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Dragonquest (Dragonriders of Pern, Bk 2)
Dragonquest - Dragonriders of Pern, Bk 2
Author: Anne McCaffrey
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 reached the ground. — But F'lar knew he had to find a better way to protect his beloved Pern, and he had to ...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780345335081
ISBN-10: 0345335082
Publication Date: 10/13/1986
Pages: 352
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

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Publisher: Del Rey
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Now that Pern has new leadership and new residents that have travelled forward in time from the past to help combat the Thread menace, things look good. But trouble is brewing as the new visitors bring their outdated way of ruling things with them to a new populace. On top of that, new secrets of Pern's past are found in hidden places. A great continuation of the Dragonrider's of Pern. You can't really say one of these books is better than another, because they're all part of one great story.
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Sequel to Dragonflight -- enjoyed this book, set seven years after Dragonflight. Includes the main characters introduced in the first book, and goes into more depth into additional characters like F'nor and Canth.
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Reminds me why Anne McCaffrey is the queen of dragon writers.
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Dragonquest is part of the Dragonriders of Pern series. It was the second book written but is not chronologically the 2nd book about Pern's history. It was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1972. It takes place seven years after the end of Dragonflight.

As it opens, tensions are rising between the Oldtimers, those dragonriders who came forward in time 400 turns (Pernese years) to help the undermanned contemporary dragonriders protect the planet Pern and its inhabitants from the destructive Thread. F'nor attempts to mediate, but things escalate to the point that an Oldtimer, T'reb (who is disturbed by his green dragon being in heat), stabs F'nor. F'nor is sent to the Southern Continent to recover, where he falls in love with Brekke and discovers the wicked deeds of Weyrwoman Kylara. F'lar, F'nor's half-brother, is eventually forced into a duel with T'ron, the leader of the Oldtimers, which ends in banishment for the Oldtimers who will not accept F'lar's leadership and in a grave injury for F'lar. Brekke's queen dragon rises in mating flight but is attacked by Kylara's queen dragon and both dragons die, leaving their riders in near-catatonic states. Only Brekke recovers.

Due to the newly-discovered "distance viewer" (telescope), the dragonriders finally have the ability to travel to the Red Star, believed to be where the Thread originates. Pressure builds on F'lar to lead an expedition there, to attack the Thread at its source. F'nor takes it upon himself to make the dangerous jump between first, recognizing that his half-brother is indispensable. The Red Star turns out to be lethal to both humans and dragons, and F'nor and his dragon Canth nearly die, able to return home only on the strength of Brekke's telepathic cry, "Don't leave me alone!"

The cry was also the inspiration for a song by Menolly, after she found that a certain guitar chord sounded amazingly like Brekke's voice when she screamed. This is chronicled in Dragonsinger.

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