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Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

Published by Del Rey Books

Reviewed by Leigh Kimmel

After writing six Pern books, Anne McCaffrey turned toward Pern's history for the seventh. Moreta has been mentioned in Dragonflight, and her story was more fully developed through the scene in Dragonsinger in which Menolly leads the singing of the Ballad of Moreta's Ride. Now she took to actually chronicle those events.

Pern of the Sixth Pass is quite a bit different from what it will become at the beginning of the Ninth Pass. Less has been lost, and women are freely accepted as equals in the crafthalls. However, that very openness may well be their danger.

When an unauthorized expedition to the Southern Continent brings back a vicious feline, nobody worries. Far from it, many travel to see this curiosity at two Gathers. Only when people suddenly fall ill with a mysterious malady does anyone begin to worry.

The plague spreads swiftly, not only among holder and crafter, but among the dragonriders upon whom all Pern depends for defense against the deadly Thread raining down upon them. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Moreta is ready to do whatever it takes. However, she does not suspect just what it may require from her.

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This review posted May 23, 1999

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