The White Dragon: (#3) Paperback – Sep 10 1997
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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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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!
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. :)
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!
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.Read more ›
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This is a good book excellent story. Condition? not very good.Published 14 months ago by J. A. Watt
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 morePublished on Feb. 27 2011 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on Sept. 9 2006 by YancysMom
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 morePublished on Jan. 3 2004
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 morePublished on Aug. 8 2003 by Miriam