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.
In my opinion this is the very best of all the Pern books.
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.
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!