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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1 Mar. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552118044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552118040
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne McCaffrey was one of the world's leading science-fiction writers, and has won both the Hugo and Nebula awards as well as the Margaret A. Edwards' Lifetime Achievement Literary Award. Born and raised in the US, although of Irish extraction, she lived in Ireland, in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, where, as well as writing, she bred horses. She was the creator of the Dragons of Pern series. She died in November 2011.

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A spellbinding legend of Pern.

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A spellbinding legend of Pern.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Craobh Rua VINE VOICE on 21 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
"Dragondrums" is the third book in Anne McCaffery's "Harper Hall Trilogy" and is set on the world of Pern. Three years have now passed since "Dragonsinger", when Menolly first arrived at the Harper Hall. She remains a favourite of Masterharper Robinton, an still enjoys the company of her nine fire lizards. However, there have been some changes. Now a journeyman, she is much more confident and no-one questions her place at the Hall : in fact, she now seems to hold a certain amount of authority. However, although Menolly appears in "Dragondrums", she isn't the central character : this book tells the story of her friend and ally, Piemur.

"Dragondrums" begins with a disaster, albeit one that wasn't entirely unexpected : Piemur's voice breaks. As a result, his career as a singer has to be put on hold - something that also costs him his position as Shonagar's apprentice. Despite his initial fears, Piemur soon finds himself apprenticed to the Masterharper himself and working, at times, with Menolly and Sebell - another journeyman. As his tasks for Robinton will not be public news, however, he will officially be apprenticed to Olodkey, the Hall's drummaster. Although delighted with the prestige of working for Robinton, and hopeful that his work will include a visit to the Southern Continent, things aren't altogether easy for Piemur, His new classmates on the drum level make his life as difficult as they possible can - and his missions for Robinton are not without their peril.

Although the final book in the Harper Hall trilogy, "Dragonsong" didn't really seem to 'fit' - partly because the focus has shifted from Menolly to Piemur, and partly because it didn't really bring any `ending' to the trilogy.
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Carrying on the tale of Menolly where the other two left this book focuses more on her interrelationships with others but especially Piemur and his travails. In fact the book could almost be called 'The coming of age of Piemur'

Introducing more characters and some of the political machinations of Pern the story has a strong, and for me more interesting, narrative. The characters and story, even if sometimes simplistically naive, are well observed and interesting.

I realise that I may not be the ideal demographic for reading this book but would recommend it to all those interested in this genre or a good old fashioned tale
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Stevenson on 11 Jun. 2009
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Very please with this book been reading the series and gripped story very Entertaining. The book itself arrived in very good condition, will be buying the next in the series soon.
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By Amazon Customer on 6 Sept. 2014
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When Piemuir of the Harper Hall reaches puberty and his voice breaks he has not idea of the things that will happen to him. Renown for his beautiful soprano voice Piemuir is afraid that he will not be suitable as a Harper anymore. this book follows Piemuirs travels from the Drum heights to the other side of pern ending up as a drum messenger in Southern Hold always working for the Masterharper Pienuir survives thread hodless and impresses a fire lizard and saves a newborn runner from thread on his way. An impressive story, with the characters from the Dragon Song and Dragon Singer books
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By barrieh on 2 July 2014
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Great book 4th time of reading love all the Pern books
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By K on 13 Feb. 2014
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Pads out Menolly's story a bit more, but Piemur's the main character. We learn more about southern Pern and Toric's ambitions.
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One thing which am not happy about is I wish they were in proper order most of the ones have been but I am reading atm the Moreta one and it does not have any of the people in I have read in the others it is almost as if it was a really early one. My amazon Kindle which my friends bought for me has a black spot on it which the cable guy said was something wrong with pixels. I won't buy the next one from online that is for sure. Pam
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By Mrs. B. A. Clayton on 13 Oct. 2013
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Still enjoyed rereading this book on kindle nearly as much as I did when I read it years ago. mow it will not fill my book case, and have to be dusted.
Using a kindle I can reed in bed and have no light on. So I can read as long as I like.
Still love turning the pages of a new book
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