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  • Paperback: 497 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (Sept. 10 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345419405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345419408
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 390 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By YancysMom on Sept. 9 2006
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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 between Ruth and Jaxom make this a great and wonderful story to read.
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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. And then I found that Jaxsom and Ruth saga continued into All The Wyers of Pern. The Dragons of Pern and its people see a beautiful world that backsled from high tech to slower pre tech era. each book you read leaves you questions about this people whose ancestors came from Earth to make a new life. Each book is like a wonderful quest. An adventure you can take in your own home. These should definitely be made in a series of movies.
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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. I reccomend that any first time Pern readers read Dragonflight, Dragonquest or Dragonsdawn first.
This book was great with Jaxom developing with a crush and the critisism that Jaxom and Ruth (Jaxom's white dragon) get because never has there been a dragonrider the leader of a hold and Ruth is a runt and white. No dragons are white. In addition to being a white runt, firelizards seem to like Ruth, which makes them unpopular with some holdfolk.
Jaxom and Ruth must learn how to fly and breathe fire together without anyones help.
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By A Customer on June 14 2003
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Enjoyable, start at the beginning of the series
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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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By Christina on Nov. 10 2002
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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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By Iris on Aug. 26 2002
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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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