The Dragonriders of Pern Author:Anne Mccaffrey Three books in one: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon. — Book club edition. — The first humans to settle on Pern barely noticed a distant planet in the same system; their descendants couldn?t afford such an oversight. For the orbit of that Red Star swept it close to Pern at perihelion - and when that happened, deadly silver Threads... more » would fall through the skies of Pern, mindlessly searing all they touched.
To combat these invasions, the Pernese bred huge, sensitive flying beasts that could teleport themselves in an instant, and destroy Thread in midair with flaming breath. Men and women with telepathic ability were trained to ride the dragons, giving rise to countless heroic tales... and the thrilling saga recounted here:
DRAGONFLIGHT. In return for protection, land Holders and Craftsmen have traditionally tithed food and supplies to the dragonweyrs to which they are bound. But it has been nearly 400 years since the last Threadfall, and some people have come to doubt that the menace will ever strike again.
F?lar, rider of Pern?s greatest bronze dragon, has no such illusions. The Red Star is near; Thread will fall soon. And unless the dragonmen find a new Weyrwoman - a woman of sufficient sensitivity and intelligence to bond with a queen dragon - Pern will not survive.
Then F?lar meets Lessa, last of a noble bloodline that had already produced Pern?s most legendary weyrwomen. And between them, Lessa and F?lar create a new legend.
DRAGONQUEST. Most Pernese are grateful to dragonkind for keeping Holds and Crafthalls safe. But some, resenting their obligations to the weyrs, have begun to complain about the privileged status of dragonriders.
When a few ambitious Lords decide that dragonmen should go to the Red Star - using their beast?s teleportation ability - in order to destroy the Threads at their source, F?nor, brother of F?lar, is intrigued. But his brown dragon needs a detailed image of a place in order to go there... and the images F?nor picks up - from an unexpected source - are terrifying!
THE WHITE DRAGON. Normally a Lord Holder would never be a dragonrider. But Jaxom, young Lord of Ruatha, had been at Benden Weyr?s hatching ground when an undersized egg there was almost overlooked. Moved by emotions he scarcely understood, he had helped Pern?s one and only white dragon into the world... and changed the course of history. Because that white dragon - runt of a queen?s clutch - possessed unique abilities even full-sized dragons couldn?t match. And, drawing on them, Jaxom intended to try to solve Pern?s oldest mystery....
Note: There was a printing error in this edition. A group of pages were printed out of order.« less
I got this omnibus as a freebie when I joined a book club years ago. I ran out of new books to read and decided to try it... I've read it at least 6 times and now have the entire series to date - and am eagerly awaiting the next book.