The Harper Hall of Pern

by Anne McCaffrey

Other authorsVictoria Poyser (cover art) (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1979



Local notes

Fic McC



Nelson Doubleday (1979), Edition: Book Club Edition, 500 pages


A young woman allies with magnificent dragons in the Harper Hall trilogy, set within science fiction legend Anne McCaffrey's beloved and bestselling Dragonriders of Pern series. This collectable box set include all three books in the trilogy: Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums.


Original language


Original publication date

1979 (omnibus)

Physical description

500 p.; 8.5 inches


1568650175 / 9781568650173



User reviews

LibraryThing member stunik
Female main character. Dragons large and small. This is the teen series from a classic science fantasy author.
LibraryThing member MosaicCreme
The Harper Hall trilogy is set along the same time lines as the original Dragon Riders of Pern trilogy. It gives a closer look into the main characters in the Harper Hall, mostly Menolly and Piemur but Sebell and Masterharper Robinton as well. I enjoyed seeing their histories quite a bit after having read about them briefly in the Dragon Riders trilogy. Though I would have liked to have read more about Masterharper Robinton, though I understand he has his own book later on...… (more)
LibraryThing member puttocklibrary
Absolutely loved this trilogy as a teenager, and love it still today. I have read and re-read these books over and over through the years, and I can always get lost in this story. I really connect and empathize with Menolly (and wish that I had a fire-lizard of my own!) Her love and passion for music really struck a chord (pun intended!) with me, and I enjoyed seeing a close-up of this different facet of life on Pern.… (more)
LibraryThing member jshillingford
Dragonsinger, the first in the Harper Hall trilogy included here, was the first book I ever read by Anne McCaffrey. Though these books are usually classified as young adult, I think it is good for teens and adults. Menolly longs to be a harper, but her stern father suppresses her gift. Until, she is given the chance to stufy at the renownded Harper Hall. This is her journey. Wonderful books!… (more)
LibraryThing member Tol-milui
This entire series is absolutely delightful! While less epic in scope than the Dragonriders of Pern novels themselves, the individuals' stories in the Harper Hall made this my favorite McCaffrey series on the first reading. McCaffrey's work is nigh well on par with Tolkien's, although it is less well organized.
LibraryThing member YAbookfest
Welcome to Pern, a planet where dragons and their riders bond for life to fight the deadly Thread that falls from the Red Star. It is a planet where musicians and their songs play a major role in governing, but girls are forbidden to sing or compose songs. This is the world that will delight you when you read Anne McCaffrey’s Harper Hall Trilogy.

Dragonsong, the first book, is about Menolly, a strong-minded girl who wants to be a Harper, a musician, but it is forbidden. When she runs away from home and hides in seaside caves, she discovers the fire lizards, small relatives of the dragons, who have some very remarkable talents.

In Dragonsinger, book two, we find Menolly as an apprentice at Harper Hall, the planet’s music conservatory. Although she is finally free to study music, life is not exactly easy for her. The other apprentices are jealous of her talent, especially since the very presence of a girl in their classes is a dramatic break in tradition. With the help of the Master Harper, hard work and her charming fire lizards, Menolly comes into her own at Harper Hall.

Piemur, a mischievous boy with an angelic voice, is the main character of the third book, Dragondrums. His problems begin when his voice changes and Piemur has to find a new path in his life. He is trained play the messenger drums that are used on Pern to communicate urgent messages over long distances. But Piemur’s adventures take him away from Harper Hall and he ends up stranded in southern Pern, where he has to fight for survival.

The Harper Hall Trilogy will enchant young readers (grade 5 and up), especially those who enjoy dragons, fantasy, or music. Mennolly and Piemur grow from children to young adults in these stories, and adolescents will be engaged by them and their problems. Older teens (9th grade and up) will enjoy McCaffrey’s more complex fantasies, such as the [Dragonriders of Pern] trilogy.
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LibraryThing member themulhern
Finished up the Harper Hall trilogy with Dragondrums in this collection. It is most noticeable for reintroducing dragon sex, an activity that was absent from the Dragonsong and Dragonsinger books. It generally continues the poor writing of its predecessors but the world building is just as good.
LibraryThing member DeniseHawley
The second trilogy of Pern and perhaps even better than the first. These three stories; Dragonsinger, Dragonsong and Dragondrums, tell the story of much of Pern's musical culture and brings the world to colourful life.
LibraryThing member kmajort
Read years ago - listened to the audio.... very enjoyable
LibraryThing member willowcove
Some of the best books in the series.
LibraryThing member Karlstar
These three books are my 2nd favorite after the original Dragonrider trilogy. In theory these books are about the Harpers ,those who aid the dragonriders, but it really is more about the history and background of Pern. Well written, easy to read, still enjoyable.




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