Dragon Flight by Anne McCaffrey
Volume 1 of the Dragonriders of Pern
Original copyright 1969
The ‘Dragondex’ in the back came in 1978.
(Thank goodness for finding that, I just wish it were in the front of the book)
There are still a few terms I’m still trying to figure out and the same goes for who some of the named Riders are and what dragon breed (and its name) they ride.
The dragon riders are supposed to, from my understanding uphold traditions in the land. I guess sort of like religious cops. They also protect Pern from ‘Threads’ these come every so often when the ‘red star passes’ (no it’s not the sun) these things if they are not seared in the air, they burrow in the ground, multiply and destroy the land.
There are 4 or 5 holds and one person has conquered and owns them all and that is against traditions. (I’m still trying to figure out if it’s a religious thing or what. I do like each chapter has a short poem (instead of a number or a title) this one should basically be on the back where the plot goes.
By the Golden Egg of Faranth
by the Weyrwomen, wise and true,
Breed a flight of bronze and brown wings,
Breeds a Flight of Green and Blue.
Breed rider, strong and daring,
Dragon-loving, born as hatched
Flight of hundreds soaring skyward,
Man and Dragon fully matched