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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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The prologue had such good world-building, but the bulk of this book just droned on with teenage girl whining. I barely made it through the last chapter. Definitely skippable.Published 9 days ago by Emmy
Rider series and read them over again and again. Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant Enjoyable Enjoyable Enjoyable and Enjoyable OKPublished 17 days ago by Gloria Haworth
Needed better editing - too many errors but didn't detract from the overall story.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
A light fantasy with delightful character. I am recovering from hip replacement surgery and this book is a reread from years ago, Just right and light-hearted for recovereryPublished 21 days ago by Judy from Michigan
This was the first book I ever read by Anne McCaffrey and I was totally drawn into the world of Pern with it's rich culture. I will mention: ABUSE TW. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Joanna DeSalvo
Print version is better because of less typo's and other errors.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The first book in the Harper Hall series finds the young girl Menolly unable to continue singing and composing after her elderly mentor dies. Read morePublished 1 month ago by William A. Nolan