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by Anne McCaffrey

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Series: Harper Hall Trilogy (1), Pern (9th pass)

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Forbidden by her father to indulge in music in any way, a girl on the planet Pern runs away, taking shelter with the planet's fire lizards who, along with her music, open a new life for her.

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Spellbinding tale of Menolly of Half Circle Hold, a brave young girl who flees her seaside village and discovers the legendary fire lizards of Pern.
All her life, Menolly has longed to learn the ancient secrets of the Harpers, the master musicians of Harper Hall. When her stern father denies her the chance to make her dream come true, Menolly runs away from home. Hiding in a cave by the sea, she finds nine magical fire lizards who join her on a breathtaking journey to Harper Hall.
  Gmomaj | Dec 6, 2019 |
Dragonsong, this book means a ton to me. The Harper Hall Trilogy is what got me into McCaffrey’s work.

I will not lie though going back years after I originally read this there are what some would call “issues” with the book. It’s very clear that it was written with an older mind set. There are tons of “she can’t do this, she is a girl” and “ I can’t do this, because I am a girl” and “girls are not allowed to do that” going on in this book. But while these phrases are used constantly our main girl Menolly constantly questions it and gets very annoyed by it. Menolly is a sweet girl, I love her dearly and through out the book I understand why I connected with her at such a young age. She has a talent that everyone wants to hide, they lie to keep it from her and when she finally has enough of it, she leaves, probably not the smartest thing for a young girl to look up to but I did.

McCraffrey doesn’t over-explain her world in this book but it does get a little repetitive, such as the fall of thread, it was reexplained many times to the point of annoyance. But to make up for it I do love the little details she uses to explain the fire lizards and dragons. I do keep in mind it’s a short book so she doesn’t go super into detail about how they look but she puts a lot of detail into how they function and how the society functions as a whole, which is nice.

Overall it’s a great book for the time it was released and for the targeted audience, I feel had I not read this at the age of 12 I probably wouldn’t have such love for it like I do. Still it’s great writing I won’t deny that, and it’s still a special love for me. ( )
  SweetKokoro | Aug 13, 2019 |
2019 reread via audiobook narrated by Sally Darling, borrowed from RBDigital ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 18, 2019 |
amazing my dad has the series :) ( )
  zekromblue | May 29, 2019 |
Loved these books as a teen. Still lovely. ( )
  wirehead | Sep 3, 2018 |
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Anne McCaffreyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Alkım, Barış EmreTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Call, GregCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Darling, SallyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fairbrother-Roe, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Beth Blish who stands first in line for a dragon - behind me!
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Almost as if the elements, too, mourned the death of the gentle old Harper, a southeaster blew for three days, locking even the burial barge in the safety of the Dock Cavern.
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