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By Anne McCaffrey, Todd J. McCaffrey

Starting with the vintage Dragonriders of Pern, Anne McCaffrey has created a fancy, ceaselessly interesting international uniting people and nice telepathic dragons. hundreds of thousands of committed readers have soared at the glittering wings of Anne’s mind's eye, following e-book via booklet the evolution of 1 of technological know-how fiction’s so much cherished and commemorated sequence. Now, for the 1st time, Anne has invited one other author to hitch her within the skies of Pern, a author with an intimate wisdom of Pern and its heritage: her son, Todd.


Young Kindan has no expectancies except becoming a member of his father within the mines of Camp Natalon, a coal mining cost suffering to show a revenue faraway from the good Holds the place the presence of dragons and their riders potential protection and civilization. Mining is fraught with chance. thankfully, the camp has a watch-wher, a creature distantly regarding dragons and uniquely fitted to really good paintings in the dead of night, chilly mineshafts. Kindan’s father is the watch-wher’s handler, and his son occasionally is helping him out. yet even that very important activity can provide no chance outdoor the mine.

Then catastrophe moves. in a single bad quick, Kindan loses his family members and the camp loses its watch-wher. Fathers are changed by way of sons within the mine–except for Kindan, who's taken in by means of the camp’s new Harper. Grieving, Kindan reveals a degree of solace in a burgeoning musical expertise . . . and in a brand new friendship with Nuella, a mysterious woman not anyone turns out to understand exists. it's Nuella who assists Kindan while he's chosen to hatch and educate a brand new watch-wher, a task that forces him to renounce his dream of turning into a Harper; and it really is Nuella who is helping him provide new aspiring to his life.

Meanwhile, sparked through the tragedy, long-simmering tensions are dividing the camp. a ways under the skin, a gaggle of green with envy miners hides a dangerous mystery. As warring factions threaten to blow up, Nuella and Kindan start to detect unknown abilities within the misunderstood watch-wher–talents which may rather well store a complete carry. in the course of their time educating the watch-wher, the 2 research a few issues themselves: that even a possible very unlikely dream is rarely thoroughly out of succeed in . . . and that mild are available even in darkness.

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Kindan guessed via the dim mild that the watch-wher used to be eco-friendly. woman, then. in need of affirmation, he tested her conscientiously to be certain the entire invaluable elements have been there. sure, there have been, and he or she was once. He labored the stumpy wings to ensure they functioned, and stroked the attention ridges and scratched her ears. The watch-wher butted at Kindan, squawking urgently and attempting to take his palms into her toothless mouth. Kindan remembered that watch-whers teethed, now not not like human infants, and with a similar ache and ache. He made a psychological observe to get clean numbweed, or a number of the distilled spirits human moms resorted to for teething babies. now not that any mom he knew might locate the watch-wher cute. It had a truly misshapen, grotesque type of dragon face. Like its stumpy wings, that have been type of draconic, yet now not fairly, so used to be this watch-wher, with eyes that blinked furiously till Kindan dimmed the glow to a skinny sliver of sunshine, incomes a purr of delight from the hatchling. grasp Zist stumbled again into the shed, maintaining the pot in entrance of him. The hatchling made a snarling noise, smelling the proximity of meals, and lunged within the correct path. fortunately, Kindan used to be in a position to grab the pot, seize the spoon, and unload a huge glob into the watch-wher’s open maw. This time, the instant Kindan felt the spoon scrape the ground of the pot, he requested grasp Zist to organize a brand new batch. As Zist obeyed, it happened to Kindan that perhaps it wasn’t right for him to reserve his grasp approximately like this. while could this creature have eaten sufficient? Her abdominal used to be good rounded, and he or she nonetheless opened her mouth or nudged Kindan’s physique whilst she felt she have been unfed too lengthy. eventually, notwithstanding, she gave a huge burp, emitting a bitter, bloody scent, and crawled to a place of straw that appeared acceptable, curled up, laid her head on her forepaws, and began to snore. Zist received wearily to his ft and scrubbed at his mussed hair. “I shall get accurately attired and announce the coming of …” He appeared down at Kindan, who used to be mendacity again within the straw. “Did it offer you a reputation? ” Kindan shook his head. “I didn’t ask. ” “Is it sufficient like a dragon to understand its personal identify? ” Kindan shook his head. “I don’t recognize. I want we knew extra approximately watch-whers. ” “Is it male or girl? notwithstanding I don’t believe it issues. ” “It’s a eco-friendly. They’re like dragons that manner, so she’s a feminine. ” “Then I shall record that to Natalon. ” He reached over and twisted up Kindan’s hair. “You’ve performed rather well, lad. rather well certainly. ” grasp Zist left and wearily Kindan amassed up the odorous porridge pot and took it within to the sink to scrub. Then he begun a brand new batch on a again burner, now not figuring out how lengthy the present feeding might stave off the pangs of starvation in his new cost. whereas the pot simmered, he went again to the shed and settled all the way down to watch for advancements. He roused a little to the sound of Zist’s delicate voice and Natalon’s happy comments. “And no proposal what its identify is? ” Natalon requested Kindan. “She didn’t say … she was once too busy stuffing her mouth and swallowing.

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