Monday, August 21, 2017

The Harper Hall of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

I found The Harper Hall of Pern by Anne McCaffrey before knowing that there are books that come before it. It is one book that contains the entire Harper Hall series: DragonSongDragonSinger, and DragonDrums.  This series can and does stand on it's own, but now I must read the series that came before: The Dragon Riders of Pern

Published in 1976, 1977, and 1979 these three books tell about fire lizards that are small dragons and desirable pets in this story. In Dragon Song, my favorite of the three stories, Menolly is the main character. She is a girl with the desire and talent to be a Harper - a person who sings and teaches music to entire communities. The only problem is that she is a girl and girls are not Harpers. Her parents are awful to the point of abusing her for singing or playing music. 

I found myself cheering her on and wanting her to win. When this book was written, there were many jobs that were considered unsuitable for women based on the fact that they were women. This book shows the danger of limiting the gifts and choices of anyone regardless of their age, gender, or ethnicity. 

Dragonsinger tells more about Menolly and her ability to teach the fire lizards. We get to the know the characters better, and I loved seeing Menolly come out of her shell and shed some of the  issues caused by her parents' abuse. 

Dragondrums includes Menolly but follows Piemur, a young man whose amazing singing voice has just started to crack because of puberty. He is sent to play the signal drums and also act as a spy. This story is quite exciting and fun. 

This series address abuse and bullying and the dangers that go along with them. The magic in this series belongs to the magical creatures. The humans have to rely on their wits, gifts, and talents. I enjoyed this series and am now busily collecting the rest of her works. 

This is the cover of my book, but it has been reprinted and is available at a reasonable price. 

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

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