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The Renegades of Pern: (#7) (The Dragonriders of Pern) Hardcover – November 5, 1989


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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

While recent tales of Pern have dealt with early eras on that turbulent planet, this one begins during the time of Dragonquest and continues beyond the closing of The White Dragon , focusing on some of the commoners, and how they cope with the return of the life-consuming Thread. A number of lives intertwine, such as that of the trader boy Jayge Lilcamp, whose family is almost destroyed when his father refuses to believe the first Thread warning. Jayge runs afoul of Thella, sister of the Telgar Hold lord but a malcontent and leader of renegades, when she tries to kidnap the refugee girl Aramina, who can hear all dragons. Meanwhile, in the South, the young harper Piemur finds his destiny, and Toric, the first Holder there, schemes for supremacy. McCaffrey paints her colorful world on a still larger canvas, maintaining the complex plots and strong characterization that permeate her work. Timed to coincide with the publication of this book is an illustrated nonfiction companion book, The Drag on lover's Guide to Pern by Jody Lynn Nye with McCaffrey. The large-format volume gathers together much known and some new information about Pern and its history. Major ad/promo; author tour .
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From Library Journal

A dangerous woman's desire for revenge and a young girl's talent for hearing dragons become the catalysts that challenge the old traditions of Weyr, Hold, and Hall that have long defined life on Pern. McCaffrey continues her popular series with a story of exploration and adventure that focuses on a younger generation of characters as they begin to discover pieces of their ancient past (related in Dragonsdawn, LJ 10/15/88). Recommended for sf and YA collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/89.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Dragonriders of Pern (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (November 5, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345340965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345340962
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Anne McCaffrey, the Hugo Award-winning author of the bestselling Dragonriders of Pern® novels, is one of science fiction's most popular authors. With Elizabeth Ann Scarborough she co-authored Changelings and Maelstrom, Books One and Two of The Twins of Petaybee. McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland.

Customer Reviews

The characters are interesting and well-rounded.
SAMMHARRY@compuserve.com
I have been reading them in order from Landing on Pern to Moreta and her valiant effort to save Pern to finding AVIS and it has been worth buying the books on Kindle.
Anubis
I enjoyed this book, yet again another of Anne McCaffrey's great Dragonriders of Pern books.
Hilary Martin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Silmarwen VINE VOICE on August 12, 2003
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As long as the people of Pern could remember, dragons had fought Thread and kept people alive. Everyone lived in strong stone fortresses or caves because Thread wouldn't eat through stone. However, it had been hundreds of years since Thread had fallen on Pern and there were many who did not like to live behind stone walls, beholden to the Lord of the area and forced into careers that they did not want. Some, like Jayge Lilcamp's clan were traders. They traversed the length and breadth of Pern, bartering and taking messages to other holds. They were always welcome at holds, especially ones that were out of the way. However, when they ignored the warning that Thread was once again falling on Pern, his trader caravan was decimated. Instead of being independent, they were now forced to accept whatever charity they could from the last hold the visited. Jayge couldn't bear it and set out on his own.
Thella, sister of Telgar Hold's Lord, was bitter that she had not even been given the chance to become a Lady Holder. She knew that she could do a better job than her brother. Since she was passed by, she found her own hold and gathered together as many Holdless men as she could. Then she set about robbing and plotting her revenge. The only thing that was holding her back was the dragonriders because she could not risk being seen and tracked adragonback. She found the solution to her problem in Aramina (seen in The Girl Who Heard Dragons short story), who could hear all dragons. But Aramina escaped from her and was safely ensconced at Benden Hold. However, Thella was not about to give up so easily...
The Renegades of Pern is, like Nerilka's story, a retelling of familiar events from unfamiliar points of view.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hobson on May 10, 2004
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When I first read this book, years ago, I remember being a little disappointed. It wasn't as good as the Dragonflight trilogy or even as good as the Harper Hall trilogy. I'm re-reading the series in chronological order now, and I want to warn people not to listen to the negative reviews!
Yes, it's maybe not quite as enjoyable, it tells stories of the less-pleasant sides of Pern life, but it also tells things that you must hear if you want the whole story. You must read Renegades in order to be properly set up for All the Weyrs of Pern. This is the book that, if nothing else, tells more about the initial excavation of Landing and the discovery of AIVAS, and it introduces Jayge and Aramina of the Paradise River Hold from Dolphins of Pern.
I enjoyed this book more on second reading than I did the first time. The Pern series is five stars. If you enjoy the series, don't skip this four star book based on negative reviews.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2000
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This book, although confusing in the beginning, is a worthy link between The White Dragon and All The Weyrs. It is almost a summary of the first three books, starting before Dragonflight, and ending just before All The Weyrs. A must read for all Pern fans. All the Weyrs won't make sense without it. A truely wonderful book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "perfumegirl101" on September 21, 2001
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I love that there are books in the Pern series that have nothing (or almost nothing) to do with dragons. Yes, the dragons are a fun part of it, but this story of the "little people" of Pern is well-wrought and engaging. I thoroughly enjoy reading it every time I pick it up. This is the story of the people who have no borders-be it by choice or by force. Jayge Lilcamp and his family are traders who travel from hold to Hold selling their wares. Aramina, born with the ability to "hear" dragons, and her family were driven from their hold by Fax because of her mother's Ruathan blood. Thella is the sister of Lord Larad and, angry that he was chosen as Lord Holder over her, runs away to become the Lady Holdless-a riever and thief with no thought save her own comfort and ambitions. These three disimilar characters compose the central plot in this story, each viewing the Holders, Dragonriders, and their companions from uniquely fresh points of view. One of my favorites.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edie on May 1, 2003
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I have been re-reading the Pern series from the beginning and while I agree with other reviews that Renegades is not McCaffrey's best work in the series, it does have the advantage of finally connecting the early and late Pern sagas. The first half of the book is distractingly choppy with snippets introducing about a dozen characters. But about half way through the book comes together as McCaffrey links most of the stories of these individuals. The last third is the most valuable with a serious development of the Southern Continent, and discovery of Landing and Aivas. It sets up a fascinating study of two cultures interacting - one that is very low-tech and another that is incredibly sophisticated. Also enjoyable is a more detailed representation of non-dragonrider life on "current day" Pern. If you can get through the first half set-up, the book is worth reading and sets up All the Weyrs nicely.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 1999
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I found this book a complete and total dissapointment. It had very little in the way of original material, mostly just containing a recap of The White Dragon. I was very surprised and dismayed at this fact, and feel it is well below McCaffrey's writing ability
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