Anne McCaffery brings the characters and land to life in this story. This is the first of three books. Great read for young and old alike. Her novel The White Dragon became one of the first science fiction books to appear on the New York Times bestseller list. In , she was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring her lifetime contribution to writing for teens.
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Dragonsong was first published by Atheneum in March Dragonsong and the second Pern book Dragonquest are set at the same time, seven years after the end of the seminal Dragonflight , during the Ninth Pass. Their primary geographical settings: Dragonsong in an isolated sea-hold and Dragonquest at the centers of Pernese society, the weyrs and major holds, especially Benden Weyr.
Near the end of Dragonsong , the protagonist Menolly is rescued by a dragonrider, and the action converges with that of Dragonquest. Menolly , a young fisher 's daughter, had dreamed all her life of learning the Harper's craft. When her stern father denied Menolly's destiny, she fled Half-Circle Sea Hold just as Pern was struck again by the deadly danger of Threadfall , the killing ropes of death that fall from a nearby star.
Taking shelter in a cave by the sea, Menolly made a miraculous discovery that ensured her a new home among the master musicians of Pern's Harper Hall. Spoiler Warning: Next is the text detailing the details of the plot. If you are sure you want to read this, click the button. Until a replacement harper can be sent to the hold, Menolly , the daughter of the Sea Holder Yanus and Petiron's favourite student, is begrudgingly chosen to teach the children.
Despite this, Menolly plays in secret, and leaves her tunes for the new harper to discover. Unknown to her, her mother Mavi is aware of this, and later intervenes, and one day Yanus catches her, beating her with his belt and confiscating her gitar.
Following this, Menolly is sent to gather fresh herbs from the lands surrounding Half-Circle Sea Hold. While out, Menolly witnesses the mating flight of a queen fire lizard , a creature thought mythical, though occasionally reported by the seaholders.
A few days later, Menolly cuts her hand while gutting packtails , and her hand becomes infected. Mavi treats it, but informs Menolly that her hand has been crippled as a result, and she will likely never play music again. On one occasion, she ends up at a cove near the Dragon Stones , a natural rock feature along the coast of Nerat , and witnesses a queen fire lizard flying at the water, rising with the tide.
Climbing down to the cove, Menolly discovers the reason for the queen's acts: it has laid a clutch of eggs on the beach that will be swept away by the rising tide. The queen and several other fire lizards at first fly at Menolly, thinking her a threat to the eggs, but she inadvertently soothes them by singing, and aids in rescuing the eggs by carrying them to a cave, before returning home. Around this time, Elgion begins asking Yanus who taught the children in his stead, as he believes they would make a good harper, but Yanus lies and says it was a fosterling from another hold.
At a dinner, Elgion calls every member of Half-Circle Sea Hold to sing, but Mavi forbids Menolly from singing any louder than the women of the hold normally sing. In anger, Menolly leaves the hall, and sneaks out early the following morning to return to the cove. Halfway to the cove, Thread begins falling, and Menolly is forced to shelter in the fire-lizard cave, where the eggs are hatching.
The hatchlings are hungry, and attempt to leave the cave as Thread falls over it. In an attempt to prevent their deaths, Menolly begins feeding the hatchlings with the food she has with her. As Threadfall ends, the queen fire-lizard guides the others out, and Menolly decides to remain in the cave.
Menolly's absence is eventually noticed at Half-Circle Sea Hold, and the inhabitants wonder if she was killed by Thread. Elgion talks with her parents, and they conclude she is probably hiding in a cave along the Nerat coast, as she knows the area well.
Two days after the Threadfall Menolly has not returned, and it is ultimately decided not to look for her. Instead of returning to Half-Circle Sea Hold, she decides to remain in the cave, emerging only to get supplies for herself and the fire-lizards. The conversation turns to Menolly, and Elgion soon realises that she was the teacher. Alemi tells him that Yanus thought Menolly acting as a harper was disgraceful, and also adds that he feels Menolly is better off away from the hold.
They return to Half-Circle Sea Hold, where Elgion sets up a signal for N'ton, and plans to head to the cove near the Dragon Stones to see if Menolly was playing the music he heard. At the cave, Menolly is woken by the feelings of hunger from her fire-lizards, and heads out to find food. As she reaches the cove, she is seen and rescued by T'gran , a dragonrider, who takes her to Benden Weyr.
When Menolly wakes, she tells her fire-lizards to hide, and later requests from Manora that nobody tell her family she is here. Menolly is later cared for by Mirrim , a child her age who lives at Benden Weyr, and the two become friends.
Over time, Menolly's feet heal, and she offers to help with the weyrbred children, realizing as she works that she is at last free from the restrictions of her home. To remedy this, they are controversially planning to place her as a candidate in the next Hatching. Menolly is unable to keep her fire lizards secret for much longer, and she is approached by Lessa , who asks her about where she found them, before sending her to the cove with T'gellan to try and find another fire lizard clutch, which they do.
Lessa plans to hand these eggs out to the Lord Holders and Craftmasters who attend the Hatching. Lessa states Menolly belongs in Benden Weyr as a result of her fire lizards and Menolly becomes overwhelmed to the point of tears by how nice everyone is being to her. The next morning, Menolly helps the inhabitants of the Weyr prepare for the Hatching festivities.
Following the Hatching, Menolly meets a harper who carries her to the Dining Caverns when he sees she is having trouble walking. In the Dining Caverns, it is revealed that the man is no less than Masterharper Robinton, but he leaves before Menolly can talk with him. At the same time, Elgion plays music with Oharan, before going over to talk with T'gellan about where he found the fire lizard eggs. Much later in the evening, Menolly is waiting for Robinton to return for his fire lizard egg.
Oharan approaches her and asks her to sing with him, which she does. He then switches to one of her songs, and Robinton enters and asks she play for him, before inviting her to come back with him to the Harper Hall and become a harper. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki.
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Dragonsong (Harper Hall Trilogy Series #1)
Dragonsong was first published by Atheneum in March Dragonsong and the second Pern book Dragonquest are set at the same time, seven years after the end of the seminal Dragonflight , during the Ninth Pass. Their primary geographical settings: Dragonsong in an isolated sea-hold and Dragonquest at the centers of Pernese society, the weyrs and major holds, especially Benden Weyr. Near the end of Dragonsong , the protagonist Menolly is rescued by a dragonrider, and the action converges with that of Dragonquest.
Released by Atheneum Books in March , it was the third to appear set on the world Pern of the Dragonriders of Pern. The original Dragonriders of Pern trilogy with Ballantine Books was not completed until after the publication of Dragonsong and its sequel. Their primary geographical settings are not distant in space yet worlds apart: Dragonsong in an isolated sea-hold and Dragonquest at the centers of Pernese society, the weyrs and major holds, especially Benden Weyr. Near the end of Dragonsong , the protagonist Menolly is rescued by a dragonrider, and the action converges with that of Dragonquest. McCaffrey finished Dragonquest , a sequel to the first Pern book, soon after her emigration to Ireland but she wrote several stories and a few books before completing the original Dragonriders trilogy. The market for young adults provided crucial opportunities while Dragonriders stalled.