Dragonsinger Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 1997
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"This is science fantasy that is cohesive and briskly paced, with sturdy characterizations and a fully-conceived society."
"Suspense and continuity are...maintained through McCaffrey's ability to weave deft characterizations and a good story." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
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 the Hardcover edition.
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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.
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!
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
This is actually my next to most favourite book of the entire series. Lost it! Glad to have it back!Published 12 months ago by SDetaga
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. Read morePublished on April 13 2010 by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by Melissa McCauley
In Dragonsong we were first introduced to Menolly. But in Dragonsong we know her as the misunderstood girl at her father's sea hold. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by Kat,Kat
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... Read morePublished on Dec 3 2003 by Steffanie