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Dragonquest (Pern (Publication Order) #2)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  30,252 ratings  ·  467 reviews

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 reach the ground.

But F'lar knew he had to find a better way to protect his beloved Pern,and he had to find it before the rebe

Mass Market Paperback, 351 pages
Published April 12th 1979 by Del Rey/Ballantine Books (first published May 1971)
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Judah Nielsen
So, this is the second book of a trilogy, and then there's another trilogy, and then some other books, and when you've tallied it all up, you have something like 27 books in the series. And I've read the first two, but unless I get pneumonia and my reading time suddenly quadruples, I'm probably done, and I feel strange about it, because when all is said and done, I don't hate these books.

The setting is imaginative. The stories move along at a good pace. The stories are interesting. If that was a
Fantasy. Again, this book teaches that the way to a woman's heart is through dubious consent. This time it's just F'nor being a dick; horny telepathic dragons had nothing to do with it. Apparently our hero sees nothing wrong with having sex with a woman who is "fighting him." He's also a big fan of domestic violence: "It was too bad you couldn't beat a Weyrwoman with impunity. Her dragon wouldn't permit it but a sound thrashing was what Kylara badly needed."

Look, I didn't like Kylara either. No
2.5 stars. A decent sequel to Dragonflight. The world created by McCaffrey was well done as was the description of the "link" between dragon and rider. The plot and some of the characters failed to keep my interest the entire time and I did find myself waiting for something to happen. Overall, decent but not great.

Nominee: Hugo Award Best Science Fiction Novel
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
Rachel (Kalanadi)
More satisfying emotionally than Dragonflight. Lots of changes being put in motion. This book is heavily concerned with challenging traditions of all kinds. F'lar and F'nor are definitely the main characters rather than Lessa* and I remain frustrated with some of their actions and views on women.

F'nor's scene with Brekke was the worst part (more not so consensual sex presented as swooningly romantic) but overall less of the stupid underlying misogyny and infantalizing/domination of women by men.
I've always liked this book in the Pern series, probably more than I like Dragonflight. I really like F'nor and Brekke and the introduction of the fire lizards. It's also in this book that the characters really start to begin discovering their history and the technology of the Ancients, which is a trope I generally always really like in SF/Fantasy. I love those cross-over books that feel like fantasy but you discover have a solid, SF premise underneath.

I absorbed the Pern books so long ago in my
I still love this book for what it is and for what it sets up. At the same time, I was totally bowled over by a certain dubious consent scene and other attitudes legitimising domestic violence that weren't part of my awareness when I first read these books (many times) as a teenager. They alter my fondness for a character I otherwise like very much and a relationship that I always viewed very positively. Disappointing. The words might not change, but times and attitudes do. A fascinating way to ...more
Don Bradshaw
Buddy read with Vivian.
This installment was much more political with less thread fighting as some major changes are made on Pern. F'lar has always been a leader but tried to give the leadership over all away but was forced to take it. Somehow F'lar as been cast as the bad guy in some reader's minds because he tends to hold his cards close to his chest. If the poor guy shared most of his thoughts of his imagined future for Pern he would have a revolution on his hands. There were some amazing di
Mike (the Paladin)
Well, we found out dragons can travel in time as well as space, and people from the past don't get along well with people in the present...
Barbara ★
I've been very reluctant to continue this series though I did try a month or so ago to read Dragonquest and was so darn confused that I gave up on it. I need it for a challenge so decided to give it another try. Again it's very confusing but I'm determined to read it this time since I've already committed to White Dragon for August. Hopefully I'll be able to stomach another one.

Like the first book, this has a very slow start that takes a good 100 pages before everything began to make sense and I
Ricky Ganci
Jumping ahead 7 Turns, I felt like this book settled me into the continued plot very comfortably. She became a bit longer-winded in this volume, spending a bit more time with character’s thoughts and reflections of events, but only once or twice did I feel distracted from the story and the danger of the Threadfall. F’nor takes a centerpiece in this novel, and it felt natural, being totally separate from the first book, which centered on F’lar and Lessa (both of whom appear in this book), who hav ...more
When Thread begins to fall out of schedule Pern is thrown into high agitation, aggravating troubled political relationships and sending dragonriders on a new quest: to stop the threat of Thread for good. For such a bold aim, Dragonquest is markedly undirected. It discards the flawed but compelling POVs of Dragonflight and replaces them with an ensemble cast, headhopping, and a pair of inspired minor protagonists. While largely political the plot lacks politicking (McCaffrey's antagonists are pro ...more
Initial impression: So far, slower and more boring than the first, with more traditional gender roles.

Final conclusion: It seems like maybe Anne McCaffrey had nothing going on so she decided to try to write a follow-up to Dragonflight, but when she started, she couldn't figure out what to write about. Not much happens in this book-- really just a bunch of boring arguing. Some of the times/dates are off, with certain characters being too young or too old to mesh with what did/didn't happen in the
Marie Malyon
I was lent this book along with nine others in the series by a good friend along with the recommendation they are his favourite fantasy books. I have to say now that I am at the second in the series I have not been let down.

Don't let the publication date of 1971 put you off! This has some seriously well developed female characters of Lessa, Kylara & Brekke who I fell in love with in this book. The developing relationships, emotional turmoils and childhood scandals appealed to me greatly and
Kelly Flanagan
Whenever I find that I can't get 'into' any of the books I brought home from the library, or any I have been waiting to read,I find certain series to be cathartic. Certain writers (sometimes it's a series, sometimes it's the built in rhythm that is inherent in whatever way that person chooses to communicate.)have that chicken soup, warm cuddly blanket feel and are able to help when no other books do. Anne McCaffrey is one of these. I find I am able to turn to the world of Pern or one of her othe ...more
This has my favorite scene in the entire series in which brownrider F'nor 'impresses' a newly-hatched queen firelizard while recuperating on a sandy beach of the Southern continent. The little golden queen even flies 'between' from fright at the sight of his dragon Canth, and F'nor realizes with awe that the legends are true about the dragons having been bred from firelizards by the long-lost technology of the ancients.

When F'nor mentions his conclusions to his dragon, Canth's reply is a subdued
Katherine Coble
Ugh. This book.

Yes, I'm giving it four stars. Yes, I really really liked it.

So where did the fifth star go?

I'll tell you.

It disappeared.

Just like the scene where a villain of the story--whom we've seen from their POV, been inside their head--gets comeuppance for doing a violent and horrible thing.

Readers need closure. If we've watched calumny and nefarious wickedness of a character, it is only right and fair that we get to experience that character's reckoning and consequences.

That doesn't
A little better than book one, the characters are a little more well rounded.
So, good news, so far the series IS improving with each book!
10/2014 Buddy Reread with Don as we transverse the past to remember what we have forgotten.

Holy Crackerdoodle!

There was a lot going on in this story. No time to breath. F'lar's nonstop strategizing, planning, brooding set everyone on edge in this one. Man's gonna get someone killed trying to guess his intentions and eager to save him from the inherent danger in his machinations.

Pern is still a seething pit of politics and with the acerbating attitudes of the Oldtimers there is major conflict an
I thought this book was a big improvement from Dragonflight. F'lar and Lessa are significantly less annoying this time around, due mostly to their already established relationship and leadership. No shaking or yelling or lack of communication this time around; they're partners and bring out the best in each other. They're also not the only major characters, thankfully. I really enjoyed Jaxom's plot, both in his relationship with Lytol and his experience with dragons. The scene where he (view spo ...more
If I could just ignore the fact that F'nor essentially raped Brekke (quote: "He wanted to be gentle but, unaccountabley, Brekke fought him. She pleaded with him, crying out wildly that they'd rouse the sleeping Wirenth. He wasn't gentle but he was thorough, and, in the end, Brekke astounded him with a surrender as passionate as if her dragon had been involved.), I'd have enjoyed more of the story-telling. The gender politics are horrific, but I keep reminding myself of the time in which the stor ...more
First of all I did not read the entire book,that being said it was because I could not stay interested. There was too much small uninteresting nonsense,to much focus on the mundane and not enough focus on important subject matter. This book would be good for me if I was a person who just read to fill my time,however I'm not. I like being submersed in a story so I can live an adventure or just be entertained.Sadly I just lost interest.Most of the time (while reading) I was thinking about previou ...more
Ugh, I find myself really frustrated with these books. I've been eyeing them for years in my library, but always found something else to read because it had a nicer cover, but I didn't expect that I would be this disappointed.

It's all about politics. It's all about order and timetables and having yourself matter the most. I expected this to be something adventurous, something that was going to blow my mind of but instead I got this politically oriented, bad Sci-Fi, with no battles or real argum
Despite the fact that this one was apparently written as a whole where the first book was written as a handful of short stories glued together, the first book seemed to have a more cohesive plot. There was just a lot of unrelated stuff happening in this one. And all that stuff was telegraphed way in advance (just happening to introduce new characters and getting to see things from their point of view for a dozen pages or so) so there wasn't even an element of surprise to make things interesting. ...more
"A Demanda do Dragão" é o segundo livro da saga sci-fi Dragonriders of Pern, no qual a escritora Anne McCaffrey volta ao mundo fictício de Pern para acompanharmos as aventuras e desventuras dos Cavaleiros e dos seus dragões. Neste volume, acompanhamos a luta dos Cavaleiros não só contra os maléficos Fios, que começam a cair da Estrela Vermelha de forma inesperada, mas também contra os Veteranos (trazidos do passado por Lessa), que insistem em manter as tradições contra todas as evidências.

So pretty much everything that COULD have annoyed me about the first book in this series -- namely, tons of ridiculous names with apostrophes, McCaffrey's bordering on the interesting obsession with male domination in sexuality -- DID annoy me about this book. It doesn't have the advantage Dragonflight had of being simple and epic; instead, McCaffrey insists on spreading readers' attention thinly over a ridiculous amount of characters who aren't terribly distinct from one another in both name an ...more
Nancy Garcia
There was so much to love about this book. Secondary characters such as F'nor, Brekke, and N'ton were more prominent. The love story between (view spoiler) was tender, surprising and sweet. The battle between two wyerleaders had my heart racing and body tensed. The fight among the two dragons was heartbreaking, sad and so devastating. I think my heart went through more of a roller coaster ride than the first book.
Conan Tigard
Once again, Anne McCaffrey proves that no one else can touch her when writing a story about humans and dragons living in harmony. The world of Pern that she created in the late 1960's is one of the most fascinating landscapes for a fantasy story ever created.

Dragonquest continues the tradition created in Dragonflight and is a great sequel. This story is full of political intrigue as F'lar struggles to make the Holders see that Dragonmen are important to the survival of the planet. I really like
n2 de la Ballade de Pern.

"La quête du dragon" se déroule quelques années après la fin de "Le vol du dragon". Les Anciens, ramenés du passé par Lessa, ont du mal à s'habituer à la Pern actuelle et aux changements que la société a connu durant l'intervalle de 400 ans. La tension entre les Weyrs, les ateliers d'artisan et les Forts est palpable et suscite des incidents. La découverte d'artefacts des ancêtres dans des passages oubliés des weyrs et des forts laissent entrevoir l'espoir d'une destruct
This is a bit more twisty than Dragonflight, with some more characters and more plot elements. Set seven +/- years after Dragonflight ends, there's just more going on. Only one or two potentially distressing rape scenes (view spoiler). Lessa and F'lar's relationship is apparently ...more
Dan Keating
I'm not a huge fan of book series - especially those driven by McGuffins to last as long as reader interest lasts, as they feel less like well-constructed stories and more like cash-grabs. All that aside, I do rather like Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders series.

This second entry in the series introduces us to several new characters while expanding on the characterization of several people we've already met. It also expands the mythology of McCaffrey's Pern. The prose is overall okay - the clear pro
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two
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Other Books in the Series

Pern (Publication Order) (1 - 10 of 25 books)
  • Dragonflight (Pern, #1)
  • Dragonsong (Harper Hall, #1)
  • Dragonsinger (Harper Hall, #2)
  • The White Dragon (Pern, #3)
  • Dragondrums (Harper Hall, #3)
  • Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern (Pern, #7)
  • Nerilka's Story (Pern, #8)
  • The Girl Who Heard Dragons (Pern (Publication Order), #8.5)
  • Dragonsdawn (Pern, #9)
  • The Renegades of Pern (Pern, #10)

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“There wasn’t a man alive in Pern who hadn’t secretly cherished the notion that he might be able to Impress a dragon. That he could be linked for life to the love and sustaining admiration of these gentle great beasts. That he could transverse Pern in a twinkling, astride his dragon. That he would never suffer the loneliness that was the condition of most men - a dragonrider always had his dragon.” 8 likes
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