I was afraid that the whole story line was going to cover drumming. So, I was pleasantly surprised to have more of the story line about Pern fleshed out. The main character Piemer is a hoot.
Great stuff by a master ... entire series is enjoyable.
Third book, from another perspective. Fun teen fantasy.
3rd in series, after DragonSinger and DragonSong.
According to an "official" guide, this book is #6 of 16.
When his boy soprano voice begins to change, Piemur is drafted by Masterharper Robinton to help with political work and is sent on missions that lead him into unusual and sometimes dangerous adventures.
Excellent book every for children; but one fans of Pern should not miss. Much about Harper Hall.
Dragondrums is a novel written by Anne McCaffrey in 1979. It is the last book of The Harper Hall Trilogy. The first two novels are Dragonsong and Dragonsinger. Overlaps with The White Dragon and takes place in the Ninth Pass.
Dragondrums is the coming of age story of Piemur, a small, quick, clever apprentice at Harper Hall. When Piemur's clear treble voice changes at puberty, his place among the Harpers is no longer certain. He is sent to the drum towers to learn drumming while his voice settles. There he has to deal with the jealousy and bullying of the other drumming apprentices. When Masterharper Robinton secretly asks Piemur to be his apprentice, gathering information and running discreet errands, he begins journeying through McCaffrey's world of Pern. In his adventures throughout Pern, Piemur has only his knowledge and wits to deal with cruel Lords Holder and rogue dragonriders. As his story progresses, he gains one of the coveted fire lizards -a gold he names Farli- as a companion, discovers his place in the world, and earns journeyman status among the Harpers.
The events in Dragondrums take place after Dragonsinger and continuous with some events in The White Dragon, which discusses characters and events elsewhere on Pern.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Review: This is the concluding book of the Harper Halls trilogy. Unfortunately instead of following Menolly, the main character of the first two books, this book switches focus to Piemur, who we met in book two. I think the book suffers quite a bit for this. While Piemur goes through the same growing pains that Menolly did in trying to find his spot in the world, I found that I just didn't care about him. I was either rolling my eyes as he kept silent about the hazing he was receiving from his bunkmates as that hazing escalated to attempted murder, or rolling my eyes as he went in the complete opposite side of reactions and stole something very important from a holder he was spying on. I found myself scanning the last part of the book, which rehashed Menolly's adventures in living holdless, just in a different location. The only parts of the book I really cared for were those were we returned to Menolly's viewpoint.
I think the whole book could have been better if McCaffery had stuck to Menolly's viewpoint.
Excellent continuation of the story. I enjoy Piemur as a character.
Totally disappointed. I thought the main character of the fist two books would return in triumph to her childhood home. Instead it's all about a different male character.