By Anne McCaffrey, Todd J. McCaffrey
Starting with the vintage Dragonriders of Pern, Anne McCaffrey has created a posh, perpetually interesting international uniting people and nice telepathic dragons. thousands of committed readers have soared at the glittering wings of Anne’s mind's eye, following publication via ebook the evolution of 1 of technological know-how fiction’s so much liked 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 background: her son, Todd.
Young Kindan has no expectancies except becoming a member of his father within the mines of Camp Natalon, a coal mining payment suffering to show a revenue faraway from the nice Holds the place the presence of dragons and their riders skill defense and civilization. Mining is fraught with risk. thankfully, the camp has a watch-wher, a creature distantly relating to dragons and uniquely suited for really expert paintings at midnight, 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 outdoors the mine.
Then catastrophe moves. in a single bad rapid, Kindan loses his kin and the camp loses its watch-wher. Fathers are changed through sons within the mine–except for Kindan, who's taken in by way of the camp’s new Harper. Grieving, Kindan unearths a degree of solace in a burgeoning musical expertise . . . and in a brand new friendship with Nuella, a mysterious lady not anyone turns out to grasp exists. it really is Nuella who assists Kindan while he's chosen to hatch and teach a brand new watch-wher, a role that forces him to renounce his dream of changing into a Harper; and it truly is Nuella who is helping him provide new desiring to his life.
Meanwhile, sparked by way of the tragedy, long-simmering tensions are dividing the camp. a ways lower than the skin, a gaggle of envious miners hides a perilous mystery. As warring factions threaten to blow up, Nuella and Kindan start to detect unknown abilities within the misunderstood watch-wher–talents that can rather well shop a complete carry. in the course of their time instructing the watch-wher, the 2 research a few issues themselves: that even a possible very unlikely dream isn't thoroughly out of succeed in . . . and that gentle are available even in darkness.
From the Hardcover edition.