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Dragondrums [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne McCaffrey
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story May 3 2014
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Very well written story. Excellent for all ages of readers. You can almost see the dragons flying in the skies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pern needs more novels Feb. 14 2014
By Debra
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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. The series is enhanced by being told by many different characters, whose stories frequently overlap. Dragon Drums is the third of the three Harper Hall books. the first tow deal with Melonie and this last with a character introduced into the second book. Piemur was apprenticed younger than usual because of a superb soprano voice and was also a known prankster...his answer to staying one step ahead of the older and sometimes cruel apprentices. Here his voice begins to change and he must try to find another talent useful to his guildhall. Here his sharp and curious mind becomes both an asset and a point of envy to others, but Piemur must learn to keep what he knows to himself as the head Master himself takes an interest in using Piemur to keep an eye on troublemakers on the continent. Piemur grows up a little when he finds himself cut off from his friends, but manages to keep a dream or two alive and well on his journey. I like all the books in the Pern series, each one make the world a little bigger and the dragonmen and women a little more human.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reign of Fire Lizards Jan. 23 2007
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"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Not What Expected but Great Read June 7 2004
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I was hoping that this third installment of the Harper Hall trilogy would be about my favorite character, Menolly. Instead, the book is about Piemur, Menolly's friend, whose golden voice changes with puberty, and he is forced to reassess his life. Piemur runs away from Harper Hall and finds adventure in the jungles of the Southern Continent. Menolly is mentioned here and there, so we find out what happens to her. Maybe it's because I'm female, but I just couldn't get as attached to Piemur, as immersed in his world. Still a great book by one of my favorite authors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dragondrums Dec 29 2003
By Kat,Kat
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Piemur has always known that he is at Harper Hall because of his perfectly perfect voice and that some day his voice will change. But on the day his voice does begin to change he wonders for the first time where he belongs. No longer having the perfectly perfect voice that he used to Piemur is sent to the drummer heights to learn to be a drum messanger. But only when he goes with a journeyman harper to a far off hold and is strangely misplaced to a place even farther away does Piemur begin to understand who he truely is.
This was a marvelous book, although I still really like Menolly, Piemur is a funny character who always has something up his sleeve!
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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...
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... Read more
Published on May 23 2003 by Silmarwen
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful McCaffrey book!
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2002 by Dawn Smoker
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 4 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars One of McCaffrey's best!
I recommend all of McCaffrey's books, but this one is definitely one of the best! You'll be drawn into the characters, and into the world. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2000 by Marcia E. Rands
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Piemur
I thought that it was wrong to write about Mellonly for two books and then switching to a diffrent caracter. I did manage to love this book like all of her books. Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2000 by Brandon Poole
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