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Nerilka's Story
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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May 06, 2012 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Chris Gager
Started this last night after finishing "Paris Review #183." Rescued from somewhere - maybe the town transfer station book shelves. Safe to say that Anne M.'s work never appeared in THAT periodical! This is my third Pern read. So far I've enjoyed the late Ms. McCaffrey's prose - easy to read and enjoyable. I like that she leans heavily on female protagonists too. "Dragondrums" featured a Ray Liotta look-alike in the cover art and this one features a Nerilka who looks like Sandra Bernhard with a ...more
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Lord Alessan is in need of help to fight the plague. With the Dragonriders loosing respect, the holders aren't doing their part. Then again, some of these dragonriders have been abusing their privileges. Nerilka is the one who saves the day. I liked her, especially as she is the overlooked one. I was mixed about this story as Alessan loved Moreta and lost her. Somehow, Nerilka felt like a second place replacement. It was kind of discomforting to me. She's always "second" place.
Story goes simultaneously with Moreta. Interesting to have a story from the version of a Holder.
Feb 05, 2017 Evelynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had a lot of loss in it, told from a different point of view and I think it touched on loss in an accessible way.

Start with this quote (fifth line in the book): “Not even the most abject self-recriminations will breathe life back into the dead long enough to give absolution to the living.”

Nerlika touches on this idea several times over the book, reminiscing about what she could have done differently, and part of that might be survivors guilt, which I imagine a giant portion of Pern ha
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
Adrian Rose
Dec 14, 2016 Adrian Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is something of an ancillary story to “Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern.” It tells the same story, but through the point of view of one of minor characters of that novel. Nelrilka is the fifth daughter of Lord Tolocamp, Lord Holder of Fort Hold. When the plague that devastates Pern breaks out, Nerilka is at home, heartbroken that she did not get to go to the Gather at Ruatha Hold with her parents and four older sisters. As the disaster deepens, she witnesses her father’s return, in direct contrad ...more
Apr 12, 2009 Ceci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
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Kenneth Flusche
Feb 19, 2017 Kenneth Flusche rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good read but must read in order because of confusion and spoilers.
Apr 21, 2014 Ronel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
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
Dec 29, 2014 Aishuu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-kindle-copy
This is one of my favorite Pern books. That fact is interesting since it's shorter than any of the others in the "main" series and done in first person, but that may be one of the reasons it worked for me.

First off, Nerilka is one of the most capable women, and is my favorite character in Pern. She's good at what she does, but she's a part of the "Fort Hold Horde" so she's used to being overlooked. What drew me to her is her competence, compassion and determination - when she gets backed into a
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
Nov 30, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Rena Sherwood
Well, this was a huge disappointment. This slim novella merely milks whatever is left from Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern and doesn't go much farther than what was presented in the previous book.


I was hoping this would be Nerilka talking about her entire life (hinted at in Moreta). However, this focuses only on the events during The Plague and that's it. I wanted to know why she was pressed into herb picking and managing the stores of Fort Hold in the first place. She talks about years of work in on
Miki Paulo
Jan 21, 2011 Miki Paulo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 15, 2011 Amie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dad, fantasy
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.

May 15, 2009 April rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 05, 2013 Ginny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dragons
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
Douglas Milewski
Mar 30, 2015 Douglas Milewski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nerilka's Story (1986), a novella by Anne McCaffrey, is set well before the classic era of Pern. The pass is almost over, a disease is about to sweep the land, and Moreta is about to go on her legendary ride.

Against this backdrop is the story of Nerilka, yet another McCaffrey heroine who isn't appreciated at home, doesn't quite fit in with the other girls, and who goes off on her own to find people who appreciate her. Her father is callous, of course, and there's also an egotistical domineering
Sep 12, 2013 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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,
Jan 01, 2013 Luseride rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Amy Bradley
Dec 31, 2016 Amy Bradley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Occurring simultaneous to Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern, Nerilka's Story is that of a daughter of Fort Hold. Disregarded by her parents in favor of those considered prettier and more marriageable, she is left behind at the hold while others go to the Ruathan Gather. After plague strikes, killing her mother and several sisters, Nerilka chafes at her father's essential nature when he moves his mistress into her mother's apartments within an hour of the news of her death, and his refusal to aid Healer ...more
Jul 29, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 11, 2012 Doris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 16, 2016 Glaedr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love the Pern series mostly for its female protagonists and Nerilka has become one of my favourites. Unlike the regular Anne McCaffery heroine, Rill is not a dragonrider. She is also plain. However, she lacks not in wits and courage. Disgusted at her father's choices, she abnegates her rank and luxurious life as a holder's daughter. Eventually she finds the appreciation and love that was so lacking in her previous life.
Nerilka is without doubt one of the strongest female characters I have enc
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 25, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it liked it  ·  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
Mar 02, 2010 Tamcamry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
• 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
Jane Irish Nelson
Dec 26, 2016 Jane Irish Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fantasy
Companion story to Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern, told from the point of view of Nerilka, one of the daughters of Lord Tolocamp of Fort Hold. When Lord Tolocamp, his wife and four daughters go to the Gather at Ruatha, Nerilka is annoyed to be left behind. But then the disastrous epidemic hits, and her father's behavior disgusts her so much that she decides to leave home and help with the sick, little realizing just where this decision will eventually lead her.

This story fleshes out it's companion,
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two brothers: Hugh McCaffrey (deceased 1988), Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.

Anne was educated at Stuart Hall in Staunton Virginia, Montclair High Scho
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