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  1. Susan Kennedy Susan Kennedy says:

    Another fantastic story of Pern This one is during the same time as Moreta Nerilka is a beautiful soul who just can t stand how her father is with the people in her hold and the area around Her father is a cold man that I haven t liked in either book She has had enough of his nonsense, so she leaves the hold to find her own way She is a brilliant character who puts meaning into her life by helping others She is good at what she does and she thrives Her mother taught her everything she kno Another fantastic story of Pern This one is during the same time as Moreta Nerilka is a beautiful soul who just can t stand how her father is with the people in her hold and the area around Her father is a cold man that I haven t liked in either book She has had enough of his nonsense, so she leaves the hold to find her own way She is a brilliant character who puts meaning into her life by helping others She is good at what she does and she thrives Her mother taught her everything she knows and she is able to take that with her after the loss of her mother and sisters to the sickness that has decimated Pern I thoroughly enjoyed this short story as a continuation of Moreta


  2. Jerry Jerry says:

    Definitely not my favorite Anne McCaffrey novel Hope the later books are better than this.


  3. Nathan Nathan says:

    I can see why this was where I quit on the series on my first attempt many years ago This isn t a terrible story, but it doesn t do anything to move the overall plot of the series forward and does very little to build important characters or to enrich the reader s understanding of Pern It feels extra.


  4. Elana Elana says:

    EhhI find as I return to Pern stories in my old age and re read them that I like the depiction of the women s lot less and less Nerilka has a strong voice, and this ancillary tale is engaging but I genuinely disliked the depiction of her romance , if you can even use that word, with Alessan.More like 2.5 stars for the unfulfilling relationship Nerilka ends up in but McCaffrey is still a talented writer with an impressive vocabulary, and I must award style points where points are due.


  5. Kaylabee Kaylabee says:

    I very much enjoyed this book It was a nice break from McCaffrey s third person voice the story is told directly from Nerilka s point of view It also moved at a clipped pace, as its meant to be a companion book to Moreta It did feel like discovering the diary of someone who lived at a tumultuous time I appreciated the added layers of understanding and story that this book provides to the Pern series Nerilka was a very calm and stalwart heroine she knew her talents and was a grown woman wh I very much enjoyed this book It was a nice break from McCaffrey s third person voice the story is told directly from Nerilka s point of view It also moved at a clipped pace, as its meant to be a companion book to Moreta It did feel like discovering the diary of someone who lived at a tumultuous time I appreciated the added layers of understanding and story that this book provides to the Pern series Nerilka was a very calm and stalwart heroine she knew her talents and was a grown woman who was willing to work hard I felt like she was worthy of a book all her own a strong woman who may not be considered special but IS special just by the good life she s led If I were five years younger I would ve been disappointed in the romance of the book, but as a grown woman who has experienced the many different levels, trials, and heartbreaks of love I felt very satisfied with where Nerilka ended up and appreciated her relationship for its base of honor, hard work, and kindness and also approved of its stability and simplicity I think most young girls have a very fairytale Esque idea of love and marriage and thus get their hearts broken when that perfect vision is revealed to be a mirage But Nerilkas love story felt real, and she was happy without any sort of death defying testaments to love or unbridled angst filled passion She led a simple life and I can appreciate that Anyways, all in all, I enjoyed the book and can t wait to get into the next Pern book


  6. prcardi prcardi says:

    Storyline 1 5Characters 3 5Writing Style 3 5World 2 5The possibilities promised by the parallel tale format are enticing See the other point of view, find out about another s struggles, learn about entirely new relationships and connections, see what happened to minor compatriots or major ones off page Nerilka s Story, a parallel tale to Moreta Dragonlady of Pern , supplies only a few of these and those only perfunctorily This is not a story that can be read as a stand alone In lieu of Storyline 1 5Characters 3 5Writing Style 3 5World 2 5The possibilities promised by the parallel tale format are enticing See the other point of view, find out about another s struggles, learn about entirely new relationships and connections, see what happened to minor compatriots or major ones off page Nerilka s Story, a parallel tale to Moreta Dragonlady of Pern , supplies only a few of these and those only perfunctorily This is not a story that can be read as a stand alone In lieu of development and buildup, McCaffrey gives a long, dry prologue that introduces the world of Pern as presented in the previous books, dutifully cataloging its professions and culture This prologue does not, however, review the events of Moreta This was an odd decision on the part of the author since Nerilka s Story is written as if the reader does indeed know of those events, McCaffrey taking little time to build up suspense or fully explain happenings The parallel tale itself has little new of interest There s no great discovery or revelation There s no delightful intersection There s no surprising twist Instead, what is presented are the bits that seemed to have been left out of Moreta If you were a teenage girl desiring to read a female author, already enthralled with the lands of Pern, having loved Moretta and wanting to know every detail especially details about another strong, female character then this book was probably eagerly received and devoured McCaffrey s talents are showcased with the circumstances around the main character Though the characters themselves were nothing exceptional, the situations and interactions they are put through generate some particularly emotional scenes Otherwise, this mostly read as a very uninspired and lazy attempt by the author to add another Pern book to the series while committing only minimal effort This was not worth being considered a new Pern book, and it showed the authoras the marketer of a product than an author penning new, fantastical tales


  7. Joan Joan says:

    I was very annoyed with how much of the story was recycled from Moreta the first time I read it years ago, but not as annoyed this time However, the fact remains much is recycled rather than original so I m not going any higher than 3 stars However, this is a rather decent story too Nerilka has long since realized her lot in life is completely constrained by her parents decisions on her marriage and expects no happiness in life Her one real friend was married to Alessan of Ruatha Hold until I was very annoyed with how much of the story was recycled from Moreta the first time I read it years ago, but not as annoyed this time However, the fact remains much is recycled rather than original so I m not going any higher than 3 stars However, this is a rather decent story too Nerilka has long since realized her lot in life is completely constrained by her parents decisions on her marriage and expects no happiness in life Her one real friend was married to Alessan of Ruatha Hold until she died from being thrown off a horse She is denied the chance to go to Ruatha when now widowed Lord Alessan holds his first gather even though 4 sisters went with their parents After Plague breaks out Nerilka is appalled all over again by the complete self centeredness of her father who breaks quarantine to return to Fort Hold and immediately gets his mistress and her family installed in her dead mother s place She is evendisgusted by his refusal to contribute necessary herbs to cure the flu epidemic Stealing the herbal pharmaceuticals she and her dead sisters had prepared, she leaves Fort forever behind What becomes of her will be shaped by her, not her disgusting father This theme of life going on after tragedy is in many ways a deeper theme than in Moreta But Moreta is acomplex, layered story I appreciate knowing what happened to Alessan as that was left unfinished in Moreta The message that life can and must go on is always a good reminder, particularly since this could be read by adolescents who hopefully haven t had to learn that hard lesson yet Definitely recommended for Pern fans


  8. Katie Katie says:

    This one felt a bit unnecessary I liked Nerilka, but it didn t have a whole lot of plot movement going for it.


  9. Olga Godim Olga Godim says:

    Readable, but only just It took an effort to finish NoMcCaffrey for me.


  10. Lila Diller Lila Diller says:

    I highly recommend reading Moreta Dragonlady of Pern first, as it givesof the overarching framework.I have always liked the change to first person POV, and telling the story from the vantage point of a very minor character fascinates me I normally like to start with The Chronicles of Pern First Fall and Dragonsdawn, working my way chronologically through Pern s history But while in the middle of the COVID 19 pandemic, I decided to try reading this to determine if reading about plagues I highly recommend reading Moreta Dragonlady of Pern first, as it givesof the overarching framework.I have always liked the change to first person POV, and telling the story from the vantage point of a very minor character fascinates me I normally like to start with The Chronicles of Pern First Fall and Dragonsdawn, working my way chronologically through Pern s history But while in the middle of the COVID 19 pandemic, I decided to try reading this to determine if reading about plagues is therapeutic as I heard This was definitely good therapy for me When the very first paragraph seemed to speak of me today, I knew I had to finish And though the first half did include grief, it imparted several ways that people deal with the grief, which was enlightening And the main reason I chose Nerilka s Story over Moreta s was because I knew this one ended much happier And as a romance fan, I must have my happy ending Favorite quotes No one can challenge the fact that I have lived through a momentous time in Pern s history, a tragic time I survived the Great Plague, though my heart still grieves for those lost to its virulence, and ever will p.1 Sometimes one knows the drums are relaying good news, happy tidings The beat seems brighter, higher pitched, as if the very skins are singing with pleasure at their work So if I fancied that the drums were weeping today, who could blame me p.38 I suspect it would put a blight on our relationship when he did But that was really his problem Mine was getting into my own bed, sic and not wishing that there was someone who might care to tuck me in p.134


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Nerilka's Story Everyone, holder and dragonrider alike, pitched in to help except Nerilka s father, who refused to share Fort Hold s bounty with the other holds So, ashamed of her family and determined to do her part, Nerilka packed up medicines and supplies and sneaked off to aid her peopleHer quest to help wherever she was most needed led her finally to Ruatha Hold, where Lord Alessan was frantically inoculations against the dread plagueNerilika had long ago abandoned the hope of mariage and a home of her own Now she found happiness in being useful and appreciated first the Healers and then Alessan made very clear that they were grateful for her helpShe had no idea that her new path would change the course of her life forever