Dragonseye Hardcover – Jan 28 1997
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When the volcanoes rumble and the powerful storms begin brewing on Pern, it means one thing: Thread. For 257 years Pern has been free of the life-destroying Thread, but now the Red Star has reappeared in the sky and soon the deadly Threadfall will follow. In the holds and weyrs across the land, the genetically-engineered dragons of Pern and their human riders begin feverishly training to combat the Thread, for only dragon fire can destroy the silvery invaders. But, incredibly, one Lord Holder refuses to believe the Thread will fall again, and he may endanger the entire planet.
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YA. While not as good as the first "Dragonriders" novels, this 11th in the series comes closer than most of the more recent Pern books. It has been more than 250 years since the first Thread fall, but everything seems to indicate the imminent approach of the Red Star. The Dragonriders have been practicing and passing down knowledge for over two centuries to be prepared, but there are skeptics unwilling to believe. The worst of the lot is Lord Holder, Chalkin of Bitra, a greedy, self-centered, abusive leader. He refuses to take any action to prepare, threatening the survival of the planet, because all must work together to overcome Thread. Interesting, fleshed-out characters combined with a well-written story makes for a very good read. While this entry can stand alone, it is best read along with the other Pern novels, especially Dragonflight (1978) and Dragonquest (1979, both Ballantine).?John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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DRAGONS IN SQUADRONS wove, and interwove, sky trails, diving and climbing in wings, each precisely separated by the minimum safety distance so that occasionally the watchers thought they saw an uninterrupted line of dragons as the close order drill continued. Read the first page
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This book answers some questions like:
Where did the firelizards go? And why don't the people still have them, since the colonists had them?
When did computers disappear and why?
Why didn't the people go and find AVIAS after the dust had settled?
How did the Star Stones get to be?
When and why did the teaching meathods go from teachers to harpers?
If you are looking for old and familiar characters, you will be disappointed. I would reccommend starting with a book that is later on in time, so you will get familiar faces and characters that you will see over and over again, not like the one time only characters in this book. The first book anyone should read is Dragonsflight.
But, of course, Chalkin is not the only person who is causing problems. Clisser, who is in charge of teaching, is forced to deal with Pern's slowly dying technology. Most of the computers are already dead and unrepairable. Students and parents are rebelling at learning "useless" information, such as wars fought on old Terran and other alien information. Clisser and his fellow teachers must make the tough decision as to curriculum changes - do they begin teaching at the beginning of Pern's history and focus on the here and now or do they continue to teach their students to try and see beyond their own planet? Artist Iantine is caught up in Chalkin's evil wake when he accepted Chalkin's patronage and agreed to paint portraits of his children and his wife. Little did Iantine realize that Chalkin would not be satisfied with any portrait that he made and that he would be forced to pay for food and lodging while staying in Chalkin's home.Read more ›
All in all, I found Dragonseye completed the series. If there are questions unanswered in the history of Pern, I can't think of them. After you've read the series as the author prefers, go back and read it as a history. You'll see how Dragonseye fits in
Now, as for the question: is the book good? No, not really. It's sort of dull. Which is not to say that you won't enjoy it, if you're a Pern fan. But it's the main plotlines of the other books (put-upon young woman escapes a domineering family, mean Lord Holder doesn't believe in Thread, brilliant leaders come up with A Plan Just in Time) all sort of mixed up and redistributed. There are too many characters to get really involved in any of them. [There were lots of characters in Dragonsdawn, too, but somehow there she supported them well.] The plot is thin; it's supposed to tell the story of how certain things came into being, and it seems that what happened was, someone decided to make them. Um. Is that a STORY?
Despite all this, it's still Pern, and for those crazy Pern-ys out there, you can't help it. It's good to read just as some more insight into Pern and life there. Buy it used, or borrow it from a friend or something -- once through is enough.
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I've loved the Pern books for over two decades now but I have to say this is the least memorable of the lot. Read morePublished on July 22 2003 by Cybele A. Baker
Well if you are stickly a Pern fan it would be a fine novel, and God knows this book is still much better then alot of the stuff getting published. Ms. Read morePublished on May 13 2002 by General Pete
This book was pretty good but there were a lot of noticeable (sp) typos in there. I think the story was pretty interesting and the characterization was really well done. Read morePublished on March 29 2002 by S. Taylor
The story flows nicely. Sometimes I get a little confused regarding who is who, but on the whole I enjoy the tale. Many of the people in it live near me, some are friends of mine. Read morePublished on March 27 2002 by Frank Noble
Several years ago a friend introduced me to Fantasy books. Anne Mccaffrey was 1 of the first writers I read, starting a long history of cruising book shops. Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2001
I thought Dragonseye was a superb book. A decendent of the first Fort wyerleaders (Sean and Sorka), K'vin has the dubious honor of being the Telgar Wyerleader at the start of the... Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2001
I enjoyed this as a fill-in for the history of PERN but my copy is defintely called Red Star Rising not Dragonseye!Published on Feb. 1 2001 by Tigger Ellmer-Radlett
I was first introduced to the world of Pern when I was ten; I devoured most of the series at eleven, and have faithfully read each new installment since. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2000 by Amanda M. Hayes