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The White Dragon (1971)

by Anne McCaffrey

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Series: Pern: Dragonriders of Pern: original trilogy (3), De drakenrijders van Pern (3), Dragonriders of Pern: Chronological Order (21), Pern ((Original trilogy) 9th pass)

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Never had there been as close a bonding as the one that existed between the daring and adventurous young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth was a dragon of many talents, though almost everyone on Pern thought he was a runt that would never amount to anything. But Jaxom knew better, knew he could teach his dragon to fly and to destroy the deadly silver Threads that fell from the sky. Disobeying all rules, Jaxom and Ruth trained in secret. Their illicit flights seemed but a minor disobedience - until they found themselves in the path of danger and in a position to prevent the biggest disaster of all.… (more)
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My favorite of all the Dragonriders books. ( )
  Luziadovalongo | Jul 14, 2022 |
This was one of my favorite Pern stories. ( )
  Windyone1 | May 10, 2022 |
Never had there been as close a bonding as the one that existed between the daring and adventurous young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth was a dragon of many talents, though almost everyone on Pern thought he was a runt that would never amount to anything.
But Jaxom knew better, knew he could teach his dragon to fly and to destroy the deadly silver Threads that fell from the sky. Disobeying all rules, Jaxom and Ruth trained in secret. Their illicit flights seemed but a minor disobedience - until they found themselves in the path of danger and in a position to prevent the biggest disaster of all. ( )
  Gmomaj | Apr 26, 2022 |
Anne McCaffrey is the quintessential writer of fantasy books pertaining to dragons. These books are always wonderful, well written, and perfectly characterized. All of her series are great but the ones that take place on Pern are the best of all. This is another pne of the Pern novels it took me ages to finish but once I finally did it became one of my all time favorites. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
his is one of my favorite Pern books. It allows you to view Pern from three perspectives: Crafter, Holder, and Dragonrider. Having Lytol as a mentor, Jaxsom learns about life as he balances being a Rider with learning about Holding. ( )
  GlenRH | Jul 26, 2021 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Anne McCaffreyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Alkım, Barış EmreTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fairbrother-Roe, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gábor, EmmaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hilling, SimoneTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Langeveld, KarinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reß-Bohusch, BirgitTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is irreverently dedicated
to my brothers
Hugh and Kevin
for sibling rivalries, and
the mature affections and loyalties that
develop from early brawling!
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"If he isn't clean enough now," Jaxom told N'ton as he gave Ruth's neck ridge a final swipe with the oiled cloth, "I don't know what clean is!"
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Never had there been as close a bonding as the one that existed between the daring and adventurous young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth was a dragon of many talents, though almost everyone on Pern thought he was a runt that would never amount to anything. But Jaxom knew better, knew he could teach his dragon to fly and to destroy the deadly silver Threads that fell from the sky. Disobeying all rules, Jaxom and Ruth trained in secret. Their illicit flights seemed but a minor disobedience - until they found themselves in the path of danger and in a position to prevent the biggest disaster of all.

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Third book in series

where a boy and his dragon

find their place in life.

(Rozax)

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