I'm a fan of McCaffrey's Pern novels by and large, particularly the earlier ones and this is one of my favorites. There is a reference to Moreta's ride in the original trilogy. This tells that story celebrated in song and occurring centuries before the time of Lessa and F'Nor. Set at the height of the Dragonriders' prestige just as that "pass" is ending and they have peace to look forward to, it's about a worldwide pandemic--so not a lighthearted read. It was interesting coming from those other books to see this time in Pern's history. The characters, particularly Moreta, are appealing and I enjoyed this visit to McCaffey's Pern and its dragons. I wouldn't start with this book--I think Dragonflight, the first published book, makes the best introduction even though this is earlier chronologically. However, this book makes for a well-paced, gripping read.