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*Download Ebook õ The Renegades of Pern ð 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 ThreadBut 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 survivalThen, 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 revengeand he would never let her have the girl who heard dragons! I ended up getting really interested in the characters introduced in this book At first they seemed like a distraction from the story I was impatient to get on with, but by the end they had important places in the story and I really liked some of them Oh, and there'sPiemur If you're thinking of skipping this book, I would say don't As well as being quite well written (compared to some of the other coauthored books I've read in the series—ugh), there are key plot points revealed that you won't want to miss—and of course Piemur Did I mention Piemur? This was an fantastic book There is so much happening and so many different stories within that you never grow bored There are quite a few characters, but those from other books that you continue to follow There are great characters and one terrible villain There is continent hopping and history being uncovered I thoroughly enjoyed this one.It's funny, reading through these books has been a lot of fun Reading in chronological order has been fun It has been so long since the first couple of times that I read through this series, that I am hitting on characters that I just don't remember I was a teenager when I first read these though, so who knows what I was thinking through those first times I have been thoroughly entertained this time around and it has been so enjoyable getting to know these characters again Characters that I remember loving and thinking they were the most important, well, that all changed They are still important and I still think they are fantastic, but there are also other characters that are just as lovable and important What a great series I'm really happy I have taken on reading through them again.
This is a comfortable book which ties together many different plots and people from all over Pern and ultimately links them to the Southern continent It is also the book that sets up the latter stories in the series, since in the later part the Pernese discover the sites of 'the ancients' on the Southern continent and start excavating them, leading to latter books.This book contains probably the most number of separate plots, discrete plot lines and the largest suite of characters of any that I have previously read by McCaffrey To be honest, at first I was a bit exasperated because the prologue introduces us rather too rapidly through rather too many people who you will not encounter until much later, by which time I had forgotten them The main thrust of the plot in the early novel is the 'Renegades' and the brigands? outlaws? led by Lady Holdless Thella who took advantage of the homeless people created by thread and for a few turns made it quite a dangerous place for those without dragons This is a different side of Pern, the one where people who are not Hold or Weyr or crafthall are given a look in, and I did enjoy that aspect of it as well as the wider social context that McCaffrey wove into her world.The various stories come together, though and once again we zoom in on Hold, Weyr and craft having left the 'renegades, holdless ect far behind While I did enjoy this I agree the many people who have criticised it; the renegades feel like a plot that started but was dropped in the middle of the book Araminta's story is told elsewhere and I don't quite see why why she reappears at Southern Peimur and Jaxon and Robinton all suddenly take the place of the previous story we were reading and all of a sudden the entire focus of the book changes with a tiny little token nod to finalising the original plot, right at the end The story seems to be set in exactly the same time as several other books, all of which follow characters that are in this one as well It is all a bit mystifying, and nothing like McCaffreys original, tightly written, single plot novels I did still quite enjoy it. 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 throughnarrative from the original (in my mind) six books/two trilogies has to be continued here before being picked up as the A story once again in All the Weyrs of Pern again It seems a poorly puttogether book, but I nevertheless relished the bits about Piemur growing up and continuing his story from Dragondrums I also like the gaps filled in a bit in and around The White Dragon Those two reasons are worth it to me to slog around the JaygeAraminaThella bits to fill in details for the overarching storyline Oh, also? The cover shown here does not match my book, even though I selected via ISBN number ::grumps::