If you want an exciting vacation to an exotic and exciting world, but can't afford one, read this series. If you want to ride a dragon, but don't know any, read this series. It's mind-blowing.

  • Vivian
    2018-11-24 22:25

    10/2014 Buddy Reread with Don as we transverse the past to remember what we have forgotten.Holy Crackerdoodle!There was a lot going on in this story. No time to breath. F'lar's nonstop strategizing, planning, brooding set everyone on edge in this one. Man's gonna get someone killed trying to guess his intentions and eager to save him from the inherent danger in his machinations. Pern is still a seething pit of politics and with the acerbating attitudes of the Oldtimers there is major conflict and the hard won cooperation is fracturing. Then there's wild matings out of control, hatchings with surprises, new discoveries, and poor F'nor gets the short end of the stick--Again. We finally get our fire lizards and they're as adorable and excitable as I remember. The Southern continent yielded such amazing things and the developments in the Crafthalls are impressive. Always inspiring what intelligent and driven people can accomplish. Fandarel, Robinton, and F'lar are the triumvirate leading Pern into the future. F'lar unique position puts others in the line of fire as they can't endanger him.Of course... there was the knife fight!So if I was there. There'd be three dead bodies and one person smacked around pretty good until they could see sense. A lot of unwarranted forgiveness and deferring problems to the future that does not sit well with me. *huff*Loved the fire lizards. Loved the white dragon and its unique situation. Loved the innovations. Appreciated the masterminding, though would have liked more iron in that velvet glove. There is a good future possible, now. Can't wait for the last of the trilogy. Favorite quote:All you need is a little help, same as me,” Jaxom was crying, pounding at the crack with his fists.

  • Marie Malyon
    2018-11-29 05:20

    I was lent this book along with nine others in the series by a good friend along with the recommendation they are his favourite fantasy books. I have to say now that I am at the second in the series I have not been let down.Don't let the publication date of 1971 put you off! This has some seriously well developed female characters of Lessa, Kylara & Brekke who I fell in love with in this book. The developing relationships, emotional turmoils and childhood scandals appealed to me greatly and I love to read how they unfolded.The narrative although complete fantasy comes to life with the political conflicts and the breaking of social customs being easy to relate to even today. The tension between Bender Weyr and the 'Old Timers' seems tangable and believable and the discoveries about the ancients, as well as the future are so well written I often get carried away into their world and forgot that I was living in the weyr.My main criticism still stands, that the vast number of characters, places and dragon names all become very confusing and I found myself using the helpful little guide at the back more than once. The map at the front is also very helpful to track the characters across Pern as they fly between.Recommended to all lovers of fantasy, can wait to read the next one!!P.S. If any one finds a fire lizard egg please let me have one!!

  • Erin
    2018-11-21 23:58

    Despite the fact that this one was apparently written as a whole where the first book was written as a handful of short stories glued together, the first book seemed to have a more cohesive plot. There was just a lot of unrelated stuff happening in this one. And all that stuff was telegraphed way in advance (just happening to introduce new characters and getting to see things from their point of view for a dozen pages or so) so there wasn't even an element of surprise to make things interesting.And what is with the name to this book? There was no questing whatsoever! It was all mostly political junk with Weyrleaders fighting over how things should be done and the Lord Holders acting like petulant children half the time. Overall, this was a seriously anticlimactic read that's left me torn about wanting to read more from this author and this world; I like the main characters, but the lack of plot just makes the books rather uninteresting.

  • Kelly Flanagan
    2018-11-26 01:57

    Whenever I find that I can't get 'into' any of the books I brought home from the library, or any I have been waiting to read,I find certain series to be cathartic. Certain writers (sometimes it's a series, sometimes it's the built in rhythm that is inherent in whatever way that person chooses to communicate.)have that chicken soup, warm cuddly blanket feel and are able to help when no other books do. Anne McCaffrey is one of these. I find I am able to turn to the world of Pern or one of her other myriad of possible universes and be comfortable and comforted.I think another reason her books, at least most of the ones I've read, have this cathartic resonance is that they aren't intense, '#1 for 45 straight weeks' type of stories, but calmer ones that -don't get me wrong there are tons of upheaval and intensity, just not continuously. You are familiar with where or how things are, and don't need draw out the story or concentrate with all your might to keep people or places remembered.

  • Katherine Coble
    2018-12-05 06:12

    Ugh. This book.Yes, I'm giving it four stars. Yes, I really really liked it. So where did the fifth star go?I'll tell you. It disappeared. Just like the scene where a villain of the story--whom we've seen from their POV, been inside their head--gets comeuppance for doing a violent and horrible thing. Readers need closure. If we've watched calumny and nefarious wickedness of a character, it is only right and fair that we get to experience that character's reckoning and consequences. That doesn't happen here. Instead we are told by another character that it all happened offscreen. I cannot STAND that. So I'm telling you there would be a fifth star for this story...but it's offscreen. Just assume it's there if you want to.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-25 03:24

    If I could just ignore the fact that F'nor essentially raped Brekke (quote: "He wanted to be gentle but, unaccountabley, Brekke fought him. She pleaded with him, crying out wildly that they'd rouse the sleeping Wirenth. He wasn't gentle but he was thorough, and, in the end, Brekke astounded him with a surrender as passionate as if her dragon had been involved.), I'd have enjoyed more of the story-telling. The gender politics are horrific, but I keep reminding myself of the time in which the story was written, that it is fantasy, and that the civilization is seriously alpha-male-oriented and set in an equivalent to the Middle Ages. Just remind youself, "Here be dragons"!

  • Tehani
    2018-11-20 04:14

    Marisol and I are rereading and reviewing Pern. Our Dragonquest review is here: http://fablecroft.com.au/miscellaneou...

  • Matt
    2018-11-26 03:25

    A little better than book one, the characters are a little more well rounded.So, good news, so far the series IS improving with each book!