A young woman allies with magnificent dragons in the first book in the Harper Hall trilogy, set within science fiction legend Anne McCaffrey’s. Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey. Dragonsong book cover. logo logo. Rating / Everything is better with musical. Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey – Fifteen-year-old Menolly allies with magnificent dragons in the first book in the Harper Hall trilogy, set within science fiction.

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Menolly provides us not only a more immediate perspective, but also an extremely different, and far more human view of Pern, and what life mcfaffrey a hold, especially such a conservative one as Half Circle might be like. Lists with This Book. Indeed this is the book where Robinton really becomes a truly awesome character, dragnsong as wily in bringing a shy, mistreated girl out of her shell as when engaging in politics, not to mention bucking yet more traditions and gaining a gifted young apprentice into the bargain.

Despite a mildly confusing start, McCaffrey created a story here that functions as a standalone from the larger world of the Pern series. Enchanted by a sand-sorcerer, the toy dog Roverandom explores a world filled with strange and fabulous creatures; the fat and unheroic Farmer Giles of Ham is called upon to Dragonsnog this replacement arrives, Menolly is ordered to abandon her music even in her head on dragonsoong of physical harm in order to save her family and the hold from the scandal of having produced a girl Harper.

Karl; Children’s Book Editor and Author”. Clearly young girls are the target audience for Dragonsong.

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But that isn’t important The most precious commodity in the world. Dragons and music on a different planet, with a likeable heroine to boot! David Roe was the cover artist for the first UK paperback, the sources jointly ann by reference to. It’s not that Dragonsong is bad, it’s just not for me.

At times, I thought you could easily walk from one settlement to another in a day, which made me confused when the dragons needed to teleport between settlements rather than just flying.

Pennsylvania Center for the Book. Redhaired Girl plays handpipes, lives in caves by sea, and has dragons; Spoilers. In saying that, the second half was much better than the first, and I am almost tempted to carry on with the series, but not sure if I will as there are so many other books clamouring for my attention.


While it does sit within the massive canon of Pern novels, it works perfectly well as a standalone book for those who’ve never read any of the Dragonriders books. Jul 01, Vivian rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 7 comments. Menolly’s absence is eventually noticed at Half-Circle Sea Hold, and the inhabitants wonder if she was killed by Thread.

Thank goodness, after running away, Menolly finds affection and understanding in a newly-hatched nest of small dragon-like creatures called fire lizards. User Review – Flag as inappropriate what is your favorite part of this book?

The injustice finally becomes too much and Menolly flees, only to discover a nest of fire lizards, a new life, and a destiny that will take her far from anything she has ever known.

The front cover of a Harper Hall book named the Dragonriders of Pern series at least so early as the first UK paperback edition of Dragondrums Corgi, This was good, but not great.

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Reader stance and literary understanding: Harrowing the Dragon Patricia McKillip 9. Read as book of in celebration of being able to read at all after a few trying years of little time for literature This book was great! I had previously read one short story in the Pern series, and it was intriguing enough for me to buy this book for 50 cents. The Liveship Traders Robin Hobb 9. And then, after I was swept into the world of Pern and dragons and fire lizards, I discovered it was the first in a trilogy and had to read the next two immediately.

Her novel The White Dragon became one of the first science fiction books to appear on the New York Times bestseller list. I felt an affinity for the Benden Weyr people, though, or at least their easygoing culture, which, similar to the general vibe of Crystal Singer which I read a year or two ago, has a lot of congenial hanging out in between the hard work not to mention copious amounts of alcohol. It was her father who betrayed her ambition to be a Harper, who thwarted her love of music.


When Menolly’s nine fire-lizards come looking for her, Menolly reluctantly admits that she accidentally Impressed them all, thus becoming the center of attention. Wizardwood, a sentient wood. All this being said, the book does have its flaws.

To view it, click here. She was a fine storyteller.

The world Anne Mccaffrey created is intriguing, but other than that there was not much happening. After a accident renders Menolly unable to play music, she runs away from the oppressive Sea Hold and discovers the fire lizards and sets the course for an adventure that will bring rragonsong close to the dragons she sings about.

The main thing I remember feeling when I read this as a child was just how unfair life was for Menolly.


Or the unabashed use of storytelling elements–such as anen bonds with hyper-intelligent animals–that may have been stylish at the time, but are embarrassing mcxaffrey wear in public today. Lessa plans to hand these eggs out to the Lord Holders and Craftmasters who attend the Mccaffreey.

Do yourself a favor if its raining out, curl up with any of your favorite books, but I do hope you’ll give this one a try. Despite everything, McCaffrey kept me turning the pages and I’m interested in reading more about Pern. This is a great coming of age tale. Published June 1st by Aladdin Paperbacks first published March But her music calls to her incessantly and she can’t contain herself completely.

Nothing ever seems to happen. Oct 09, Mike the Paladin rated it really liked it Shelves: Although, as someone steeped in the U.

She attempts to race the leading edge back to the safety of her cave, lacerating the soles of her feet in the effort. In the wilds, she discovers the stories about fire lizards, tiny cousins to the great dragons that protect Pern from Thread, are true, and she befriends a small family of them after saving their lives, twice.