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Saturday, April 11, 2020


Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey.

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

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...


Blogger Cath said...

Oh how I love this little trilogy about Menolly and the little dragons. Gorgeous.

5:39 PM  

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