My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book was okay — it’s a collection of five stories from early in Pern’s history. The first is a short story, the others all long enough to be ‘novelettes’ (I guess). I enjoyed the fourth and fifth stories the best — the fourth is about dragonriders and the earliest Weyrs (and the dragons with their riders are the best thing about Pern), and the fifth an interesting tale about one of the bands of survivors from the first time Thread fell on Pern.
Unfortunately, none of the stories that aren’t from F’lar and Lessa’s time in the history of Pern grab me nearly as much as those originals, so this was a bit hard to stay with at times. But now I’ve read it, and The Skies of Pern will mean I’ll have read all of the original, pre-Todd Pern novels. FYI, if you’ve never read a Pern novel before you must read Dragonflight first!!!