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Dragonsinger (Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 2)

Dragonsinger (Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 2) (original 1977; edition 1992)

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Title:Dragonsinger (Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 2)
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Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey (1977)

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The novel follows Menolly, now apprenticed into the Harper Hall, a type of music conservatory for harpers (minstrels/educators) and other music professionals, as she begins her musical training to become a harper herself one day. The story begins within hours of the final events of Dragonsong, rounding out the tale of Menolly's coming of age.

Menolly finds life in the Harper Hall challenging. Although she is glad to be accepted as a musician and encouraged to play and write music, she must at first live with a group of paying female students who are catty in the extreme. She also finds herself torn between master musicians who have conflicting emphases and who want her to specialize in their techniques. The situation is complicated by her nine fire lizards, small dragon-like creatures whose properties are still being explored at the time of the story; while some members of the Pern communities want her help in learning what fire lizards can do, many of her teachers in the Harper Hall see them as a nuisance and a distraction that will keep her from developing her musical gifts. Over time she finds her place as a musician within the harper system and is sped through the apprenticeship system in near-record time.

  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
Dragons, a planet names Pern, Harpers, dragonriders, how can you not read. Anne McCaffrey is a rider/writer of dragons. ( )
  Greymowser | Jan 22, 2016 |
The second part of the Harper Hall Trilogy takes place of the course of Menolly's first week at Harper Hall. As the only female harper apprentice and unintended owner of a clutch of fire lizards at a time when the most important men and women on Pern are fighting to one one, she cannot help but make immediate friends and enemies. Alienated by the nobles' daughters and fighting to be accepted among the men, Menolly's arrival coincides with F'nor's attempt to reach the Red Star and great upheaval throughout Pern. Melon's fire lizards and songs soon pull her into the chaos that the Masterharper and dragonriders regularly face. ( )
  Ailinel | May 2, 2015 |
Dragonsong had a satisfying, happily-ever-after ending so it's a bit surprising that this sequel begins just minutes later, like turning the page to the next chapter. Reading this novel straight, it's approximately 250 pages of what happily-ever-after looks like. Looking a bit deeper, it's Menolly's therapy after her traumatic upbringing. She requires a lot of assurance from phenomenally pleasant people before she can begin to believe she has worth and something to contribute.

The turning point arrives when she loses her temper. I fully agreed with another character who expressed relief that Menolly was willing to stand up for herself after all. Actually I scoffed a bit when it happened, since it's triggered by a silly concern following all of the many graver things that have happened to her, but it actually makes sense. As Menolly's feelings of worth are rising from zero, the first thing she rates herself above is a dog to be kicked by the lowliest minds over the pettiest matters. I'd imagine after this book ends her pride will build still further, until she's ready to take umbrage at increasingly serious challenges to her character. Menolly doesn't return to confront the family that abused her, but it's another kind of victory that she decides they don't even rate a letter.

Pern rates high among imaginary worlds I'd soonest visit, but many of its novels are not aging well (beat your wife lately, F'lar?). Menolly's duology retains its shine, the brightest portion of Anne McCaffrey's legacy. ( )
1 vote Cecrow | Jan 26, 2015 |
I read the first book in the Harper Hall Trilogy last year on the advice of a friend. To be honest, it wasn’t my favorite. I found the characters hard to connect with and the world pretty difficult to jump into as this is a small part of the larger Dragonriders of Pern series.

What brought me back to continue with the series was the fire lizards. When reading Dragonsong I would think about them even when I wasn’t reading and I became a little heart-sick over the fact that they were fictional. They are amazing creatures and I just wanted to see what more trouble they could get up to!

I didn't find myself disappointed, as the fire lizards are front-and-center in this story and make themselves known on practically every page. While Mennoly's journey (no pun intended) is worth reading, it is really the interactions of the fire lizards, and how they may-or-may-not-be connected with people, each other, and dragons, that is the most interesting aspect of this tale to me.

New characters introduced in this second volume were much more appealing than those in Dragonsong. The Masterharper, Sebell, Oldive, and Groghe were all welcome additions to the story.

I can see how this could be a very defining and important series to read for a young adult. I have read many reviews of these books stating how they were integral to their childhood reading experiences. Obviously, I am only just now reading them in adulthood and I cannot help but wonder if a bit of the magic is lost on me. I hope not. ( )
  sixteendays | Jan 14, 2015 |
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Anne McCaffreyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Béri, BalázsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Darling, SallyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fairbrother-Roe, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Malczynski, ElizabethCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morrill, RowenaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reß-Bohusch, BirgitTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Andre Norton this book is respectfully, admiringly, lovingly dedicated
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When Menolly, daughter of Yanus Sea Holder, arrived at the Harper Craft Hall, she came in style, aboard a bronze dragon.
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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. Sequel to Dragonsong.

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