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Nerilka's Story cover Nerilka's Story by Anne McCaffrey

Published by Del Rey Books

Reviewed by Leigh Kimmel

Nerilka's Story is unusual for a Pern book in being told in the first person. It is written as though an account for the Records written by Nerilka herself.

Nerilka was a minor character in Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern. One of the many children of Lord Tolocamp of Fort Hold, she was so disgusted with her father's miserliness in Pern's time of need that she left the Hold to do good works among those her father would abandon to their fates. In doing so she began a journey which would lead to a far finer end than she'd dare hope for herself.

This is not a story to begin one's acquaintance with the Pern series, although the author's introduction does help clear some items that are simply presupposed in the narration. However, anyone who has already read and enjoyed Moreta will enjoy seeing a different perspective on the events.

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This review posted May 23, 1999

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