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Dragondrums [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne McCaffrey
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April 1 2003 Harper Hall Trilogy (Book 3)
As Menolly uncovers intrigue, Piemur discovers the rhythm of adventure in the third book in the Harper Hall trilogy, set within science fiction legend Anne McCaffrey’s beloved and bestselling Dragonriders of Pern series.

As Menolly navigates her way as the first journeywoman Harper in the history of Pern, fellow student Piemur is asked to leave Harper Hall. Secretly, Piemur is drafted by Masterharper Robinton to become a dragonrider—and he will soon embark on a dangerous mission to the Southern Hold.
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Anne Inez McCaffrey (April 1, 1926–November 21, 2011) was an American-born Irish writer, best known for the Dragonriders of Pern science fiction series. Early in McCaffrey’s forty-six-year career as a writer, she became the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction and the first to win a Nebula Award. Her 1978 novel The White Dragon became one of the first science fiction books to appear on the New York Times bestseller list. In 1999 she was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring her lifetime contribution to writing for teens. In 2005 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named McCaffrey its twenty-second Grand Master, an annual award to living writers of fantasy and science fiction. She was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2006. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Reign of Fire Lizards Jan. 23 2007
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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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
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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 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 5 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
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 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 3 2001
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