Menolly arrived in triumph at the Harper Hall, aboard a bronze dragon. She had run away from home and lived in a cave, outrun the dread Threadfall, impressed nine fire lizards and written songs that pleased the Masterharper of Pern. But what was her future at the hall to be? It seemed she was always late or her fire lizards underfoot, and why didn't any of the other girls like her? Now that there was nothing to keep her from her beloved music and fire lizards, could Menolly learn to live among others, realize her talent and find her rightful place in the future of Pern?
The more I read Anne McCaffrey, the more I love her work. Its lovely to read this book after the Dragonrider books, as it takes place at the same time.
Menolly remains a well-rounded character whose easily likeable. Her situation, whilst fantastical, retains elements of everyday life and her problems will be familiar to many.
The main thing I like about this book though is the descriptions of her fire lizards and what they get up to. Their relationships with humans and dragons are fascinating and diverse.
Its not necessary to read the first book in this series (Dragonsong) first, as the plot so far is well set out. In fact I would say that this recap is the one thing that detracts from the story, as it delays the start for those who already know what has happened.
Overall, a great work of fantasy. I look forward to reading more in the series.
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