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Moreta : Dragonlady of Pern [Hardcover]

Anne McCaffrey
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"SH'GALL IS OUT on other Weyr business," Moreta told Nesso for the third time, beginning to loosen her sweat-and oil-stained tunic as a hint. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Pern's Greatest Heroines! June 17 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A novel that takes you back to a earlier Pern! Aug. 26 2002
By Iris
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 One of the better ones Nov. 24 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. She's from Fort, and she doesn't like her weyrmate, she respects him, but does not consider him a possible soulmate. And the fact that Leri was a competent Weyrwoman and feisty even in what seem to be the last few years of her life, is a delightfuly different situation. Lessa and F'lar (much as I love them) seemed annoyingly perfect, and Moreta is very different. I liked the minor characters here too, Oklina was enjoyable, and MasterHealer Capiam was quite interesting as well, B'lerion and Desdra were amusing, as were the different stages of harpering-very funny. I think one of my favorite characters in this particular book was K'lon, because we so rarely see any of the less important riders, seeing bits of the story through a bluerider's eyes is very refreshing. The only thing I didn't like was the rather predictable romace between Moreta and Alessan, frankly, that annoyed me. Though the fact that Moreta had the bad taste to fall in love with a Lord Holder was another nice change from Anne McCaffrey's typical Weyrwoman. And the book had me in tears at the end, it was so sad!
I strongly suggest you read it, Pern fan or not. Though obviously, a member of the latter category wont enjoy it nearly as much as a member of the former. ^_^
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3.0 out of 5 stars unfulfilling April 12 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am an avid reader of all Ms McCaffery's books, but most particularly the Pern books. The world that has been created , and all the wonderful, complex characters that call Pern home have many times provided a 'safe place'for me when I was feeling down. Thankyou to A.M After reading, through the other Pern books many times of the great legend of Moreta, I was thrilled to be able, at last to read Moreta's story. Moreta was told in the true Pern style, and was indeed an epic tragedy. However, I was left unsatisfied with the ending. I must admit to feeling rather let down by the circumstances that led to Moreta becoming the legend she is on Pern, and in paricular, her death. Throughout the other Pern novels, Moreta's death was told as a great tragedy, huge, sad, and a momentous event in Perns history. I must admit though, I failed to notice when she actually died. the chapter finishes with Moreta going between (and dying). With going between such a necessary part of a dragonriders job, in the first reading I failed to notice that Moreta had actually died till the funeral preparations had begun. Don't get me wrong, the Pern books are wonderful, magical books, and Moreta is an epic story, but ultimately, for me, Moreta did not satisfy my sense of tuly grand tradgedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best pern books yet!
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! Read more
Published on May 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern
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. Read more
Published on March 3 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne McCaffrey
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2003 by Jennifer A. Pool
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 11 2002 by Tamara I Sandy
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 25 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
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