It is the sequel to Dragonflight , set seven years later and the second book in the Dragonriders of Pern series. According to her son Todd , McCaffrey's agent Virginia Kidd and editor Betty Ballantine provided crucial advice and assistance in her struggle with the sequel to Dragonflight. After the agent first read a draft, the author followed her advice to "burn it", and she met with the editor in long sessions. It was near completion before she emigrated to Ireland in September , with her two younger children Todd and Georgeanne, one month after divorcing her husband. She finished it soon after the move. As it opens, tensions are rising between the Oldtimers, those dragonriders who came forward in time turns Pernese years to help the undermanned contemporary dragonriders protect the planet Pern and its inhabitants from the destructive Thread.
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Dragonquest was first published by Ballantine Books in May Dragonquest was one of six nominees for the Hugo Award for Best Novel voted by participants in the annual World Science Fiction Convention and it placed fifth for the Locus Award for Best Novel voted by Locus magazine readers. Another Turn , and the deadly silver Threads began falling again. So the bold dragonriders took to the skies and their magnificent dragons swirled and swooped in space, belching flames that destroyed the shimmering strands before they reached the ground.
But F'lar knew he had to find a better way to protect the peoples and lands of Pern , and he had to find it before the rebellious Oldtimers could breed any more dissent… before his brother F'nor would be foolhardy enough to launch another suicide mission… and before the mercurial fire lizards could cause even more trouble. Spoiler Warning: Next is the text detailing the details of the plot. If you are sure you want to read this, click the button.
F'nor intervenes, only to be attacked by T'reb, who slashes his shoulder with he belt knife, causing him to pass out. Afterwards, F'lar talks with T'bor , the Southern Weyrleader, stating he thought T'ron was attempting to goad him into attacking him. He adds that their Weyrs cannot become introverted like the Oldtimer Weyrs, who they must try to get to adjust to the Ninth Pass. Some time later, at Benden Weyr, Ramoth receives word from a watchrider at Lemos Hold that Thread is falling in northeast Lemos , when it was expected to fall later in the day in the southwest.
T'ron arrives not long afterwards, bringing a Record that makes mention of a Pass where all previous Records proved useless in figuring out when and where Thread would fall. Not long afterwards, D'ram and G'narish , the Igen Weyrleader arrive, followed by a weyrling from Telgar Weyr, who reveals R'mart has been badly injured along with many others in a Fall that has resulted in supposedly half the holds in High Crom becoming charred.
Lessa plans to send aid, asserting to the others that this does not constitute interference with another Weyr's autonomy. F'lar proposes a guard be established across Pern, but since T'ron objects to them using dragonriders, G'narish suggests they get the Holders to provide watchers.
After the other Weyrleaders leave, Lessa and F'lar discuss the possibility that this crisis could be used to their advantage to help get the Oldtimers to accept change. Noting that the plan to use fire beacons and sweepriders won't work, F'lar wonders if Fandarel will be able to come up with an alternative, only for Lessa to reveal that she has already sent for him and Robinton.
It goes between , but returns not long afterwards, and F'nor inadvertently Impresses it by feeding it. Canth notes that the fire lizard is newly-hatched, and that there are eggs nearby. F'nor gets Canth to rouse the Weyr so that the others can be Impressed.
Suddenly, wherries arrive and begin attacking the hatchlings, until Brekke, her fosterling Mirrim and green rider G'sel , arrive to help, along with their dragons. In the end, only seven hatchlings out of fifty are saved.
Upon return to Southern Weyr, Kylara angrily confronts the others for not informing her of what happened. While Ramoth bathes in the Weyr lake, Jaxom and Felessan sneak onto the hatching sands, where Jaxom touches one of the eggs before he and Felessan are forced to flee from the returning Ramoth. While trying to find a way out, Jaxom discovers a door that he inadvertently opens by pressing a square plate on the wall, revealing a brightly-lit room. However, the stale air from the room knocks both him and Felessan unconscious.
Meanwhile, Robinton and Fandarel have arrived for the meeting, and talk with F'lar, Lessa and Lytol about the Threadfall variations. Lytol and Robinton reveal that a number of incidents have been occurring with the Oldtimer Weyrs; several holds in Esvay Valley in Nabol had to be destroyed when T'kul refused to send help to clear Thread burrows that had formed nearby, three plantations in Southern Boll had to be destroyed after T'ron failed to meet with their ground crew.
In addition to this, women are being snatched from Holds on the pretext of Search and ending up as little more than drudges , and Oldtimers are claiming higher tithes from the Crafthalls. As resentment is building, Robinton tells F'lar that he will have to take charge of the situation, and force the Oldtimers to accept change. Noting that all the Weyrleaders, Lord Holders and Craftmasters will be present at Telgar Hold for the upcoming wedding of Lord Asgenar and Lady Famira, Robinton states that this would be the perfect chance to encourage the Oldtimers to embrace change and form better relations with the Holds and Crafts, and also requests F'nor attend.
As the meeting ends, and the others prepare to leave, Jaxom's absence is noted. They head down the passageway, and eventually find the unconscious Jaxom and Felessan after seeing the light from the room opened by Jaxom. At Southern Weyr, Kylara manages to find a clutch of thirty-four fire lizard eggs.
The eggs soon hatch, but most die as they struggle to Impress. After giving instructions on how to care for the fire lizards, Kylara returns to Southern Weyr, Prideth complaining about how they brought the eggs to die in a strange place. The next day, at Benden Weyr, F'lar receives a message from F'nor. Not long afterwards, food arrives, but Lessa finds it to be of poor quality. Terry reveals this is due to their headwoman usually being too busy helping them with bringing up faded ink on old Records, so Lessa decides to send them aid from Benden Weyr, and F'lar later suggests they approach Robinton to get aid from spare Harper apprentices.
In response to this, Terry muses about the differences between the Oldtimer and those born in the present-day; the Second Long Interval allowed those living in the Ninth Pass to consider the possibility of destroying Thread forever, while the Oldtimers only know fighting Thread, and are tired from Turns of doing exactly that, leading to them resting on custom due to it being easier on them, and feeling entitled to anything they want from the Holds and Crafthalls.
As he and Lessa go to leave, F'lar remembers the message from F'nor, and decides to read it, resulting in him and the others becoming aware of the existence of fire lizards in the Southern Continent. As Lessa recalls reading a Record at Fort Weyr that mentioned fire lizards, Terry wonders if they could be trained as messengers. While talking with F'nor, Brekke realises what Rannelly meant: Wirenth may be nearly ready to rise to mate, and she goes to check on her.
F'nor follows Brekke and suggests this to her, but she doesn't wish to leave Southern Weyr. Despite this, F'nor decides to send messages to N'ton and B'dor anyway. As Brekke considers the possibility of Mirrim Impressing a fighting dragon, F'lar arrives at Southern Weyr, and F'nor goes to meet with him.
The two are joined by T'bor, who was looking for fire lizard eggs. F'lar warns against having all the riders out searching, telling him about the erratic Threadfalls in the north, before asking to see a fire lizard, and getting introduced to Mirrim and her three fire lizards. While flying through the air, Mnementh abruptly stops over an area of vegetation, and F'lar inspects it, finding that some Thread fell on it, but seemingly vanished afterwards.
Noting Prideth is due to rise soon, F'lar suggests T'bor throw the flight open to rid himself of her, but he and Orth refuse. T'bor then reveals that an unhappy Prideth told Orth that Kylara took a fire lizard clutch to a Hold, but didn't say which as she didn't like the place.
F'lar leaves not long after this, but gets Mnementh to take him back to the swamp they found the Thread in, where he finds the soil of the area is full of grubs , and also witnesses the charred foliage of a bush appearing to be mending itself.
Wondering if the grubs are a southern equivalent of the sandworms in Igen that eat Thread, F'lar gets Mnementh to take him back in time to the beginning of the Fall to watch, before grabbing a handful and travelling to Masterherdsman Sograny in Keroon , where he asks about fire lizards, but can get no information from the man, who rejects many of the theories F'lar tells him about their relation to dragons. F'lar next shows him the grubs, only for Sograny to stamp on them and call them an abomination, refusing to believe that they can stop Thread.
At the same time on the Southern Continent, F'nor returns to Southern Weyr after flying a sweep and is told by Canth that Brekke wants to see him. F'nor does so, and Brekke tells him she feels some kind of upheaval will take place soon.
F'nor reminds her of Wirenth's upcoming mating flight, and that she can request bronzes from other Weyrs, but she refuses. F'nor attempts to lift her spirits by praising her, and goes to kiss her, only for the two to embrace. F'nor suddenly concludes from her reaction that she is a virgin, and hasn't slept with T'bor. When he asks why she let others assume that, Brekke reveals that she has loved F'nor ever since she first saw him, but became heartbroken once she discovered that bronzes, not browns, fly queens.
F'nor reminds her that a Weyrwoman can't restrict herself to one person, but Brekke reveals that this is inhibiting her, and she fears she will inhibit Wirenth. F'nor reassures her otherwise, and, fearing that her first time with a man will be brutal due to the bronze riders being those who vied for Kylara's affections, takes her outside and makes love to her, despite her initial protests that they will rouse Wirenth.
Afterwards, as Brekke wonders what she will do when Wirenth rises, Canth notes he is as large as most bronzes, and he and F'nor realise he could fly Wirenth. Brekke isn't sure, but F'nor points out the only reason browns don't fly queens is because they're normally smaller than bronzes, and thus run out of stamina before them. On the day of the wedding, Robinton discovers three dragonriders have been sent to escort him to the wedding: a green from Fort Weyr, a blue from Telgar Weyr, and N'ton from Benden Weyr.
Robinton chooses to ride with N'ton, as he refrains from arguing with the others about who has the right to take him. N'ton and the dragonriders take Robinton and four others to Telgar Hold, before N'ton leaves to ride a sweep. Robinton gives orders to his apprentices and then mingles amongst those present before greeting Lord Larad of Telgar Hold, and Lord Asgenar and Lady Famira.
While musing about the course of the day, Robinton realises Fandarel and Terry are missing, and Lytol approaches, asking if he knows where F'lar or Fandarel are. Lytol then tells him about the clutch of fire lizards taken to Nabol by Kylara, wondering how the Lords will react to seeing Lord Meron with a fire lizard. After briefly talking with one of his apprentices, Robinton meets with D'ram and G'narish, who ask about the absence of T'ron and T'kul, noting that R'mart is still too injured to attend, and that they've both sent aid to Telgar Weyr.
Kylara suddenly states that her fire lizard ate Thread at High Reaches. Mnementh and a dragonrider request that Robinton go to F'lar, and he does so, giving a musical signal to his apprentices. He finds him and the other Weyrleaders talking with Kylara in the Telgar Hold watchtower. However, she had Prideth rouse the Weyr, forcing him to act as no male dragon will disobey a queen dragon.
F'lar next asks about Kylara's fire lizard being able to eat Thread; she states she did it when Thread began to fall, and also adds she was seen burrowing after Thread.
After talking about details of the Fall, F'lar brings up the Threadfall variations, and notes that they must change from the traditional vigil lengths. Before they can discuss this, Fandarel arrives and announces they are nearly ready to unveil the distance-writer. As they go to leave, Robinton suggests Kylara remain in the watchtower to prevent her fire lizard from becoming alarmed by the crowds, and offers to have an apprentice bring her food.
F'lar and the others go over to where the distance-writer has been set up, and notice T'ron and Mardra arriving, along with Lord Groghe of Fort Hold and Lord Sangel of Southern Boll, who go to join the Conclave. Mardra begins asking questions of the others as Fandarel finishes setting up the distance-writer and sends a message, which Robinton translates for the group.
Mnementh suddenly tells F'lar to be careful; Lord Groghe has informed the other Lords that T'ron found a distance-viewer at Fort Weyr, and is upset after having looked at the Red Star. A green dragon arrives not long after to confirm this, and F'lar goes to aid G'narish and D'ram in dealing with it.
However, T'ron confronts him over this, and in anger draws his knife against him. Despite sustaining a cut to the chest, F'lar defends his actions to T'ron, and taunts him about his age, eventually managing to stab through his riding leathers, causing the Fort Weyrleader to fall to the ground, unconscious.
F'lar goes to take his riding leathers to fight Thread in and calls for someone to aid T'ron. Seeing the others watching him in awe, F'lar asks if they support Benden Weyr; the Craftmasters and Lord Holders shout their assertions, along with D'ram, G'narish and T'bor. After stating that Benden Weyr and Southern Weyr will join the Fall, F'lar informs everyone that anybody who does not wish to follow Benden Weyr must go to the Southern Continent, where there is little Thread to bother them. Afterwards, F'lar muses about the events of the day, before returning to Telgar Hold, where Lessa treats him and reports on what happened during the Fall: T'ron was taken to Southern Weyr, Mardra attempted to remain at Fort Weyr, but found her behaviour over the years meant she had only twenty supporters, and thus joined T'ron with them.
Kylara attempted to proclaim herself Fort Weyrwoman, but was instead sent to High Reaches Weyr, where all but fourteen dragonriders decided to go to Southern Weyr. At Fort Weyr, bronze rider P'zar has been set to take over as Weyrleader. Fandarel is planning ways to prevent the distance-writer wires from being at risk from Thread.
F'lar notes that the four queens who went to Southern Weyr were all old, and were unlikely to produce many clutches, which would prevent them from perpetuating their grievances. Lessa reveals that Lord Groghe, upon learning of the existence of the distance-viewer at Fort Weyr, was going to demand that dragonriders travel to the Red Star to fight Thread.
F'nor arrives at Benden Weyr the next day, and F'lar informs him of the recent events, including succeeding in getting the Weyrleaders to post riders to the Holds and Halls, and how he has assigned N'ton to Fort Weyr as a Wingsecond so that he will be able to become Weyrleader in the next mating flight, but by that point be seen as a Fort rider instead of a Benden replacement. F'nor reveals that T'kul ordered everyone to leave Southern Weyr after he arrived, and confiscated what they couldn't take with them in an hour.
After noting that they have likely breeding grounds for fire lizards in Igen, Ista and Southern Boll, F'lar gets F'nor to sneak to Southern and retrieve a fire lizard clutch he found along with as many of the grubs as he can. M'rek , the dragonrider sent in R'mart's place, asks about an expedition to the Red Star which the Weyrwoman Bedella mentioned, and F'lar notes it did come up, but that there will be other things to discuss first. D'ram notes that times have changed, even if he doesn't like it, and that he and the other Oldtimers were scared at how big Pern had become.
How can two consecutive books from the same series be so vastly different? Dragonquest is just a boring story, written poorly. Although the fight against the Thread phenomena has resumed after four hundred years, the Pernese are far from cohesive. The traditional old-timers resist progress, and the grouchy lord holders bristle at any dragonrider authority. In some cases, characters abandon their argument a few chapters later, with no explanation.
Dragonquest (The Dragonriders of Pern #2) by Anne McCaffrey
Dragonquest was first published by Ballantine Books in May Dragonquest was one of six nominees for the Hugo Award for Best Novel voted by participants in the annual World Science Fiction Convention and it placed fifth for the Locus Award for Best Novel voted by Locus magazine readers. Another Turn , and the deadly silver Threads began falling again. So the bold dragonriders took to the skies and their magnificent dragons swirled and swooped in space, belching flames that destroyed the shimmering strands before they reached the ground. But F'lar knew he had to find a better way to protect the peoples and lands of Pern , and he had to find it before the rebellious Oldtimers could breed any more dissent… before his brother F'nor would be foolhardy enough to launch another suicide mission… and before the mercurial fire lizards could cause even more trouble. Spoiler Warning: Next is the text detailing the details of the plot. If you are sure you want to read this, click the button.