By Anne McCaffrey
So long as the folk of Pern may consider, the Holds had secure them from Thread, the lethal silver strands that fell from the sky and ravaged the land. In trade for sanctuary within the large stone fortresses, the folks tithed to their Lord Holders, who in flip supported the Weyrs, whose dragons have been Pern's maximum weapon opposed to Thread.But no longer everybody on Pern used to be a part of that process of mutual care and security, quite those that were rendered holdless as punishment for wrongdoing. And there have been a few, like Jayge's dealer extended family, who easily hottest the liberty of the roads to the protection of a carry. Others, like Aramina's kin, had misplaced their holds via injustice and cruelty. For the entire holdless, lifestyles was once a relentless fight for survival.Then, from the ranks of the criminals and the disaffected, rose a band of renegades, led through the girl Thella. not anyone used to be secure from Thella's depredations, and now her quarry was once Aramina, reputed to have a telepathic hyperlink with dragons. but if Thella mistakenly vented her rage on Jayge's kinfolk, she made a perilous mistake. For Jayge used to be bent on revenge . . . and he may by no means permit her have the lady who heard dragons!From the Hardcover version.
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The gallant little mare was swimming in moments, and Jayge plunged off her back, shuddering at the chill in the water and bobbing under as his feet found no purchase. Deep enough! Everyone but the wee babies could swim. But swim where? Jayge yanked on Fairex’s rein, and obediently she circled to face the river’s edge. When he saw her hit the bottom, he swung himself up into the saddle and started her back the way they had just come. He could hear the sounds of the train echoing loudly down the valley: the thunder of hooves and wagon wheels, the urgency of strident calls.
For a long while, Larad never once connected the thefts with his half-sister. He persisted in blaming the holdless, the dissenters, those turned out of hold and hall for violent acts or robberies: the renegades of Pern. I…Eastern Telgar Hold, Present (Ninth) Pass, First Turn, Third Month, Fourth Day Jayge had hoped his father would stay longer at Kimmage Hold. He did not want to leave as long as he and his shaggy mare were doing so well in races against the holder boys’ runners. Fairex looked so clumsy with her winter hair that it had been easy to fool the other lads into wagering against her.
Toric stepped over the bench on which he had been seated for yet another unendurable meal. ‘There’s a whole continent out there, and I’ll see what else I’m able for. I’ve asked you fair for my journeyman’s badge. ’ ‘Leave on that filthy trader, Toric—’ His father rose as his eighteen-year-old son strode to the hall door, scooping his weather-gear off its peg. ‘Leave,’ he bellowed, ‘and you will have neither hall nor hold, and all men’s hands will be turned against you. ’ The door slammed shut so hard that the latch bounced up, and it swung open again on squeaky hinges.