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Dragonsong (Harper Hall Trilogy, Book 1) Paperback – April 1, 2003
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No hyperbole here, but not since Anne of Green Gables have I come across as enchanting a young girl as Menolly (her name is just perfect too). The similarity is certainly palatable, what with a young woman who is told to deny her talents because she is but a girl.Read more ›
McCaffrey is smart. She knows that this book series is so complex that it there is no way in which to begin any plot without a recap of past events. She includes in this tale a map of Pern, a useful character list, and a Forward that deftly explains the history of the planet and its dragons. Then we meet Menolly. Born in a small fishing village, the girl is the most talented musician in the village, but she yearns to become a professional Harper and create music as well as sing/play it. Unfortunately, no woman has ever been a Harper before and her conservatively minded family is determined to squash this dream of Menolly's before she shames them in some way. When life for Menolly becomes too harsh, she escapes into the wide world and takes shelter in a cave.Read more ›
In this novel, seven turns have passed since Lessa's trip through time. Half-Circle Sea Hold has lost their aged Harper and no one other than Menolly, the Sea Holder's youngest child, can properly sing the deathsong to honor old Petiron as he is put to rest. Yanus is upset that a mere girl should be given this honor, yet he has no choice but to allow it. Moreover, Menolly is the only one available to instruct the children in the Teaching songs. However, Yanus and his wife, Mavi, try to stop Menolly from "tuning", writing new songs. After repeated warnings, Yanus beats her with his belt when she dreamily strums a new tune in front of the children and Mavi piles works on her.
When the new harper arrives, Yanus and Mavi try to keep Menolly from his attention, even though the new Harper has asked about the person who wrote the new songs that Petiron had sent to Harper Hall. When Menolly slashs her hand open while gutting packtails and gets slime into the cut, her mother cleans, stitches and bandages the wound and tells Menolly that she will no longer be able to use that hand to play music.
The wound becomes poisoned by the slime as well as infected and Menolly spends a few days in pain and delirium. After she recovers, she spends most of her time out of the Hold gathering greens and fruit.Read more ›
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I adore Anne McCaffrey's Pern series -- we own them all in hardback (as they were published), paperback (as they became available) and they were the first books purchased for our... Read morePublished 1 day ago by A. Beth
Loved these books from day one when I first read them years ago. They continue to hold me as I re-read them once again. Read morePublished 2 days ago by TG
This is a typical Anne McCaffrey novel of Pern, a science fiction/science fantasy. It is set in her imaginary world of dragons, dragon riders and 'thread" that has to be... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Craig S. Werner
one of my favorite dragons if Pern books. I love this seriesPublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
It's not the first time I have read this book I like all of her books.Published 3 days ago by Mary D Sargent
Ann McCaffrey has always been one of my favorites, especially the pen books. I recently had to downsize my physical library, so this book was one of the first I replaced with... Read morePublished 5 days ago by melba
Great book for side characters in main books. Gives viewpoint from some of the "minor characters" livesPublished 7 days ago by Wil A
A few typo's in translation to kindle version.
Love this book, a PERN classic!