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Anne McCaffrey
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1 Mar 1982 The Dragon Books (Book 4)
When Menolly, daughter of Yanus Sea Holder, arrived at the Harper Craft Hall, she came in style, aboard a huge bronze dragon, followed by her nine fire lizards. The Masterharper of Pern, aware of her unique skills, had chosen her as his only girl apprentice. But the holdless girl had first to overcome many heartaches in this strange new life. Two things sustained her -- her devoted lizards, a subject on which she was fitted to instruct her Masters -- and the music...music of compelling beauty, music-making where at last she was accepted. In the Great Hall, Menolly could fulfil her destiny.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1 Mar 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552108812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552108812
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.6 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,432 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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Another unique story of Menolly and the Dragons of Pern.

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Another unique story of Menolly and the Dragons of Pern.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but read the rest of the series too! 21 Nov 2002
Effectively the sequel to "Dragonsong", this book chronicles the further adventures of Menolly, as she finds herself in new surroundings at the Harper Hall, where she is expected to demonstrate her musical talent, continue her education, and instruct those around her on how to care for the "fire-lizards" that have re-acquainted themselves with humankind.
This is the first of McCaffrey's tales to introduce the readers to the Harper Hall in detail, and builds a story with elements of jealousy, pathos, ethical considerations, and a great deal of humour to further the saga suurounding the great Dragons of Pern and their on-going fight against the menace that threatens their existence.
Although the story stands on it's own merits, I strongly recommend that it is read in conjunction with the others in the series to fully appreciate the scenarios that unfold.
Easy to read, and engaging in the devlopment of the main characters, Anne McCaffrey continues to write stories that are as appropriate for adults to read as they are for children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of fantasy fiction 24 July 1999
By A Customer
This has to be the most enchanting book in a series which all fantasy fiction fans will devour one after the other. If you read one of the Pern books, you just have to read another and then another ... until you are left with only one desire : that Anne McCaffrey won't leave us too long before writing another. If you haven't tried any of the Pern books, this would be a good one to get you hooked. They are all complete in themselves, but it is a joy to rediscover key characters who reoccur in other volumes. If you've already tried one of the Pern books, thenI'm preaching to the already converted. If this is your first contact, don't hesitate a moment longer ... join the addicts !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read! 4 Mar 2001
By A Customer
This is one of the best books I've read, full of mystery and magic. Menolly, the heroine, is a truly likeable character. Her exploits with the fire lizards are both amusing and spellbinding.
A must for any Anne McCaffrey fan. A brilliant introduction to her work if you haven't read anything by her before.
I'm very eager to read more about Menolly and her friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Puff the Magic...Fire Lizard ? 21 Oct 2006
By Craobh Rua VINE VOICE
"Dragonsinger" is the second book in Anne McCaffery's "Harper Hall Trilogy" and pickes up directly where "Dragonsong" left off. Having lived holdless, practically outrun Thread and impressed nine fire lizards, Menolly is travelling to the Harper Hall with Master Robinton, Furthermore, following Petiron's recommendations. She has been accepted as a student - meaning that, one day, she will become a Harper.

However, the transition won't be an easy one. Menolly's father had believed that only men could become a Harper and, while that has changed, there are still those who believe that Menolly has no place at the Harper Hall. Worse, her nine fire lizards inspire a certain amount of jealousy and - at times - alarm. She meets a certain amount of resentment and there are some who persecute and bully her at every available opportunity. However, she isn't without her allies - among the most likeable is Piemur, another apprentice at the Hall.

Since this is the second book in the Trilogy, it's not the best starting point - "Dragonsong" is the trilogy's first book. Menolly remains a likeable character : despite being hugely talented, she is woefully short on self-confidence. Piemur is an entirely different kettle of fish, though no less likeable. Like "Dragonsong", a likeable and easily read book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good as always 30 May 2014
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Bought for my grandson who has just got into the Pern books and can't get enough of them! Love them myself too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anne McCaffrey - a great read 28 May 2014
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Such a great story teller is Anne McCaffrey. All her characters come to life for me. I found it hard to put this book down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Reading 5 April 2014
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Anne McCaffrey may no longer be with us, but she left a huge legacy in the 'Dragon' books. This book introduces a new aspect of the Pern novels, featuring, as it does, an unappreciated young girl, not allowed to do anything to do with music. The girl is caught out by a fall of the infamous 'Thread'. The story then takes the reader through the girls adventures and how her life and that of those who populated Pern, are changed for ever as gradually she is able to make music just as she had always wanted to do.

It's not the starting point for the Dragon series, but is still a cracking good read and although I have the full set of Dragon books, I am now buying them to put on my Kindle and enjoying them all over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Anne McCaffrey
Dragonsinger was the first Anne McCaffrey books I read and in many ways is responsible for my continuing love of science-fiction. Read more
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As always Anne McCaffrey draws the reader into the story and you cannot put the book down. Lovely to flesh out the character of the Master Harper.
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This is a great series by a great writer. Love all her works, Sci-Fi lost a great writer when she died
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You are instantly with Menolly, outraged at her early treatment, fascinated to see who she becomes and in love with fire lizards
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Not my favorite in the series but still an awesome read. Anne expands characters and places. Showing different places in pern.
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I love it - This was a replacement of my original copy, that fell apart because it had been read so many times by so many people!
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