The White Dragon (Dragonriders of Pern Series #3)

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345341679
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1986
  • Series: Dragonriders of Pern Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 152,755
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne McCaffrey was born on April lst, l926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two brothers: Hugh McCaffrey (deceased l988), Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.

Anne was educated at Stuart Hall, Staunton, Virginia, Montclair High School, Montclair, New Jersey, and graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures.

Anne McCaffrey has tried to live up to her auspicious natal day. Her first novel was written in Latin class and might have brought her instant fame, as well as an A, if she had written it in that ancient language. Much chastened by teacher and father, she turned to the stage and became a character actress, appearing in the first successful summer music circus in Lambertsville, NJ. She studied voice for nine years and, during that time, became intensely interested in the stage direction of opera and operetta, ending that phase of her experience with the direction of the American premiere of Carl Orff's "Ludus de Nato Infante Mirificus" in which she also played a witch.

Her working career included Liberty Music Shops and Helena Rubinstein (l947-1952). She married in 1950 and has three children: Alec Anthony, b. l952, Todd, b.l956, and Georgeanne, b.1959.

Anne McCaffrey's first story was published by Sam Moskowitz in Science Fiction + Magazine—and her first novel published by Ballantine Books in l967. By the time the three children of her marriage were comfortably in school most of the day, she had already achieved enough success with short stories to devote full time to writing.

Her first novel, Restoree, was written as a protest against the absurd and unrealistic portrayals of women in science-fiction novels in the 50s and early 60s. It is, however, in the handling of broader themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly the two series,The Ship Who Sang—and the fourteen novels about the Dragonriders Of Pern, that Ms. McCaffrey's talents as a storyteller are best displayed.

Although she used to make appearances throughout the world as guest of honor at science fiction conventions, arthritis has now restricted such travel. She lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill (because she had to dig out a hill on her farm to build it) in Wicklow County, Ireland. It is not remotely like a castle, "on purpose," she says to people who believe "hold" is synonymous with "castle" in Ireland.

Anne runs a private livery stable and her horses have been successful in Horse Trials and showjumping. She does not ride in competition, she hastens to add, but has enjoyed the success of horse and rider and, until recently, rode out on her black and white mare, Pi.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    What a great adventure!

    This is one of my favorite books in the Dragon Riders of Pern Series. I love the matching of two misfits who eventually become a prominent team. The Series is so very human and plausible for science fiction. There is adventure, love, and sadness too. This book hits all of the emtional notes.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2009

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    Excellent Dragon Book!

    As the third book in the series, I am pleased to say that it was just as fantastic as the first two. I especially liked that the dragons' personalities were as essential to the story as the humans'. This book has great characters, origional plots, and dragons -- a perfect read for any sci-fi/fantasy lover!<BR/><BR/>If you enjoy dragons, check out "dragon champion" by E.E. Knight and "Joust" by Mercedes Lackey!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    My favorite!

    I've read the white dragon several times. It is my favorite of the pern books. The pern books where my introdution to the sci/fi fantasy generes in junior high. McCaffrey made me fall in love with dragons. I so wanted a fire lizard.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Very good.

    I liked the part where Jaxom finally got to ride Ruth, and the part where they were all fussing over Robinton after he nearly died.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    pern series

    i love this series! so interesting!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    The White Dragon

    My husband and I are great 'Pern' fans and now our 13 year old son loves them too! Thanks Anne McCaffrey!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

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    A Good Read Among the Pern Books

    Although I lost interest in the later books of the Pern series, the original trilogy (and the Harper Hall books) remain among my favorites in speculative fiction. This is the third book in the series and you should read Dragonflight and Dragonquest first. This book feels a little different with its focus on different characters: Jaxom and his dragon Ruth. Ruth comes across as a character in his own right more than other Pern dragons, and he's an endearing one. The plot has more than enough twists and turns to keep a reader engaged and this is one of those books you can enjoy rereading years afterward. This is a light, entertaining read with memorable characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2003

    It is the best

    This book make you want to read more about Pern.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2000

    FIVE STARS

    This book is wonderful, although i liked the first two better. I have yet to read a bad book by Anne McCaffrey.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2000

    A Great Book from a great series

    This is my favorite book out of the series, which says a lot. Anne Mccaffrey is a master of human emotion in literature. I would highly recommend this as a starting point for readin the Dragonriders of Pern Series. Once you read one, you'll have to read them all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2000

    Awesome

    This Book is ONE of the dest Dragonriders of Pern books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2000

    Fantastic!

    I always start reading a series of books somewhere in the middle. I began the Dragon books with this one, and then went to the beginning and read them through in order. My favourites are definitely 'Dragonflight', which had me taking it everywhere with me until I finished it, 'Dragonquest', a real tear-jerker, the Harper Hall Series, which I'm on right now, and this one, 'The White Dragon'. Although I had no idea of the plot (because I hadn't read the books which come before it) I fell in love with all the characters immediately, especially F'lar, Lessa and Master Robinton. I'd recommend all the Dragon books to anyone with a lively imagination and a sympathetic nature.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2000

    One of the Best

    Ruth and Jaxom are brought to the fore front with this book. To really understand many things in the Pern series this book is a must read. Very intertaining and engrossing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2000

    Best book I have read

    This is a great book. I am planing to buy it to read it over and over. It is hard to discrib it with words it was just great it never gets dull and Ruth makes some good jokes Read it and you will love it to

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    You are fighting thread with Ruth and Jaxom

    I thought The White Dragon was an awsome book. It was a book were you felt that you were in it. It is my favorite book by ease to the other books i have read. I recomend this book to people who love adventure books and like mystcal creatures

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    Great story!

    Great story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    A.nonymous

    Another fine story by the Master Queen of
    Dragons. May there always be dragons in
    Our mist. We need all the help we can get
    To keep our sanity in this crazy world. Not
    Pern.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    To person looking for the fourth book

    Book 4 is Dragonsong 5 is Dragonsinger and 6 is Dragondrums - they dont have them for nook

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Sing,random!

    Do-wapa, do-wapa, do-wapa digity-do! Ive just got to zim!, zim-zo-pitty zoom! Boom boom boom, how do you vip today? How do you strum, bu-bum bum bum bum zig zopitty zoom!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    The White Dragon

    In order to understand the book, you need to read Dragonflight, and Dragonquest, first. I read them so I understood it perfectly. First, I should explain the title. It is called, The White Dragon, because Jaxom (the lord holder of Ruatha hold) saved the life of a dragon who wouldn't hatch by cutting the egg open to free the small dragon. It was a white dragon. The only one of it's kind. Jaxom impressed the small white dragon. The dragon told Jaxom his name is Ruth. He soon would become a dragonrider. People make fun of his dragon. They call him a runt, a overgrown firelizard, and many other rude names. Jaxom was furious and determined to prove them wrong. Ruth was the best dragon ever! Who cares if he is different? Jaxom thought. I really liked the book because I love dragons. Dragons Rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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