Dragonsong (Harper Hall Trilogy Series #1)

Dragonsong (Harper Hall Trilogy Series #1)

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ISBN-13: 9781481425803
Publisher: Saga Press
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Series: Dragonriders of Pern Series , #4
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 574,232
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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.

Beloved author Tamora Pierce has written a great number of books, including The Song of the Lioness quartet, The Immortals quartet, The Circle of Magic quartet, The Protector of the Small quartet, The Circle Opens quartet, the Trickster series, The Will of the Empress, Melting Stones, and the Beka Cooper series. She lives in New York and can be visited at TamoraPierce.com.

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Dragonsong 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 147 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When are we going to get these great stories (Harper Hall Trilogy) in NOOK format????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How come Amazon has this in ebook format and not Barnes and Noble?
Cosmicbrambleclaw-books More than 1 year ago
I LOVE Anne's books, just got White Dragon for my nook, cant wait for this and the other two Harper Hall of Pern books to be nookbooks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Anne and Todd's Pern series, yes I have liked all the books 4 and 5 stars all. I just wish I could get "ALL" as nook books, starting with Harper-hall trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was just at my daughters house, and was thrilled to hear my son-in-law reading this series, that I love, To my grandsons.  They loved it as much as I, and my daughters did.  I hope it come out on NOOK so I can add it to the rest of my McCaffrey dragon series.  I still read my ragged copies at least once a year.
imnookworm More than 1 year ago
I love these books. I have read them over and over and have worn out three sets of paperbacks. Please put these Harper Hall books on the nook. I think they are essential to understanding the world of Pern.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for my 7th grade Language Arts class, and it was a great book to read. The only problems were that the first chapter was confusing because of the different words and once you understand it, it is a very fascinating and interesting book to read. I would definitely read the second and third book.
akreese on LibraryThing 8 months ago
As a musician, I can't help but love this book! In this story Menolly, a gifted musician, is denied the right to pursue her love of music because she is a girl. This fantasy story takes place on the world of Pern, a land where dragons and people work together for the common good. In most of the Pern books dragons play a key role. The Harper Hall Trilogy is more focused on the work of the musicians, and on small dragon lizards, but the larger dragons are still part of the story.This is one of my favorite books that Anne McCaffrey has written and I have read it many times.
RapidCityPubLib on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is the first in the Harper hall series set on Mcaffrey¿s colonized world of Pern. This book introduces up to Menolly, a fisher girl who only wants to create music, and her journey to Harper hall, as the only girl Harper.
cazedbooker1 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
All of Anne Mcaffreys are very intriguing and this series is very good for teen and and older readers
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This was the first book in the Pern series I ever read. That series is technically science-fiction, but this book even more than the other Pern books reads like high fantasy: dragonets, bards (well, OK, harpers) Lords, etc. This coming of age tale, although directed at the young adult market, I can also tell you given my reread as an adult is definitely a story an adult can enjoy. Menolly is an appealing character that fits an often seen pattern in the genre (one that McCaffrey might have helped set.) Unappreciated youngster has inappropriate dreams for their place in life, yet somehow wins a way into a special school where thwarted talents can shine--in this case Menolly is a talented musician whose gifts are unappreciated among her fisher folk. Running away , she comes across a clutch of firelizards, dragons in minature, and impresses nine of them. An entertaining read set in an enchanting world and when I read it as a teen I felt it stood nicely on its own not having read the Dragonrider's trilogy (some of the events of Dragonquest are alluded to here, which is one reason it might be better to read at least the first two Draongrider books before this one). I found the sequel with Menolly, Dragonsinger even better, since I loved reading about Harper Hall -- as magical in its way as Hogwarts. The third in the Harper Hall Trilogy is centered on Piemur, not Menolly, and I just didn't find it as memorable as the other two books.
flipside3 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I picked this up on a lark after giving up one CD into Redwall. Having just started the first 3 Dragonriders of Pern novels, I was a tad miffed right at the beginning to be given a summary of the ending to those novels. Didn't matter though, because I was quickly sucked into the life of Menolly, a musically gifted girl born into a horribly dull and stifled by tradition fishing community.I did almost give up on the book at the beginning because I just couldn't take all the crap that was happening to Menolly just because she was a girl. Her parents kept squelching her hopes and dreams in ways that just infuriated me. Maybe because I have a daughter now with a son on the way and I want the world for them. From my perspective the parents in this tale need a good boot to the head.By the end, when things start to turn around, I actually found myself getting a little bit choked up. This is my first book of Anne McCaffery's to get all the way through (having only just started the others). I have to say I'm impressed with her ability to create characters that I really care about, which in my opinion is the highest talent of a great author.One more thing... this was an audio book and I must say it is so much easier having someone read these Pern books aloud than the dead tree route. The names used in these books are filled with lots of punctuation and you won't find a simple Bob... though if you did it would probably be B'ah'b or something. Much easier to let someone else do all the work of pronunciation, and Sally Darling (the performer for this one) did a great job.I'm hoping the library will purchase the next two books in this "Harper Hall Trilogy," but if not this one stands up very well on its own.
skiegazer3 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A childhood favorite of mine, rereading this book now as an adult pulls me right back into the romantic and perilous seascape of Sea Hold's rocky shoreline, following the longings and struggles of young Menolly as she fights to earn respect and freedom with her musical talents and unexpected companions. A refreshing change for any fan of McCaffrey's Pern series, this book explores the familiar fantasy world through the eyes of the bardic tradition, rather than through the romance and politics of the Weyrs and the Dragonriders.
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Well written but I got bored of the series & world by this point. Possibly just me, but I didn't find any of it that fascinating to really enjoy it much beyond the original trilogy.
Asata on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This trilogy is an excellent one for kids or adults, addressing the difficulties of growing up and not meeting family or social expectations.
DragonFreak on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Menolly¿s talent is music, and she excels above all others at it. The problem: her parents won¿t let her. They don¿t want her to play music, but to behave and just to do the boring, unfair jobs at the Hold that almost always ends in disaster. But behind their backs, Menolly is an apprentice, but everyone but her master thinks she is a boy. Now she can live her dream.But of course, not for long. Menolly accidently cuts her hand wide open making in incapable of moving¿incapable of playing music. She soon runs away from the Hold even when the dread of Thread is very high. And what she finds is unbelievable. She finds the once ¿mythical¿ Queen fire lizard with a Clutch of eggs. Menolly soon realizes that the Queen is in trouble. The tide is coming in, and the place where the eggs are, they will eventually drown. Menolly successfully helps the Queen move the eggs manually, because if the Queen goes between, then the eggs will die. And when the eggs hatch, Menolly Impresses the eight eggs and the Queen, which she names Beauty. She did the thing on accident that most other people would literally die for just to have one fire lizard.Despite Menolly¿s horrible luck in the past, it soon seems the things are looking up, and with the newly found friendship of her fire lizards, what could go wrong?I truly feel sorry of Menolly. She¿s forced to live a life that she doesn¿t want to live. Of course, I think most people can connect with Menolly¿s feelings. Most people can probably remember a time when their parents want to do something that is ¿the best¿ for them. And to me, this story is just about what life is like for a typical person with dreams that can¿t come true. Naturally, it was very good.Rating: Four and a Half Stars **** ½
Zommbie1 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Although I am not musical in the least (couldn¿t sing to save my life) as a teenager I could still identify with Menolly and her feelings of being alone and misunderstood (don¿t all teenagers feel misunderstood at some point?). I was also attracted to Menolly¿s independence and free spirit. Dragonsong will always have a place in my heart as one of the books that I loved as a teenager.
tlwood on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Music is 14-year old Menolly¿s passion and she wants to become a Harper. But when her music mentor dies, so does her dream, for Harper is a man¿s role and soon her father forbids Menolly to participate in any music activity at all. Menolly runs away and lives in a cave with lots of lizards, or baby dragons, where she continues to makes beautiful music until finally, after much action-packed experience, she is home again making beautiful music. Dragonsong is a fast read because it is exciting with likable characters in Menolly and her lizards in the imaginary world of Pern. It¿s a popular book in my library with girls and boys¿I just don¿t know why I never read any of the Pern books years ago¿maybe the word ¿dragon¿ in the title was enough to get it censored from my reading choices as a child. McCaffrey encourages young people to ignore the idea of making choices about life work based on whether it¿s men¿s or women¿s work, and that it¿s alright to question routines. Great fantasy for middle school readers.
meersan on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Music-loving girl runs away from music-hating home, gains nine mini dragons instead of one large one like in most Pern tales.
themulhern on LibraryThing 8 months ago
An obvious book. The author's vocabulary is limited and the jocularity and whimsicality of the good characters is utterly unconvincing. The girl-power message is still powerful and still, alas, necessary. It is even somewhat realistic. The character would never have succeeded if it were not for a more open-minded older man who first detects and fosters her talents and a refuge that does not share the misogynist character of her birthplace.I read this when I was a child and couldn't remember a thing; but I'm sure it contributed to my certainty that I was quite capable of doing a "man's job", i.e., computer science.
SlySionnach on LibraryThing 8 months ago
My father read the entire Pern series when I was a kid. I loved seeing the books with dragons on the covers and the word PERN somewhere in the title. He even named our dog, Jaxom. And yet, it took me 20 years to get around to reading ANY of the series!And I'm sad that it did. I enjoyed Dragonsong immensely, but I think I could have loved it more if I could have sympathized with Menolly more. I have to say, the way her parents treat her made me upset for her as well as wonder if any teenage feelings of, "My parents hate me!" lingered at first. Even if it was a combination of both, by the end I truly disliked Yanus, no matter how good of a Holder he was.The story is a beautiful one, and the beginning of a series that I'm sure will prove to be amazing. When Menolly runs away from home after being injured and forbidden to sing or play music, which her heart yearns to do, her adventure starts. When she finds the legendary fire lizards and helps them save their clutch, she doesn't have any idea that it'd do more than just give her friends.I definitely recommend this to any fantasy reader!
debs4jc on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I very much enjoyed this simple coming of age story. Menolly has great musical talent--but it is put down and hidden because she is a girl and the custom of her hold says that girls cannot be harpers. She is abused so much she ends up running away to find a new life with fire lizards, but must be wary of the ever present danger of thread.
puabi on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I loved this book growing up. A good story with an engaging heroine.
sdtaylor555 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Very good fantasy story. The little dragons are so charming and the main character is very likable.
jedisluzer on LibraryThing 11 months ago
My first McCaffrey, and I still have a fondness for this story told from the viewpoint who is an outsider in the world of Pern rather than one of the heroes.