Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern (Pern: Dragonriders of Pern, #4)
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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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Icarus
Aug 05, 2007 Icarus rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Jennifer
Oct 17, 2007 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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)...more
Spuddie
#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
Xara Niouraki
I wanted to give it 2 stars but the ending made me cry, so 3 stars it is.
Maddalena
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...more
Lucinda
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
Merlin
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
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
Katie
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.
Caroline
I kept reading the Dragonriders of Pern as a teen despite realizing the series got worse as time when on, and I don't remember this being an exception to that rule.
Brandon
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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Casey
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...more
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
Annie
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
Ronel
[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...more
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
Jeff Doten
My copy is signed to me by Anne McCaffrey " With thanks to Jeffrey for my Fluer " - I'd met her at a children's literature convention and had the chance to spend the day with her. So I'm fond of Anne. I didn't love 'Morata' when it came out, but I do love Pern. I was thrilled to have a new Pern book. This might be the first time that I've reread it since 1985. I enjoyed my reread but by the last few pages I was flipping. Below is an observation from another reader on Goodreads - " compared to th...more
drowningmermaid
I was really delighted to be starting in on another Anne McCaffery book after too long away. As a child, I sort of looked down my nose at McCaffery's escapist simplicity, but as an adult, I find I love it (at least, as a change of pace), and I no longer believe that grittiness necessarily equates to realism. I also no longer believe that I could write such a happy world if I tried.

Because Pern is a happy world. A kind of STAR TREK:TOS with dragons. The good people are noble and true and hardwork...more
Juliet Sem
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Emily
I'm dissatisfied with this book, but having a difficult time identifying why. I think it comes down to a few things:
1. I like a happy ending. If it's not going to be a happy ending, I want there to be a good reason why, not just have it happen for shock value (which is what this seemed like to me). I get that things don't always turn out well, but this was just a festival of grief and depression and the fate of Moreta as it was written seemed unnecessary.
2. I had a hard time putting this one in...more
Ben Roscup
Anne McCaffrey's series about the Dragons of Pern certainly possesses a loyal following, but so far I am just not very impressed. I love the concept, which is a clever blend of futuristic SF and classic fantasy, but as an author McCaffrey just doesn't satisfy me.

First of all, she tends to introduce far too many periphery characters, cities, and locations simply for the purpose of creating bizarre names, which I find very confusing as a reader. Secondly, McCaffrey indulges herself a bit too much...more
Judy Knight
The saga progressed to include malevolent planetary microbes. The inhabitants of Pern have now survived on the planet for about 1400 turns. They now must fight a mysterious disease through out their settlements so they seek clues once again in their worn and fading historical records hoping to rediscover knowledge that might have been lost or misinterpreted in their ballads. The original colonizers of Rubkat had brought sophisticated technology and knowledge from their base planet but materials...more
Kiersten
If you are looking for something engaging: look no further. If you want something that will suck you in: you have found it. If you want something will take you on an emotional ride from start to finish: this is the book. I Love Anne McCaffery and this is one of her best. If not THE best. Bring a box of tissues and prepare to be amazed. Every time i read this book i have to read it in one sitting. Its just that good... You cant put it down.
Cass
The story of Moreta's Ride is a song sung at gathers throughout Pern, her beauty, leadership and courage something that is never forgotten. In this book Anne McCaffrey tells us the tale of that ride.

This is one of her best works and Moreta one of her strongest characters, though Anne has long been lauded for her use of strong female characters.

Moreta is beautiful and poised and wins my admiration, particular has she hitches her skirts and checks out the runnerbeasts down in the pickets.

Anne has...more
Erin
In the other books, there is the Harper Saga of Moreta's Ride, which came about because of Moreta's great heroic in leaving behind her queen (with the queen's permission) to ride another and distribute vaccines for a plague that became pandemic after sailors brought back a feline from the Southern Continent.

Throughout the book, Moreta, Holders and Crafters alike deal with death of friends, family and other loved ones. This, however, does not stop Moreta and other dragonriders, along with Lord H...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of McCaffrey's Pern books
I'm a fan of McCaffrey's Pern novels by and large, particularly the earlier ones and this is one of my favorites. There is a reference to Moreta's ride in the original trilogy. This tells that story celebrated in song and occurring centuries before the time of Lessa and F'Nor. Set at the height of the Dragonriders' prestige just as that "pass" is ending and they have peace to look forward to, it's about a worldwide pandemic--so not a lighthearted read. It was interesting coming from those other...more
Ana Gabriela
I found the story flow of Moreta to be more engaging than two other McCaffrey books, Dragonflight and Dragonquest. The "race against time" was clearly palpable in the novel, and so were the tensions present among the characters.

However, the ending seemed a little too abrupt, considering how future generations of Pernese evoked the drama of the final moments of Moreta's ride (and if you've read other Pern books that allude to her famous journey, you'll understand). McCaffrey's description of the...more
Sai_pazos
Me ha gustado este libro ha pesar de que quede desconectado del resto de la trilogía. Moreta es una mujer de fuerte carácter y a través de ella se nos presenta cómo es realmente una dama de un weyr habitual; con sus hijos desperdigados por todo el continente y con relaciones con diversos hombres.
Está bien también comprobar los otros ámbitos de los habitantes de Pern como es el caso de los Talleres, en este caso se profundiza más en el de los Curadores.
Como personaje me ha gustado mucho la ancia...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?
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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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