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The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey
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Oct 29, 11

bookshelves: sci-fi, so-long-ago-i-can-t-remember-when
Read from October 25 to 27, 2011

Towards the end of Dragonquest, young Jaxom Impresses a little White Dragon. This is 'wrong' on all sorts of levels. 1) Jaxom wasn't among the group of boys selected for the Hatching, 2) Jaxom is going to be the Lord Holder of Ruatha, and Lords of Holds aren't Dragonriders, 3) Jaxom's guardian was once a Dragonrider, but his dragon died, and that is a lifelong grief that nobody would wish onto anybody, and of course with Jaxom having a dragon that must make it worse, and 4) dragons are never white!

Ruth, the dragon, is not only white, but is also very small (as dragons go). In fact, most people doubt that Ruth is going to live for particularly long. It is that which decides them to grudgingly accept the Jaxom/Ruth pair, believing that the dragon won't live to fly.

Nobody told Ruth, and the dragon had no intention of dying! This tale follows the lovely pairing of the two, taking us with Jaxom as he matures from a teenager into a young man, with all the problems inherent in being the only heir to Ruatha, in being brought up with a great weight of responsibility - always courteous, always responsible, never quick-tempered or taking risks.
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