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Yes, this book can be conveyed as being misogynistic, but I don't think that's fair to the main characters.


F'lar is an asshole at times, but he needs to be tough and a leader. I'm not using that as anne mccaffrey dragonflight excuse, I'm just saying that his character was not over the top, and he is not an asshole for the sake of being an asshole, unlike Jericho-fucking-Barrons.

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Lessa as the other primary protagonist is unfortunately also less than pleasant on occasions, being head strong, proud, manipulative and frequently a little childish, indeed in some ways she is almost a typical princess.

Again, how much this was due to perhaps older traditions anne mccaffrey dragonflight writing romantic characters or how much due to Pern supposedly having ingrained noble prejudices and sense of pride I do not know. Nevertheless, just as there were points I found it difficult to like F'lar, I found similar problems with Lessa, which is quite surprising given that her rags to riches story of revenge is one which would anne mccaffrey dragonflight me to be sympathetic almost by default.

This is typified in one section where Lessa masterminds a scheme by which the dragon riders kidnap and terrorise the wives of several Lords who are not paying their tithes to the Weyr, a sequence which I believe was intended to be funny, but whose actual implications and impact upon the people involved is one McCaffrey plainly did not consider.

This extortion is also a little problematic given that at this stage thread has not been seen on Pern for four hundred years and it is therefore not so unreasonable of the Lords to wonder why they should be paying taxes to a bunch of haughty dragon riders anyway, a perspective which McCaffrey utterly ignores.

All that being said there are a number of surprisingly nice character moments in the book.


Fortunately, when the parasitic threads put in an anne mccaffrey dragonflight, everything moves into a higher gear. A duel breaks out between F'lar, who calls for Fax to honour his oath, and Fax, who insults F'lar and the dragonriders.

F'lar succeeds in anne mccaffrey dragonflight Fax, and when Lessa recovers, she reveals her status, intending to become Lady Holder of Ruatha Hold. Lessa attempts to flee, but is captured by MnementhF'lar's dragon, in the courtyard.

As they go to leave, the watch-wher attempts to attack F'lar, only for it to fall and break its neck when Lessa tries to stop it. The dragons honour anne mccaffrey dragonflight as they would a dead dragon, keening anne mccaffrey dragonflight sorrow.

At Benden Weyr, Lessa is taken to F'lar's weyr, where she washes and dresses, before helping F'lar dress the wound he obtained fighting Fax.


The dragons abruptly signal the dragon eggs are hatching, prompting F'lar anne mccaffrey dragonflight take Lessa to the Hatching Grounds with the other candidates. Lessa successfully Impresses the queen hatchling, Ramoth. Dragonflight Two turns years have passed since Lessa impressed Ramoth.

Ramoth is now full-grown, but Lessa is forbidden from flying with her, instead restricted to learning teaching ballads. A message from Lytol warns that several Lord Holders are anne mccaffrey dragonflight to take action against the holds.

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The next day, as Lytol warned, a thousand men led by several Lord Holders march against the Weyr. Realising they will have left their home holds undefended, F'lar, taking control as Weyrleader, sends riders to abduct the wives of the Lord Holders, and force the Lord Holders to leave and continue their duty to the Weyr, as well as prepare for the return of Thread.

Lessa and Ramoth pick up the skill quickly, and after their lesson ends, Lessa decides to use the ability to visit Anne mccaffrey dragonflight Hold. However, the Ruatha she envisions is it as it appeared before Fax invaded, resulting in Ramoth going back in time to the day Fax invaded.

By the time of this narrative, only one Weyr remains the other five having mysteriously disappeared at the same time in the last quiet intervalmaintaining a precarious anne mccaffrey dragonflight.

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Dragons are telepathic and are capable of forming a lifelong bond with one particular human anne mccaffrey dragonflight a process called Impression. Tradition, established thousands of years before the narrative, dictates that selected young humans with empathetic and telepathic talents are taken to the Hatching Grounds as candidates for Impression.

Bronzes, the largest males, are by tradition the only ones who compete to win the queens in their mating flights. The green females are banned from breeding as they produce only small, less talented dragons.

The golden queens are not only the largest dragons, they also hold a subtle control over their dragon communities Weyrs.

Plot summary[ edit ] Dragonflight is the story of Lessathe sole survivor of the noble ruling family of Ruatha Hold on the northern continent of Pern.

When the rest of her family is killed by a cruel usurper, Fax anne mccaffrey dragonflight, she survives by disguising herself as a drudge a menial servantpartly through simply adopting a slovenly appearance, but also by using her hereditary telepathic abilities to make others see her as far older and less attractive than she actually is.