The Renegades of Pern (Dragonriders of Pern Series #10) by Anne McCaffrey

By Anne McCaffrey

So long as the folk of Pern may possibly have in mind, the Holds had secure them from Thread, the lethal silver strands that fell from the sky and ravaged the land. In alternate for sanctuary within the large stone fortresses, the folk tithed to their Lord Holders, who in flip supported the Weyrs, whose dragons have been Pern's maximum weapon opposed to Thread.But now not all people on Pern was once a part of that approach of mutual care and defense, quite those that have been rendered holdless as punishment for wrongdoing. And there have been a few, like Jayge's dealer extended family, who easily hottest the liberty of the roads to the safety of a carry. Others, like Aramina's relations, had misplaced their holds via injustice and cruelty. For all of the holdless, lifestyles was once a relentless fight for survival.Then, from the ranks of the criminals and the disaffected, rose a band of renegades, led through the woman Thella. nobody used to be secure from Thella's depredations, and now her quarry was once Aramina, reputed to have a telepathic hyperlink with dragons. but if Thella mistakenly vented her rage on Jayge's family members, she made a deadly mistake. For Jayge was once bent on revenge . . . and he may by no means enable her have the woman who heard dragons!From the Hardcover version.

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Suddenly a fountain of flame washed across the spot. He saw the long twisting thing in the center of the flame turn black and burn quickly, adding an oily yellow smoke to the clean fire. Jayge almost missed seeing the dragon at all, he was so caught by the terror of the Thread burrow. But the dragon hovered briefly, to be sure of the destruction, so Jayge caught the sight of the huge golden body as the dragon — gold was for queens, wasn’t it? — beat strongly upward and flamed again, farther up the hill.

Jayge hated a bully, almost as much as he hated someone who abused animals. And it had been a fair fight: the lad was two Turns older than Jayge and two kilos heavier. ‘I’ll match ye again when we come back, Gardrow,’ Jayge cried, and managed to duck out of the saddle as the other boy wheeled his pony, lash swinging above his head for another attempt. ’ two holder boys yelled. That caught Crenden’s attention. He hauled his spirited mount back to his son. ’ Crenden did not approve of any of the Lilcamp folk brawling.

Dushik stood up, bile rising in his throat. All he could do was nod his head. This was the third time, his wine-dulled brain reminded him. The third time. ‘This is the third time, Dushik,’ the steward said, tugging on his sleeve. ’ Desperately Dushik tried to assemble a defense. ‘The third time’ meant that he would be denied the Hold, his cot, and the work he was trained to do. Three deaths from brawls, no matter how they occurred, also meant he would have no luck applying to any other Holder.

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