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Dragonsong coverDragonsong by Anne McCaffrey

Published by Bantam Books

Reviewed by Leigh Kimmel

Pern can be a difficult world when you're different. Menolly is a girl with a gift that seems to be more of a curse. She is a talented musician in a distant Seahold where the hidebound Seaholder believes that such things are not a girl's place. Worse yet, Menolly dared to have dreams of becoming a Harper, one of the honored singer-judges of Pern. That was simply too much for her father, who forbade her music and then sought to destroy her ability to make it.

Unable to bear it any longer, Menolly fled her home and dared to live holdless in a cave on the seashore. There she discovered fire lizards, tiny relatives of the great dragons whose fiery breath swept Pern clean of the menacing Thread which fell from the sky. Like dragons these little creatures could be Impressed if one was present at their hatching.

Almost by accident Menolly taught her nine to sing, and thus rediscovered her own ability to make music in spite of her career-destroying injury. Suddenly there was hope again, but Menolly's adventures were not over yet. Dragons were looking for her, and there was only so much one could do living in an isolated cave...

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This Review posted May 20, 1999

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