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The White Dragon (The Dragon Books) [Kindle Edition]

Anne McCaffrey
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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A story about the Dragons of Pern.

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Never had there been as close a bonding as the one that existed between the young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth possessed remarkable qualities. Not only could he communicate with the iridescent, fluttering fire lizards, but he could fly. Back in time to any WHEN with unfailing accuracy. Nearly everyone else on Pern thought Ruth was a runt who would never amount to anything, but Jaxom knew his dragon was special. In secret they trained to fight against the burning threads from the Red Planet, to fly Back in time as well as Between, and finally their close and special union was to result in the most startling and breathtaking discovery of all... THE WHITE DRAGON is one of the most unforgettable episodes in Anne McCaffrey's world-famous Chronicles of Pern.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1073 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345341678
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New Ed edition (31 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FY4R5M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,695 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anne McCaffrey was one of the world's leading science-fiction writers, and has won both the Hugo and Nebula awards as well as the Margaret A. Edwards' Lifetime Achievement Literary Award. Born and raised in the US, although of Irish extraction, she lived in Ireland, in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, where, as well as writing, she bred horses. She was the creator of the Dragons of Pern series. She died in November 2011.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book has every thing you could ask, I have re read this book so many times that I wore out my first copy. It is part of the dragon series but stands on its own as a story. I would love to live on Pern and of course be a dragon rider. Anne McCaffrey knows her craft, when you read this story you want to be there.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great McCaffery Book!!! 8 Dec 2000
Format:Paperback
The White Dragon, is yet another good read from Anne McCaffery! It is the 3rd book in her Dragon Riders of Pern series, following Dragonflight and Dragonquest. Though it doesn't matter which order to read them in really!!
The plot in this book is as good as any other in the series, the characterisation is good and you really can get involved and feel quite passionately about the characters, and finally the world, Pern, is just engrossing - such a creative mind!
A must read for all fans of good science fiction at it's best!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Picking up threads begun in DRAGONSONG and DRAGONSINGER, this book follows not only Masterharper Robinton, but the early career of Ruth and his rider, Jaxom. They're a problem to hidebound traditionalists everywhere. Ruth is a throwback in size to the early generations of the dragon species, when they were just large enough to carry human riders. He's the runt of his particular clutch, of course - and if he hadn't been too weak to break out of the shell of his abnormally thick-walled egg, Jaxom might never have Impressed him. Awkward all around; Jaxom is the only heir to Ruatha Hold since Lessa left it for Benden Weyr, and the rest of the Ruatha bloodline was wiped out in Fax's wars of conquest.
An Impression can't be gainsaid; Ruth and Jaxom are paired for life. Jaxom can't be treated like an ordinary weyrling and bundled off to become a proper dragonrider without touching off a bloodbath among the younger sons of Lord Holders vying for Ruatha. The problem of these hotheads is another plot thread, as the Weyrleaders and Lord Holders work on the problem of gradually opening up the Southern continent as a pressure valve without stirring up trouble with the Oldtimer dragonriders of Southern Weyr. Alas, trouble sometimes shows up even if you don't ask for it.
Fortunately, Ruth's small size makes it possible for him to live at Ruatha itself rather than in the huge confines of a weyr, and Fort Weyr isn't far away. Jaxom's life hasn't been easy; he's the only surviving son of the late, unlamented conqueror Fax, and after his mother's death in childbirth, Jaxom's future was decided for him, including fosterage with Lytol, who serves as his regent; another problem, since Lytol was himself a dragonrider who by chance survived his dragon's death, and still mourns him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, fun reading 26 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have read every Anne McCaffrey book on the Dragonriders of Pern series.The premise is simple, clean fun that anyone from 12 to 102 can wile away a few hours. The stories are written that one can follow and are not caught up in the hard-core science fiction genre of technological gadgets, gore and mind-bending horror.The series can be rather repitious(sorry if I misspelled that) at times but Anne keeps the reader interested.Also, I liked her "Killashandra" series. Whatever you think of this review believe me, I have read the Pern books several times over and haven't tired of them.I also hope Anne McCaffrey goes beyond the end of Avias to another level.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT, GREAT WORK 27 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This series MADE my high school experience so many years ago. Do yourself a favor and read this trilogy. Many other books in the series are good, but tread with caution when reading her latter-day Pern books -- some are pure dreck. But these three are great, as is All the Weyrs of Pern and the Harperhall series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Pern novel by a dragonslength 3 Dec 2002
Format:Paperback
Fom the moment I picked up this book I was intrigued to the point of incredulity that Anne Mccaffrey had once again astonished readers of Pern with her amazing talents. This book remains my all time favourite mainly because of the close bond between Jaxom and Ruth. This book gave me a new understanding of Pern. I won't tell you anything that may spoil the novel except for the fact that Ruth and Jaxom were able to stop dragon from flaming dragon. This part of the novel blew me away as you shall see.
Reading every novel is great fun and readers will find themselves being drawn into the wondrous world. I can't wait for the next book - Dragonblood!
Like all other novels the plot is impressive with new twists and problems for the people o Pern. The novel as usual makes me wish that I too was a dragonrider but 'sundreams' never come true.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for any dragon lover! 23 Feb 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This trilogy stands as one of the best series I've ever read -- and it will bring you into a long series of books on the people and dragons of Pern. I first read "Dragonflight" when I was 13, and it hooked me on fantasy novels in general and Anne McCaffrey in particular. If you haven't read any of her work, this is a great place to start; and, if you have read her work, you will love this trilogy. It is the epic story of how one man, believing in the tales of the past when everyone else ignored them, managed with the help of his co-leader and his brother to save the world, and make themselves legends in the process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful Dragon book . . . 18 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The White Dragon, again part of the Dragonriders series,is magnificent. Once picked up I found it almost impossible to put down. Anne McCaffrey writes so that the reader can see and feel every happening. The story of how Jaxom and Ruth saved Pern from 'dragon flaming dragon' would stand alone just as well as being an important part of the series. Having read them all - I have waited (and still wait) in eager anticipation of each book being published. Oh to live on Pern and be a dragonrider.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A great read I have read it several times over the years and am revisiting the Dragons of Pern books and reading them in the correct order I love them all just wish someone would... Read more
Published 3 months ago by barrieh
5.0 out of 5 stars dragons must fly
Great story brings alot of threads together, i look forward to reading the story of the masterharper. It would be useful, though to read them in the correct order
Published 4 months ago by Dave's Universe
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite author
I stumbled upon the Anne McCaffrey, Pern, books in my teens. They are all intelligently written with complex geography, astronomy and sociology of the world where they are based. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Melanie Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Pern - I wish I lived there
I have been fully immersed in the world of Pern for many years and I consider this to be one of Anne's best books. Dragons dawn is also excellent. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andy
3.0 out of 5 stars Spelling
I loved the book so i brought it for my Kindle, But i was dissapointed about the spelling mistakes in it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Colin Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned but good
This was the first of the Dragon series I ever bought. And though she wrote better it will always be my favourite. Read more
Published 5 months ago by peter duesbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
I think this is one of my favourite Ann McCaffrey books and this tale about Jaxom and his White dragon fills in all the gaps in the other stories which overlap and fit like jigsaw... Read more
Published 7 months ago by L Tilley
5.0 out of 5 stars The best!
We love all the 'Dragon' books but this is the best and the one that originally opened the door for me to enter Pern
Published 8 months ago by Bread Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Am re-reading this book and am loving it. Jaxom and Ruth helped me to fall in love with reading and now I am all over again!
Published 10 months ago by Kevin Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete collection
My wife has been looking for this book for a while.
It completes her collection.
The cover was worn, but not excessively, so someone has really read it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. G. Ingle
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