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Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern (Pern (Chronological Order) #12)

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An air of pleasant anticipation hung so thickly over the Halls, Holds, and Weyrs of Pern that it had affected even the businesslike ways of Moreta, the Weyrwoman of Fort Weyr. Her dragon, Queen Orlith, would soon clutch; spring had made a glorious debut; the Gather at Ruatha Hold was extremely merry; and Moreta was enjoying the attentions of Alessan, the new Lord Holder of ...more
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Published November 25th 2005 by Brilliance Audio (first published 1983)
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Aug 05, 2007 Icarus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: McCaffrey fans, dragon fans
When I was a kid, I remember learning in English class about the parts of a narrative: Rising Action, Climax, and Denouement. The teacher illustrated this by drawing an equilateral triangle on the board, with the rising action on the left side and the falling action on the right, and the climax as the peak of the triangle.

Did we all get taught this concept the same way?

It didn't take me long to learn that this was absurdly wrong. The climax occurs very close to the end of the narrative, not in
Oct 17, 2007 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
This is the story of Moreta, a Dragon Healer and Weyrwoman in the old time (way before the Current Pass with F'lar and Lessa as Weyrleaders of Benden).

A flu-like plague begins to spread across the land, and it's up to her and her dragon to help find a cure.

This book is one of my top 5 favorites from Anne McCaffrey... I won't give away the ending, but it makes me cry each and every time, I'm not going to lie about it. I'm a wimp, what can I say :)
Heather Whitehead
I've read a few of the other reviews, and I think many of the readers have missed the whole point of this book. One reader discusses in his review beginning writing skills taught in school - but completely missed the boat when it came to beginning comprehension skills.

This story is not centered around a supposedly incurable virus. That virus is merely part of the setting. The climax of the story did not happen when the cure for the virus was discovered (as the above mentioned reviewer surmised)
Sep 03, 2009 Spuddie rated it it was amazing
#7 overall publication order of the "Pern" fantasy series, this seems to be a stand-alone story of the weyr-woman Moreta, whose dragon Orlith is the queen of Fort Weyr. The events in this book happen about 900 years before the earlier books in the series, and take place when they are just discovering that dragons cannot only go "between" and thus traverse hundreds of miles in the blink of an eye, but that they can also go other places in TIME. A plague is upon the land, started by a strange cat- ...more
Sep 14, 2010 Maddalena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my God, the BEAUTY of this book.
I was kinda reluctant about starting it; it's been a few months since I've read my last Pern book, and I had this feeling that it was gonna be slow and a bit boring. How in the world could I forget the wonder that is Pern as a world and as a book series, I seriously don't know.
This book is set in the past (if we consider the present the time in which the first two trilogy were set), describing a part of the life of one of the most famous Dragonwomen in the hi
Jul 26, 2012 Lucinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My love of fantasy genre began after reading works by authors of my parents and grandparents age, including Anne McCaffrey whose masterful creation ignited a spark that has burned brightly ever since. Since devouring works by authors such as Terry Goodkind and Raymond E Feist alongside the more current writers, I have always tended to look back at those works which really captured the essence of this genre and forming it so that it made it what it is today. Anne’s creation surrounding the world ...more
Xara Niouraki
I wanted to give it 2 stars but the ending made me cry, so 3 stars it is.
Adrian Rose
Apr 08, 2016 Adrian Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
In chronological order, this is the 12th book of the Pern adventure, though it was actually the 7th published. Anyone who read the previous six books, as they were published, knew the references that were made to the legend of Moreta, who was remembered by the characters as having given her life in the preservation of Pern. This legend was put into the previous books to give depth and vitality to the culture of the dragonriders, and to make plain that their people had been protecting Pern for a ...more
Sep 07, 2015 Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Read it in an antho On Dragonwings.
Re-read 4/4/16-4/8/16 the hardcover Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern.

Totally forgot I read the book a long time ago. It was still just as good! 4.5 stars for me! Wonderful characters and story. Vivid but the story has a sad and bittersweet ending. To add to the distress of Thread a plague is upon the land.I cried near the end!=0(
Moreta and the borrowed dragon she was riding did not return from "between." I loved Moreta and did not want her to die. Such a terrible ac
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Moreta is queen rider to Orlith of Fort Weyr. Moreta is going to attend Gather at Ruatha Hold inspite of Sh'gall absence. Moreta plans to enjoy herself at the Gather. Moreta loves to watch runnerbeasts race in sprints. Lord Alessan of Ruatha Hold is having his first Gather as Lord. He is honored that Lady Moreta would attend his Gather. At Ista Hold was another Gather, where an unusual feline beast is attracting alot of attention. Meanwhile at Ruatha Gather, a runnerbeast falls dead for no appar ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Merlin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I have a rule that I call the "Dracula Rule" which states that you have to read at least fifty pages of a book before you pass even summary judgment. The rule exist to protect books, such as its namesake, that are a little slow to start. And it is this rule that saved this book for it is on page fifty that the first hint of a plot appears. Okay they try to establish a 'star-crossed lover' plot, which is a stupid plot to begin with and is even more toothless when neither lover holds a position th ...more
Jan 24, 2013 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book about the Planet Pern's history. In the Harper hall trilogy, and the Dragonridesd of Pern books, they mention Moreta, and the balad about her heroic journey. This book is her story. As an avid Pern fan I love learning about it's "past". Though it is a great book, there are times when it can get a tad bit slow but overall it is exciting. Anne McCaffrey is a very discriptive writter, which is great for me because I love to envision the scene as it plays out. Even with all t ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Ronel rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
[Please forgive me if any names are misspelled. I used and audio book and just did not feel like looking up the correct spelling of every character.]

After reading the sagas of the dragon riders of Pern and the Harper Hall tales I became a big fan of Benden Wheir people. So it was a bigger adjustment than I thought to now think of Fort Wheir as the most important of the Wheirs. I also started becoming accustomed to how Pernese, and especially dragon people, view their sexual lifestyles but it was
Kathleen Dixon
I always find myself wondering whether an author of a series like this has mapped it all out beforehand. Certainly, we are taught that we must write the backstories of all characters, even the most minor ones, before getting any novel off the ground. And that we may not ever use most of the detail. So I suppose, if you've written (for yourself) all the backstories, and then your original novel is popular, and so is your second and third, ... then you could well decide to take one of the hitherto ...more
Juliet Sem
Jan 26, 2013 Juliet Sem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 01, 2016 Xan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Situado a medio camino en la cronología interna de la saga, cuando aún se recordaba la llegada desde la Tierra y las viejas técnicas aún no habían desaprecido por completo. Interesante para completar la trilogía del Dragón Blanco.
Rena Sherwood
Every reader has a guilty pleasure. The Dragonrider of Pern books are mine. No, they are not the most earth-shattering novels ever published and they do not break any bounds of literary expression but they are a lot of fun. I was in elementary school when I first read the first 6 books in the series (which now are NOT considered the first 6 chronologically), so I was familiar with the legend of Moreta, a sort of sexy Florence Nightingale who rode dragons.


Although I like the book and got caught u
I was surprised to find that once I finished this, I liked it more than I had for most of the time that I was reading it. The end is done really well.

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Brian Schiebout
Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern by Anne McCaffrey is the seventh book written in the Pern Universe. The story takes place approximately 900 Pern years before the previous books. The pass of the red star is nearly over and the dragonriders who include Moreta are ready for it to end. The story begins with a pair of parties called gathers where many of the people of Pern come together to celebrate their continual survival. However during these gathers something is lurking that nobody on Pern is ready to ...more
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Depressing, this book was sad for me. I liked Moreta and her "mate" was an asshole. I was mixed though. Should she have been with Lord Alessan? I can understand their desire to be together. They are both people who honour the old ways and yet are adaptable to change. They want to save the world. Their saviour complexes are what did me in. They do so much and in the end, they didn't really get what they wanted, did they? Star-crossed lovers due to politics. I just want to scream in frustration!
Andrea Lundgren
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May 14, 2013 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Outbreak/Contagion/Balto, with teleporting Dragons. Awesome right? Well it loses a star for some very abrupt happenings at the end that were rushed and not set up well, and there wasn't enough detail about the famed flight that inspired the ballad mentioned so often in the series. If I could do half stars it would only get 2.5.
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Needlessly tragic. The whole point of the group remaining for extra days earlier in the book was to point out how tiring and punishing timing is. All she had to do was to wait a few days for and her dragon to recover, and they would have been fine. But then there would have been no way for her and her guy to be together - this really brought home the fact that the dragonriders have absolutely no say in whom they mate with, the dragons are the ones in control. It kind of sucks, especi
A magam részéről befejeztem a Pern sárkánylovasai sorozatot, és vegyesek az érzéseim. Az eddig olvasott könyvek többsége tetszett, egyik-másik nagyon tetszett, de ez az utolsó teljesen elrontotta a kedvem. A történet nagyon gyenge volt, kb. az elején már lehetett sejteni a főbb vonalakat. A szereplők, karakterek kidolgozatlanok. Moreta időnként csitri lányként viselkedik, de közben tudjuk róla, hogy már 20 éve együtt van a sárkányával, és több gyereke van valahol a világban (akikről kb. semmit s ...more
Sol González
Aug 22, 2016 Sol González rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasía, 2009
Moreta fue el último libro que he leído de la saga de los dragones de Pern. Es de hecho el último que he encontrado de dicha serie, sin embargo me encantaría seguir leyendo.

Es también el libro con un sentimiento de anticlimax. En el momento en que acaba es como si hubiera dejado un vacio y no pudiera creer lo que sucede, ya que los sucesos no son algo que uno pueda preever. Estoy segura que el descenlace fue así debido que no podía haber un final feliz, y en lugar de tratar de resolver una situa
Sep 03, 2015 Aishuu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As part of my Pern reread, I was curious how this would fare. I hated the book as a teenager, but as an adult, I can appreciate it much more.

It's not much of a spoiler to say that everyone knows the ending of this if they started with either of the original trilogies (Harper Hall or Dragonriders). It's made very clear that Moreta dies, so the entire book is spent waiting for that.

As a teenager, this kept me from making a connection to the heroine. Knowing she was going to die, I wouldn't let mys
Jan 29, 2014 Brandon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anne-mccaffrey
I originally rated this at a 5, from the memory of it when I was a kid.
I've since downgraded it since re-reading, as the ending seems to go out of synch with other elements of the story. see spoilers below

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The ending was extremely sad! Found myself close to tearing up, which is surprising considering that this book was quite a snoozefest for me.

I enjoyed the character Moreta. Compared to her biggest fan years later, Lessa, she is a nice mix of carefree and responsible, depending on the situation. I think she is my favorite Pern weyrwoman so far.

Sh'gall was a raving lunatic. Really one-dimensional character for a man. Alessan interested me, and I liked his "forbidden" romance with Moreta, but it wa
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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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