Review: Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

Title: Dragonflight
Series: Dragonriders of Pern, #1
Author: Anne McCaffrey
Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN: 9780345484260
Tags: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Dragons
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen birthright.

But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will be deep and last forever. It will protect them when, for the first time in centuries, Lessa’s world is threatened by Thread, an evil substance that falls like rain and destroys everything it touches. Dragons and their Riders once protected the planet from Thread, but there are very few of them left these days. Now brave Lessa must risk her life, and the life of her beloved dragon, to save her beautiful world. . . .


Lessa is a drudge (aka kitchen help) on Ruath Hold, although technically speaking, she is the rightful owner. More than 10 years ago Lord Fax took over the hold by murdering Lessa’s family. Fortunately, she escaped and since then she’s planning to get her revenge by retaking the Hold. Her plan of actions is: make it impossible to live on Ruath Hold, so Lord Fax renounces his claims on it. With her magical powers, she will do this! However, there is something strange one morning. She woke with the feeling of impending danger….

At the same time somewhere else in the country: F’lar is busy with the Search. A queen egg has been laid, which means that the dragon riders are on a search throughout the country, to find a girl who they think has it in her to form a bond with the new queen. It’s very important that the riders find a girl before the egg hatches. The ruling queen is very old and won’t produce another one. Without a queen, there will be no new dragons. And dragons are very important, since they are the only protection man kind has against the Threads (spores which devour all organic material they counter). Although they haven’t been seen on Pern for hundreds of years, more and more signs show that they are about to appear again…

F’lar meets Lessa when he is visiting Ruath Hold during the Search. From the first moment he knows she’ll be the one the dragon queen will choose ( she’s able to bend his will to her bidding with her powers 😉 ). He takes her with him to the Weyr, the place where the dragons and their riders live. They arrive not a minute too late. Lessa only has time to clean herself, before she is rushed to the breeding grounds. The egg is about to hatch! And as F’lar expected Ramoth, the golden dragon, chooses Lessa to be the Weyrwoman, ruler of all dragons. However, before both Ramoth and Lessa are ready, they will have to learn a lot….

The first couple of pages I had to struggle to get into the story. There were a lot of words I didn’t get at first and the writing style felt different to me. Most of the words I didn’t get were made up ones. Although there was an index, which explains the words, at the end of the book, I didn’t feel like looking up every single word I didn’t get (which were a few). Why cant the author explain the words first and, if you have forgotten it later on, THEN you look it up? This would be so much easier, since I usually refuse to leave the story to look for the meaning of some word.

Even after I got used to the writing style and knew most of the words, I sometimes had trouble to follow the story. This was because of all the different names that were used and most of them looked almost the same. I’m terrible at keeping track of the names of lesser characters, I only remember the main characters and the characters that leave an impression on me. You can understand why I would have a bit of trouble with differentiating the characters and not understand what is happening.

The story itself was very interesting to read. It’s been a while since the last SF I’ve read and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lessa isn’t a pampered princess and is very outspoken of her ideas. Sometimes (read often) this brings her into a conflict with F’lar, who can be as stubborn and conceited as she is, although he usually knows more about the situation and so able to make better decisions.

My overall rating is 4 hearts. I truly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the next one (which I ordered immediately after finishing this one ) I’m dying to know how it ends with the dragons and their riders in the battle against the Threads!

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The Dragonriders of Pern

  1. Dragonflight
  2. Dragonquest
  3. The White Dragon

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