Dragonriders of Pern Reading Order

Anne McCaffrey created one of the most expansive and well-loved sci-fi/fantasy series (it’s kind of a hybrid of both), that has gone on to become one of the best series of its kind. This is the Dragonriders of Pern reading order.

What’s in the Dragonriders of Pern Reading Order?


The Dragonriders of Pern reading order takes the series written primarily by Anne McCaffrey and places them in chronological order. Some of the books were co-written by Anne and other authors, including her son Todd McCaffrey. All of the main books and short stories are included in this timeline. One book, After the Fall is Over, was being written by Anne, but she died in 2011 and was unable to complete it.

Since her death, however, her children have continued the series, so there are still more Pern books coming. Check back with this timeline to discover what is new.

Where to Start the Dragonriders of Pern?

This is actually a tricky question in this case, as the default chronological order below does not match the order of release. We would probably recommend reading them in the order of release, though if you’re already familiar with the saga as a whole, it won’t hurt to read through it chronologically.

As with all of our timelines, don’t hestitate to let us know if there’s something else to add or correct on the list. We welcome all feedback.

#AmazonNameMediaAuthorDateSeriesNotes
1BuyThe Survey: P.E.R.N.Short StoryAnne McCaffrey1993-10-01Before LandingCollected in The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall
2BuyDragonsdawnNovelAnne McCaffrey1988-10-12First Pass
3BuyThe Dolphins' BellShort StoryAnne McCaffrey1993-10-01First PassCollected in The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall
4BuyThe Ford of Red HanrahanShort StoryAnne McCaffrey1993-10-01First PassCollected in The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall
5BuyThe Second WeyrShort StoryAnne McCaffrey1993-10-01First PassCollected in The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall
6BuyRescue RunShort StoryAnne McCaffrey1993-10-01First PassCollected in The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall
7BuyRed Star Rising (Dragonseye)NovelAnne McCaffrey1997-01-28Second Pass
8BuyEver the TwainShort StoryAnne McCaffrey2002-10-29Second PassCollected in A Gift of Dragons
9BuyDragon's KinNovelAnne & Todd McCaffrey2003-11-25Third Pass
10BuyDragon's FireNovelAnne & Todd McCaffrey2006-07-11Third Pass
11BuyDragon HarperNovelAnne & Todd McCaffrey2007-12-26Third Pass
12BuyDragonheartNovelTodd McCaffrey2008-11-11Third Pass
13BuyDragonsbloodNovelTodd McCaffrey2005-01-25Third Pass
14BuyDragongirlNovelTodd McCaffrey2010-07-01Third Pass
15BuyDragon's TimeNovelAnne & Todd McCaffrey2011-06-28Third Pass
16BuySky DragonsNovelAnne & Todd McCaffrey2012-06-26Third Pass
17BuyMoreta: Dragonlady of PernNovelAnne McCaffrey1983-11-01Sixth Pass
18BuyNerilka's StoryNovelAnne McCaffrey1986-02-12Sixth Pass
19BuyBeyond BetweenShort StoryAnne McCaffrey2003-12-30Sixth PassCollected in Legends II
20BuyThe Masterharper of PernNovelAnne McCaffrey1998-01-12Ninth Pass
21BuyRunner of PernShort StoryAnne McCaffrey2002-10-29Ninth PassCollected in A Gift of Dragons
22BuyDragonflightNovelAnne McCaffrey1968-07-01Ninth PassFirst Novel
23BuyDragonflight, Vol. 1Graphic NovelAnne McCaffrey, Brynne Stephens1991-06-01Ninth Pass
24BuyDragonflight, Vol. 2Graphic NovelAnne McCaffrey, Brynne Stephens1991-06-01Ninth Pass
25BuyDragonflight, Vol. 3Graphic NovelAnne McCaffrey, Brynne Stephens1991-06-01Ninth Pass
26BuyDragonquestNovelAnne McCaffrey1971-05-01Ninth Pass
27BuyDragonsongNovelAnne McCaffrey1976-03-01Ninth Pass
28BuyDragonsingerNovelAnne McCaffrey1977-02-01Ninth Pass
29BuyDragondrumsNovelAnne McCaffrey1979-03-01Ninth Pass
30BuyThe White DragonNovelAnne McCaffrey1978-06-01Ninth Pass
31BuyThe ImpressionShort StoryAnne McCaffrey1989-01-01Ninth PassCollected in The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern
32BuyThe Smallest DragonboyShort StoryAnne McCaffrey2002-10-29Ninth PassCollected in A Gift of Dragons
33BuyThe Girl Who Heard DragonsShort StoryAnne McCaffrey2002-10-29Ninth PassCollected in A Gift of Dragons
34BuyThe Renegades of PernNovelAnne McCaffrey1989-10-01Ninth Pass
35BuyAll the Weyrs of PernNovelAnne McCaffrey1991-09-19Ninth Pass
36BuyThe Dolphins of PernNovelAnne McCaffrey1994-09-06Ninth Pass
37BuyThe Skies of PernNovelAnne McCaffrey2001-04-03Ninth Pass
38BuyDragon's CodeNovelGigi McCaffrey2018-10-02Ninth Pass
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