To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen birthright. But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will be deep and last forever. It will protect them when, for the first time in centuries, Lessa’s world is threatened by Thread, an evil substance that falls like rain and destroys everything it touches. Dragons and their Riders once protected the planet from Thread, but there are very few of them left these days. Now brave Lessa must risk her life, and the life of her beloved dragon, to save her beautiful world. . . .
This was the first in a long line of Dragon series, written initially by Anne McCaffrey and then later with her son Todd and was continued by Todd after her death. Although I have not read all of the books on Dragons that the McCaffrey's wrote and enjoyed them all, I still come back to the first.
It has dragons - real, big ones and small, who establish symbiont type connections with humans, to protect their planet of Pern. In this first novel, the last Queen dragon has left one last egg. The threat of Thread has thought to be long gone, so a planet that used to have thousands of dragons is left with dozens. But has the threat really gone for good?
The story follows Lessa, who has had first a privileged and then very traumatised life and who is driven by revenge until she is transfixed by the whirling eyes of the baby Queen dragon. Her rebellious ways are not useless though, as she challenges all traditions, perceptions and more. Working with the head male dragon rider F'lar, she helps change their world for the better, before she goes on an amazing journey to save her planet.
It is fantasy, but it is well written, with a very well done "Save the world" storyline, a girl come good and finding love and purpose - in both her dragon and her partner.
You don't need to read the whole series to enjoy this one and it is a great light read to escape with - very appropriate at this time of year.