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| Author: Anne McCaffrey
| Genre: Science Fantasy
| Content: Dragons, 13+
| ISBN-10: 0345341678
| ISBN-13: 9780345341679
| Publisher: Del Rey (November 12, 1986)
| Mass Market Paperback: 468 pages
| Cover Artist: Michael Whelan
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5/5 Stars
Jaxom is the heir to Ruatha Hold and Lord Holders cannot be dragonriders! Therefore, when Jaxom impresses Ruth, a mutated runt of a dragon, he creates all sorts of problems for the leaders of Pern. Now Jaxom must learn to balance his duties to Hold and Weyr with his love and responsibility to his beloved dragon. However, the changes in tradition caused by Jaxom are the least of Pern's problems. The Oldtimers are dying out and getting desperate as only those who have nothing left to lose can. Masterharper Robinton, F’lar, and Lessa have their hands full as they try to balance the past with the present while planning for the future of them all.
Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane
♦ The Story. This is a coming of age story, not only for Jaxom and Ruth, but also for Pern. As events play out, you will learn some tantalizing clues as to the fate of the original settlers of Pern. You will watch as Jaxom becomes a man and worthy of the responsibilities of governing a Hold. You will watch Ruth become the darling of the planet. This story has suspense, drama, angst, tragedy, romance, friendship, and love. You will not see a lot of Lessa and F’lar; they play vital roles but mainly in the background. Master Robinton and Jaxom are the central players this time and of course, Ruth stays in the spotlight where he rightly belongs!
♦ My Thoughts. The romance plot in this book is a bit confusing, you think it is going one way, and then suddenly it is not. Other then that I love this book. Ruth is every kid's dream of what befriending a dragon should be. Now I have not really discussed the content of these books other then saying they are popular with the YA crowd. There is sex and not all of it has anything to do with love. Dragonriders, by benefit of their close mental ties to their dragons, are affected by mating flights in a mindless way. The woman who is in contact with the mating queen will join with the man whose dragon wins the queen during the mating flight. Everybody of age will be affected by the mental barrage as well, and this happens to Jaxom at one point. This leads to a scene that bothers some people. Jaxom aggressively pursues his girlfriend but it was NOT a rape, the girl puts up a token resistance when his ardor catches her by surprise then responds to his need. The description is mild, more emotional than physical. Now I read these books myself at a young age and I was not bothered by the extremely rare love scenes or the cavalier attitude towards sex as a whole. Aside from this one, there are no descriptive scenes, you are just aware that it goes on.
♦ Conclusion. This is my favorite of the three books and it is also a natural lead in to her Harperhall Trilogy, which will chronicle the lives of Menolly, Sebell, Piemar, and Masterharper Robinton. I highly suggest reading those next if you loved these. This was, for me, a delightful revisit of the beginning of one of my all time favorite series.
Librarything Rating 4.04/5
Amazon Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars
(307 Customer Reviews)
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Science Fantasy Review of The White Dragon (Dragonriders of Pern: Book 3) by Anne McCaffrey - Reviewed by Mulluane - on November 23, 2008 - Rating: of 5 Stars