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DRAGONSONG Paperback – Feb 1 1983

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Corgi (Feb. 1 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552106615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552106610
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,717,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craobh Rua on Jan. 23 2007
Format: Paperback
"Dragonsong" is the first book in Anne McCaffery's "Harper Hall Trilogy" and is set on the world of Pern. Unfortunately, it's prone to attack from Thread - spores that grow on a neighbouring planet and, at times, can bridge the gap between the two worlds. Thread is deadly to all life : it can only be killed by fire and it's progress is halted by fire and stone. Fortunately, Pern's inhabitants have a useful ally in the battle against thread : dragons. Not only capable of flying and breathing fire, Pern's dragons can also teleport. They also form a telepathic bond with their riders.

"Dragonsong" doesn't tell the story of the great dragonriders, though : it tells the story of Menolly, a teenage girl living at Half Circle Sea Hold. Her father, Yanus, holds the position of Sea Holder, and is essentially the community's leader. Although life there revolves around fishing, Menolly is a talented musician and singer - talents that had been nurtured by Petiron, the Hold's Harper. However, Petiron has recently died and, though the Hold is waiting for his replacement, Menolly feels his loss more keenly than most. Menolly herself would dearly love to follow in her mentor's footsteps - however, it seems that only men can become a Harper. As a result, Menolly's father strongly disapproves of her love for music, and eventually forbids her to sing or play. This leads to Menolly running away from home and discovering a colony of fire lizards - more or less miniature dragons - which had, until then, been considered the stuff of legend.

Although not the first book set on Pern, "Dragonsong" is a useful starting point. It is the first book of the Harper Hall Trilogy, and starts with a brief introduction that covers the history of Pern and its Dragonriders. Menolly proves herself to be a likeable, resourceful character, though a little lacking in self-confidence. Overall, an enjoyable and easily read book.
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By Tyger on Feb. 22 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book of the Harper Trilogy. Menolly is the main character, an extremely talented young woman forced to hide her musical abilities from the new harper. She is beaten for strumming a guitar harmlessly, her hand is purposefully left to scar after an acciedent with a knife while gutting packtail (which leaves her basically unable to play any instrument), and she is discouraged from singing in front of any that may discover her.
Unable to bear a life in which music is forbidden to her, Menolly runs from her sea-hold. She is forced into a cave she earlier had placed a clutch of fire-lizard eggs in, where the eggs are hatching. In her haste to save the hatchlings from Threadfall, she somehow manages to Impress quite a few of the little creatures. Hence the image on the front cover.
This is the story of how Menolly became one of the first woman trained at the Harper Craft Hall and of the start of pet fire-lizards. This is an excellent book. At some points you will feel so frustrated for the positions Menolly is forced into, wishing she would blow up, at least. But she always keeps her temper, finder her way bravely out of it with her own solutions. I cheered her on through this book, waiting and hoping for everything to work out nicely in the end, like most people seem to hope. And when it does end, it ends in a surprising way, leaving the reader anticipating the second book excitedly. Menolly is a strong, realistic character that makes her mark in the history of Pern in her own special way. I rated this book five stars because that is what it truly deserves.
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By A Customer on Feb. 15 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love this book! It is one of my favorites. I started reading it just to find something to read. Then I feel in love with it and the series. It is the story of a girl named Menolly who lives in a sea hold on the planet Pern. She studies with an old harper, Petrion, and learns music. She writes some songs and he sends them to Harper Hall, the main place where all music comes from. Then the harper passes away and her parents forbid her from ever playing an instrument or singing. So a new harper comes and he tries to find the person who wrote the songs. They thought it was a boy and never suspected Menolly. Then one day she had an accident and cut her wrist. Her wrist and hand were crippled from then on so she could not play and instrument. Then one day she runs away, but gets caught in a deadly Threadfall. So she takes shelter and finds nine firelizard eggs (firelizards are a small version of dragons.) there, and when they hatch she impresses them. Then one day Thread falls again and she is stuck. She tries to run but is not fast enough. Then a miracle happens and her life changes forever. Anne McCaffrey is brilliant and can not do any better on this book. The characters are well defined and you fell like you are there. The title fits the story perfect. If you want to experience excitement with myth you should defiantly read this book.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
As stated above I read this in the wrong order, to be specific I read it as part 4 in the series. It fills in some empty spots(of which Anne McCaffrey has left very little), and if you read this in order, introduces new characters that play a vital role.

Menolly, a young girl who is chastized for her gift of music by her family;yet conditions force her to play/teach the young at Half-Circle Sea Hold the ballads. After a while other conditions prevent her from playing and she runs off, unable to withstand the "torment" of the new harper's playing music mixed with the constant chastizing of her family... girls are not supposed to be harpers you know... as she runs off, she comes across a clutch of firelizard eggs in danger. As she saves it, she finds herself in danger of thread, and holds up with the clutch which happens to hatch at that time;after a number of the young impress, the adventures for Menolly continue to grow...
Oh yeah, I don't want to give too much more away, but circumstances make Menolly well sought after by the Masterharper... only neither one know that it's her!
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