The Girl Who Heard Dragons by Anne McCaffrey
Paperback. Condition: Good +. 1995. 1st Edition thus, 1st printing. Tor.
Anne McCaffrey's dragons are the stuff of which SF/fantasy legends are made. All of her dragon books have been national bestsellers.
The Girl Who Heard Dragons is a feast for McCaffrey fans and for all readers—a big, satisfying compilation of her fiction. Best of all, it opens with an original short novel of Pern, "The Girl Who Heard Dragons," the story of Aramina, a teenage girl whose special skill does not seem likely to help solve her family's problems. They are "holdless," and must constantly roam the land, trying to hide from bandits. Aramina's mother fears losing her daughter completely to the life of a dragonrider, but McCaffrey has another fate in mind for her young heroine.
In addition, The Girl Who Heard Dragons contains twenty-four beautiful black and white drawings by award-winning artist Michael Whelan.