Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern (Dragonriders of Pern Series #7)

Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern (Dragonriders of Pern Series #7)

by Anne McCaffrey

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Anne McCaffrey draws the reader back in time to an earlier Pern to tell the story of one of Pern’s great and true heroines.

An air of pleasant anticipation hung so thickly over the Halls, Holds and Weyrs of Pern that it had affected even the businesslike ways of Moreta, the Weyrwoman of Fort Weyr, where her dragon, Queen Orlith, would soon clutch. 

Then without warning, a runnerbeast fell ill. Soon myriads of holders, craftsmen, and dragonriders were dying; and the mysterious ailment had spread to all but the most inaccessible holds. Pern was in mortal danger. For, if dragonriders did not rise to char Thread, the parasite would devour any and all organic life it encountered.

The future of the planet rested in the hands of Moreta and the other deicated, lelfless Pernese leaders. But of all their problems, the most difficult to overcome was time. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345298737
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1984
Series: Dragonriders of Pern Series , #7
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 113,404
Product dimensions: 4.29(w) x 6.83(h) x 1.01(d)
Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About 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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Table of Contents

IFort Weyr, Present Pass, 3.10.43-1541, and Ruatha Hold1
IIRuatha Hold, Present Pass, 3.10.4325
IIIRuatha Hold, Present Pass, 3.11.4345
IVSouth Boll and Fort Weyr, Present Pass, 3.11.4358
VFort Weyr, Present Pass, 3.11.4367
VIRuatha Hold, Present Pass, 3.11.4389
VIIHealer Hall and Fort Weyr, Present Pass, 3.11.43107
VIIIFort Weyr, Present Pass, 3.12.43120
IXHealer Hall, Present Pass, 3.13.43; Butte Meeting and Fort Weyr, 3.14.43; Healer Hall, 3.15.43153
XFort Weyr and Ruatha Hold, Present Pass, 3.16.43188
XIFort Weyr, Present Pass, 3.17.43203
XIIFort Hold, Fort and High Reaches Weyrs, Present Pass, 3.18.43218
XIIIRuatha Hold and Fort Weyr, Present Pass, 3.19.43236
XIVHealer Hall, Ruatha Hold, Fort Weyr, Ista Hold, Present Pass, 3.20.43248
XVFort, Benden, Ista, Igen, Telgar, and High Reaches Weyrs, Present Pass, 3.21.43299
Aftermath, Present Pass, 4.23.43334

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Moreta 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Moreta is a hero everyone can relate to. The book itself is dramaticly written by a fine author. I recomend this book to anyone who has ever dreamed of dragons.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
I adore all the Pern books, the Crystal Singer books, the Rowan books, the Freedom books, and... know I'm forgetting something. But this book, with its powerful queen rider in the prime of her life, with grown offspring, entering into a forbidden fling with a Holder, on the cusp of an epidemic that could wipe out the population of the entire planet, really hooks me.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of McCaffrey's Pern novels by and large, particularly the earlier ones and this is one of my favorites. There is a reference to Moreta's ride in the original trilogy. This tells that story celebrated in song and occurring centuries before the time of Lessa and F'Nor. Set at the height of the Dragonriders' prestige just as that "pass" is ending and they have peace to look forward to, it's about a worldwide pandemic--so not a lighthearted read. It was interesting coming from those other books to see this time in Pern's history. The characters, particularly Moreta, are appealing and I enjoyed this visit to McCaffey's Pern and its dragons. I wouldn't start with this book--I think Dragonflight, the first published book, makes the best introduction even though this is earlier chronologically. However, this book makes for a well-paced, gripping read.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While this book was good, this is where the series really started to slip, both writing and the plot. The plot has become tangled when it is discovered that some dragons can go 'between' back to the past, and Moreta does that to save her desperate Hold. Once that happens, things get all messed up. This book is more about personalities, namely Moreta, than it is about Pern or dragons or Thread. Still good, just not my favorite.
rakerman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the original Pern books, but once it got deep into sequelitis, the stories got much weaker and less interesting. Yet another series that should have stopped after the first set of inspired, mysterious books.
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first book that ever made me cry. Dragons would seem so far out of realm of experience, yet McCaffrey makes them so real I imagine myself on Pern. Pern is being devastated by a plague - Moreta takes to the skies to help ferry medicine, despite the risks. Perhaps the best of the Pern series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the first of the Pern novels I read... and it completely drew me in. Many of Anne's books are completely immersive and this is no exception.
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I especially liked the part at The Gather, and the part where Moreta got soaked with the water.
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