Harper Hall Trilogy

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Anne McCaffrey

GENRES:
Sci-Fi, Fantasy

SUMMARY:
Where the previous trilogy of Pern focused on the dragonriders themselves, this triology centers on the artists of Pern, the members of Harper's Hall.

Dragonsong begins the story of Menolly, the daughter of a stern fisherman. Although showing promising talent as a singer, Menolly is forbidden to indulge in music of any kind by her father. She eventually runs away and finds solace with the fire-lizards, miniature and less intelligent versions of the massive dragons that protect Pern from deadly threadfall.

Eventually she is discovered by Master Robinton, the head of Harper Hall, who helps her to develop and appreciate her talents. Menolly meanwhile discovers some of the secret talents of the fire lizards.

Dragonsinger continues with Menolly's story as she becomes a student of Harper Hall under Master Robinton. Despite her dream of becoming a Harper of Pern, Menolly realizes that it will require more than just a skill with music; she will need skill with people.

Dragondrums centers around Piemur, a young boy that was introduced in the previous books as a mischevious and even slightly annoying character. Although he has always been affiliated with Harper Hall, it is not until Piemur's beautiful soprano voice begins to change that he understands the full role of the Hall in Pernese government.

Drafted by Master Robinton to help in several political situations, Piemur must travel across the continents on important missions that lead him into danger and adventure.

REPSONSE:
Like many readers, I first came across this book when I wasn't even a teenager. I loved it and latched onto Menolly the way only a young girl can. She became the perfect role model. Her fire lizards became the perfect pet. Pern became the perfect world.

Although it took me half of the first book to understand Pern and the dragons and thread, this was secondary. The coming of age stories of Menolly and Piemur are unversal as they look for their place in the world.

Both characters are appealing and lovable. McCaffrey wonderfully portrays the rebelliousness and impulsiveness of youth which is probably one of the reasons I loved these books so much as a kid. I don't think it's coincidence that these are among the most assigned sci-fi books to read in early junior high.

The only complaint is that McCaffrey fails to explain much of Pernese culture which could get frustrating to younger readers. However, she does explain adequately in her previous Dragonriders of Pern trilogy, and the Harper Hall trilogy does not suffer greatly because of this absence.

Regardless of your age, the Harper Hall trilogy is a whimsical journey of unknown, yet nostalgic characters through an alien, yet traditional world.

POINT BLANK: A fun, relaxed, easy read. Beautifully written; appealing characters; great plots. What more can you ask for?