By Anne McCaffrey
For thousands of readers across the world, the identify Pern is magical, conjuring up grand vistas of a far off planet whose blue skies are patrolled via courageous dragons and their noble riders, a paradise threatened via the periodic fall of lethal Thread. yet now not all risks descend from the skies. Now, of their 3rd collaboration, Anne McCaffrey and her son, Todd McCaffrey, spin a story of a mysterious ailment which could achieve doing what centuries of Threadfall couldn't: kill each final human on Pern.Life within the Harper corridor is busy for most sensible associates Kindan, Nonala, and Kelsa. because the basically woman apprentices, Nonala and Kelsa are the butt of jokes and straightforward pursuits for the bully Vaxoram and his cronies. but if Kindan springs to Kelsa’s security, he lands up in a struggle for his lifestyles opposed to the older, higher Vaxoram–a struggle that might result in a shocking friendship.Meanwhile, in within sight fortress carry, a seize of fire-lizard eggs is set to hatch, and Lord Bemin’s appealing younger daughter, Koriana, is set to provoke one of many pleasant creatures. on the hatching, Kindan Impresses a fire-lizard of his personal . . . and wins the center of Koriana. yet Lord Bemin mistrusts harpers and won't listen of a fit among his daughter and the low-born Kindan.Then destiny intervenes within the kind of a virulent plague as fast-spreading because it is lethal. coming up by surprise, as though out of nowhere, the contagion decimates carry after carry, paying no heed to differences of start. during this feverish crucible, friendship and love could be proven to the brink and past. For with Threadfall scant years away, the Dragonriders dare no longer divulge themselves to an infection, and it'll fall to Kindan and his fellow apprentices to bravely look for a treatment and keep humanity. the cost of failure is unthinkable. however the expense of good fortune should be even more durable to endure.
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Kindan had only to hear her sobbing softly in her bed one night to decide that he would no longer tolerate the behavior of the other apprentices. Stealthily he left his bunk in the night, crossed over to hers, and grabbed her hand. Seeing that he’d startled her, he smiled and patted her hand in reassurance. Nonala smiled back, sat up, and hugged him. Kindan held her tightly until he felt her relax, then let her go. Nonala lay back down in her bed, still holding his hand. He remained there until she fell back asleep, then silently returned to his bed.
In a move that surprised him, he swung his arm swiftly, palm open, and slapped Vaxoram hard on the cheek. “I challenge you,” he declared. ” Nonala cried. But a hot, burning anger had overcome Kindan and her words didn’t even register. “Challenge me? ” Vaxoram snorted. He bore down on Kindan. ” Some of the other apprentices looked at one another apprehensively. “Kindan,” Nonala pleaded. Kindan heard her worry for him, but he also felt her concern for the long-term repercussions. She knew as well as he did that if he gave in now, Vaxoram would not only torment him more but would also see it as permission to harass both Nonala and Kelsa.
I challenge Vaxoram,” Kindan said, his words slurred with blood and pain. ” There were gasps from the entire room, including M’tal and Nonala. Eyes locked onto Kindan. In front of him, Vaxoram’s anger was a palpable thing; the older lad’s breathing was ragged and outraged. Kindan had issued the harshest condemnation possible of a man on Pern—that he would use his strength to overpower a woman. “I demand the right of cold steel,” Vaxoram responded through clenched teeth, his eyes tight, beady, and glaring angrily down at Kindan’s bloody face.