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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The third book-Amazing Sept. 9 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!! Feb. 27 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Dragonrider book Aug. 9 2003
By Miriam
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars good series June 14 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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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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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 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Bigger isn't necessarily better, even in dragons
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. Read more
Published on April 13 2002 by Michele L. Worley
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest SciFi/Fanatasy Series EVER!!!
I started reading the series MANY years ago and have read them from front to back (working on the 3rd complete read)The White Dragon is probably one of my favorites of the series. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2001 by Dane Smart
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, I REALLY don't care for Jaxom
Though I liked Jaxom very much in Dragonquest, in this book he grated on my nerves, struck me as arrogant and spoiled. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2001
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