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  • Series: Dragonriders of Pern Series (Book 5)
  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (November 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781597370172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597370172
  • ASIN: 1597370177
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,063,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

YA-Set just prior to Dragonflight, Masterharper details the life, loves, and heartbreaks of Robinton, Pern's most beloved harper. Readers follow him through a childhood filled with rejection and neglect by his Mastercomposer father, the loss of his wife, the death of his best friend, to his becoming Masterharper of Pern. This is McCaffrey at her best, combining excellent writing with vivid settings and detailed, fully fleshed-out characters. The book would be best read after Dragonflight (1986) and Dragonquest (1979, both Ballantine), but can stand alone.
John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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McCaffrey's latest rummage through the archives of planet Pern (Dragonseye, 1997, etc.) has unearthed Robinton, the Masterharper of Pern, and the circumstances surrounding the advent of weyrleader F'lar and Lessa, the first woman Dragonrider. It's a time when no Thread has fallen for centuries (it's due in 50 years or so), and five of the six weyrs stand inexplicably empty of Dragons and Riders. Young Rob, rejected by his father, is a musical prodigy and has the ability to speak telepathically with dragons. As Rob's musical and diplomatic skills grow, he becomes friendly with Dragonrider F'lon and also earns the enmity of Fax, a holder who refuses to allow his people to be educated (the traditional role of the Harpers). Rob marries, but his wife dies of a fever; F'lon's wife dies in childbirth; Fax, meanwhile, by force and trickery dominates the north and threatens the very basis of Pern society. Then, after F'lon is killed in a contrived duel, Fax invades Ruatha Hold, and now Rob must enlist the aid of F'lon's son F'lar to defeat Fax. Covers well-trodden ground in more detail than hitherto; presumably, most dragonfans will find it satisfying enough. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Anne McCaffrey, the Hugo Award-winning author of the bestselling Dragonriders of Pern® novels, is one of science fiction's most popular authors. With Elizabeth Ann Scarborough she co-authored Changelings and Maelstrom, Books One and Two of The Twins of Petaybee. McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland.

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amanda M. Hayes VINE VOICE on January 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
At the time _Masterharper of Pern_ came out, I was rueing the decline of the Dragonriders of Pern series. After _Dragonsdawn_, the books seemed to lose a lot of their original magic and appeal; even _Dragonseye_, while certainly better than _Dolphins of Pern_, didn't quite live up to standard.

The good news is that _Masterharper of Pern_ *does*. This is a wonderful, vivid, emotional book, clear in detail, strong in character, and with settings one can easily get into. It's a delight to get to meet the father of F'lar and F'nor; likewise, the insight on Fax and his ambitions is welcome. Pern fans and non-Pern fans alike should be able to enjoy this one--it's not just another installment in the series, but a welcome and well-written tale in its own right.

That brings me to the bad news. While _Masterharper_ has all of the virtues I've named above, it has two major faults: consistency and suspension of disbelief. This book just doesn't match up with the earlier ones in some respects. The character of Petiron here doesn't seem like the Petiron Menolly knew in _Dragonsinger_ (granted, age changes a man, but still...). F'lon, while a fine man, does not seem to inspire the sense of respect and even awe that one can pick up about him in _Dragonflight_. Robinton can hear dragons; why, then, was he so surprised to hear them again in _Dragonquest_?

Which leads right into the suspension of disbelief: Robinton, much as I admire his character, is *too good* here. Not only is he a musical genius, not only is he polite and courteous and perfect in every way, but he hears dragons too? Goodness, can't the poor man be allowed any flaws/lackings?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
First, let me say that I'm a die-hard Pern fan, and Robinton is one of my favorite characters from Pern. It was very nice to have a novel which detailed his background so well. However, this novel is severely handicapped by all the same faults found in the later Pern novels. First, there are many re-hashed plots. For example, Robinton's problems with his father mirror Menolly's problems with her father, and they end in the same way (even down to the exact same speech spoken by the Masterharper when each gets promoted to journeyman). Second, the characters are very one-sided, and are sometimes even direct copies of others. For example, Petiron is exactly like Yanus Seaholder; Halanna, when you first meet her, is exactly like Kylara, and when she changes, you never see her again; Manora is fifty years younger than in Dragonflight, but hardly has any physical description other than her "quiet dignity," a phrase used to describe her in every other book. Third, Robinton is a god. He is the best musician on the planet and the nicest person, and everyone looks out for his well-being. Even as a child, his greatest problem was his father, and everyone shielded him from him; Robinton managed to escape from the Harper Hall as a journeyman without ever truly having to face his greatest problem. Except for the fact that Robinton is my favorite character in the series, I would have no real emotional attachment to him in this book--he is too perfect.
I've read every Pern novel and short story that has been published, and some are better than others. This one isn't the worst, but it isn't the best either. It does provide a great history for the other novels. However, in general, McCaffrey's writing suffers from repetition of description and plot, and an inability to create deep characters. The worlds she creates (such as in Pern and the Crystal Singer novels) are beautifully crafted, but the books, especially the later ones, become banal.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark Wylie on January 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
With this novel Anne McCaffrey gets away from some of the weaknesses that have plagued recent novels in her saga of the planet Pern--the excessive number of viewpoint characters and storylines and the rushed quality of the plotting. Masterharper of Pern is the story of one of the author's favorite characters, Robinton, and covers his childhood, adolescence and early manhood. In it we learn much of the "backstory" behind the "Dragonriders of Pern" trilogy, the beginnings of which this book overlaps with.
Lovers of the Pern novels will most likely enjoy this book--although not the best book in the series, I found it to be superior to any since "Dragonsdawn." If you are new to the series, it is not the best one to read first--start with "Dragonflight" and "Dragonquest." Read "Masterharper" if you like them.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By K. Goldmund on March 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
I was intrigued, but disappointed. I have been a fan of Anne McCaffrey's for several years now and have read, re-read, and analysed her books while trying to write my own Pern adventures. And while I applaud her imagination and keen grasp of human relationships and politics, I found that this book just didn't fit in with what I'd led myself to expect by reading her other books. Why, for instance, is Masterharper Robinton so surprised when Mnementh speaks to him for the first time in Dragonquest, if he's practically grown up speaking to dragons? Why does Petiron not disabuse Menolly of her notion that women can't be harpers and what is the problem about sending her to the Harper Hall in Dragonsong, if Petiron's own wife Merelan is called MasterSinger, and girls such as Halanna or Maizella are welcomed at the Hall in Masterharper of Pern? Why does R'gul repeatedly tell Lessa that queens don't fly in Dragonflight, when he's obviously old enough to remember Carola and Feyrith flying around Benden Weyr? Also, I found the idea of Robinton disguised as a drudge at Ruatha Hold just a little far-fetched. And by the way, whatever happened to Lessa's power, the power that kept Ruatha from prospering under Fax, the power to manipulate men's minds for her own ends? This particular aspect of the Ruathan Bloodline wasn't even mentioned in Masterharper. It also seemed to me that the estrangement between Weyr and Hold had been gradual, over the course of generations, not happening in a mere thirty-forty years. Of course Anne McCaffrey has the right to change and improve her writings in any way that pleases her, and perhaps I'm too much of a purist, but I found this particular rendering of Pern too different from her original books. It just didn't ring true in my ears.Read more ›
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