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The White Dragon (1971)

by Anne McCaffrey

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Series: Dragonriders of Pern (original trilogy) (3), Dragonriders of Pern: Publication (05), Dragonriders of Pern: Chronological (21 (Dragonriders; original trilogy 3){9th Pass ~2500 AL})

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Fantasy. Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:Volume III of The Dragonriders of Pern®, the influential series by sci-fi/fantasy titan Anne McCaffrey
Never in the history of Pern has there been a dragon like Ruth. Mocked by other dragons for his small size and pure white color, Ruth is smart, brave, and loyal—qualities that he shares with his rider, the young Lord Jaxom. Unfortunately, Jaxom is also looked down upon by his fellow lords, and by other riders as well. His dreams of joining the dragonriders in defending Pern are dismissed. What else can Jaxom and Ruth do but strike out on their own, pursuing in secret all they are denied? But in doing so, the two friends will find themselves facing a desperate choice—one that will push their bond to the breaking point . . . and threaten the future of Pern itself.… (more)
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Reread after many years.
Found it very enjoyable at the start but felt it dragged on a bit.
Couldn't get really excited about the exploration of the Southern continent and felt it didn't really build to any type of climax.
From memory this is the last of these characters in the books which is a bit of a shame. ( )
  stubooks | Apr 4, 2024 |
A little slow. Lots of unanswered questions (to be answered in other books). ( )
  AerialObrien | Nov 30, 2023 |
Lots of fun, haven't read a Pern book in ages. It's fantasy, once you skip the premise, but it's light fun fantasy. ( )
  furicle | Aug 5, 2023 |
Jaxom was kind of obnoxious. ( )
  bjsikes | Jan 30, 2023 |
By far my favorite of the Pern series, though I haven't read nearly all of them... ( )
  Serenity17 | Nov 5, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
McCaffrey, Anneprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alkım, Barış EmreTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edwards, LesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fairbrother-Roe, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gábor, EmmaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, DickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hilling, SimoneTranslatorsecondary 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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Fantasy. Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:Volume III of The Dragonriders of Pern®, the influential series by sci-fi/fantasy titan Anne McCaffrey
Never in the history of Pern has there been a dragon like Ruth. Mocked by other dragons for his small size and pure white color, Ruth is smart, brave, and loyal—qualities that he shares with his rider, the young Lord Jaxom. Unfortunately, Jaxom is also looked down upon by his fellow lords, and by other riders as well. His dreams of joining the dragonriders in defending Pern are dismissed. What else can Jaxom and Ruth do but strike out on their own, pursuing in secret all they are denied? But in doing so, the two friends will find themselves facing a desperate choice—one that will push their bond to the breaking point . . . and threaten the future of Pern itself.

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Third book in series

where a boy and his dragon

find their place in life.

(Rozax)

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