The Renegades of Pern

Written by: Anne McCaffrey

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As long as the people of Pern could remember, the Holds had protected them from Thread, the deadly silver strands that fell from the sky and ravaged the land. In exchange for sanctuary in the huge stone fortresses, the people tithed to their Lord Holders, who in turn supported the Weyrs, whose dragons were Pern's greatest weapon against Thread.But not everyone on Pern was part of that system of mutual care and protection, particularly those who had been rendered holdless as punishment for wrongdoing. And there were some, like Jayge's trader clan, who simply preferred the freedom of the roads to the security of a hold. Others, like Aramina's family, had lost their holds through injustice and cruelty. For all the holdless, life was a constant struggle for survival.

Then, from the ranks of the criminals and the disaffected, rose a band of renegades, led by the Lady Thella. No one was safe from Thella's depredations, and now her quarry was Aramina, reputed to have a telepathic link with dragons. But when Thella mistakenly vented her rage on Jayge's family, she made a dangerous mistake. For Jayge was bent on revenge . . . and he would never let her have the girl who heard dragons!
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Sandra
Je passe déjà sur l'intérêt complètement inexistant d'avoir mis ce tome dans l'intégrale 2... En réalité, il se passe après Le dragon blanc, un peu à cheval entre certains tomes, vu qu'on reprend le passé de ceux qui sont appelés les renégats, qui vivent à l'extérieur des Forts...

Il s'agit aussi d'un « cycle interne » unique, un tome tout seul, et franchement, tant mieux, j'ai envie de dire, parce que je me suis vraiment beaucoup ennuyée pendant les deux premiers tiers de l'histoire.

On rencontr Je passe déjà sur l'intérêt complètement inexistant d'avoir mis ce tome dans l'intégrale 2... En réalité, il se passe après Le dragon blanc, un peu à cheval entre certains tomes, vu qu'on reprend le passé de ceux qui sont appelés les renégats, qui vivent à l'extérieur des Forts...

Il s'agit aussi d'un « cycle interne » unique, un tome tout seul, et franchement, tant mieux, j'ai envie de dire, parce que je me suis vraiment beaucoup ennuyée pendant les deux premiers tiers de l'histoire.

On rencontre plusieurs renégats, le début est complètement explosé entre plusieurs personnages, pour connaître leur passé, ce qui les a menés à être des renégats. C'est... long. Et je dois dire, assez inintéressant, parce que dès qu'on commence à suivre, paf, on passe à autre chose.

Finalement, le dernier tiers reprend la fin du dragon blanc, on a déjà trouvé les fameux vestiges des premiers hommes sur Pern, on sait déjà que les sœurs de l'Aube sont particulières et dès que l'histoire s'est raccrochée à cette trame, j'ai aimé. Le reste par contre, plus jamais. J'ai mis des jours à pédaler dans les 300 premières pages alors qu'en général, je dévore un tome en 2-3 jours...

Franchement, si vous ne voulez pas lire tous les tomes, celui-ci n'est pas le plus passionnant (même si les 40 dernières pages révèlent quelques mystères très importants, repris dans la suite dans le prologue, même si en beaucoup moins palpitant).
Wendy
3.5 stars

I know that I know about a lot of events in this story but I don't think I've read this particular one (which is both a plus and a minus of how the books in this series were written). The book jumped forward in time a lot between the action (a year passes, two years pass, suddenly characters have gotten married and had children, etc.) but that was the main downside in my opinion. There were no real main characters and it was a mishmash between Aramina, Thella, Jayge, Piemur, Toric, and 3.5 stars

I know that I know about a lot of events in this story but I don't think I've read this particular one (which is both a plus and a minus of how the books in this series were written). The book jumped forward in time a lot between the action (a year passes, two years pass, suddenly characters have gotten married and had children, etc.) but that was the main downside in my opinion. There were no real main characters and it was a mishmash between Aramina, Thella, Jayge, Piemur, Toric, and then Jaxom, Sharra, Robinton, etc. I didn't think we particularly needed some of the really early stories (e.g. Toric leaving his home, Thella leaving hers), because they didn't really give us that much extra background information. The beginning parts really felt like a collection of short stories about the same group of characters.

I still have a fondness for this series, but I'm not sure how much of it is nostalgia.
Kristen Coffin
"This is a broad and beautiful world we live in, and we’ll see as much of it as we can."

An interesting, but kind of boring episode of Pern. I almost feel like this would have been better as an anthology, just as short, individual, stories about the Holdless and excavating the Southern Continent. As it stands now, it's like reading two simultaneous stories that read in a disjointed manner.

If you take the two plotlines separately though, the stories are great. I love the expansion of Aramina from "This is a broad and beautiful world we live in, and we’ll see as much of it as we can."

An interesting, but kind of boring episode of Pern. I almost feel like this would have been better as an anthology, just as short, individual, stories about the Holdless and excavating the Southern Continent. As it stands now, it's like reading two simultaneous stories that read in a disjointed manner.

If you take the two plotlines separately though, the stories are great. I love the expansion of Aramina from The Girl Who Heard Dragons (which I'm going to have to reread now since I read that a long time ago and I feel like it will make a lot more sense now). And the excavation of the Southern Continent is fascinating, a continuing evolution of the Pernese attempting to learn more about their scientific past.
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Al Philipson
Read the rest of the series before you read this book or you'll get lost!

The book spans the current "Fall" from First Fall (Dragon Riders of Pern) until well into the re-settlement of the Southern Continent (several books). And the time jumps happen without warning.

There are several points of view along with several story lines in this yarn and the story jumps from one to the other, so hang onto your hat 'cause the ride is unpredictable.

The writing itself is McCaffrey's usual fine style and the Read the rest of the series before you read this book or you'll get lost!

The book spans the current "Fall" from First Fall (Dragon Riders of Pern) until well into the re-settlement of the Southern Continent (several books). And the time jumps happen without warning.

There are several points of view along with several story lines in this yarn and the story jumps from one to the other, so hang onto your hat 'cause the ride is unpredictable.

The writing itself is McCaffrey's usual fine style and the trip is enjoyable if you can keep track of what's going on -- AND if you've read enough of the other stories (including the White Dragon).

I took off one star because of the difficulty of keeping track of the story lines.
Erinn
The first time I read this was 1991 or so. I believe I got it the moment it came out in paper back. The copy I have now though, is a hard cover addition I found at a used bookstore. When I opened it up to start reading it, I realized that it was one of the few books I was lucky enough to have Anne sign when she was at Dragon*Con in 2009. I'm so glad I got in line early enough, and she pushed herself to sign as many books as she could. I never did get another chance to see her, and now my day dre The first time I read this was 1991 or so. I believe I got it the moment it came out in paper back. The copy I have now though, is a hard cover addition I found at a used bookstore. When I opened it up to start reading it, I realized that it was one of the few books I was lucky enough to have Anne sign when she was at Dragon*Con in 2009. I'm so glad I got in line early enough, and she pushed herself to sign as many books as she could. I never did get another chance to see her, and now my day dream of finding her home in Ireland and having a cup of tea with her is just a bitter sweet day dream that was never to be.
Jenni
This book was a nice compliment to the Dragon's of Pern series. While it doesnt actually follow anyThis book was a nice compliment to the Dragon's of Pern series. While it doesnt actually follow any of the main dragonriders you may be used to, it does will in a lot of blanks about what is going on in Pern from different perspectives. I would never recommend this book as the first to read in the series, but It is a gret choice for after you have at least read the 3 Dragonriders of Pern boo This book was a nice compliment to the Dragon's of Pern series. While it doesnt actually follow anyThis book was a nice compliment to the Dragon's of Pern series. While it doesnt actually follow any of the main dragonriders you may be used to, it does will in a lot of blanks about what is going on in Pern from different perspectives. I would never recommend this book as the first to read in the series, but It is a gret choice for after you have at least read the 3 Dragonriders of Pern books. If you are planning on reading ALL the books then there are even more you may want to read first.
Judy Hall
A sprawling story that begins before the return of Thread and Lessa's Ride, The Renegades of Pern was not one of my favorites when I first read it. There are so many characters and it jumps all around in both space and time, but a second reading was much better.

I really appreciated the larger scope of Pern and the chance to see more ordinary people. So many of the other books focus on the Dragonriders and Craftmasters and Lords - the elite of Pern. Here we meet carters and tinkers and holdless A sprawling story that begins before the return of Thread and Lessa's Ride, The Renegades of Pern was not one of my favorites when I first read it. There are so many characters and it jumps all around in both space and time, but a second reading was much better.

I really appreciated the larger scope of Pern and the chance to see more ordinary people. So many of the other books focus on the Dragonriders and Craftmasters and Lords - the elite of Pern. Here we meet carters and tinkers and holdless people.

On the flip side, it's a reminder of the feudal world that Pern has become and that's not a system I support well. The book still got 4 stars, so I could handle it.
Tamcamry
• This book was fantastic. One thing that A.M. has done in the past is tell the same time frame from different points of view. She does it effectively in Moreta and Nerilka, and she does it again very well here. This book is a little more far reaching. It spans much of the original trilogy and a little bit past that time frame. It also hints at much more. I also love the fact that some of it expands the story of some of the characters from some of the short stories like Aramina and K’van. I know • This book was fantastic. One thing that A.M. has done in the past is tell the same time frame from different points of view. She does it effectively in Moreta and Nerilka, and she does it again very well here. This book is a little more far reaching. It spans much of the original trilogy and a little bit past that time frame. It also hints at much more. I also love the fact that some of it expands the story of some of the characters from some of the short stories like Aramina and K’van. I know that the next book happens considerably after this one in the timeline, but this one really seemed to tie up any loose ends while still leaving a little bit to the imagination.
Brandy
I've never thought I would give an Anne McCaffery book less than 4 stars.

But the Renegades of Pern was not what I was hoping for at all. It isn't that the writing was bad or anything - it was how much of this book was just rehashing events from other books! I could not believe how much of this novel felt borrowed or stolen from previous books.

We did gain some new knowledge of Pern & certainly a new viewpoint from another subculture, but overall this did not satisfy my desire for a completely I've never thought I would give an Anne McCaffery book less than 4 stars.

But the Renegades of Pern was not what I was hoping for at all. It isn't that the writing was bad or anything - it was how much of this book was just rehashing events from other books! I could not believe how much of this novel felt borrowed or stolen from previous books.

We did gain some new knowledge of Pern & certainly a new viewpoint from another subculture, but overall this did not satisfy my desire for a completely new Pern novel.
Christal
Starting off you think this will turn out to be ministories about how the holdless are formed, the Renegades, but all storylines eventually coalesce into one large section of a previously told story, just from the other side. Bandits, a Holder's daughter turned traitor and tyrant, hard working gypsies, Southern Hold's machinations, and then what actually happened after the site of Landing was found and Pern was introduced to their ancestors... humans who colonized Pern to get away from the empir Starting off you think this will turn out to be ministories about how the holdless are formed, the Renegades, but all storylines eventually coalesce into one large section of a previously told story, just from the other side. Bandits, a Holder's daughter turned traitor and tyrant, hard working gypsies, Southern Hold's machinations, and then what actually happened after the site of Landing was found and Pern was introduced to their ancestors... humans who colonized Pern to get away from the empire and the cuckolds of advanced technology. This is continued in All The Weyrs of Pern.
Debbie
I did not like this book as well as the others. It reads as though either Anne or her publishers wanted another book out, but nothing was really ready. So she kludged together several partial books -- expanding earlier short stories, beginning others but not carrying the story along. It would have served better to publish them as separate stories. I got lost a couple of times. Torric heading off to attack the mutineers who stole his island? What happened? Story lines popped in and popped out so I did not like this book as well as the others. It reads as though either Anne or her publishers wanted another book out, but nothing was really ready. So she kludged together several partial books -- expanding earlier short stories, beginning others but not carrying the story along. It would have served better to publish them as separate stories. I got lost a couple of times. Torric heading off to attack the mutineers who stole his island? What happened? Story lines popped in and popped out so unexpectedly that it made for rough reading.
Red
I would like to give this book a 4 star because it really helped cover more areas and link the previous books together. The problem is that the first 50 pages or so was really jumpy and difficult to follow. It may not have been so if I had read this directly after the previous books in the series instead of waiting a month, but this book could very well turn people away from Pern if it's the first one they picked up.

However, I loved the feeling of exploration and tying together the reader gets I would like to give this book a 4 star because it really helped cover more areas and link the previous books together. The problem is that the first 50 pages or so was really jumpy and difficult to follow. It may not have been so if I had read this directly after the previous books in the series instead of waiting a month, but this book could very well turn people away from Pern if it's the first one they picked up.

However, I loved the feeling of exploration and tying together the reader gets as the book progresses!
Molly Mortensen
The book starts with a series of several short snippets told by a variety of characters. It was rather confusing and I forgot about many of them by the time they were introduced. Some were really minor characters after all.

I liked some of the stories, but most of them were just okay. The best one was of course Piemur's tale.

My sister told me this was Anne McCaffery's attempt to write a book without Robinton, but she failed. I'm glad she did, once Robinton comes in the book improves dramaticall The book starts with a series of several short snippets told by a variety of characters. It was rather confusing and I forgot about many of them by the time they were introduced. Some were really minor characters after all.

I liked some of the stories, but most of them were just okay. The best one was of course Piemur's tale.

My sister told me this was Anne McCaffery's attempt to write a book without Robinton, but she failed. I'm glad she did, once Robinton comes in the book improves dramatically.
Hilary
3.5 stars

As a child I never liked this book, and read it only to fill in some gaps, mainly with Toric's Southern Hold; seeing Pern with flaws was too much. I didn't want to know about the holdless, thieves and murderers, and - unlike all the other books - it covers a broad time span of many years rather than centering on one event or person.

As an adult I appreciate it more, reading it to link events in all the other books, including those which spin off from the main plots. It gives me the dista 3.5 stars

As a child I never liked this book, and read it only to fill in some gaps, mainly with Toric's Southern Hold; seeing Pern with flaws was too much. I didn't want to know about the holdless, thieves and murderers, and - unlike all the other books - it covers a broad time span of many years rather than centering on one event or person.

As an adult I appreciate it more, reading it to link events in all the other books, including those which spin off from the main plots. It gives me the distance to watch changes and see connections for myself.
Christal
Starting off you think this will turn out to be ministories about how the holdless are formed, the Renegades, but all storylines eventually coalesce into one large section of a previously told story, just from the other side. Bandits, a Holder's daughter turned traitor and tyrant, hard working gypsies, Southern Hold's machinations, and then what actually happened after the site of Landing was found and Pern was introduced to their ancestors... humans who colonized Pern to get away from the empir Starting off you think this will turn out to be ministories about how the holdless are formed, the Renegades, but all storylines eventually coalesce into one large section of a previously told story, just from the other side. Bandits, a Holder's daughter turned traitor and tyrant, hard working gypsies, Southern Hold's machinations, and then what actually happened after the site of Landing was found and Pern was introduced to their ancestors... humans who colonized Pern to get away from the empire and the cuckolds of advanced technology. This is continued in All The Weyrs of Pern.
Jess
This book follows the story of how the holdless began to systematically steal from the holders and in particular, follows Jayge (a trader) and Thella (the insufferable Lady Holdless). There's a few favorite characters sprinkled in for good measure. In particular, Piemur, always a favorite of mine. I was happy to see him play such a big role in another Pern book. I enjoyed this one a good deal and what they find in the end could begin to change these stories. For the better? I'm not sure, I'll ha This book follows the story of how the holdless began to systematically steal from the holders and in particular, follows Jayge (a trader) and Thella (the insufferable Lady Holdless). There's a few favorite characters sprinkled in for good measure. In particular, Piemur, always a favorite of mine. I was happy to see him play such a big role in another Pern book. I enjoyed this one a good deal and what they find in the end could begin to change these stories. For the better? I'm not sure, I'll have to read on to find out.
Americaussie
McCaffrey wrote 2 very different stories and shoved them into one. Clearly, she liked one of them, which she continued into "All the Weyrs of Pern" and sort of messily fixed up the other. Part way through the story, she seemed to switch gears completely. As another reviewer wrote, it seemed she got bored with some of the characters she wrote, and went back to her standby characters of modern day Pern.

I went on the the next one because I preferred the stand by characters as well.
Emilou
The book was a little confusing at the beginning because she introduced a lot of characters all at once. I also wasn't sure if it was in chronological order, or if time just skipped ahead many times. I'm not sure, but I wished the author clarified how much time went by inbetween chapters. I was very interested in the main plot about the girl who heard dragons. That part of the book had my interest.
Kristen
I agree with the other reviews that said McCaffrey seemed to start writing one book and finished with another. It does advance the story well enough.

Though I never did understand why Lady Thella was treated so contemptuously in the beginning of the story for not wanting an arranged marriage and for wanting to be a Holder in her own right. She turned evil, of course, but with a start like that, she might have been a heroine in another author's book.
Amy
The first part was dreadfully boring. The new characters were dull and there were large time gaps that messed up the flow of the story.

However, the second half was better and so it did manage to redeemed itself. I think I liked it better cause the story went back to following known and enjoyable characters.

So OK overall, but I enjoyed the original Pern trilogy and the Harper Hall trilogy much more than this one.
Elaine Bailey
I've been really liking the Pern books, more than I ever thought I would. I was actually craving one so I picked up the next book in publication order. Wow, was this ever unnecessary. I'm sure there are some pertinent details buried in here somewhere and I'm sure it was important to McCaffrey to tell the tale of these people, but I could really care less. I've been slogging through this for a while now and I think I am just going to put it aside and move on to the next book.
Cindy Koch-Krol
Turns out when Pern is concerned, the fourteenth time reading something is just as good as the second. This is a fill-in-the-blanks book that shows how deep the society of Pern has been formed. There are more stories there than the author ever had time to write, and she wrote a lot of them.

Don't start with this one, rather stick this one somewhere between "The White Dragon" and "All the Weyrs of Pern."

Zinz Vandermeer
I really enjoyed reading about those beyond the average holders and the weyr-folk, but I did find the narrative here a little disjointed. Despite all that, reading more of Aramina's story was a welcome addition to my McCaffrey collection. More dragon-world adventures are always better!

Anne's world of Pern has always been one of my favourite escapes, and the more portals into it, the more varied views, the better.
Liz
Normally I like the books in the Pern series, but this one didn't do it for me at all. I got about 110 pages in and it felt like nothing was happening and the plot was going nowhere. I really didn't care about or like any of the characters, and in the part I read nothing really happened that sparked my interest and made me want to keep reading. Maybe it gets better later in the book, but I just didn't have the patience to sit around and find out.
Iavasul
I put off reading this book because I had this idea it would be much different from the other books in the series and not look at any of the characters I already knew or the Weyrs.

I couldn't be more wrong. This book shot through my hands over and over again because I couldn't get enough of it. It covered a lot of time, a lot of important moments, pulled in some key characters, and also introduced me to my favorite character in the entire series.

Beautiful Jancis.
Meels
There she goes again. This is just the first three books told from a dozen other points of view. To begin with the many different points of view (which don't merge until somewhere around the middle of the book) was a bit disjointed and irritating to me. It took me a long time to get interested in the story at all and nearly just stopped reading the series all together. In the end I didn't hate it, but it is for SURE my least favorite.
Lessa
I didn't remember being as impressed with this one when I read it many years ago, but back-tracked and re-read (in hard copy, for a change) to refamiliarize myself with some of the characters and stories here before moving on to The Dolphins of Pern. It does have some nice tidbits, but just doesn't lay out as strong a story as others in the series -- more along the lines of a collection of her short stories.
John
This was a great sequel in this series. It stated slow with ood evil characters that mixed with the loved characters from the rest of the series and ended with such momentum that I immediately picked up the next book in the series(All the weyrs of Pern) and kept reading. I'm not usually a fan of sci-fi mixed into my fantasy stories, but this made me think there may be something there to hold my interest.
Katie
Not one of my favorites in the Pern series. It did pick up as I got further into the book. There were a lot of storylines picking up on events throughout several of the other books - If I hadn't read many of the other Pern books before this one I would have been very confused. And though it was interesting to see some other perspectives on events that had happened (during the first years of the ninth pass), there wasn't much that was "new."
Melissa
It took a while to get into this one, simply because I was having to learn a lot of new characters, but I really liked reading this one because it spanned a time period from just before Dragonflight to just beyond The White Dragon, so it filled in some of the characters and plots that the other books just glanced over (or didn't mention at all).
Monica
The story of Jayge, a commoner - not a holder, not an apprentice - and how he interacts with characters we've met in other stories. Also the story of Thella, a bitter woman bent on revenge for not being named holder of Telgar. Thella builds a large band of criminals and terrorizes a good area of the planet.
Jesse
Another stitch in the fantastic tapestry that is Pern.

McCaffrey continues to flesh out the amazing world she has built, showing us what it is like to be an outcast; holdless on a plant where your affiliation means everything.

We follow several stories here, but they are woven together nicely and come to a great climatic ending.

Jackie Krasuski
I would actually probably give it 3.5 stars. I am a huge Anne McCaffrey fan, so I typially love everything of hers... some parts of this were really difficult. I am glad that I stuck with it though. It gave some perspectives and stories I hadn't heard yet. It wasn't my favorite, but some parts of it were really good and had McCaffrey's spark.
Elizabeth
I found this book pretty boring except for several points in the book were some of the characters fell in love. The only very interesting part of this book was at the end, the last three pages. Like the other pern books I found the age of the characters and the time that the story takes place very confusing and difficult to decipher. Therefore I give this book a 3.4
Marcus
This book comes off as a money grab more than anything. It's extremely scattered, uneven, and and an all-around poor effort.

Maybe it's not a legitimate complaint, but if the reader hasn't read the first few books in the series, he/she will have absolutely no idea what's going on in some places.
Tichey
A fairly good Pern book, I'd give it a 3.5, so round up to 4 for good reads. The plot is a little jumpy, it seems like she was attempting to make a book about the renegades and at the same time wanted a book showing stuff about the south, it would have been better as two separate novels as their is very little linking the two sections.
Seana
The most disjointed of the Pern novels. Tries too hard in the first two thirds of the book, to fill in gaps from the known story and introduce new characters. Once the tidbits become juicier and begin to tell real stories it gets more interesting, but this book has always seemed like the tendons of Pern rather than the meat.
Xan
Sirve para tapar huecos en la historia del Dragón Blanco, no es una lectura independiente porque si no conoces la saga no entiendes nada. Tampoco tiene el nivel de la trilogía, parece que simplemente juntó notas y fue creando una historia para conectar a varios personajes secundarios de la trama principal, para completar todo lo que no pudo meter en los tres libros principales.
Sharon
This book fills in some of the holes in the Pern mythology. It concerns traders and holders more than the dragonriders. There is also more information about the Southern Continent. It's an expansion of the story "The Girl Who Heard Dragons," and also a set up for "The Dolphins of Pern."

3/23/13 Read as a mental restorative.
Nick
I read this book at my wife's suggestion, and I have to say it was a nice detour from a lot of the biographies I tend to read. All though it falls near the middle of McCaffrey's Dragonriders line, it was an easy pickup. I will say that the very end of the novel made every single hair on my body stand on end. It's not often a book does that.
Pam Sartain
The one thing that I find annoying about the Dragonriders of Pern sequence is that the timeline isn't quite right! For a couple of books, there's overlap in the first three quarters, and then the story moves on in new ways. I can see why it happens, but it does make me doubt that I've got the sequence in the right order when reading!
Donna
I could have done without the entire Thella story but I liked the different view of the opening up of the Southern continent. I was happy to see that Piemur was back to his likeable self compared to the previous book, The White Dragon.
Katherine
Too many characters and plotlines. I actually liked following Thella as a character, but her storyline just petered out into narcissistic crazy person. Also there are rapid jumps forward in timeline that were a bit jarring.
Kristen McQuinn
I remember now why I've only read this one one other time. It was bloody boring. I never cared all that much about Piemur, and the whole Holdless thread kind of got abandoned or lost. I adore Robinton and Jaxom but they weren't in it enough to really save this one much. Sorry, Anne.
Kurt Lemke
Started out slow with seemingly vague references to an earlier book in the series. Stands on its own well as a comment on civilization from the outsider's perspective. Overall a great wrap up (hopefully not) of the series.
Melissa
I had just finished Dragonsdawn, which chronicles the beginning of settling Pern, so I was glad to read "the rest of the story"; then I got to the end. What a cliff hanger! Now I must start All the Weyrs of Pern...
C.G.
On re-reading, I've upped my review from three stars to four because even though parts of it are not my favourite of the Pern books, it still has Piemur's romance, Jayge's romance and Jaxom, Sharra and the Master Robinton, plus the exciting discoveries of ancestral treasures.
Kari Metzger
I love anne mccaffrey, but this book wasn't up to her usual standard- the characters didn't illy develop and it just didn't grab enough - it really was just filling in details from prior novels.. A miss in the awesome pern series for me...
Caity
Only gave this one 4 stars because the it was hard to get into for the first half, but the second half was amazing with what the Master Harper and others discover, I am so excited and am about to go to the next book now!
Doris
Seemed more like the author was simply taking a step back and saying okay, where are we in the storyline? Here is the summation of what is happened, and some new thoughts on where it should go.

Enjoyable, but hard to read for someone new to Pern.
Stephanie Morrison
Most of McCaffrey's books star characters who overcome life's obstacles to make the world a better place for everyone. Here we get to follow a group of characters who are only interested in improving their own circumstances, and we get to see how well that goes...for all involved.
Jill Delong
I found myself quite engaged with the whole story. The only wish was for more strong female characters and less male-centric story telling. Good story that has a bit of a cliff-hanger, so leaves you eager to read the next one.
Jenna Mills
Love all Pern books, though I guess this wouldn't be ideal for those who hadn't read a selection of the others. Loved the way events that happened in previous books were told from other perspectives. I do just love the whole world she has created.
Adam Durham
An enjoyable read, though a touch meandering, Renegades fills in several parts of the story of Pern that are left out of the original trilogy and the Harper Hall trilogy, leading right into the beginning of All the Weyrs of Pern.
Lauren
I didn't really care for the point of view in this book--mostly stories from the perspective of people who weren't there
Susan Clifton
As always a really enthralling read from this author.
J Walls
Alright as I like the series, and a ridiculously fast read. Otherwise it'd be a 2 star for me.
Ben
Not so great on audio, as the multiple storylines get lost. It's enjoyable to see the different side of a story previously read, but not enough to be as good as the main storylines.
Kat
Not my favorite book in the Pern series, but very interesting to get to know new characters. I'd read it again, but not often.
Nikki
I don't think I liked this one much, I don't remember all that much about it.
Alan
Another solid Pern novel. Longer review here: http://eyesandearsblog.blogspot.com/2...
Jo Golding
Although I find Piemur far more irritating than Jaxom!
Will Mccurry
Since I re-read all the Weyrs of Pern, I had to re-read this as well
Jean Guy
I loved the first three books of the Pern series, and read all the other ones, but this one is not at all up to the previous ones.
Kirsa
Way too many stretches of narrative summaries. The story didn't feel very well developed and was kind of boring.
Kassi
Definitely enjoyed this better that when I originally read it, but still a weak adition to the storyline of Pern. Mostly useful for the ending which leads nicely into 'All the Weyrs of Pern'.
Frank
And my at this point to suggest that series novels are avast ready to order, despite the authors trying to make them stand up by themselves
CatBookMom
I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed listening to Dick Hill's narration of the Pern books. Well worth the time.
Alisa Banda
A throw back from whin I was a kid. i used to really enjoy these books. This one didn't impress me, it wasn't as good as the earlier books in the series.
Wendy Bowers
The book started off well, a nice view of events from outside of the Weyr. However, events began to draw out, as if they were pieced together from events in other books of the series.
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