Book name The White Dragon
Author Anne McCaffery
Cover artist Les Edwards
Publisher Corgi
Pages 455(475 including Dragondex)
Isbn 0-552-11313-7
Preceded by Dragonquest
Followed by The Renegades of Pern

Introduction Edit

The White Dragon is the third book in the Dragonriders of Pern series and follows the tale of Jaxom, the young Lord Holder-to-be who accidentally impresses a small white runt dragon called Ruth. This book is set 12-15 years into the 9th Pass, 5-8 years after Dragonquest.


Never had there been as close a bonding as the one that existed between the young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth possessed remarkable qualities. Not only could he communicate with the iridescent, fluttering fire lizards, but he could fly Back in time to any When with unfailing accuracy.

Nearly everyone else on Pern thought Ruth was a runt who would never amount to anything, but Jaxom knew his dragon was special. In secret they trained to fight against the burning threads from the Red Planet, to fly Back in time as well as Between, and finally their close and special union was to result in the most startling and breathtaking discovery of all...

Awards Edit

  • Ditmar Award (Hugo equivalent), 1979 - for Best International Fiction.
  • Gandolf Award, 1979 - for Best Fantasy Novel.
  • Stresa Eurocon Award, 1980.