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Dragondrums [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne McCaffrey
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4.0 out of 5 stars Piemur's Incredible Journey... May 23 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Piemur is arguably one of the best singers in Harper Hall. He is eagerly anticipating his performance singing the role of Lessa in a new piece that Master Dominic has commissioned, when his voice starts to change. If Piemur can no longer sing, what role can he play at the Harper Hall? He has no patience for scribing, no skill for creating instruments and he doesn't compose, all he does is sing. Luckily, the Masterharper has a special job just for him. He is to become one of the Drummaster's apprentices and learn the drumbeats that deliver messages over the continent of Pern. Unfortunately, he is not well received in the drummer's tower and barely escapes lasting harm when his fellow apprentices play some nasty pranks on him. But the Masterharper is not done with Piemur yet and quickly sends him out with Sebell to do some unobtrusive information gathering at Lord Meron's hold. Piemur is excited to be of help, but his natural curiosity gets the better of him and he finds some fire lizard eggs. Ever since he started helping Menolly feed her fair, he has desperately wanted a fire lizard egg of his own, a queen, naturally. He cannot resist the temptation and steals one of the eggs. When it is noticed, Piemur is forced into hiding and finds himself on the largely uninhabited Southern Continent. Unsure of who is friend and who is foe, Piemur sets off to make a home for himself and to forge a new life with his fire lizard, Farli, his runnerbeast, Stupid, and his own quick wits to aid him.
Dragondrums tells the tale of Piemur, one of the first harpers to befriend Menolly (Dragonsong & Dragonsinger) when she came to Harper Hall. He was a rascal in those books, but a very loveable character.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Piemur's Incredible Journey... May 23 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Piemur is arguably one of the best singers in Harper Hall. He is eagerly anticipating his performance singing the role of Lessa in a new piece that Master Dominic has commissioned, when his voice starts to change. If Piemur can no longer sing, what role can he play at the Harper Hall? He has no patience for scribing, no skill for creating instruments and he doesn't compose, all he does is sing. Luckily, the Masterharper has a special job just for him. He is to become one of the Drummaster's apprentices and learn the drumbeats that deliver messages over the continent of Pern. Unfortunately, he is not well received in the drummer's tower and barely escapes lasting harm when his fellow apprentices play some nasty pranks on him. But the Masterharper is not done with Piemur yet and quickly sends him out with Sebell to do some unobtrusive information gathering at Lord Meron's hold. Piemur is excited to be of help, but his natural curiosity gets the better of him and he finds some fire lizard eggs. Ever since he started helping Menolly feed her fair, he has desperately wanted a fire lizard egg of his own, a queen, naturally. He cannot resist the temptation and steals one of the eggs. When it is noticed, Piemur is forced into hiding and finds himself on the largely uninhabited Southern Continent. Unsure of who is friend and who is foe, Piemur sets off to make a home for himself and to forge a new life with his fire lizard, Farli, his runnerbeast, Stupid, and his own quick wits to aid him.
Dragondrums tells the tale of Piemur, one of the first harpers to befriend Menolly (Dragonsong & Dragonsinger) when she came to Harper Hall. He was a rascal in those books, but a very loveable character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favourite book ever. Oct. 12 1999
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I can truly call Dragondrums my favourite book that I've read so far in my life. It was poignant, realistic (although it's a sf/fantasy story set on a different world far into the future) and eloquent book, and by far the best of Ms. McCaffery's books. I've read nearly all of her Pern books, and love them all, but this one tops them all. Her choice in words has always seemed to me to be outstanding and aboslutely perfect, and her characters are five demensional. I stayed up until 5:30 AM reading this book the first night I got it. I've read it three times since getting it a couple of days ago, and the only problem I find with it is that it's not longer. If only there were more of it! I disliked Piemur when I first read 'The White Dragon,' but after reading this and Dragonsinger, he became easily my favourite character on Pern, topping Sebell, Menolly, Lessa, and even (though it's hard to believe) Master Robinton - no, I take that back. Nothing can top Master Robinton, although this comes close. I give this book one hundered stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful McCaffrey book! Aug. 30 2002
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This is the third book in the Harper Hall trilogy. The heroine of the two previous books, Menolly, now a confidant journeywoman, does appear and has some wonderful romantic moments, but it mainly revolves around her friend,the charming, young scamp Piemur. He believes his beautiful Soprano voice is his only asset to the Harper Hall. When his voice begins to break, he feels at a loss, but finds out that his ingenuity and intelligence are just as valued by the Masterharper Robinton as his youthful voice was. After a period of rough adjustment and a violent encounter with jealous rival apprentices, Piemur's other talents gain him a fire lizard and take him farther from the Hall than he ever dreamed--all the way to the mysterious Southern continent of Pern. This book allows the reader to glimpse at the hidden side of the Hall. Teaching and entertaining are not the only tunes a Harper can play in Pern!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
For my wife. She loves it
Published 1 month ago by Sean Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great audio book
Published 1 month ago by 2011cardar
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
Very well written story. Excellent for all ages of readers. You can almost see the dragons flying in the skies.
Published 4 months ago by suzanne burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars Pern needs more novels
I have read a lot of Anne McCaffrey, and this may be my favorite of all the series. No story tries to reach too far, dealing with just a handful of people and situations. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Debra
4.0 out of 5 stars Reign of Fire Lizards
"Dragondrums" is the third book in Anne McCaffery's "Harper Hall Trilogy" and is set on the world of Pern. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2007 by Craobh Rua
5.0 out of 5 stars Not What Expected but Great Read
I was hoping that this third installment of the Harper Hall trilogy would be about my favorite character, Menolly. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by Melissa McCauley
4.0 out of 5 stars Dragondrums
Piemur has always known that he is at Harper Hall because of his perfectly perfect voice and that some day his voice will change. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by Kat,Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't pass this up
All of Anne McCaffry's books are expertly written. She writes books that are great for kids: not too complicated, funny, and involves characters that are kids. Read more
Published on July 15 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The first 'adult' book I ever read.
This was the first 'adult' book I ever read, some twelve years ago. I was nine. For years I loved the covers of my parents books; dragons most of all. Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2001 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book, but.........
I have thoroughly enjoyed the harper hall books, but, this one, in a way, fell short of what I expected. Read more
Published on July 3 2001
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