By Anne McCaffrey, Todd J. McCaffrey
Bringing clean wonders and risks to mild within the skies of Pern, Anne McCaffrey and her son, Todd, who proven his writing skills within the bestselling novels Dragon’s family and Dragonsblood, go back with their moment collaboration: an exciting experience of discovery and fate.
Pellar is an orphan taken in via Masterharper Zist. although born mute, Pellar is a talented tracker, and whilst Zist units off to take over as harper for Natalon’s coal-mining camp, Pellar–along along with his fire-lizard, Chitter–joins him on a mystery project of his personal: to determine if said thefts of coal are the paintings of the refrained from, 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 nutrition, safeguard, and garments is their lot; desire is unknown to them. And what destiny could they wish for? with no carry to name their very own, there'll be no security for them whilst the deadly Thread necessarily falls back. lifestyles is even more durable for Halla. Her relatives 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 sweet, Tenim is in league with Tarik, a crooked miner from Camp Natalon, who is helping him scouse borrow coal in alternate for a lower of the revenue. yet Tenim quickly realizes there's a lot extra to be made up of firestone, the unstable mineral that allows 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, so that it will nook the market.
Cristov is Tarik’s son. Dishonored by way of his father’s greed and treachery, the boy needs to make amends one way or the other, no matter if it capability risking his existence through mining the risky firestone, which detonates on touch with the slightest drop of moisture.
When the final final firestone mine explodes in flames, a determined race starts off to discover a brand new deposit of the lethal yet crucial mineral, for with no it there should be no safety opposed to Thread. yet Tenim has a murderous plan to show tragedy to his personal virtue, and purely 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.