A Gift of Dragons (Dragonriders of Pern) by Anne McCaffrey

By Anne McCaffrey

For greater than thirty years, Pern has conjured visions of courageous women and men fastened upon the backs of dragons. As someone is aware who has been touched by means of the storytelling magic of Anne McCaffrey, to learn of the unique global of Pern is to inhabit it--and to adventure its impressive dragons is to start aloft with them and percentage their miraculous adventures.

Now, A present of Dragons brings jointly 3 liked tales and an exciting new story of Pern in one quantity illustrated with appealing art by way of Tom Kidd. In "The Smallest Dragonboy," Keevan is the youngest dragonrider candidate, made up our minds to provoke a dragon while the following grasp of eggs hatches. yet what transpires will shock everyone--Keevan so much of all. In "The woman Who Heard Dragons," a tender girl's infrequent skill to speak with dragons places her relations at risk and should convey her head to head together with her maximum fears--and together with her such a lot mystery hope. The "Runner of Pern" is a woman named Tenna, who follows family members culture through supplying messages--and who will locate her future at the mossy strains that runners have used for hundreds of years less than the dragon-filled sky. and at last, a truly detailed reward: a thrilling new Pern experience, released the following for the 1st time, clean from the mind's eye of Anne McCaffrey.

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