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Dragonsinger [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne McCaffrey
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Jan. 1 1997 Harper Hall Trilogy (Book 2)
Pursuing her dream to be a Harper of Pern, Menolly studies under the Masterharper learning that more is required than a facility with music and a clever way with words.

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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 the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sci Fi for teens and adults April 13 2010
Dragonsinger is the 2nd book of the Harper Hall trilogy; Dragonsong is book 1, and Dragondrums book 3. This trilogy belongs to Anne McCaffrey's "Pern" series. The Harper Hall trilogy is a wonderful read featuring fire lizards more than the dragons of Pern. The fire lizards are wonderful pets and bond with their human friends and have surprising abilities that the young adults discover on their adventures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Puff the Magic...Fire Lizard ? Jan. 23 2007
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Menolly Finds Her Place May 28 2004
DRAGONSINGER is the continuing story of Menolly, the heroine of DRAGONSONG. In this book, Menolly, now revealed as Petiron's lost apprentice, comes to the Harper Hall. This center of musical learning is more, and less, than Menolly thought it would be. She is forced to face opposition and prejudice from the music masters and her fellow students. However, the care and understanding the MasterHarper, Robinton, give her make the transition less painful. So do the friendships of Piemur, an impish singing apprentice, Sebell, a journeyman harper and Robinton's right-hand man, and Camo, the sweet but dull-witted kitchen drudge. Menolly faces her demons and triumphs in true fairy-tale fashion. Another favorite book, read so many times it is in tatters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dragonsinger Dec 29 2003
By Kat,Kat
In Dragonsong we were first introduced to Menolly. But in Dragonsong we know her as the misunderstood girl at her father's sea hold. In Dragonsinger we come to know her as the happy girl at the Harper Hall, where all the best music is. Menolly is by far the best apprentice harper in Harper Hall, which may be her biggest trouble. When everyone but another apprentice named Piemur hates her for her ease at playing even the most difficult of songs jealousy begins to be a part of her daily life.
In my opinion this is the very best of all the Pern books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly my favorite novel by Anne McCaffrey Dec 3 2003
I've read this book many times. It's a lot more lighthearted than Dragonsong. At times, Menolly might be a little aggravating because she seems to care a little too much what others think of her, but then she has enough backbone to stick up for herself when one or two petty characters try to take her down. Most readers are going to know that she'll succeed in the end and become a harper, so I don't think I'm spoiling anything by stating that. The novel is more about finding out what happens to Menolly during her first crucial week at the Harpercraft Hall and how she wins powerful people to her side with her unassuming personality.
This is a great book about one of the more influential characters in the Dragonriders of Pern series. Dragonsong and Dragonsinger are also great books for pre-teens and are short enough to be accessible for children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stronger than the last! May 26 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of My All Time Favorites!
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... Read more
Published on May 5 2003 by Silmarwen
5.0 out of 5 stars I've reread this one so many times, that I've worn it out!
One of my favorite McCaffrey books! It covers Menolly's first days at Harper Hall. As the only female harper apprentice, she struggles to fit in, making both friends and enemies. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2002 by Dawn Smoker
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Kid...
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... Read more
Published on June 27 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!
I've read most of Anne's 'Pern Series' and i enjoyed most of them, but this one is one of the few that rate five stars. Read more
Published on April 29 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of ups and downs
Dragonsinger brings us more in touch with both the HarperHall and Menolly. Also, in this novel, we become more in touch with the fire lizards' abilities, personalities, and we... Read more
Published on Dec 31 2001 by "demarkes"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Girl that All Girls (and Women) Can Relate To
The first time I read Dragonsong, it struck such a deep chord within me. Menolly's trials were very much like my own; as a young girl with hopes and dreams, seemingly alone in a... Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2001 by The Fountain Pen Diva
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Fantasy Book
DragonSinger by Anne McCaffrey was a wonderful book about an interesting young girl named Menolly. It takes place on the imaginary planet of Pern far ahead in the future. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2001 by Esther SD
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