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Dragonsdawn

Dragonsdawn by Anne McCaffrey.

 

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Del Rey (August 13, 1989)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345362861

 

Amazon Review

 

The beautiful planet Pern seemed a paradise to its new colonists—until unimaginable terror turned it into hell. Suddenly deadly spores were falling like silver threads from the sky, devouring everything—and everyone—on their path. It began to look as if the colony, cut off from Earth and lacking the resources to combat the menace, was doomed.

Then some of the colonists noticed that the small, dragonlike lizards that inhabited their new world were joining the fight against Thread, breathing fire on it and teleporting to safety. If only, they thought, the dragonets were big enough for a human to ride and intelligent enough to work as a team with a rider…

And so they set their most talented geneticist to work to create the creatures Pern so desperately needed—Dragons!

 

This Book is about how the people came to Pern and how they survived things like Volcano’s and the discovery of “Thread”

It also showed the science on how they developed from Fire Lizards to Dragons to help fight the Threads..

 

Another good Anne McCaffrey Pern book.  If you ever read the first 3 you wondered how everything began on the planet of Pern… well, this book gives you the answers!!  I love them so much I think I will push on to one more Pern book before I try reading something new.

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The Masterharper of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

 

Series: Dragonriders of Pern
Hardcover: 431 pages
Publisher: Del Rey;(January 12, 1998)
ISBN-10: 0345388232

 

Amazon Review

 

Pern: a beautiful world colonized by humans, terrorized by the deadly spores called Thread, and defended by magnificent flying dragons. Anne McCaffrey’s bestselling tales of this planet have yielded a multitude of unforgettable characters. And now, after years of urging by devoted readers, one of the most popular denizens of Pern takes center stage in a novel that chronicles his extraordinary life.

Along with the dragonriders, perhaps none are so revered on Pern as the harpers, whose songs record history, warn of the coming of Thread, and prepare Pern’s people for the future. And no one is more influential than the Masterharper of Pern. The son of renowned composer Petiron and gifted singer Merelan, Robinton is a prodigy from birth and enjoys a special rapport with the telepathic dragons. But it is a time when Thread has not been a threat for centuries, the harpers have fallen into disfavor, and one despotic man is plotting to take over Pern. In this climate of unrest, Robinton will come into his own . . . driven by his belief in music, in the dragons, and in the salvation of his beloved Pern.

 

Ahhhh, Masterharper Robinton !  This book is dedicated to a character that is in all 6 of the first books.  I did not read this one “in succession” as I knew what it was about.  From the time of his birth right up to book one, Dragonflight.   I had forgotten a lot of this book for some reason so I was glad I read it again… Robinton is a character that anyone who has read even only the first 3 books know him and love him.

These books written by Anne McCaffrey are a good getaway from what we are going through in real life.  Even though there are Dragons, the people all seem real and many you would be glad to know in real life.

Great books.  I can say no more.

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Dragondrums

Dragondrums by Anne McCaffrey.

 

Paperback
Publisher: Aladdin (1806)
ASIN: B01FIXJA8Q

 

 

Amazon Review

 

As Menolly uncovers magic and intrigue, mischievous Piemur discovers the rhythm of adventure in the final book in the Harper Hall trilogy, set within science fiction legend Anne McCaffrey’s beloved and bestselling Dragonriders of Pern series.


Mischievous Piemur is used to getting away with a lot. He has one of the most impressive voices at Harper Hall and, in the world of Pern, there are few things more important than the ability to sing and write songs. But when his voice begins to change, Piemur loses all confidence and questions everything he thought he knew about himself. No longer capable of singing, Piemur is sent on various errands by Masterharper Robinton, including the task of learning the complicated beats of the messenger drums. Piemur has no clue of the grand adventures that await him, and he’ll need to find the courage within himself to survive.

 

Piemur is a fun character. But he does get into trouble he doesn’t deserve.  He becomes a main character in Harper Hall and somehow fits in with Menolly , Sebell, and Master Harper Robinton. 

The Harperhall  Tilogy is as enjoyable a trilogy as one could as for.

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Dragonsinger

Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey.

Paperback  277 pgs.
Publisher: AladdinPaperbacks (April 30, 2003)
ASIN: B00QPEV1RQ

 

 

Wikipedia Review  (amazon had no review)

 

The novel follows Menolly, now apprenticed into the Harper Hall, a type of music conservatory for harpers 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 arrives at Harper Hall to find herself the center of unwanted attention and conflict. As the Hall’s first female apprentice, the Masters are divided on whether or not she is worth training, causing Menolly to be greeted with various degrees of ambivalence. Due to her gender, she is not allowed to share a dormitory with her fellow all-male apprentices and must be housed with the female students, none of whom are serious musicians and all of whom shun Menolly as an outsider. Conversely, because she dorms with the students, the apprentices reject her, claiming she is not truly one of them, and leaving Menolly confused as to her true place in Harper Hall.

In spite of these challenges, Menolly excels at all aspects of her apprenticeship while continuing to compose original tunes. She also becomes helpful to the Dragonriders by teaching them what she knows about fire-lizards, and presents Masterharper Robinton and his Journeyman Sebell with fire-lizards of their own. One night Menolly is woken by her frantic fire-lizards, who show her a terrifying vision of a Dragonrider and his dragon falling from the sky in flames. It is later revealed that the telepathic Dragons actually witnessed this event halfway across the world and transmitted the image to the tiny fire-lizards, who in turn showed Menolly. The incident confirms suspicions that fire-lizards have undiscovered telepathic gifts.

By the end of her first week, all the Masters agree that there is nothing they can teach Menolly, as she essentially completed her apprenticeship under her first Harper Petiron long before she came to Harper Hall. Much to her surprise, Menolly is promoted to Journeyman.

 

This is a huge review… there’s sure nothing else I could add to it except to say, as I have before that these books will really help you mentally when we are forced to stay in our homes…

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Dragonsong

Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey.

 

Series: Harper Hall of Pern (Book 1)
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Aladdin; Reissue edition (May 17, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1481448609

 

 

Amazon Review:

 

Fifteen-year-old Menolly allies with magnificent dragons in the first book in the Harper Hall trilogy, set within science fiction legend Anne McCaffrey’s beloved and bestselling Dragonriders of Pern series.

For centuries, the world of Pern has faced a destructive force known as Thread. But the number of magnificent dragons who have protected this world and the men and women who ride them are dwindling.

As fewer dragons ride the winds and destruction falls from the sky, Menolly has only one dream: to sing, play, and weave the music that comes to her so easily—she wishes to become a Harper. But despite her great talents, her father believes that a young girl is unworthy of such a respected position and forbids her to pursue her dreams. So Menolly runs away, taking shelter in a cave by the sea. Miraculously, she happens upon nine fire lizards that could possibly save her world…and change her life forever.

 

This is book one of the “Harper Hall Trilogy”.  This one tells us the story of Menolly, who is born and raised in a Hold of Fishermen, and where all those born there are supposed to follow their hold and do their part of supplying Fish to the Hold and to the Weyer .

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The White Dragon

The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey.

 

Paperback  329 pgs
Publisher: Ballantine,; P edition (1989)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345341678

 

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Amazon Review

 

Never had there been as close a bonding as the one that existed between the daring and adventurous young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth was a dragon of many talents, though almost everyone on Pern thought he was a runt that would never amount to anything.

But Jaxom knew better, knew he could teach his dragon to fly and to destroy the deadly silver Threads that fell from the sky. Disobeying all rules, Jaxom and Ruth trained in secret. Their illicit flights seemed but a minor disobedience – until they found themselves in the path of danger and in a position to prevent the biggest disaster of all.

 

Of the three first books called, The Dragonriders of Pern, The White Dragon seems to always be the favorite.  But you’d have to read them to find out why.

The book takes you away to a much different time and place. Anne McCaffrey’s  characters in the whole series are just fantastic. There are people you will love and those you won’t. There is happiness and sadness and things you will wish didn’t happen.  But by the time these books are over you will wish you could meet the characters in person.  Most especially: Ruth, the White Dragon!    Read these books… you won’t be sorry.

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Dragonquest

Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey.

 

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Del Rey;(October 13, 1986)
ISBN-10: 9780345335081

 

 

Amazon Review:

 

“Another Turn, and the deadly silver Threads began falling again. So the bold dragonriders took to the air once more, and their magnificent flying dragons swirled and swooped, belching flames that destroyed the shimmering strands before they reach the ground.

“But F’lar knew he had to find a better way to protect his beloved Pern, and he had to find it before the rebellious Oldtimers could breed anymore dissent….before his brother F’nor would be foolhardy enough to launch another suicide mission…and before those dratted fire-lizards could stir up any more trouble!”

 

Book 2 or the Dragonriders of Pern.

This book shows the bravery of the Dragons and their riders.  It  has a love story .  It has danger.  It has sadness.   It pretty much as some of everything that should be in a book such as this.

Again, it is easy reading.  You fall in love with the characters and their dragons.  They share hope .  Something that is sadly missing in some of our lives right now.  I have, and will always suggest anyone to hasn’t read these books to give them a try.. and to those who have.. it’s time to read them again!

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