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

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  23,179 Ratings  ·  349 Reviews
Some fourteen hundred turns after men first came to Pern rode Moreta, on her great golden dragon, Orlith. It was towards the end of the Pass of the Red Star -- a time when every living creature on Pern was threatened by Threadfall -- when the courage and daring of dragons and their riders was all that kept the planet from extinction. And then, at the height of the battle a ...more
Paperback, 462 pages
Published November 16th 1984 by Corgi (first published 1983)
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Jul 09, 2007 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
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)
Oct 08, 2007 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 :)
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#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 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been decades since I read this book. I don't know if it would hold up to adult Emily's standards, but what I do remember is that it's the first book that made me cry. I remember crying and hurling it across the room. Being able to elicit that memorable of a response earns it a 5-star rating, at least in my very subjective and forgiving rating system.
The Pern series overall swept me away. I remember reading the first trilogy and wishing with all my heart that it was real, that I could bond
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoyed Anne McCaffrey's previous six Pern books, you'll probably enjoy this one. If you were getting tired of meeting the same characters with different names or beginning to get frustrated by the discrepancy between the books' potential and what they actually delivered, Moreta will be more of the same.

The story, which takes place nearly 1000 years before Dragonflight and the Harper Hall trilogy, involves a planet-wide plague of mysterious "flu" and the efforts of the people of the plane
Xara Niouraki
I wanted to give it 2 stars but the ending made me cry, so 3 stars it is.
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
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 26, 2012 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
Aug 10, 2012 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
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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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!
May 13, 2013 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.
Dec 30, 2015 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.
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
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Changement de programme pour un nouveau « cycle interne » celui de L'Épidémie. On se trouve ici bien des années avant les tomes précédents.

Nous allons y rencontrer Moreta, dame du Weyr, qui possède donc une reine dorée. Tout est au beau fixe avec différents rassemblements dans les Forts, les gens dansent, chantent, participent à des courses, peuvent découvrir de nouveaux spécimens animaux du continent méridional, une belle ambiance de fête, peu avant la chute des Fils, mais tout est sous contrô
Greg Santana
Jul 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't get through it. It wasn't interesting enough for me. Too much time building the romance and not enough plot. The characters were flat to me, no unique or interesting personalities to compensate.

Once the plot got started it was pretty straight forward. No questions were raised, no antagonist or actionable problem.

Maybe it gets better, but even the writing style was dull to me. I can't believe a Planet with dragons and organic killing spores raining from the sky could be so monotonous.
Gillian Murrell
3.5 stars Another interesting insight into life on Pern. This book goes back to an earlier time when the dragon riders first discovered that the dragons could go back or forward in time when they go between. I could not help but feel sorry for Moreta to have to endure mates that she may not even like all because their dragons where the ones to catch her own dragon when it was in heat. I guess its no different to arranged marriages some work out perfectly and others don't. Pern becomes infected b ...more
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book, I could not see how it was going to be this epic tale as indicated in the other Pern books. As it progressed, I found it funny, heartening, full of strife, struggle, betrayal and pettiness. But in the end it was epic. It didn't really hit me that is WAS epic until the following day when I realized how Orlith and Leri endured and the sheer number Moreta helped on her ride.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
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Enjoyed learning the history of a character so often referred to during the main trilogy. Fun read!
Jeffrey Doten
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rereads
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
Juliet Sem
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Adrian Rose
Oct 07, 2015 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
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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Nov 11, 2009 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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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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