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!