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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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Lackey's writing. She paints
full figures on vivid backgrounds. The singer overcomes rejection, cruelty, danger and loneliness to provide a major boon to all of Pern.
It's the first in of a series it's about Pern , but not directly about the dragonriders. It's more about the Harper Hall. It's sort of school or unversites or craft school. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have loved this book enough that I have re-read it and the other Harper Hall Trilogy books at least in the double digits. These are my go-to feel good stories.Published 14 days ago by Kristi Cramer
I have been reading and rereading this book ever since I was lucky enough to find Anne McCaffrey's books. Read morePublished 20 days ago by CFE
One of McCaffrey's better stories. The main character is appealing and believable, the story engrossing. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Susan M Brown
Fun book, especially for lovers of the dragon riders of Pern series! Got my 2 young boys hooked on reading from these booksPublished 26 days ago by Fred R Larsen
I read this many years ago when I first discovered this wonderful series. Menolly's story is one of my favorites, and I was thrilled to return to it on the Kindle edition. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Myddrin Emrys
Ok so I'm rereading this series. I try to read ANYTHING written by this wonderful author. I'm not even a sci-fi lover but, her stories flow and I can't put them down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MLH NY