The White Dragon (Dragonriders of Pern Series #3)

The White Dragon (Dragonriders of Pern Series #3)

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by Anne McCaffrey
     
 

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Jaxom, a rebellious young aristocrat, and Ruth, his white dragon, fly into another time to retrieve the queen's stolen egg, thereby averting a dragonrider war, and find their planet threatened once again by a Threadfall.

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Jaxom, a rebellious young aristocrat, and Ruth, his white dragon, fly into another time to retrieve the queen's stolen egg, thereby averting a dragonrider war, and find their planet threatened once again by a Threadfall.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345453976
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/26/2002
Series:
Dragonriders of Pern Series , #3
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
42,817
File size:
2 MB

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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jazzboss More than 1 year ago
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.
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
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!

If you enjoy dragons, check out "dragon champion" by E.E. Knight and "Joust" by Mercedes Lackey!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Camden Sabathne More than 1 year ago
i love this series! so interesting!
linda30 More than 1 year ago
My husband and I are great 'Pern' fans and now our 13 year old son loves them too! Thanks Anne McCaffrey!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book make you want to read more about Pern.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful, although i liked the first two better. I have yet to read a bad book by Anne McCaffrey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book is ONE of the dest Dragonriders of Pern books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book 4 is Dragonsong 5 is Dragonsinger and 6 is Dragondrums - they dont have them for nook
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Great book, but i cant find the fourth book in the series. Could someone please tell me which one it is?
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