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The White Dragon: (#3) [Paperback]

Anne McCaffrey
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Sept. 10 1997 Dragonriders of Pern Trilogy
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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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!
                        --Shelly Shapiro, Executive Editor --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jaxom is the future Lord Holder of Ruatha, one of Pern's oldest and most venerable holds and has been groomed for his role since he was very young. When he accidentally impresses a white dragon named Ruth, everyone is dismayed and worried about what to do with him. Dragonriders belong in the Weyr, after all, and a man simply cannot be a dragonrider and a Lord Holder - or can he? Jaxom is determined to keep Ruth and to learn how to fly, breathe fire and kill Thread - and be the future leader of one of the most prosperous Holds on Pern. What others refuse to teach him, Jaxom discovers for himself. It is as Ruth and Jaxom are experimenting that they find themselves in the position to prevent a great disaster on Pern and to unite the Oldtimers and the Weyrs of the Northern Continent through Ruth's unique ability of always knowing when he is and his rapport with fire lizards. Ruth and Jaxom even discover some new "secrets" on the Southern Continent that the ancients left behind!
The White Dragon is simply a superb book. I loved the characters and really felt that I identified with Jaxom as he was growing up and growing into his roles as both a dragonrider and as a Lord Holder. Readers who have read McCaffrey's previous books in the Pern series will simply find that it is another story about Weyleaders F'lar and Lessa (Dragonflight & Dragonquest), as well as Masterharper Robinton and Journeyman Menolly (Dragonsong & Dragonsinger) told from a different, very enjoyable perspective. I loved the way McCaffrey took the time to incorporate older characters so that the readers know what is happening in their lives. The White Dragon is an exciting link between the first several books and the next grouping as there are many surprises and new discoveries that take place here. Ruth is also one of my favorite dragons and was such a joy to read about. Anyone who loves fantasy will enjoy this book so do yourself the favor and buy this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars All right McAffrey Nov. 10 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read a lot of Anne McAffrey books, so I'm pretty familiar with her writing style. This book is a good one; it keeps you interested in what's going to happen next until it's over. If you haven't read any other McAffrey books, though, I recommend you read Dragonflight and DragonQuest before you read this one, as this is the sequel to those.
To those who HAVE read those other two, you should definitely buy this one. Problems with the lord holders, thread of course, and a discovery... Jaxxom is the center of the story, involved in most events. The masterharper and Menolly are more involved in this book than the other two, and you also hear more about Lord Lytol, Jaxxom's guardian.
There are a few things I didn't like about the book. 1 was the casual way in which Jaxxom treated his relationship with another character (you'll have to find out which one). The other is the way that Lessa and F'lar are so much in the background in this one; they're really not that involved, except for a few key parts.
Anyway, if you like fantasy/sci fi, and you've read McAffrey before and like her, like me, then buy the book; it's worth it. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book! Aug. 26 2002
By Iris
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the third book in the Dragonriders of Pern series and is as good as the other two before it. In dragonflight, Fax and Lady Gemma had a son named Jaxom, which Lessa gave Ruatha hold to. As of now, Lytol leads Ruatha Hold. Jaxom is a adventurous young man. His dragon Ruth, is a pure white dragon, very human, clever and nice. Jaxom thinks that he can never really be a real dragonrider because he was Ruatha's young lord. Nevertheless when Ramoth's queen egg is stolen, Jaxom and Ruth hatches a daring plan to rescue the egg from the southerners. Along the way, he meets thread and is scored. He then recieves training in Fort Weyr.
Along the way, you'll read about F'lar's duels with the oldtimer T'kul, Masterharper Robinton gets a heart attack, Jaxom comes down with firehead and recovers in Sourthern and meets Sharra, his lover. Benden Weyr's leaders along with Fanderal, Robinton and a bunch of Pern's leaders discovers ancient settlements and space ships in Southern.
A definitely good read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bigger isn't necessarily better, even in dragons April 13 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Picking up threads begun in _Dragonsong_ and _Dragonsinger_, this book follows not only Masterharper Robinton, but the early career of Ruth and his rider, Jaxom. They're a problem to hidebound traditionalists everywhere. Ruth is a throwback in size to the early generations of the dragon species, when they were just large enough to carry human riders. He's the runt of his particular clutch, of course - and if he hadn't been too weak to break out of the shell of his abnormally thick-walled egg, Jaxom might never have Impressed him. Awkward all around; Jaxom is the only heir to Ruatha Hold since Lessa left it for Benden Weyr, and the rest of the Ruatha bloodline was wiped out in Fax's wars of conquest.
An Impression can't be gainsaid; Ruth and Jaxom are paired for life. Jaxom can't be treated like an ordinary weyrling and bundled off to become a proper dragonrider without touching off a bloodbath among the younger sons of Lord Holders vying for Ruatha. The problem of these hotheads is another plot thread, as the Weyrleaders and Lord Holders work on the problem of gradually opening up the Southern continent as a pressure valve without stirring up trouble with the Oldtimer dragonriders of Southern Weyr. Alas, trouble sometimes shows up even if you don't ask for it.
Fortunately, Ruth's small size makes it possible for him to live at Ruatha itself rather than in the huge confines of a weyr, and Fort Weyr isn't far away. Jaxom's life hasn't been easy; he's the only surviving son of the late, unlamented conqueror Fax, and after his mother's death in childbirth, Jaxom's future was decided for him, including fosterage with Lytol, who serves as his regent; another problem, since Lytol was himself a dragonrider who by chance survived his dragon's death, and still mourns him.
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For my wife. She loves it.
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great audio book
Published 26 days ago by 2011cardar
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!!
When I finished this book I cried. I cried because it was finished. I was going to miss the white dragon, Ruth and his rider Jaxsom. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2011 by K. Rhodenizer
5.0 out of 5 stars The third book-Amazing
This story introduces two new fabulous characters, Lord jaxom and his dragon Ruth. This is truly a great book, and it's interesting storyline and great writing, as well as the bond... Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2006 by YancysMom
3.0 out of 5 stars What happened? Worst of the 3 dragon books.
The worst of the 3 books. Jaxom is spoiled and extremely trampy when it comes to being with women. McCaffrey seems to hint that Jaxom will be with Menolly at the end, and in the... Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Dragonrider book
This is the first Anne Mc Caffrey book I read. I found it very confusing with turns = years and Weyr = a home for dragons and their riders and other terms. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2003 by Miriam
5.0 out of 5 stars good series
Enjoyable, start at the beginning of the series
Published on June 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book Ever
I've loved the Anne McCaffrey since I picked up my first book by her, and I think the Pern Series are the best books that she's written. Read more
Published on July 22 2002 by Clara Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical... Delightful...Absolutely Wonderful!!
Almost 20 years ago, when my sons were teens, they complained that I never read anything in the genre that they were reading so that we could talk about our books with eachother. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2002 by Tamara Morgan
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