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Nerilka's Story (Dragonriders of Pern Series #8) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
     

Nerilka's Story (Dragonriders of Pern Series #8) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Anne McCaffrey
 

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Ashamed of her father's refusal to help the others of Fort Hold, Nerilka helps Lord Alessan prepare a serum to combat a dreaded plague.

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Ashamed of her father's refusal to help the others of Fort Hold, Nerilka helps Lord Alessan prepare a serum to combat a dreaded plague.

Editorial Reviews

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:
9781417642113
Publisher:
Turtleback Books
Publication date:
01/12/1987
Series:
Dragonriders of Pern Series , #8
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
182
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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Meet the Author

Anne Inez McCaffrey (1926¿2011) was an American-born Irish writer best known for the Dragonriders of Pern science fiction series. She was the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction (for the novella Weyr Search) and the first to win a Nebula Award (for the novella Dragonrider). Her novel The White Dragon became one of the first science fiction books to appear on The New York Times bestseller list. She is also the author of the Acorna Universe series, which is a set of ten novels.

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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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