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Nerilka's Story (Dragonriders of Pern Series #8)
     

Nerilka's Story (Dragonriders of Pern Series #8)

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by Anne McCaffrey
 

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A deadly epidemic was sweeping across Pern. Nerilka's father refused to share Fort Hold's bounty with the other Holds. Ashamed of her family and determined to do her part, Nerilka packed up medicines and supplies and sneaked off to aid her people. She had no idea that her new path would change the course of her life forever!

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A deadly epidemic was sweeping across Pern. Nerilka's father refused to share Fort Hold's bounty with the other Holds. Ashamed of her family and determined to do her part, Nerilka packed up medicines and supplies and sneaked off to aid her people. She had no idea that her new path would change the course of her life forever!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The latest of McCaffrey's romantic Pern novels expands on the tale of a minor character in Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern. Young Nerilka is considered unattractive and overly serious in her own hold, where her peremptory father installs his mistress immediately after his wife's death. Angry and frustrated, Nerilka uses her medical training and her access to the supplies her father is hoarding to help combat the plague sweeping Pern, which has already claimed her mother and sisters. Inevitably, her work with the Healers leads her to Ruatha Hold, whose rugged widower chief, Lord Alessan, sees her worth and marries her. In form, this is basically a Victorian gothic in which a governess tames and marries the gruff master of the house. As such, McCaffrey's legions of fans should enjoy it, but it is a weak entry in the Pern saga. (March 21)
School Library Journal
YA This slight addition to McCaffrey's dragon novels is about a minor character mentioned in Moretta, Dragonlady of Pern (Ballantine, 1983). Nerilka, the plain and ignored oldest daughter of Lord Tolocamp, is appalled when her father abandons her mother and sisters to the plague spreading from Ruatha Hold, then refuses aid to anyone else on the rest of Pern. Nerilka first sends medicines secretly, then sets off (in disguise) for Ruatha, a place she had long wished to visit but had always been prevented from going. There she finds acceptance both for her healing skills and for herself, and she falls in love with the seemingly unattainable Alessan, Lord of Ruatha. This illustrated novella, about the size of a paperback, is not the best of McCaffrey, but it does have an interesting heroine and will satisfy McCaffrey's legions of fans who want to know why Alessan married so shortly after the death of his beloved Moretta. Betsy Shorb, PGCMLS, Md.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780808595441
Publisher:
Sagebrush Education Resources
Publication date:
10/01/1999
Series:
Dragonriders of Pern Series , #8

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Meet the Author

Anne McCaffrey, one of the world’s most popular authors, is best known for her Dragonriders of Pern® series. She was the first woman to win the two top prizes for science fiction writing, the Hugo and Nebula awards. She was also given the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement in Young Adult Fiction, was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, and was named a Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1926, McCaffrey relocated to Ireland in the 1970s, where she lived in a house of her own design, named Dragonhold-Underhill. She died in 2011.

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Nerilka's Story (Dragonriders of Pern Series #8) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
....and it was enough to hook me. Nerilka is one of my favorite Pern Characters, simply because she is not so flashy, not so talented, but with a core of integrity that is sometimes missing in the other heroines of the series. This book deals with the pain of loss and the joy of life. Also fills in a lot of background information hinted at in the other books.
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Written in the first person, and while not my favorite form of story telling, it is refreshing to have a non-rider/harper perspective of Pern. A bit expensive for such a short story, but it does fill in a few gaps.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Half of the book is a repetition of Moreta' s story. The story feels like it was written to fill in some blanks. It is not nearly as good as the other Pern books. Its not worth the time or money. It's really just a short story, not a novel.
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Nothing much happened here. I liked the pictures, though.
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