DRAGON'S CODE – Gigi McCaffrey
This volume concerns Piemur during the period after his initial book Dragondrums (first published in 1979 ) , with elements from the volume The White Dragon (first published in 1978). Piemur, a former exceptional soprano singer at Harperhall, lost his voice as he grew older. Now he is seventeen and in the Southern Continent of Pern, mapping areas for the Master Harper of Pern, Robinson. The Southern Continent is where the Oldtimers, the dragonriders from the past brought through time to fight the dangerous thread that periodically falls from the sky, relocated when their desire for their past style of living were rejected by the Dragon Weyrs of the present. Already discontented with changes in society, the Oldtimers were exiled to their present home in the Southern Continent, but they need a fertile female dragon. That lack fuels their discontent. Piemur does more than map, he secretly listens for any developing problems to report to Robinson.
While you can read this novel without having read any of the previous volumes, it might be difficult. It is helpful to have read the history of this far-away planet and the tribulations the surviving population have faced. The backstories from previous volumes are intricately entwined and add nuance to the characters and the situations they find themselves in. Piemur's journey is interesting and has purpose beyond what the reader expects.