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IN THE NORTHWESTERN province of High Reaches, an ambitious man has just begun a campaign of territorial acquisition that will make him the single most powerful Lord Holder on all of Pern. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Renegades of pern May 28 2004
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I recomend this book if you are reading the entire Pern series in chronological order. Renegades will seem choppy if you read it alone and most of the secnes will not make sense if read before the other books. Renegades fills in a lot of time gaps that reading the others leave out. I recomend this book to all Pern fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pern readers, don't miss this one! May 10 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I first read this book, years ago, I remember being a little disappointed. It wasn't as good as the Dragonflight trilogy or even as good as the Harper Hall trilogy. I'm re-reading the series in chronological order now, and I want to warn people not to listen to the negative reviews!
Yes, it's maybe not quite as enjoyable, it tells stories of the less-pleasant sides of Pern life, but it also tells things that you must hear if you want the whole story. You must read Renegades in order to be properly set up for All the Weyrs of Pern. This is the book that, if nothing else, tells more about the initial excavation of Landing and the discovery of AIVAS, and it introduces Jayge and Aramina of the Paradise River Hold from Dolphins of Pern.
I enjoyed this book more on second reading than I did the first time. The Pern series is five stars. If you enjoy the series, don't skip this four star book based on negative reviews.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Choppy, But Still a Good Read! Aug. 12 2003
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As long as the people of Pern could remember, dragons had fought Thread and kept people alive. Everyone lived in strong stone fortresses or caves because Thread wouldn't eat through stone. However, it had been hundreds of years since Thread had fallen on Pern and there were many who did not like to live behind stone walls, beholden to the Lord of the area and forced into careers that they did not want. Some, like Jayge Lilcamp's clan were traders. They traversed the length and breadth of Pern, bartering and taking messages to other holds. They were always welcome at holds, especially ones that were out of the way. However, when they ignored the warning that Thread was once again falling on Pern, his trader caravan was decimated. Instead of being independent, they were now forced to accept whatever charity they could from the last hold the visited. Jayge couldn't bear it and set out on his own.
Thella, sister of Telgar Hold's Lord, was bitter that she had not even been given the chance to become a Lady Holder. She knew that she could do a better job than her brother. Since she was passed by, she found her own hold and gathered together as many Holdless men as she could. Then she set about robbing and plotting her revenge. The only thing that was holding her back was the dragonriders because she could not risk being seen and tracked adragonback. She found the solution to her problem in Aramina (seen in The Girl Who Heard Dragons short story), who could hear all dragons. But Aramina escaped from her and was safely ensconced at Benden Hold. However, Thella was not about to give up so easily...
The Renegades of Pern is, like Nerilka's story, a retelling of familiar events from unfamiliar points of view.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not just dragonriders on Pern.... Sept. 21 2001
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I love that there are books in the Pern series that have nothing (or almost nothing) to do with dragons. Yes, the dragons are a fun part of it, but this story of the "little people" of Pern is well-wrought and engaging. I thoroughly enjoy reading it every time I pick it up. This is the story of the people who have no borders-be it by choice or by force. Jayge Lilcamp and his family are traders who travel from hold to Hold selling their wares. Aramina, born with the ability to "hear" dragons, and her family were driven from their hold by Fax because of her mother's Ruathan blood. Thella is the sister of Lord Larad and, angry that he was chosen as Lord Holder over her, runs away to become the Lady Holdless-a riever and thief with no thought save her own comfort and ambitions. These three disimilar characters compose the central plot in this story, each viewing the Holders, Dragonriders, and their companions from uniquely fresh points of view. One of my favorites.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Choppy but introduces a whole new era for Pern May 1 2003
By Edie
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I have been re-reading the Pern series from the beginning and while I agree with other reviews that Renegades is not McCaffrey's best work in the series, it does have the advantage of finally connecting the early and late Pern sagas. The first half of the book is distractingly choppy with snippets introducing about a dozen characters. But about half way through the book comes together as McCaffrey links most of the stories of these individuals. The last third is the most valuable with a serious development of the Southern Continent, and discovery of Landing and Aivas. It sets up a fascinating study of two cultures interacting - one that is very low-tech and another that is incredibly sophisticated. Also enjoyable is a more detailed representation of non-dragonrider life on "current day" Pern. If you can get through the first half set-up, the book is worth reading and sets up All the Weyrs nicely.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but lacking somehow April 28 1998
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This is a pretty good book, but I found it one of the weaker Pern books. It spans way too many years (about 27) and tells about things that that are in other books (Fax's death, Piemur's journey around the Southern Continent, and the stealing of Ramoth's queen egg, for instance). This wouldn't be a big problem because it gives these events from other people's perspectives, but there is a bigger problem. In the middle of the book, McCaffrey shifts from talking about Thella, Jayge, and Aramina, and instead talks about the Southern Continent and the discovery of Landing. If they would just stick to the renegades, it would have been a great book. On the plus side, the characters were wonderfully developed and it was nice to see Pern from the perspective of the ordinary people. But I'm afraid this is an example of a great idea being ruined by including too much and spanning too many years.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Renegades of Pern
I was somewhat dissapointed by this book. This is the 2nd one in the Pern Series I read, I had just finished all the Wyers of Pern before. Read more
Published on July 3 2004 by Ben W.
1.0 out of 5 stars Put the book down and no one gets hurt
�`Okay, let's get one thing straight: I lived and breathed Pern for a great deal of my life. I have to recommend that all fans look long and hard at the slew of latter day Pern... Read more
Published on April 22 2003 by Peter Payne
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I recently listened to this book on tape, and found it very enjoyable. I actually sat in my car, after I got home, so I could hear the ending. Read more
Published on July 5 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent continuation
I enjoyed this book, yet again another of Anne McCaffrey's great Dragonriders of Pern books. Having read the series in order, I found it hard to jump back into the story after... Read more
Published on June 8 2001 by Hilary Martin
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I always wondered where the 'bad guys' were on Pern. In that regard, it's quite refreshing to find that there are in fact truly unsavory characters abounding the planet. Read more
Published on May 8 2001 by Myron Mykyta
5.0 out of 5 stars Its got EVERYTHING
Hm, its kinda disappointing to see how low others rated this book. This is definetly Annie's best book. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its got EVERYTHING
Hm, its kinda disappointing to see how low others rated this book. This is definetly Annie's best book. Read more
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