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The Great Jaxom and Ruth!
Posted by Laurel Sanders on 10/11/2000
In this wonderful book, The White Dragon, young Jaxom of Ruatha and his white dragon, Ruth, are experiencing the world of Pern. Jaxom is almost eighteen turns old and the other men and dragon riders will not let him prove his and his dragon's abilities. Being born a discolored runt, Ruth is believed to be less strong then the other larger dragons. This book is about Jaxom and his young Dragon proving to all of Pern that they are just as good if not better at fighting deadly thread as the other dragons. They stop the Southerner's from stealing a queen egg. And with Ruth's amazing bond with the fire-lizards, Jaxom finds the ancient civilizations and stops a grief stricken dragon rider from leaving Pern. Anne McCaffrey is a great writer and I hope she continues writing about Pern. Her Characterization is wonderful. Jaxom is a perfect product of his mother, Lady Jemma, and his Father, Fax. The theme is also very prominent. Sometimes Jaxom has to bend the rules to prove himself. Bending rules in our society can sometimes be worth it also. I think this book is the best of the three. The atmosphere of the book shifts which makes it even more interesting. Jaxom goes from desert, to beach, and back to the farms of Ruatha. The description of emotions and places are capturing. I feel like I am actually the one riding Ruth to the lake and the cove. I highly recommend this book to all fiction lovers.
Posted by Rita on 7/25/2000
There has never been a dragon like Ruth in Pern. Small and white, beautiful in his own way, capable of attracting the small fire-lizards and talk to them. And he belongs to Lord Jaxom, now almost 18 Turns and full of a wish to fight Thread, a wish he is starting to believe might not come soon. But his special relationship with his dragon will brighten his soul, and will reveal hidden secrets of the Acients, the ones who first colonized Pern. And when the Oldtimers start to plot against the Northern Weyrs and Holds, all seems lost. What is the word that cries in the sky? Dragon against Dragon? Jaxom and faithful Ruth will find themselves in the middle of Pern's salvation...
I loved, adored and this book. And I could not put it down. I read it in a few hours in the night and during the next day. I could not put it down. The relationship between Jaxom and Ruth is amazing and if you ever felt you could love a dragon, Ruth is certainly a wonderful candidate for your friendship and respect. Once thought not to survive his first Turn, this small white dragon showed everybody of what he was made. One of the best on this series I have read but since I haven't read many I cannot really say much. Just that this one touched my heart... like the others... and my imagination. One feels like dreaming... and ride on a dragon's back...