Young Kindan has no expectations other than joining his father in the mines of Camp Natalon, a coal mining settlement struggling to turn a profit far from the great Holds where the presence of dragons and their riders means safety and civilization. Mining is fraught with danger. Fortunately, the camp has a watch-wher, a creature distantly related to dragons and uniquely suited to specialized work in the dark, cold mineshafts. Kindan’s father is the watch-wher’s handler, and his son sometimes helps him out. But even that important job promises no opportunity outside the mine.
disaster strikes. In one terrible instant, Kindan loses his family and
the camp loses its watch-wher. Fathers are replaced by sons in the
mine–except for Kindan, who is taken in by the camp’s new Harper.
Grieving, Kindan finds a measure of solace in a burgeoning musical
talent . . . and in a new friendship with Nuella, a mysterious girl no
one seems to know exists. It is Nuella who assists Kindan when he is
selected to hatch and train a new watch-wher, a job that forces him to
give up his dream of becoming a Harper; and it is Nuella who helps him
give new meaning to his life.
Meanwhile, sparked by the tragedy,
long-simmering tensions are dividing the camp. Far below the surface, a
group of resentful miners hides a deadly secret. As warring factions
threaten to explode, Nuella and Kindan begin to discover unknown talents
in the misunderstood watch-wher–talents that could very well save an
entire Hold. During their time teaching the watch-wher, the two learn
some things themselves: that even a seemingly impossible dream is never
completely out of reach . . . and that light can be found even in
This is the first book in the Pern series that has not been solely written by Ann McCaffrey, Her son Todd has been part of it.
I really liked this book that is more about the watch-whers than about dragons. I also liked the twist the main characters close to the end.
I have already ordered the next book Dragonsblood from the library.
This book qualifies for:
I Love Library Books Reading Challenge 2014
You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge 2014
Sequel Spring Reading Challenge
Goodreads Reading Challenge 2014
Nothing but Reading Challenges - Spell it Out - Animal Alphabet (A-polarbear)
CCC-Read your age
Crazy Challenge Connection Bard of Avon