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The Masterharper of Pern (Dragonriders of Pern)
The Masterharper of Pern - Dragonriders of Pern Author:Anne McCaffrey In a time when the deadly scourge Thread has not fallen on Pern for centuries--and many dare to hope that Thread will never fall again--a boy is born to Harper Hall. A musical prodigy who has the ability to speak with the dragons, he is called Robinton, and he is destined to be one of the most famous and beloved leaders Pern has ever known. — It ... more »is a perilous time for the harpers who sing of Thread--they are being turned away from holds, derided, attacked, even beaten. In this climate of unrest, Robinton will come into his own. But despite the tragedies that beset his own life, he continues to believe in music and in the dragons, and he is determined to save his beloved Pern from itself--so that the dragonriders can be ready to fly against the dreaded Thread when at last it returns . . .« less
This book really helped fill in the gaps about Masterharper Robinton from his birth til the events in the Dragonrider Trilogy. Seeing the politics of Pern from a non-dragonrider side of things was interesting too.
I have to say I cried at the end of this book. I began this series in junior high and the end of this book really hit me hard. Robinton is like a big brother, doting grandpa, first crush and great teacher all rolled into one person. I was overjoyed at seeing his whole story, but crushed when it came to an end.
McCaffrey does her usual wonderful story weaving - giving you insight and touching you with the character. She ties it in beautifully to prior works, but it can stand on it's own (another thing I LOVE about her books!)
This is a great book.
I saw a few Dragon adventure series on television, fell in love the dragonriders & dragons and wanted to spend time with them in books. McCaffrey's book is unbelievablely entertaining, enjoyable and loveable, if you like dragons! GREAT