The White Dragon (Pern (Publication Order) #5)
A fantasy of a time when...
Never had there been as close a bonding as the one that existed between the daring and adventurous young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth was a dragon of many talents, though almost everyone on Pern thought he was a runt that would never amount to anything.
But Jaxom knew better, knew he...more
I had a lot of hope for Jaxom and Ruth after Dragonquest. I was pretty much completely disappointed. Jaxom is a whiny, bratty kid that I had absolutely no investment in. In fact, I actively want him to fail. Characters that are special and wonderful at everything just for the sake of i ...more
I love Ruth. I love Jaxom.
They are pleased to see us in the air together. Ramoth and Mnementh are very happy to see you on my back at last. I am very happy. Are you happier now?And fire lizards!
I forgot how jam-packed the Pern stories were. Ruth and Jaxom's maturation is only a small portion of what happens as the politics expand, problems inflate and then are resolved, but really the bond between the two is what drove the ...more
I prefer to review the books as they exist, and not the book I'd wished someone had written. I also think that if a book is part of a series that is more ...more
But it was the story inside that cover that ab ...more
Anne McCaffrey has written some great scenes into the story. I particular love reading as Jaxom develops from a boy into a man and into his role as Lord of Ruatha.
Anne McCaffrey took the Dragonriders series down the coming-of-age trope storyline with the third installment. She really does a marvelous job building that sense of self-conscious egocentris ...more
Ruth as a dragon was very interesting, and was set apart from the ot ...more
This book feels a little different with its focus on different characters: Jaxom and his dragon Ruth. Ruth comes across as a character in his own right more than other Pern dragons, and he's an endearing one.
The plot has more than enough twist ...more
I did not like this book.
I know people who did. It’s certainly worth grabbing to keep up on where the series is headed, but it was painful for me. I loved the start, the set-up of a holder getting a dragon, even Jaxom was enjoyable (though I enjoyed his white ...more
First published: June 1978
Length: 319 pages, 7042 kindle locations
This book has posed me a challenge to review. For much of the time, I didn't like "The White Dragon". I like the ideas. I like the extensive World development. I like the overlap of characters and events from other books.
But I really dislike the way the story has been told.
1. McCaffrey's portrayal of women in "The White Dragon" is very poor. It's not even the case of trying to find an appropriate role for wo ...more
Fans of Pern and her dragons and dragonriders waited 7 long years from book #2,Drago ...more
I highly enjoyed the first two, but I was hesitant about the third one because of the shift in protagonists. Usually in series with lots of different characters and a book is devoted to a minor character, I dread that book. However, this was not the case with this book. The shift from Lessa, F'lar, and F'nor to Jaxom was extremely well developed. He was featured enough in the first two books and developed enough so that when I ...more
There are two plot threads in this story, Jaxom growing up and the (re-) settlement of the Southern continent. Fortunately, unlike Book #2, both stories come to a conclusion.
Three stars is probably a bit stingy, but I'm afraid I've rather over-dosed on teenaged angst right now.
Tym razem akcja książki skupia się na jedynym na Pernie białym smoku i jego młodocianym jeźdźcu Jaxomie, który jest także Lordem warowni. Wraz z Jaxomem i Ruthem (bo tak ma na imię unikalny biały smok) odkrywamy Południowy Kontynent i natykamy się na tajemnice przodków perneńczyków, ludzi, którzy przemierzyli kosmos, by zasiedlić smocz ...more
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