All the Weyrs of Pern (Pern, #11) by Anne McCaffrey
To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her Dragonflight Mass Market Paperback – August 27, by. Later, after the fall, Lessa is showing her jealousy and F'lar teases her Given the way relationships tend to be in the Weyr, riders don't often. Then there's F'lar and Lessa's relationship. McCaffrey never actually explains this , because that would be, uh, not subtle enough or something, but apparently.
The vast number of characters with their different interests and goals gives the reader a very multifaceted view of the developing society but the concentration on Jaxom and Ruth as main characters allows the story to continue in a linear fashion. The slow steady progression toward elimination of thread using a very unexpected tactic is fun to watch and the social upheaval is interesting, if brief.
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I cannot imagine a better swan song could be found for MasterHarper Robinton either. The book suffers from a few issues; first and foremost, do not even consider reading it if you have read none of the others! There is virtually no attempt to establish or describe any of the characters, the assumption obviously, is that we already know them from previous books. There is virtually no character development either, the characters go through a quite long time, with a lot of personal change and development, yet they remain identical on page to what they were on page 9.
That sameness that they remain is also invariably very wooden and two dimensional few if any characters are exempt. So much so in fact, that knowing those characters from previous books one will occasionally wince a bit, because they used to be more dynamic.
Obviously the story, not the characters was the focus of the author while writing. She passed out when she reached her destination. Upon recovery, Lessa described the tapestry which led her to the proper time frame in the past. Mardra of Fort Weyr recognized this as a tapestry her father, Lord of Ruatha, had just commissioned.
During this time, Lessa would give birth to Felessanher and F'lar's first child.
However, the difficulty of the birth led to the two taking precautions to ensure that Lessa did not become pregnant again, making Felessan their only child despite Lessa's desire for more. Over time, tensions arose between Benden Weyr and the Oldtimers as it became apparent that many of the Oldtimers did not recognize the increased rights of the Crafts and Holds. Tensions would come to a head when T'ron would attempt to kill F'lar in order to rid the Crafts and Holds of their strongest ally.
When F'lar defeated T'ron, he exiled all Oldtimers that would not follow his lead to the Southern Continent.
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Lessa would tend his wounds, then oversaw the removal of the Oldtimers. Shortly there after, Lessa would travel to High Reaches Weyr, the new home of the displaced Southern riders, where two queens dragons were attacking each other during a mating flight.
When both queens died, Lessa would take charge, drugging the disappointed bronze riders and restoring order.
However, F'lar would become sick due to traveling between with an open wound, leaving Lessa to take over some of F'lar's activities. In addition to attending an observation of the Red Star, Lessa would enlist N'ton in a project to seed the Northern Continent with Thread-devouring Grubs. After several years, the reducing numbers of dragons and the lack of queens or greens to provide relief led the Oldtimers to attempt to steal a queen egg from Ramoth.
Though the egg was returned, it came back nearly hardened and ready to hatch. The insult angered Lessa to the point that she was willing to set dragon against dragon in an attempt to get revenge. Lessa was talked down, but she retained a grudge against fire lizardsfor their role in the plot. Lessa would later be present when T'kul attacked F'lar at Ista Weyrwhere she tended to Robinton, who suffered a heart attack from the stress. Exploring the South After the discovery of that the Southern Continent was lush and fertile, F'lar and Lessa made plans to eventually secure some part of the continent for dragonriders, in the hopes that they would no longer be dependent on the Holds and Crafts for support.
Lessa would make several trips to the Southern Continent as new discoveries emerged. First, several individuals, including RobintonWansorand others would discover that the Dawn Sisters were actually manmade objects. Later, fire lizard memory would reveal the location of the original settlement on Pern.
Lessa would take part in the early excavations, with Ramoth's aid in digging. The next major discovery would be the original ship that the settlers landed in. Lessa would particularly appreciate the ship's maps, which showed the size of the Southern Continent in detail. Lessa was one of the first summoned, and listened to its recital of the first years of Pern's history. Though Lessa became somewhat familiar with the use of a console, most of her lessons tended toward the practical needs of the Weyr, such as dragon physiology and Thread.
Together with F'lar and Jaxomthe three would make the first successful trip to the Red Star, looking for points to place antimatter engines to push the Red Star out of orbit. However, Lessa would not participate in the actual placement of those engines, as Ramoth was in clutch at the time. Lessa would remain as Weyrwoman in the years following, intending to finish out the pass, though she occasionally considered retirement. She and F'lar became responsible for helping to process claims for holds in the South, though she and F'lar had not yet chosen their own place yet.
When a giant fireball impacted in the SOuthern Ocean and caused a tsunami, Lessa would come to Landing to help organize evacuations. Of the six dragon weyrs on Pern, five stand empty with no explanation as to why, leaving Benden Weyr as the only active home of dragons and their riders. The Weyrwoman, Jora, grew fat and lazy, dying when her queen laid her last clutch of eggs. He took the second oldest and most powerful Hold, Ruatha, by deception, then slaughtered everyone of pure Ruathan blood and married a woman who only was only distantly related, so that he could lay legitimate claim on it.
But one Ruathan of the true blood line has escaped, an eleven old girl, Lessa, with telepathic powers. Ten Turns later, she is awakened at dawn by an unusual premonition that something is wrong. Since Fax killed her family, she has disguised herself as a filthy kitchen drudge and used her telepathic abilities to bring the hold to economic ruin. If Ruatha has no profit, she thinks, Fax might renounce it. She watches the Red Star as it burns in the morning sky.
Lessa has created havoc in the hold and Fax is disgusted, proclaiming that when the hold cannot support its Lord, he will renounce it. He goes even further by proclaiming that if his wife, Lady Gemma, should give birth to a male, he would renounce the hold in favor of the baby.
When she goes into labor, Lessa fetches a midwife, but Gemma dies giving birth. Lytol is appointed Warder to the new heir, Jaxom. She washes all of the filth away and when he sees her again, her hair flows down to her waist. She has a small body and is beautiful.
With no fear at all, she impresses the new queen, whose name is Ramoth. As the new Weyrleader, he takes command of the weyr.
When a united army of Lords marches against Benden, he sends riders to abduct their women, then he confronts the army, proclaiming that the Red Star is approaching and thread will fall soon. He gives them orders to clean their Holds of greenery, to restock their fire heights, and to begin full tithing to the weyr.