I've had a copy of this for a while, but after reading [b:The Rowan|61938|The Rowan (The Tower and the Hive, #1)|Anne McCaffrey|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1316408956s/61938.jpg|1892324] last year, I was wary of getting into some more subservient-female mind traps, and have backed off reading McCaffrey.
WHile there is some of that in here, it isn't as laid on thick as it was in the Rowan, and I was ablet to read this for the story it was. THere is a good bit of world building done here, and Pern and it's problems with the threads, and Dragons being able to save the day made for a pleasant visit. I really liked the personalities of the dragons.
The con to this is of course the gender roles. Quite annoying! I have never known a strong and decisive woman who met a man she admired and totally abdicated her life to him. It just doesnt work like that...
but the dragons kept it at a 3.