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Nerilka's Story
 
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Anne McCaffrey
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Nerilka's Story (Pern (Publication Order) #8)

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A deadly epidemic was sweeping across Pern. Nerilka's father refused to share Fort Hold's bounty with the other Holds.

Ashamed of her family and determined to do her part, Nerilka packed up medicines and supplies and sneaked off to aid her people. She had no idea that her new path would change the course of her life forever!
Published (first published February 12th 1986)
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Sara
This novella, set in McCaffrey’s epic world of Pern, is stylistically more like a Regency romance than a science-fiction short story. McCaffrey provides an prologue which explains the setting and historical background of the story, but it is more confusing than explanatory, and readers would do well to skip to the story itself.

Nerilka is one of the many daughters of the Lord of Fort Hold, and as a plain, hard-working girl, harbors no romantic thoughts of a lavish marriage and escape from Fort Ho...more
Ronel
I remember really enjoying Moreta: Dragon lady of Pern and getting confused with the sudden appearance of a minor character named Rilka and that Nerilka was suddenly the lady of Ruatha Hold. But now having read Nerilka's story I feel that all the blank spots in Moreta's tale has been filled in. I really loved this re-telling from the perspective of a minor character.

Anne McCaffery always managed to write about strong women that are realistic at the same time (a.k.a they have flaws too). But I mu...more
Vicki Jaeger
I can't tell you how many times I've read this series. Just read this title again, and it still doesn't disappoint. Telepathic dragons, strong female characters, great relationships, and the Harpers' guild and music as a strong guiding force. What could be better?
In hindsight, I still enjoy reading the series in order written (versus actual chronological order of events). I especially like how McCaffrey shifts her point of view in different books, retelling the same events from someone else's p...more
Casey
Nerilka's Story takes place concurrently with Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern. Nerilka is plain, unloved, and has low self-esteem, yet she works hard at what she loves. There is scarce action, and few dragons. I think it complements Moreta very well, and you might as well read them both together.

The plague is overtaking Pern and thousands are dying. Nerilka is faced with the loss of family members, as well as the ever present memory of her best friend's death. She is dealing with lots of guilt and s...more
Miki Paulo
This is one of my favorite books from the Pern series. It's really just an expansion of a story, within previous story of Pern...but it's character development & telling is quite well done.

During the story of plague that decimates all of Pern, we find true honor & compassion. When the plague hits Nerilka's father abandons her mother & four sisters to die at the devastated Ruatha Hold. Breaking quarantine to come home to Fort Hold alone her father risks bringing the plague to his rem...more
Laura

El llibre de Moreta em va agradar molt. Només que, a poques pàgines del final, va deixar anar la bomba, i encara recordo com em va impactar el final de Moreta. El fet que, mig any després, encara em recordi de com em va impactar, suposo que és bastant significatiu.


La història era com totes les altres de Pern... fins que arribava el final. Després, sense saber com, apareixia una noia, la Nerilka, que no sabies ni d'on havia sortit i que es casava amb l'Alessan. Com podia ser que l'Alessan s'hag...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Lady Nerilka is unappreciated and unknown in Fort Hold by her father, Lord Tolocamp and others. When plague strikes Pern, Lady Nerilka does all she can for hold and hall at Fort. She is in charge of Fort Hold's medicinal stores and wants to help any way she can not that her Lord father would notice anyway. Lady Nerilka often called Rill by her brothers and sisters is becoming disgusted by her father's attitude and dealings of thosearound him. When news of his wife and younger daughters death rea...more
Ceci
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Mistydawn Thrash
This book was.... shallow. I mean that in the most respectable way, of course, because I am a huge fan of "The Pern" series.

I felt like this story could have contained so much more depth but instead felt like I read an outline of a story in progress. Which, would have been fine if there was more to the story... But, Nerilka's story is contained within the few pages and was a mere shadow of a strong woman within a weak plot.

In fact, if I had not already read the "Pern" series in my youth even mo...more
Amie
I always enjoy spending a wee bit of time in Pern. This book was no exception in that regard.

However, this novella was disappointing to me. Not that Ms McCaffrey really does much for providing well-rounded female roles (contrary to what I would expect), but I still did not expect this to be so soppy and predictable. I had enjoyed the Moreta story, and was intrigued by this side-story spun out of a chance encounter in that novel... but it ended up being disappointing more than enlightening.

Whil...more
April
I like Anne McCaffrey's work in general. She usually writes about the high-profile people in her worlds, and they typically have very romantic adventures. This book is a little different from the rest. The main character is a lady at a reputable hold, but this is in the world of Pern, where the books are usually about the weyrs and the dragonriders, so as highborn as Nerilka is, she's much lower profile than McCaffrey's usual main character, especially as Nerilka is one of many daughters of the...more
Ginny
This is the very brief story of Nerilka, daughter of Fort Hold's Lord Tolocamp, during the period of Moreta's Ride. It is written in first person, initially using over-formal language and dialogue, which thankfully relaxes into more typical Pernese storytelling as the character of Nerilka develops. Over half the book takes place over the span of about two weeks. The last third of the book, especially the last ten pages or so, gives a quick overview of outstanding storylines to tie it all togethe...more
Doris
This beautiful book is a bit different from the other Pern books, as it does not focus on the dragons as much as it does the people. In this instance, the people at a Gather are stricken when an illness strikes and kills many, holders, dragonriders, and people from all the crafts.

Lord Holder Tolocamp, Fort Hold's ruler, was the host of the Gather. However, when the devastating illness strikes, he refuses all but the most basic help, telling his daughter Nerilka that she is not to give of his bo...more
elizabeth tobey
This is the second book in the Pern series that I've read and I enjoy the fact that I can pick them up in almost any order and get a solid story as well as a different look at the world. They've done a great job with a compelling universe and a whole different set of threads to follow so you have something to sink your teeth into, no matter your interest.
Jesse
This was a super quick read, a retelling of "Moreta" from the view of Nerilka. This seems to be a trend with McCaffrey, as the "Dragon Song" series showed us the same time-frame of the previous trilogy through an new character's eyes. I've enjoyed this techinque (I'm reminded of Orson Scott Card's Ender Series), and look forward to reading more by McCaffrey.

"Nerilka's Story" has much less action compared to the other books I've read set in Pern. The characters and settings were as rich a usual,...more
Luseride
Set in the same time period as Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern, the time of a great sickness which blows through Pern faster than a burrow of thread with great loss of life. Nerilka is a daughter of Fort, but not a much loved one by any means.


As the sickness sweeps over the continent she goes out to help, leaving behind her heritage and name. By chance she ends up in Ruatha which is where the sickness hit hardest since it occured at the time of a gather.


Dragons are not the focus this time and it is...more
Debbie
This addition to the Pern series adds some depth to Moreta's story. What is most unusual about it is that the focus is neither on dragons nor on harpers, the usual heroes of Pern.

Nerilka is an ordinary, unattractive holder's daughter. When her father, Lord Tolocamp, brings his young mistress to live in the hold immediately after abandoning his wife and daughters to die of the plague at Ruatha, his surviving daughter is appalled. When Lord Tolocamp then refuses to share his food and medicines wi...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 25, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of McCaffrey's Pern books
I only rank this three stars because among McCaffrey's Pern books, it didn't leave a lasting impression on me the way the original trilogy or the Harperhall books, or even the book this is based on, Moreta, did. This book is short compared to most Pern books, centered on a minor character in Moreta and paralleling the events there.

It's not a bad book really. It's readable and entertaining, and for those readers who can't have enough of Pern, you may very well enjoy this. I wouldn't let this be...more
Kathryn
Sometimes it's interesting to read a story you've already read, but through someone else's point of view. Here...I guess it works. Nerilka's an easy character to sympathize with (unappreciated daughter of a domineering hold-owner, what IS it with Anne McCaffrey and bad father-daughter relationships), and I did find myself cheering for her when she sets out on her own AND manages to stick it to her horrible family at the same time. Other than that, this is really just a footnote to the Moreta sto...more
kat
Not a tremendously complex story, but blessedly free of the issues that have so annoyed me in the rest of the series. Short enough to read in one sitting and actually having a bit of emotional depth earns it three stars, if only by comparison.
Tamcamry
• This is another example of just how great an author Anne MacCaffrey is. First, she intended this book to be a true companion story to one of her biggest hits, Moreta. More than any of the other novels or short stories does this one fill the bill. Second, it’s written from Nerilka’s point of view. That makes the story far more interesting. Because there was a very strong focus to the action that takes place in this book, the first person view is perfect. It would be a lot more difficult to do a...more
C.G.
This novella tells the story of the major events in "Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern" from the perspective of one of the (very) minor characters in that book. Although she was a footnote in Moreta, here she is the star of her own story, as we all are, and she does well. Because Nerilka is a Lord Holder's daughter, it is also a different perspective from most of the books in the Pern series which focus on the Weyrs and Crafts Halls, notably Harper and Healer Halls.

Although I wouldn't recommend it as a...more
Lexi
A disappointment. It seems put together with little though, much seemed repetition of Moreta. It also seemed shallow, very little time spent really exploring the characters--I could get no real emotional engagement with anyone in the story. Perhaps had she put Nerilka and Moreta in one book, combined their voices, and told a deeper tale, the sum would have been more satisfactory. Sadly, this is not the case. Seems like at this point McCaffrey was resting on her laurels. Again, disappointing. I w...more
Leigh
this book should never have been written, its too close to moreta story, and the mystery that she unravels in this one spoils the other story
Sue Davies
I really liked Nerilka's story, but it felt almost like a filler between other books. However there were some endearing moments.
SKCircles
Là par contre, j'avoue que je n'ai pas bien vu l'intérêt ! On nous ressort l'histoire de l'épidémie agrémentée d'une nouvelle sauce, c'est-à-dire vue par un personnage différent ! C'eut été intéressant si au moins ce volume avait davantage poussé l'histoire dans le temps, nous présentant plus en détails la vie future de Nerilka, mais ce livre et le précédent s'arrêtent quasiment au même moment ! Et l'histoire de Moreta est pour moi nettement plus intéressante que celle de Nerilka, y'a pas photo....more
Teresa
Written as a first person narrative, this shorter novel of Pern adds something special to Moreta, Dragon Lady of Pern. Nerilka starts rather slow and more or less just a recount of events from Moreta; however, it gradually evolves more into its own novel with significant character development. The evolving relationship between Nerlika and Alessen Stands as the focus of the book, and this is where the book has its greatest impact. Overal, the short length of the book combined with Macaffery's imp...more
Caroline
Accidentally rereading all of Pern, but this one is still not very good
Elizabeth Hinkson
Of all the books Anne McCaffery has written about Pern this is one of the finest. Written from the perspective of an unattractive and unwanted daugther of a powerful man, it tells the tale of her finding her strength. It also gives a third person account of the life and death of Moreta. It is a brilliant imagining of a world falling victim to a most deadly plague. THe ways people react (both bravely and otherwise) the way people suffer... Fantasy books rarely demonstrate the same literary depth...more
Chris
A charming and short addition to the Pern stories. Less about Dragons, more about heart. Lady Nerilka is unappreciated by her own Father and Hold. She has recently lost her mother & sisters to a plague sweeping their world. Her father selfishly returns to his Hold and refuses anyone entry or sharing of goods, or healing arts with other communities. Lady Nerilka is disgusted by this behavior and longs to help out, especially at Ruatha where she was fostered. In disguise, she gathers appropria...more
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two...more
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