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Dragondrums (Pern: Harper Hall #3)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  22,447 ratings  ·  289 reviews
Award-winning fantasy author Anne McCaffrey returns to the Simon & Schuster list!
Hardcover, 243 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Perfection Learning (first published 1979)
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Dear Mrs. McCaffrey,

What were you thinking? You had done a brilliant job with the first two books in this "trilogy", so please do explain why you felt compelled to switch your focus from our beloved heroine Menolly to her rambunctious sidekick, Piemur? This is no trilogy. Do you think you can just skip ahead three years and make Menolly a peripheral player? Do you think that you can write a slow-moving, rather repetitive adventure story that lacks the resonance of the first two books in this tri
Why couldn't she have stopped at two? Why does every fantasy series have to be a trilogy or longer? This mediocre book drags the whole Harper Hall trilogy down with it.
After devoting two novels to Menolly's struggles at the Harper Hall, McCaffrey changed her focus to Piemur, who played a substantial role in the first novel and the second novel as a foil to Menolly's excellence on instruments. He was a scamp and a rascal and befriended her. At the beginning of this novel, his voice broke, and his role as a singer was dashed.

McCaffrey who wrote the White Dragon barely a year before this book, then can put Piemur on the Southern Continent and describe what happen
Inspired Kathy
I enjoyed this conclusion to the Harper Hall Trilogy despite the fact that Menolly isn't the main character. I like Piemur and enjoyed reading as his story unfolded. There was enough of Menolly & other characters I enjoy to keep me happy.
J. Else
Out of the three books, this one is the best even though the main character switches from Menolly to her best friend. I found a lot of similarities in the rivarly of Peimer and the drum hall boys (as Menolly struggled with in the 2nd book with the girls), but overall I found this one a more exciting read with more world of Pern things going on. I was disappointed in the unanswered questions this book left especially what are the fire lizards special role and why is everyone so obsessed with them ...more
Each Pern novel can be read as a stand alone, but Dragondrums is the third book in the Harper Hall trilogy so if you want to read the books in the order, head over to Dragonsong (book 1) and Dragonsinger (book 2).

The story starts at the end of Dragonsinger where Menolly is made a Journeyman. Piemur prepares himself for a big event where he will be the lead singer until his voice breaks and he realises that his one and only ability which made him special has now disappeared.
But Piemur is very far
The story starts at the end of Dragonsinger where Menolly is made a Journeyman. Piemur prepares himself for a big event where he will be the lead singer until his voice breaks and he realises that his one and only ability which made him special has now disappeared.
But Piemur is very far from having just this one ability and Master Robinton knows how precious Piemur is. That is why Piemur is seemingly hired as a drums apprentice when in fact he is asked to becoming the Master Harper's ears and ey
Kari Metzger
I so want to give this book an excellent review, because one way or another, the Pern world is interesting, colourful, filled with interesting nooks and crannies to explore, and yet, this book is a bit disappointing.

First of all, It's the third of a trilogy about 'Harper Hall' - NOT about Menolly, but the unfortunate fact is that A.M. made us fall in love with Menolly by making her the protagonist in first two books, and then changed characters abruptly in the third, before they finished her st
Don't go into this book expecting much Menolly; this is Piemur's book. He's a pretty entertaining character usually so you'd think that's a good thing, but in this installment he manages to take a personal journey similar to Menolly's in Dragonsong, and frankly he gets a little boring.

We do get some updates on Menolly, but she's older and established within the Hall hierarchy, and McCaffrey's decided to explore other bits of the Pern landscape using Piemur instead. Again, this is good for gettin
Dan Debono
This was one of my first "adult" fantasy books and I LOVED it! My mom bought it for me one summer and I devoured it (and began my love of Pern). I just started writing little bits for a mid sized daily in our area (or at least trying - I got a couple little mini features in - but I was only in 9th grade!).

Being so moved by this strange (to me) book, I decided to write Anne, never expecting to hear back, but sure enough, a great little handwritten letter found it's way into my parent's mailbox a
Dec 02, 2011 Kevin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter Fans
Shelves: fantasy
This is really a 3 1/2 star book for me. (GOODREADS WHY DON'T YOU HAVE 1/2 STARS) It was quite a bit different from the 2nd novel in the trilogy which is my favorite of the series. This novel switched the focus to politics and the main character from Menolly to Piemur. The location also shifted away from the Harper Hall to other locations throught Pern.
The Harper’s are such an integral part of Pern and while the story moved from the Hall to various Holds and Weyrs, we see through the apprentice
Surprisingly captivating and exciting read. Really makes you feel for Piemur as he tries to find his place as his whole world collapses around his ears, and the journey with him is particularly rewarding when he finds his own purpose. It's a shame that his personality seemed to take a 180 degree turn towards the end, once he met Sharra. What is it about that girl that changes so many endearing boys to snobs? That said, Piemur's snark is still there, and having "accompanied" him on his adventures ...more
I remember distinctly not liking this book as much as the other two of this series when I read it back as a child (oh, yes I was doing a reread bit for a couple days), but it turns out that it's actually a fun book! I think it was just that Ms McCaffrey changed the focus of the story from my beloved friend Menolly and moved over to a newer face with Piemur. Piemur isn't a bad sort, just a rather impetuous boy who gets in a lot of trouble. There is some fun with the politics of Pern in the backgr ...more
We are randomly in this characters head, out of no where. I understand it's the 'harper hall' trilogy but, I ask, the first one was not about the harper hall at all, but about Menolly and her teen life. The second was was also very specifically Menolly, it was at the Harpers Hall, but had a great deal to do with her and the other girls which were fosterlings of the Hold, not the Hall. Now this third one is mostly Piemur out on missions away from Harpers hall and much of the second half of the bo ...more
Brian Schiebout
Dragondrums by Anne McCaffrey is the third book of the Harpers Hall trilogy set in the Dragonsriders of Pern Universe. The story follows Piemur a young harper apprentice who was a boyhood soprano. However as the story begins his voice has started its change from that of a child to an adult and so he must discover his new place in the world of the harpers. However because of his connection with Menolly and her speaking up for him the Masterharper Robinton decides to use him as a personal spy and ...more
Becky Welch
Piemur's voice has cracked, literally! Now that his beautiful boy soprano voice is gone, he doesn't know where he fits into the Harper Hall. Master Robinton decides he should go to the drum tower to learn how to use the communication drums for long distance messaging. But all is not well in the ivory tower when Piemur quickly picks up on the beats and is soon beaten himself by his jealous peers. When Master Robinton learns of this, he makes Piemur his secret apprentice and entices him to get inv ...more
Ralph McEwen
Another wonderful, wander full, full of wonder coming of age story. The story is extremely well told by Sally Darling. The protagonist and his group of characters are the truly good and smart ones who outwit the less goodly and intelligent characters they interact with. The story is interesting and veers in unexpected directions and ends with a complete but appropriate surprise. I have enjoyed this entire series and look forward to more tales of Pern and its inhabitants.
Apr 28, 2011 Cass rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all my friends
The finale of the trilogy focuses is set three turns (years) after the events in the previous two books. This time the book centres around the young Piemur as his life changes due to his voice breaking.

The opening chapters of this book are a little clumsy as McCaffrey tries to weave in the essential parts of the previous two books. However it still remains an absolute favourite.
I wish I had read the Harper Hall trilogy before reading White Dragon. I find myself wanting to reread White Dragon now that I have read them, even though I read it fairly recently.

I was a little disappointed that this focused on Piemur instead of Menolly. Honestly though, I guess she had her time, and Piemur is a good one to focus on. Naturally she does factor into this novel though.

Making these books happen around the same time as the books in the main trilogy but from different perspectives a
Dec 31, 2008 Marilyn rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 7th - 9th grade
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
This is only for those who loved the first two and want to finish up the trilogy. There were loose ends that never got resolved and some stealing that was deemed acceptable because the person stolen from a "bad" guy. This made me uncomfortable.
Mollie *scoutrmom*
May 31, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of fantasy/sci-fi
I enjoyed this tale as much in my second reading as the first. A scamp becomes a young man, adventures and character growth being the foci.
An Odd1
** "Dragondrums" is so-called because the teen hero learns the drumming codes for distance communication. The third fantasy of the Harper Hall trilogy, by early Anne McCaffrey does start in the musicians keep, and spying is cleverly demonstrated as a career function, only hinted before. But dragons are just unusual vehicles, and I am disappointed that the titles imply a greater importance. Flying dragonriders fight falling fire, but shelter eliminates the need, how most civilizations protect fro ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
This is the last book in The Harper Hall Trilogy and is quite different than the first two. The first two books were focused on Menolly, a very musically talented girl from a fisher family whose wildest dream is fulfilled when she comes to Harper Hall to be trained as a Harper. (Think mix of bard, teacher, diplomat.) She brings with her firelizards, the precursors and miniatures of the mighty sentient fighting dragons of Pern who partner with humans to fight "thread," an inimical alien life form ...more
***Dave Hill
This book is ostensibly the third of the Harper Hall Trilogy. Except that, while the first two focused on Menolly, this third (though Menolly is still a significant supporting character) is about Piemur, scampish Harper apprentice.

Which causes a bit of narrative disconnect, but actually works for most of the tale. Piemur is a much more interesting character than Menolly is in her two turns. He does things. He makes things happen. In part he acts a bit as an agent of chaos, but he's a more active
I have finished the third book in the Harper Hall trilogy. Subliminally, I think I had the feeling of disappointment that this was not the continuation of the story of Menolly as was begun in the first book and continued in the second, especially since the setting was three years after the conclusion of the second book (Dragonsinger), but I was eventually drawn in to the character of the young singer, Piemur. The first two-thirds of the book chronicles events for Piemur at Harper Hall, and then ...more
As one might discern from my list I am a huge Anne McCaffrey fan. I have been reading her books since the fifth grade and have loved them always. They always transport me. When I pick up one now it is like going home. When I was a pre-teen and teen I read the first 8-9 starting with Dragonsinger almost every year so those are the ones I am the most familiar with. Also the Crystal Singer and Restoree. As I got older and had less time to indulge in reading and re-reading (dang! I miss those days) ...more
Most people are unhappy that this book does not focus on Menolly as the preceding two books did. I think if you go in knowing it is about Piemur, you can enjoy it for the story it is. While I would have liked more on Menolly as well, I enjoyed this story about Piemur.

This book is very similar to the first in the trilogy, Dragonsong, in that it is Piemur's coming of age story (instead of Menolly's). For that reason, it can feel a bit repetitive, (view spoiler)
Warning, blatant spoilers in this one!

This is easily the weakest book in this trilogy. The shift of main characters was an unwelcome surprise, the story meanders a bit, and there's plot points that just make so little sense that I found myself hurrying to be rid of the book, where I really savored the fun of the first two.

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I was not a fan of this book. First of all, though it's the third in the Harper Hall series, it's not about Menolly as the first two are. It's about, of all people, Piemur. "Gee whiz" rascally young Piemur, who runs about and talks about adventures that we never see and whines constantly because HE wants a fire lizard and life isn't fair. Everyone either chuckles at him for being such a silly goose or shakes their fist at what a scamp he is. *rolls eyes*

Not only that, but the "story", if
Author: Anne McCaffrey
First published: 1979
Length: 243 pages, 3358 kindle locations

Picking up three "Turns" after Menolly became a harper (see Dragonsinger), "Dragondrums" follows Piemur's coming-of-age.

Overall, it's A Good Book. It fits well into the World of Pern and has a nice, easy story.

But it also has problems.

My biggest issue is to do with Menolly and Sebell. First off, this is Piemur's story. They shouldn't be co-opting it. I get that seeing their story finding a reasonably satisfactory
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two
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