The Renegades of Pern (Pern: Dragonriders of Pern, #7)
As long as the people of Pern could remember, the Holds had protected them from Thread, the deadly silver strands that fell from the sky and ravaged the land. In exchange for sanctuary in the huge stone fortresses, the people tithed to their Lord Holders, who in turn supported the Weyrs, whose... show more
As long as the people of Pern could remember, the Holds had protected them from Thread, the deadly silver strands that fell from the sky and ravaged the land. In exchange for sanctuary in the huge stone fortresses, the people tithed to their Lord Holders, who in turn supported the Weyrs, whose dragons were Pern's greatest weapon against Thread.But not everyone on Pern was part of that system of mutual care and protection, particularly those who had been rendered holdless as punishment for wrongdoing. And there were some, like Jayge's trader clan, who simply preferred the freedom of the roads to the security of a hold. Others, like Aramina's family, had lost their holds through injustice and cruelty. For all the holdless, life was a constant struggle for survival.Then, from the ranks of the criminals and the disaffected, rose a band of renegades, led by the Lady Thella. No one was safe from Thella's depredations, and now her quarry was Aramina, reputed to have a telepathic link with dragons. But when Thella mistakenly vented her rage on Jayge's family, she made a dangerous mistake. For Jayge was bent on revenge . . . and he would never let her have the girl who heard dragons!
Publish date: November 5th 1989
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
Series: Pern (Chronological Order) 2 (#22)
This was one of the slowest of the Pern series and took a really long time to get into. I think in this case Anne McCaffrey didn't do as well with her style of jumping around in the time stream. This book seems to cover too much time and contained too many gaps that left me wondering what was going ...
So not my favorite. Too many stories. Too much Thella. Not enough Piemur. Too much ground covered. Too much Toric. Not enough Aramina. Not enough Harpers in general. No time to get fully involved in anything. This one's a mess...but it does bring us AIVAS.
Read November 2000 Read July 2009 July 2009 Review: deals with those who were holdless, for a variety of reasons, during the beginning years of Threadfall. Almost the same period as DragonDrums but from different viewpoints. Sets up just right for the following book, All the Weyrs of Pern.
Dude, even McCaffrey got bored with her own new (deeply boring) characters halfway through the book, chucked the whole Holdless plotlines for huge swathes, and went back to focusing on Piemur and Toric and the politics of the Southern continent. It irks my sense of order that huge chunks of the thro...
My least favourite of the series.