By Anne McCaffrey
Bringing clean wonders and risks to mild within the skies of Pern, Anne McCaffrey and her son, Todd, who established his writing abilities within the bestselling novels Dragon’s relatives and Dragonsblood, go back with their moment collaboration: an exciting event of discovery and fate.
Pellar is an orphan taken in via Masterharper Zist. although born mute, Pellar is a proficient tracker, and whilst Zist units off to take over as harper for Natalon’s coal-mining camp, Pellar–along together with his fire-lizard, Chitter–joins him on a mystery project of his personal: to determine if suggested thefts of coal are the paintings of the avoided, criminals condemned to a lifetime of wandering and hardship.
Halla is among the youngsters of the avoided. although blameless in their mom and dad’ crimes, those childrens have inherited their merciless punishment. loss of foodstuff, safeguard, and garments is their lot; desire is unknown to them. And what destiny could they wish for? with out a carry to name their very own, there'll be no safeguard for them whilst the deadly Thread necessarily falls back. lifestyles is even more durable for Halla. Her kinfolk long gone, she needs to fend for herself. but regardless of the brutality of her atmosphere, Halla is style and mild, dedicated to these extra helpless than she.
As wicked as Halla is nice, Tenim is in league with Tarik, a crooked miner from Camp Natalon, who is helping him scouse borrow coal in trade for a minimize of the revenue. yet Tenim quickly realizes there's a lot extra to be made of firestone, the risky mineral that permits the dragons of Pern to burn Thread out of the sky. Tenim doesn’t care what he has to do, or whom he has to kill, as a way to nook the market.
Cristov is Tarik’s son. Dishonored through his father’s greed and treachery, the boy needs to make amends in some way, whether it skill risking his lifestyles by means of mining the unstable firestone, which detonates on touch with the slightest drop of moisture.
When the final ultimate firestone mine explodes in flames, a determined race starts to discover a brand new deposit of the lethal yet crucial mineral, for with no it there might be no safety opposed to Thread. yet Tenim has a murderous plan to show tragedy to his personal virtue, and in basic terms Pellar, Halla, and Cristov can cease him–and make sure that there'll be a destiny for all at the global of the Dragonriders.
From the Hardcover edition.