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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.
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DragonSong is the first book of Anne McCaffrey's "Harper Hall Trilogy." It contributed to Ms. McCaffrey being awarded the Margaret A. Read morePublished 20 days ago by M. Alm
Love these books. Read them years ago, enjoying reading thru the series again.Published 21 days ago by Yarn Nerd
This is perfect introduction to this author for young adlots ready for adult stories. A quick read but with just the correct amout of back story to make understanding what is... Read morePublished 21 days ago by librarywitch
Great I have read them all. From dragon flight to dragon drum. Every book a part of the whole. The story of Pern.Published 23 days ago by rodger liverman
Great story, great characters, and it will leave you wanting more. Anne McCaffrey is a great author and creates such memorable characters you root for them throughout their... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rebecca roman
Of all her stories, this is my favorite! It tells of the triumph of perseverance over ignorance and parental assumption, which is, in this this story, blind to anything but... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eugene R. Woolcott
Books like this just are not written any more. Solid plot and characters. I loved re reading it. A aPublished 1 month ago by Stephen Schaff