Kids (and adults) can’t get enough of dragon books! From an exciting adventure to a detailed look at day-to-day life with giant reptiles, these titles are sure to thrill.
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1. The Dragonriders of Pern
A mysterious sickness threatens Pern and its dragons. The disease is spreading fast, and there are no answers.
McCaffrey's most famous book is an epic story of a world that lives with giant reptiles. The series features a wide range of characters that are both sympathetic and antagonistic as the plot demands. It also explores themes such as gender and sex in an interesting way. It is also a story about love and acceptance. It is a book that will definitely make you want to read more.
2. The Dragonriders of Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern
After colonizing Pern, humans genetically engineered intelligent firebreathing dragons from native animals. These telepathic creatures soulbond to young humans and fly with them, fighting Thread, the deadly space rain that devours everything it touches.
In 1967, Anne McCaffrey won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for her novellas 'Weyr Search' and 'Dragonflight', the first in her beloved Dragonriders of Pern series. She was the first woman to win both.
Some members of online Pern fandom object to McCaffrey's ideas about sexuality, particularly her claims that most male green and blue dragonriders are homosexual.
3. The Dragonriders of Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern
During the First Pass, a deadly space rain called Thread fell from the sky and devoured everything in its path. To combat it, telepathic dragons were uplifted from native animals and soulbonded to young humans.
Female dragonriders are rare and a cause for concern; many miscarry when going between or have their babies killed by the cold of between. Menolly is a remarkable exception.
This book features a number of short stories that talk about different characters on Pern and their journey. One such story is about a girl who has the rare ability to hear and understand dragons.
4. The Dragonriders of Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern
The Dragonriders of Pern is a book that tells the story of a group of people and their telepathic dragons that save their planet from deadly space rain called Thread. It was written by Anne McCaffrey, who died in 2011.
F’lar is determined to find a way to prevent the Thread strands from reaching the ground and devouring everything they touch. But things aren’t so simple as they seem.
5. The Dragonriders of Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern
Dragons are carnivorous, oviparous, warm-blooded creatures with six limbs. They have a copper-based blood called ichor, with multifaceted eyes that change color.
Dragonriders are bonded to their dragons through a telepathic bond. When they rise for a mating flight, their soul-bonded partners are compelled to have sex.
McCaffrey was one of the first authors to allow for gay characters and sex in her fantasy novels, a move that caused controversy in her fandom. This collection also includes a bonus story featuring Menolly. It's a must read for any Pern fan.
6. The Dragonriders of Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern
Embark on a thrilling journey with weyrleaders and holders as they train dragonriders to battle Thread. The intelligent firebreathing creatures have telepathic bonds with their riders, formed by Impression at the hatching. McCaffrey has allowed gay and lesbian people to Impress gold dragons (and thus ride them), though she has maintained that a weyrleader and weyrwoman must be a heterosexual couple in her canon.
The Pernese are facing a new threat, one that threatens the existence of human life on their planet. A young dragonrider must find a way to convince the reluctant Lord Holder that they need Dragons and the ominous Thread to survive.
7. The Dragonriders of Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern
The Dragonriders of Pern are intelligent firebreathing dragons that fight Thread, a deadly space-borne spiderweb. A human rider has a telepathic bond with his or her dragon, formed by Impression at the dragon's hatching. Riders of gold and bronze dragons are female; riders of brown and blue are male.
The overall arc of Pern is complete, but Anne McCaffrey continued writing books in the series for some time afterward. The first book, Dragonflight, introduces the characters and events of this fascinating world.
8. The Dragonriders of Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern
The first of the Pern books to be published. This book introduces the main characters and their dragons and establishes the culture of Pern.
In this book, the people of Pern realize that a new threat is approaching and they must act quickly to protect themselves.
McCaffrey subverted many of the usual cliches associated with dragons in Western literature. For instance, she allowed women to Impress gold and brown dragons (although the telepathic bond between the soulbonded partners causes them to have sex). She also allows for homosexual dragonriders but not in positions of power within the Weyr structure.
9. The Dragonriders of Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern
Dragonriders are humans who bond to intelligent, firebreathing flying creatures called dragons. This bond is formed by 'Impression' at the hatching of a dragon and lasts for life, although the death of a dragon is devastating to its rider.
Throughout this book, the dragons and people of Pern are faced with a new threat that might make them wonder whether they really need their dragons anymore. This is one of the most exciting books in this series. This book also includes a bonus story which is great for fans of Pern.
10. The Dragonriders of Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern
Humans have colonized the planet Pern in the Rukbat star system but they've lost much of their technology from periodic onslaughts of Thread, a destructive organism that comes from the Red Star. They fight it with intelligent firebreathing dragons that have telepathic bonds with their riders.
Dragonriders can be male or female and there are strict rules about what colors of dragons can mate with which genders. McCaffrey used to send C&Ds to people RPing Pern on Usenet and PernMUSH and would call them out for using specific book colors.