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Dragondrums (Harper Hall Trilogy) Paperback – June 3, 2008

4.7 out of 5 stars 200 customer reviews
Book 6 of 23 in the Dragonriders of Pern Series

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"This is science fantasy that is cohesive and briskly paced, with sturdy characterizations and a fully-conceived society."

"Suspense and continuity are...maintained through McCaffrey's ability to weave deft characterizations and a good story." --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

About the Author

Anne Inez McCaffrey (April 1, 1926–November 21, 2011) was an American-born Irish writer, best known for the Dragonriders of Pern science fiction series. Early in McCaffrey’s forty-six-year career as a writer, she became the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction and the first to win a Nebula Award. Her 1978 novel The White Dragon became one of the first science fiction books to appear on the New York Times bestseller list. In 1999 she was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring her lifetime contribution to writing for teens. In 2005 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named McCaffrey its twenty-second Grand Master, an annual award to living writers of fantasy and science fiction. She was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2006.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Harper Hall Trilogy (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reissue edition (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416964916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416964919
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,757,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dawn Smoker VINE VOICE on August 30, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the third book in the Harper Hall trilogy. The heroine of the two previous books, Menolly, now a confidant journeywoman, does appear and has some wonderful romantic moments, but it mainly revolves around her friend,the charming, young scamp Piemur. He believes his beautiful Soprano voice is his only asset to the Harper Hall. When his voice begins to break, he feels at a loss, but finds out that his ingenuity and intelligence are just as valued by the Masterharper Robinton as his youthful voice was. After a period of rough adjustment and a violent encounter with jealous rival apprentices, Piemur's other talents gain him a fire lizard and take him farther from the Hall than he ever dreamed--all the way to the mysterious Southern continent of Pern. This book allows the reader to glimpse at the hidden side of the Hall. Teaching and entertaining are not the only tunes a Harper can play in Pern!
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By A Customer on October 12, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I can truly call Dragondrums my favourite book that I've read so far in my life. It was poignant, realistic (although it's a sf/fantasy story set on a different world far into the future) and eloquent book, and by far the best of Ms. McCaffery's books. I've read nearly all of her Pern books, and love them all, but this one tops them all. Her choice in words has always seemed to me to be outstanding and aboslutely perfect, and her characters are five demensional. I stayed up until 5:30 AM reading this book the first night I got it. I've read it three times since getting it a couple of days ago, and the only problem I find with it is that it's not longer. If only there were more of it! I disliked Piemur when I first read 'The White Dragon,' but after reading this and Dragonsinger, he became easily my favourite character on Pern, topping Sebell, Menolly, Lessa, and even (though it's hard to believe) Master Robinton - no, I take that back. Nothing can top Master Robinton, although this comes close. I give this book one hundered stars.
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I began my obsessive reading of my McCaffrey books with Dragonsong, then plowed my way through the rest of the Harper Hall trilogy. At first I was a little apprehensive when I heard it wasn't about Menolly, but when I found that Piemur was the main charcter, I knew i HAD to read it! This book is so well written and absolutely wonderful for McCaffrey fans. My emotions ran high with the book; when Piemur lost his voice, I was sad with him; when he took off with Lord Meron's gold fire lizard egg, I was dancing in glee and laughing at Meron's rage; and I could feel Piemur's terror when he saw the ominous cloud of Thread descending upon him in the Southern Continent. This is an excellent work, YOU MUST READ THIS!
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It's finally on Kindle! I love Anne McCaffrey and have all her books. Pern has been my favorite series since I was a little girl. It has gotten me through some very hard times in my life and and I read it through at least once a year. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys Sci-fi/ fantasy. Ms. McCaffrey is one of the original and best world builders. If you haven't read the Dragon Riders of Pern series you really owe it to yourself to give it a try.
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As always, nothing but a wonderful yarn from Anne McCaffrey. I was hoping to get this for my Kindle, but it's not available in that format. I've read my old copies of this trilogy so many times that I needed to replace them. This book focuses more on Piemur rather than Menolly, though she is still featured a good deal. Things move very quickly in this book, and there are many big events for such a short novel. Having read all the Dragonriders of Pern books, I understand that so many of these events were included in this book to serve as connections to several future books in the series. It isn't a stand alone book and is meant to be read as part of a series. Still, if someone were to pick this up and read it without having read any of the other Pern books, they might be a little confused as to what is going on and why, but it should whet their appetite to seek out the other books in the Harper Hall series as well as others in the Pern series. Even though this book is decades old, it remains a timeless story. For anyone who likes/loves sci fi or fantasy or simply a well told tale, it's impossible to go wrong with Anne McCaffrey. The Harper Hall Trilogy is a great way to introduce a child to sci fi and fantasy. There's little to nothing objectionable in this series (some mild violence), nothing preachy, deals with how society changes no matter how much we want it to stay the same, overcoming differences, etc.
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Dragondrum by Anne McCaffrey, the third book in the trilogy of the Harper Hall, first Dragonsong, second Dragonsinger, is just as great as the first two. It’s about Piemur’s journey after his voice starts to change and he can’t sing any longer, as it was his only skill. He is devastated and was appointed to the Drummaster’s apprentice to learn drumbeats for delivering messages from one Harper hall to the next, from one continent to the other of Pern.

Many adventures happen to him since he still is helping Menolly. In the end he gets a queen fire lizard, his joy and love.
A great series and I loved all three books
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