Last review of 2021, on dragon wings…

Dragonseye by Anne McCaffrey

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Pern (Publishing Order) #14Pern (Chronological Order) #3

“The First Pass of Thread lasted nearly fifty years, and what scientific information the colonists were able to gather indicated that Thread would be a cyclic problem, occurring every 250 years as the path of the wanderer once again approached Pern.

This is what happened 257 years later.“

From the prologue

Dragonsdawn is the first book of the series, if you read in chronological order, followed by The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall, a collection of short stories. Dragonseye follows as book #3 (chronologically), set after the longer period of 250 years with no Threadfall. 

I am not 100% certain, but I think I have not read this one before. I do like the characters and the more serious tone, although the political shenanigans are a bit too drawn out. The stories of the portrait artist and the green rider were especially nice, as well as the storyline with the gay couple. The writing felt noticeably more modern—the book was published nearly 30 years after the first book of the series, which also resulted in stronger female characters. I am happy that I finally read this.

“For two centuries they had waited for this moment: centuries of training and lives lived so that dragons—and riders—would be here, right now, waiting to defend Pern.“

And so the Second Pass commences!

Just as an aside, Anne McCaffrey recommended reading her series in publication order. I tend to agree, as you start with the main storyline that way and the journey of discovery.

7 thoughts on “Last review of 2021, on dragon wings…

  1. I have to admit that I pretty much hated the first book in the series (that non-con scene was just way too much for me). Couldn’t understand why everyone thought this old school book was so good. But I see from your review that things definitely improved as the series continued. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll pick this up again.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I think most people who love this read it a long time ago. When I read this series as a teenager in the 80s, I didn‘t even pick up on the non-con scene and that it was an issue. Granted, 40 years — my memory is pretty foggy on what I thought back then! 😊


  2. I’m pretty sure I’ve read this one, but I don’t remember anything about what I thought of it. I guess that means I’ll need to re-read it at some point. I’m glad to hear that the writing is more modern (and with more diverse/stronger female characters) than the early books! I couldn’t remember if McCaffrey ever changed that aspect of her writing.

    Liked by 1 person

      1. There are a lot that I haven’t read also, but the newest ones were either written or co-written by her kids, and I didn’t particularly like the one(s?) I’ve read that weren’t Anne solo. I’ll be curious to see if you like those or not.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s