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DRAGONQUEST [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne McCaffrey
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Oct. 12 1983
Another Turn, and the deadly silver Threads began falling again. So the bold dragonriders took to the air once more and their magnificent flying dragons swirled and swooped, belching flames that destroyed the shimmering strands before they reach the ground. But F'lar knew he had to find a better way to protect his beloved Pern, and he had to find it before the rebellious Oldtimers could breed anymore dissent... before his brother F'nor would be foolhardy enough to launch another suicide mission... and before those dratted fire-lizards could stir up any more trouble!
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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"Anne McCaffrey, one of the queens of science fiction, knows exactly how to give her public what it wants" The Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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There are dragons all over Anne McCaffrey's house. Some she's bought, but many have been made for her by adoring fans and given to her as gifts. I don't make dragons, of course. But whenever circumstances allow, I do try to bring her American bacon, something she can't get easily in Ireland, and something which she has taught all her friends there to love, as well! I remember the first time I went to visit her, when she was still living in her old, much smaller but very homey, house. My husband and I arrived at the doorstep, and she immediately began bustling about, frying up some of the bacon we'd brought and sharing a lovely late breakfast with us before sending us off to the hotel for a nap. She made us dinner that night, too--the one and only time in my life that I've actually liked shrimp cocktail. Maybe that's because if you squint your eyes and look sideways, shrimp are kind of dragonlike, and I was eating them in the right company!
                        --Shelly Shapiro, Executive Editor --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing sequel to an amazing story Sept. 9 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In Dragonquest, Anne Mccaffrey continues her stroy from dragonflight, bringing back all the wonderful characters and places from the first book. Once again, she has created a masterpiece that is very intersting to read. Her writing is extraodinary, and this is a book to read time and time again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Pern books June 7 2004
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Dragonquest is the best of the Dragon Riders of Pern series. I remember being so engrossed in the story that I managed to read the entire book on the way home from camp one summer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Second Dragonriders of Pern book Aug. 8 2003
By Miriam
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Before you read this book, you should read Dragonflight to get to know background info and characters, but it isn't extremely necessary.
This book starts seven turns after Dragonflight.
Lessa and F'lar (the Weyrwoman and Weyrleader of Benden Weyr)are having difficulties with the Oldtimers. A lot has changed in four hundred years and some of the Oldtimers won't accept that change. Most of the Oldtimers don't want to have anything to do with the modern world and try to isolate themselves. Some even try to pick fights with Benden Weyr and take things that are not part of the tithing of the Holds.
Fire lizards are rediscovered in this book and F'nor and Brekke both Impress.
The Dragonriders must unite together to save Pern from the deadly Thread. The Thread is falling out of pattern thus becomes unpredictable. None of the Oldtimers are telling the other Weyrs about unpredictable Threadfall in their Hold and Weyr areas.
F'lar knows he must do something before Pern is destroyed.
Some events in this book lead to other key events in other books such as The White Dragon and all the Weyrs of Pern.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite in all the Pern books. June 25 2003
By rueyeet
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If you've been nosing around the reviews of the later books, you might have noticed a general feeling that Anne McCaffrey's latest efforts on Pern aren't up to par. I have to agree with that, because in my opinion, this is the book that sets the standard the later books are failing to live up to.
There's so much going on in this book--from the conflicts with the Oldtimers that show how much Pern changed in its long Interval, to the rediscovery of the fire lizards and the re-colonization of the Southern Continent, the ascendancy of Benden Weyr as the primary power on Pern, and the question of whether Thread can be destroyed on Red Star--and there's a huge cast of characters from both Weyr and Hold, along with an in-depth visualization of the world of Pern and its culture and traditions, both past and present.
Yet all this is focused through a core cast of well-defined characters whose personal stories are not neglected. There's room among all that world-changing for a tender love story, personal courage, and success against all odds. And the dragons--gotta have dragons! :)
The plot is conveyed with not only a cohesiveness, but an immediacy missing from the later books. Here, I'm right there with the Southern weyrfolk as they rediscover fire-lizards, right there with F'nor as he peers at the Red Star through that distance-viewer. Reading All The Weyrs of Pern--itself one of the best of the later books--is like reading a report about what the characters did next instead of being there. In Dragonquest, there's no question that the main characters are the movers and shakers of this planet, and that what they do will change their world--and that I care what those changes will be.
I highly recommend Dragonquest, in fact all of the Dragonriders trilogy. If you've read the newer stuff, you are sure to like this as well...and if you haven't read the newer books yet, read this first so that you'll care when you do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fantasy/Sci Fi About Dragons! May 7 2003
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Dragonquest begins seven Turns after Dragonflight and the reader is immediately plunged back into the complex world of Pern. F'lar and Lessa are still Weyrleaders at Benden and are struggling to unite all of Pern to fight the deadly Thread. It is true that the 5 weyrs who jumped through time to come forward to aid Benden were there in Pern's time of need, but they are set in their ways and not willing to change. F'lar has heard too many complaints from Holds and Crafthalls under the protection of the Oldtimers' Weyrs to disregard them any longer. When the Weyrleaders even go so far as to keep other Weyrs uninformed of irregular Threadfall, F'lar has no choice but to take action. He immediately starts looking for alternative ways of fighting Thread and easing relations between the dragonmen and the rest of the Pernese, but it is an uphill battle all the way. Meantime, there are other problems brewing inside the Weyrs themselves. Kylara, Weyrwoman of the Southern Weyr, has caused much dissent and no end of headaches for the Weryleaders. Brekke, a new queen, is desperately afraid of what will happen when her queen rises to mate. F'nor is trying to support his half-brother F'lar in all of his endeavors, but he has many problems of his own. Outside of the Werys, the Lord Holders cannot understand why the dragonmen simply do not go to the Red Star and kill the Thread there, before it falls on Pern. Emotions are running high and F'lar and Lessa have their hands full trying to keep everything tied together, but will they be able to unite Pern?
This is the second book in The Dragonriders of Pern book and is just as good as the first one in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AS GOOD AS THE FIRST!
First of all, read the first book in the series (Dragonflight) by Anne McCaffery before you read this one. Besides why wouldn't you want to, it's as good as this one. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2002 by Iris
5.0 out of 5 stars When Thread falls dragon riders will save us......
Dragonquest is one of the three great books I read. I enjoyed these books and I always like to read the book over again. Read more
Published on May 21 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The second book in the "Dragonriders of Pern" series.
"How to begin?" mused Robimton, the Masterharper of Pern. How to begin this most dazzling and wonderfully imaginative and well written novel done by the much apraised... Read more
Published on Dec 5 2001 by Elena
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent world-building, great characters, but not perfect
I disagree with Daniel C. Sorbal. IMO Dragonflight is far, far better than Dragonquest. But Dragonquest is still very, very good! They are both very special books. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing, as always!!
Anne McCaffrey never ceases to amaze me. All of The Dragonriders of Pern series are classics, I should think at least. Read more
Published on June 16 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars A good ride!
This was the first Pern book and it definitely caught my attention when I first read it. In fact, it's what got me hooked on Pern and it's dragons. Read more
Published on June 3 2001 by Kim F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Visit Scenic Pern!
If you're familiar with Pern, you've undoubtably read this book, or else you don't need to read a review to help you decide to read this one. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2000 by Astrom
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Great Pern Books
This book is even better than Dragonflight. Easily, as a matter of fact. And that's no small feat at all!
In this book, we get to see, well, Pern. Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2000 by Daniel C. Sobral
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