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Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne McCaffrey
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Sept. 12 1984 Pern: On Dragons
The future of the planet rests in the hands of Moreta.

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There are dragons all over Anne McCaffrey's house. Some she's bought, but many have been made for her by adoring fans and given to her as gifts. I don't make dragons, of course. But whenever circumstances allow, I do try to bring her American bacon, something she can't get easily in Ireland, and something which she has taught all her friends there to love, as well! I remember the first time I went to visit her, when she was still living in her old, much smaller but very homey, house. My husband and I arrived at the doorstep, and she immediately began bustling about, frying up some of the bacon we'd brought and sharing a lovely late breakfast with us before sending us off to the hotel for a nap. She made us dinner that night, too--the one and only time in my life that I've actually liked shrimp cocktail. Maybe that's because if you squint your eyes and look sideways, shrimp are kind of dragonlike, and I was eating them in the right company!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best pern books yet! May 11 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This novel is a novel of earlier pern. For those of you out there who had heard of Moreta, and wanted to know more, this book is for you! Unfortuneately, it doesn't include the words to the ballad about her, but this is still a great book! This book is a very good story about one of pern's most famous heroines: Moreta. The book combines lots of action, love, and excitement to create one of the best pern books yet available. The ending is sad, but it also explains why there was a ballad written about it in the first place. In short, a wonderful addition to the pern series, fans are sure to love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Pern's Greatest Heroines! June 17 2003
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Moreta is Weyrwoman at Fort Weyr with Sh'gall as Weyrleader. Moreta loves Orlith, her dragon queen, and would do anything for her, but she does wish that someone else had flown her during her mating flight. Sh'gall is a very able weyrleader in the air when fighting thread, but he does not do as well with people. Moreta is sure that they will go together to the Ruatha Gather, after all it is Lord Alessan's first gather as a Lord Holder and everyone will be there. However, Sh'gall decides to go to the Telgar Gather and to see the strange cat that was captured in the ocean and put on display there. Desdra, Moreta's anxious housekeeper insists that Moreta cannot go without Sh'gall and that it is a terrible slight to her mistress, but Moreta wouldn't miss a good gather for the world!
Moreta has a wonderful time at the gather with Lord Alessan. They are both avid racers and enjoy watching the runnerbeasts compete. When one of the runnerbeasts suddenly collapses, no one is sure what is wrong with the beast, but the fun of the gather continues. Moreta lingers at Ruatha Hold, but is finally forced to leave. She is awoken in the early morning hours by a frantic Sh'gall claiming that Masterhealer Capiam has diagnosed a plague that the wild cat brought over with it from the Southern Continent. All of Pern is in a panic as news of the unknown illness spreads.
All too soon there is no hold or weyr that is untouched by the unknown ailment. But Moreta is a healer and she is determined to help in whatever way she can. She continues to urge the dragonriders to take care and helps unite multiple weyrs to fly thread together, as well as help care for the sick and wounded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern March 3 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book by Anne McCaffrey is about a sickness that begins to spread through the planet of Pern. Everywhere, dragonriders, holders, harpers, and healers alike are all dying. Soon the truth behind the epidemic is revealed, and it is up to the dragonriders, who can go anywhere, anywhen on Pern in 8 seconds, to distribute the finally found vaccine. The dangers are great; the dragonriders are needed to fight the Thread, a parasite that falls on Pern and eats every organic thing in its path. Moreta and other selfless Weyrleaders must find a way to distribute the vaccine to everyone on Pern in the same day. Of every problem, the challenge they had to overcome was time. But the heroic deeds of Moreta end in tragedy; a tragedy destined to change Pern in generations to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anne McCaffrey Feb. 9 2003
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Although I have had the chance to tell her this personally, I must reiterate my fascination with her ability to slip real world issues into a tale without making the reader feel preached to. Although some issues become obsolete, they usually arise again just in another form and I find myself wanting to re-read Ms. MacCaffrey's work to remember how I felt in the past. This book tackles the subject of a virulent disease wiping out humanity and the struggle to stabilize and halt its devistating effects. There are so many issues at present that can take the place of that disease in our real world which makes this book re-readable anytime you feel a bit hopeless. By the end, I feel more hopeful for our future because there will always be a Moreta in real life, maybe not on a dragon rider but fighting hard for a cure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A novel that takes you back to a earlier Pern! Aug. 26 2002
By Iris
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Though I think this is not as good as Anne's previous novels but it's not by much! THis novel takes you back in time to an earlier Pern to tell you the story of one of Pern's great heroine, Moreta. She is mentioned in Dragonflight as a weyrwoman from Ruatha and could speak to all dragons. But in this book she is from Keroon and she could only speak to 3 dragons- her queen dragon Orlith, and the two queens Holth and Tamianth. This is in fact a tragic and romantic story about Fort Weyr's weyrwoman. She is brave and daring.
She was not as fortunate as Lessa for her weyrmate, Fort's weyrleader, Sh'gall does not love her the way F'lar loves Lessa. At that time Pern is attacked by a deadly plague, which is the flu, as well as thread. Moreta does her best in organize her weyr to fight against the sickness. She also heals injured dragons along the way. This book introduces a new set of characters, including the Masterhealer Campiam, Masterharper Tirone, lord holder Alessan, Oklina, Leri, Sh'gall and more wyerleaders craftsman and of course dragons. Moreta developes a relationship with Alessan and helps with vaccinating human and runnerbeasts alike.
This is a touching, romantic story with a somewhat sad ending to this great tale of Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, but a tear-jerker
One of my favorites in the Dragonrider of Pern Series (I love them all, though). The heart and courage of Moreta and Orlith are inspiring. Read more
Published on April 12 2002 by Tamara I Sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better ones
I found Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern a nice change from the other Dragonrider novels. Moreta is not stunningly beautiful like Lessa, and she's not a Benden Weyrwoman. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2001 by Madeline
4.0 out of 5 stars Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern
I thought that this book was very good. I like fantasy and science-ficiton books so I like Anne McCaffrey's books. I am going to read another book in the series next. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of her best
If you like the Pern series, then you'll probably like this book. It's interesting, and full of likeable characters. The story itself is very enjoyable. I liked it alot. Okay
Published on June 26 2001 by Anne with an e
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice fill-in for the Pern series
I like this story but it doesn't capture my attention the way some of the other Pern stories do. It does fill in some important info for Pern devotees and that, alone, would be... Read more
Published on June 3 2001 by Kim F.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Beautiful of All Pern Novels
Finally the song is explained. Moreta is the seventh of the Dragonriders of Pern series and by far the most moving. The story is engaging and a quick read. Read more
Published on March 29 2001 by C. M. Lanier
5.0 out of 5 stars OH MI GOSH
Oh goodness. I love the Dragonrider of Pern series, but this was one of the best. One thing bugged me though, I HATED the sad ending, ans I hate sad books. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2000 by Sarah Toews
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow, a Pernese take on "The Stand"?
Not bad at all, very emotional and vivid word-pictures, it was like I was right there with Capiam as he suffers the plague, Moreta as she chews out that insolent brown Telgar... Read more
Published on May 10 2000
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