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Die Suche der Drachen. (1971)

von Anne McCaffrey

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The deadly silver Threads are falling again. The dragonriders take to the air, their magnificent flying dragons destroying the shimmering strands before they reach the ground. F'lar has to find a better way to protect Pern before the Oldtimers dissent, or the fire-lizards stir up trouble, or his brother F'nor launches a suicide mission!… (mehr)
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{Second of original trilogy/ seventeenth of 27 of Pern series; fantasy, sci-fi, dragons}(1971)

The second of the original Pern trilogy it continues the story of the dragons of the planet of Pern and their riders who fight Thread, a voracious mycorrhizoid which occasionally crosses from a neighbouring planet and is inimical to life if allowed to land.

'Where was Thread seen?' he yelled up to the Igen rider still perched atop the Gate Wall.
'South!' The man's response was an anguished appeal. 'Across the bay from Keroon Hold. Across the water.'
'How long ago?'
'I'll take you there and then!'
The ripple of cheering grew as it spread back, as people were reminded that the Weyrs would go between time itself and catch Thread, erasing the interval of time lost


Although it focuses on Benden Weyr (a Weyr being where dragons and their riders live), its Weyrwoman Lessa, her partner F’lar and his half-brother F’nor and their dragons, with whom they are mentally linked, the scope of the book is planet-wide covering the adventures of the dragonriders of Pern (perceived as an elite society) and the politics of getting diverse groups to agree on how to fight Thread.

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 a dragon. That he would never suffer the loneliness that was the condition of most men - a dragonrider always had his dragon.

(I wanna be a dragonrider. Dragons fly, they teleport, they transverse time itself and they love you unconditionally. Although sometimes they'll countermand you for your own good.)

The triumphant conclusion to events of the story in Red Star Rising has been diluted by the seven years that have passed since then and new issues have arisen which F'lar and a group of like-minded people who want to do the best for their planet - including Masterharper Robinton, Mastersmith Fandarel, other (but not all) dragonriders and some (but not all) Lords Holder - try to solve. Including the perennial problem of how to get rid of Thread once and for all.

The story opens as a clutch of eggs laid by Ramoth, Lessa’s golden queen dragon, and most of it takes place before they hatch - although the hatching itself sets in motion the momentous events of the third book of this trilogy. The story is an interlacing of linked adventures, events (such as the discovery of 'ancient timer' labs and equipment) and decisions that occur across the planet but they are stitched together seamlessly and the narrative flows well. There are triumphs and tragedies; the dragon fight scene, especially, is riveting and ... but to tell you more would be to reveal too much.

There is a rumour that fire lizards - the small, mythical antecedents of dragons - have been spotted and now everyone wants to find one.

There isn‘t a beach along the coastline that doesn‘t have a dragon couchant, with rider a-coil, feigning sleep.

I have read this particular book many times before and I still love it. There were some things that I quibbled with before that I didn’t mind this time (such as 'why this person but not that person?') and some things that I’d glossed over before that jumped out at me, one of which was that despite it being written by a woman and having a cast of several strong female characters, I found it a bit misogynistic. It is always women (often specifically stated) who cook, clean, look after the weyr etc and (at this point) all dragonriders are male except for the queen riders. I like the romance but there is a passage that troubles me. It seems odd and doesn’t fit with the rest of those characters’ story; I suspect that McCaffrey didn’t intend it to come out that way. It may be a sign of the times that she was writing in (1971) when there were few female writers in the field of sci-fi/ fantasy and they were writing for a (perceived) male audience. I also thought Lessa's 'leaning' was ethically questionable, even if in a good cause.

However, despite the wide and varied cast and their distribution across different regions of the planet, I've rarely found it hard to keep track of the different personalities across the series which is a credit to the writing. (There is an instance in this book where two minor characters have similar names - male dragonriders abbreviating their names on Impressing helping the confusion in this case.)

Despite the seriousness of having to fight a planet-wide scourge, there are light moments too. For some reason, these are quotes that always come back to me:

'He has the entire Weyr hopping to when he itches and wants to be oiled. That‘s a lot of dragon to oil.' F'lar chuckled as much to reassure Corman who looked uncomfortable hearing a list of Canth's injuries as in recollection of the sight of Canth dominating a Weyr's personnel.

and (in response to the 'dragon couchant' quote above)

'Oh, you laugh?'
'Aye, and they‘ve made a note of both occasions that I did,' she said with due solemnity, but her eyes danced.


Although each book can be read as a stand-alone story, doing so may result in spoilers for other books. This is one series which might (therefore) benefit from being read in publication order. I'm sure I'll be re-reading this book and this series again.

August 2021
4.5 stars ( )
  humouress | Sep 21, 2021 |
The dragon saga continues with expected as well as unforseen plot twists. Well worth the reading time! ( )
  GlenRH | Jul 26, 2021 |
I'm burning through these as read-alouds to my family. I feel sort of so-so about the series, honestly. It doesn't really excite me too much, and the characters don't hold much interest for me. The world-building feels a little blah, basically manorialism with a weird variant dragon culture. It's fine, but just sort of... the best way I can describe it is that fantasy that really grabs me feels like it's in full color and this series feels more like it's in sepia tones. I like the books well enough, but I don't like them a lot. I don't regret reading them, but if my wife and son weren't all about them and if we had other more exciting books we were all interested in right now, I'd cheerfully read those instead. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
I can't even count how many times I've read this book... Such a classic. ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | May 18, 2020 |
Boo! A weak sequel to Dragonflight. ( )
  Seafox | Jul 24, 2019 |
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The deadly silver Threads are falling again. The dragonriders take to the air, their magnificent flying dragons destroying the shimmering strands before they reach the ground. F'lar has to find a better way to protect Pern before the Oldtimers dissent, or the fire-lizards stir up trouble, or his brother F'nor launches a suicide mission!

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