Review: Dragonflight. Dragonriders of Pern 1 by Anne McCaffrey

On a beautiful world called Pern, an ancient way of life is about to come under attack dragonflightfrom a myth that is all too real. 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 to Pern 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.

As a dragon fan, there was no question that I’d pick up this book eventually. Luckily, ZeZee and I were both keen on it, after our Paksenarrion-disappointment and decided to buddy-read it. Sadly it couldn’t live up to the expectations. We both didn’t like the story as much as we thought. I actually ended up being a little annoyed at it as well.

It does have a couple of good sides. I loved how the dragons were portrayed & the way they could communicate telepathically with their bonded. I did like the idea of the enemy in this book not being a person, but something that occurs naturally in the form of ‘threads’ that fall from the sky and ruin the land if not destroyed. It was the dragonriders’ job for years to eliminate those threads when still in the air and protect Pern. Unfortunately, the last attack has been a long time ago and people almost forgot about it. Including the role of the dragonriders. Therefore they don’t get treated with the respect they once had and have to scratch & claw to survive & keep up their numbers. Adding to their struggles is the fact that dragon queens are super rare and without one, there’s no new eggs = no new dragons… But now one is born and threads are close…

What I also liked about the book is the inclusion of little poems in the start of the chapter. They are real neat and fun to read. I liked that the dragonriders were using their old poems and writings to piece together the next arrival of the threads..But I also had one problem with it. If it was SO important why did the previous dragonriders hide them in freaking riddles and are so vague about it? Did they wanna troll the future dragonriders? What about writing a freaking volume on how to calculate threads and what to DO. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE 😀 (But ok… we wouldn’t have a story 😉 )

So the book is basically about the dragonriders freaking out about possible threads coming back, not having enough man/dragon-power and trying to convince everyone around them, that they need help.

I hated the time travel aspect of the story. It just didn’t make sense and did my head in. It was a weak way to solve the dilemma in the end and I wasn’t a fan at all. Also, there were only 2 characters we knew a little more about and everyone else was only a bland cut-out. It could have been better with more intriguing characters. But we basically only had Lessa and F’lar. And their whole relationship was a bit of a mess. F’lar basically admitted to raping Lessa? And is violent towards her all the time, while wondering why she doesn’t like him at first & snaps at him? I don’t really get while she fell for him at all in the end, to be honest. He also admitted that he was prepared to abduct her if she wasn’t ready to leave her Hold in the start of the novel. Nah, that just wasn’t right.

I also wasn’t a fan of the style of writing. It seemed a bit too complicated and so old. (yes, I know the book is OLD 😀 but that doesn’t change that I don’t like it).

It didn’t give me anything. Apart from the dragons, especially Ramoth.

★★

Oh, and on the topic of names…..

mnementh

 

8 comments

  1. Sorry to hear this didn’t work for you. I really liked the first 6 or 8 of the Pern books and then my interest dropped.

    You have not had the best of luck with buddy reads recently, have you? Anything on the horizon that you KNOW you’ll like, kind of like a literary pick-me-up?

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  2. Lol at trolling future dragon riders. I’d forgotten about those riddles. Totally agree with you. And also about the time travel. I wonder why no one else had never done it before. From how it happens, there must have been some novices who accidentally went back in time the first time they tried going in between.

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  3. I still love this book (and early part of the series), though I do acknowledge that there are problematic relationships throughout. Still, I like the books yet I 100% agree that the dragons are the best part!

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