Style: Good

Attitude: Positive

In Brief: Feminist theme but without a tub-thumping style. Stylistically little more than an extension of [Dragonsong] but fitting in with the others in the series, with which it runs parallel. A nice story essentially about forging friendships.

Cover of Dragonsinger

Author: Anne McCaffrey

Series: Pern

Publisher: Corgi

Published in: 1977

Age Range: Young Teens+

Period: Future

Genres:  Coping withSciFi


Menolly is brought by the Masterharper to the Harper Hall on the far side of Pern. However, girl harpers are little known even there, and she has trouble being accepted. Eventually, the fact of her owning nine fire lizards and her own personality and talents win her friends.

Feet began to stamp, one, two, three, four, and suddenly the fire lizards' keen was covered by the mass chorus. Beauty fanned her wings in surprise, and Mimic backwinged himself off the mantel, only missing a drop to the floor by claws biting into the wood. “Drummer, bear, and piper, blow / Harper, strike, and soldier, go...” sang the massed voices. Menolly joined in, singing directly to the fire lizards. Brudegan directed, cueing in the parts, the descant on the refrain. Above the male voices, pure and piercingly thrilling, rang the fire lizards' tone, weaving their own harmonies about the melody.

Tuesday 1st January 2002