Every two hundred years or so, shimmering Threads fall from space, raining death and black ruin on Pern. The great dragons of Pern hurl themselves through the beleagured skies, flaming tongues of fire to destroy deadly Thread and save the Planet. But it was not Threadfall that made young Menolly unhappy. It was her father who betrayed her ambition ...
Every two hundred years or so, shimmering Threads fall from space, raining death and black ruin on Pern. The great dragons of Pern hurl themselves through the beleagured skies, flaming tongues of fire to destroy deadly Thread and save the Planet. But it was not Threadfall that made young Menolly unhappy. It was her father who betrayed her ambition to be a Harper, who thwarted her love of music. Menolly had no choice but to run away. When, suddenly, she came upon a group of fire lizards, wild and smaller relatives of the fire-breathing dragons, she let her music swirl around them. She taught nine of them to sing. Suddenly Menolly was no longer alone -- she was Mistress of Music and Ward of the dazzling fire dragons.
"Dragonsong" is a fantastic alternative entry point to McCaffrey's Pern series, especially for younger readers who might not be ready for the adult situations in the Dragonriders trilogy. The book is predominantly character-driven yet it has a solid plot, focusing on the teenager Menolly, who is musically gifted. It is a compelling story of her growth from awkward misfit in her family of fishermen into the first female "harper," or formally trained musician, in generations. Along the way she manages to attract the attention of the high and mighty dragonriders, as well as that of the respected leaders of her desired craft, before ultimately taking control of her own life and coming into her talent. It's pretty great stuff. Highly recommended.
Jun 1, 2007
Dragonsong tells the story of Menolly, a young girl with great musical talent who just doesn't fit in with the rest of her Hold. Having been a loner much of her life, she discovers the value and the power of unconditional love and friendship when she impresses a fair of fire lizards which were mostly thought to be imaginary. She gains self confidence by caring for them, and by becoming the first female Harper, and helps to spread joy and inspiration to the people she meets-with her songs, and her fire lizards! This story is very well written, and is a good read for both adults and children. I highly recommend it.
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