Dragongirl (Pern)

By Todd J. McCaffrey

With a forged of loved characters from earlier Pern novels, Dragongirl is one other triumph for Todd McCaffrey—and a riveting bankruptcy for the Dragonriders of Pern.
 
Young Fiona, rider of the gold queen Talenth, has lower back with the dragons and riders who fled into the prior to heal their conflict wounds and get ready to struggle anew the threat of Thread. Now greater than 3 years older, Fiona is not any longer a toddler yet a woman—thrust into authority via a stunning tragedy. yet major weyrfolk who're distrustful of a tender outsider might be just one of her demanding situations. regardless of gaining reinforcements from the previous, too few dragons have survived the hot plague to stem the tide of the intensifying Threadfall. As a senior Weyrwoman, Fiona needs to take decisive motion. as a result of Lorana, the rider who sacrificed her dragon for others, and Fiona’s real love, the harper Kindan, she proposes a bold, approximately very unlikely plan. but when it succeeds, it simply may possibly keep them all.

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Did different queen riders behave this fashion? Had there ever been this sort of connection? What might ensue? How may well she deal with this? under her, she heard a metamorphosis in T’mar’s respiring and appeared down. The bronze rider’s face was once contorted in a mix of ache and enjoyment. Touched by means of his discomfort and wishing to assist, Fiona used her unfastened hand to stroke his cheek. “Fiona. ” The note used to be the barest whisper. “I’m here,” she guaranteed him at the same time her center leaped and her brain struggled with another fear: Do i admire him? “Three times,” T’mar breathed. “Yes, 3 times,” Fiona agreed quietly. “Melirth rises. Zirenth is there. ” “Cisca? ” T’mar’s forehead furrowed, his expression . “I love her. ” “Of course,” Fiona stated. T’mar’s expression eased, his lips curling up just a little. Why shouldn’t he love her? simply then, a wave of emotion engulfed Fiona. A murmur from T’mar proved that he had felt it, too. T’mar’s hand spasmed round hers. lightly, tenderly, with a fondness no much less extreme for her controlling concentration, Fiona traced his face with the palms of her different hand. She traced his brows, which boldly framed considerate, passionate eyes, his mild cheeks, the company line of his nostril, the candy curve of his lips. She may perhaps see the kid nonetheless within the guy and railed that she’d by no means had an opportunity to satisfy T’mar while he was once more youthful. She may well see, reflected within the crow’s ft round his eyes, the straightforward smile, the lengthy days spent squinting opposed to the intense sunlight, the discomfort of neighbors misplaced, wounds now not healed. “I love you. ” The phrases have been hers. And, in asserting them, she learned it to be precise. He was once a difficult taskmaster, anyone steadfast in his convictions, occasionally indignant, continually considerate, frequently sort. yet, as his middle beat, so did hers. “Kindan? ” T’mar’s query used to be slightly above a whisper however the identify used to be spoken in actual fact. “I love him, too,” Fiona stated. She gave him a tragic smile. “You’ll need to make do with anyone who loves a couple of guy. ” “ ’Course, you’re a Weyrwoman,” T’mar acknowledged, suffering to open his eyes. “ ’S your task. ” “Shh! ” Fiona whispered, lightly rubbing his forehead. “Close your eyes, you’ve obtained to relaxation, regain your energy. ” “As you are saying, Weyrwoman. ” She moved again then, considering to name Bekka and Seban, yet his hand tightened round hers once again, begging. “Rest, and I’ll stick with you a piece longer,” she informed him softly. “You’ve had a foul fall, close to smashed your cranium. you have got complications or worse, so relaxation effortless. ” back, his hand tightened on hers in an unstated plea. With a sigh, Fiona relented, no longer too reluctantly, and resumed her exam of his tanned face, taking a look extra energetic now with simply the moderate animation that his cognizance supplied it. They remained that manner till she heard the noise of Zirenth’s go back and, now not with no misgivings, had Talenth ship for Bekka and Seban. Footsteps, a couple of them, approached from Zirenth’s weyr and while a hand reached lightly for her shoulder, she reached up in the back of her and clasped it gratefully. “He woke,” she acknowledged quietly, whilst Kindan got here into view at her facet.

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