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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (1978)
  • ISBN-10: 0553118358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553118353
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 9.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,559,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures. A prolific bestselling author, she is best known for her handling of broad themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly in her tales of the Talents and the novels about the Dragonriders of Pern. Anne McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland. Visit the author's website at www.annemccaffrey.net --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"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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For all of her life, Menolly has loved music and dreamt of becoming a harper. Unfortunately because Menolly's gender, she was never allowed to fully embrace her musical talents. Now her dreams have come true and Menolly is living in Harper Hall as the first girl ever to train to become a Harper, along with the nine fire lizards she impressed not too long ago. Unfortunately life at Harper Hall is not what Menolly has expected. The girls that are students (not as apprentices to become harpers, just students) are either distant or downright mean to her because of her status as an apprentice. Many of the professors are impressed with her knowledge of music, but tell her that she must learn more. The other professors look down on her because she is female. Menolly knows that living in Harper Hall will not be easy but at the same time she's learning so much and having the time of her life. Dragonsinger chronicles the first week of Menolly's life at Harper Hall.
I think that Dragonsinger, is even stronger than Dragonsong. The world of Pern continues to be fascinating at Harper Hall seems like such an interesting place to live. I love the new characters such as Professor Dominick, the composition teacher who pushed Menolly to her breaking point, Piermur, Menolly's new mischevious friend who teachers her about Harper Hall, and the journeyman Sebelle, a favorite character of mine. I also loved to see more of the Masterharper, since he sort of becomes a foster father to Menolly who's own father never really seemed to care much for her. As a musician I was really happy to see not only more music, but also to see the Anne McCaffery knows a thing or two about singing correctly and instruments. She doesn't try to pretend, she actually knows what she's talking about. Dragonsinger, even though it is the second novel in The Harper Hall Trilogy, looks to be the end of Menolly's story, since Piermur seems to take center stage in Dragondrums. I can't wait to read the third book in this trilogy!
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Dragonsinger is the second book in the Harper Hall Trilogy and is the sequel to Dragonsong. It starts right after the previous book ends, with Menolly arriving in Harper Hall a-dragonback. There she begins her musical education with the masters of music. Menolly always thought that harpers would be different and that she would fit in among them, but she finds that people are the same wherever you go. All of the other girls are jealous of her musical talents and do not want her living in their cottage. The boys insist that she has no place with them and her nine fire lizards make her stand out even more. Still, she is Masterharper Robinton's special apprentice and he seems to believe in her and to love her new songs. As Menolly struggles to find her place among the harpers of Pern she will discover much about herself, as well as the remarkable secrets about fire lizards and eventually find an honored place among the Harpers of Pern.
Even though I have enjoyed all of McCaffrey's books, the Harper Hall trilogy has always been my favorite. I first read this book when I was in junior high school and simply loved it. I have read my copy time and time again. McCaffrey has a nice, smooth writing style with great descriptions so readers will have no trouble visualizing the life on Pern. She also does a nice job of throwing in little recaps so that those who have not read Dragonflight and Dragonquest can still understand what is going on. I simply loved the world of the Harpers and think that any reader of fantasy will enjoy this enchanting series.
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By A Customer on June 27 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Menolly is not like most other girls. For one thing, she is the owner of nine fire lizards, her only companions as she struggles to survive in a cave after running away from the hold where she has lived all her life. Now, the result of several awkward circumstances, she has come to the Harper Hall to persue her dream of becoming a harper. But Menolly soon discovers there are other hardships than the kind she has survived. The girls she is to board with are snotty and generally rude to Menolly. The teachers are at first skeptiacal about teaching this GIRL, and drill her strenuously. And, on top of it all, there is an obstacle that might keep Menolly from fulfilling her dream after all. The ugly scar on her hand, left from the botched healing of a cut, prevents her from stretching her hand as she needs to. Somehow, with the help of her lone friends, her fire lizards, and the young boy she has befriended, Menolly is determined to find a way to fit in at the Harper Hall and fulfill her dream, no matter what it takes!

I have to admit, when my dad gave me this book to read, I was skeptical. As it turned out, reading 'Dragonsinger' before I had read the previous book 'Dragonsong' was a big mistake. I was confused about where Menolly had gotten her fire lizards, how she had hurt her hand, how she got into this situation in the first place and where she came from. I was lucky I had my mom and dad there to answer all these questions! Though slightly confused, I still loved this book! I felt that I could relate to Menolly's plight, and I enjoyed reading about all her adventures as a new student at the Harper Hall. I think that both grownups AND kids can enjoy this book. (I was only nine when I read it.) I would reccomend Dragonsinger to anyone who will listen!
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