The Masterharper of Pern (Pern (Publication Order) #15)
It is a perilous time for harpers. They sing of Thread, yet more and more people are beginning to...more
Would it be wrong of me to hijack my own review and compare the way Anne writes about Robinton with the way her son writes about his own favourite character Kindan. Anne has passed the storywriting baton to her son Todd McCaffrey who has (imo) mutila...more
McCaffrey's latest rummage through the archives of planet Pern (Dragonseye, 1997, etc.) has unearthed Robinton, the Masterharper of Pern, and the circumstances surrounding the advent of weyrleader F'lar and Lessa, the first woman Dragonrider. It's a time when no Thread has fallen for centuries (it's due in 50 years or so), and five of the six weyrs stand inexplicably empty of Dragons and Riders. Young Rob, rejected by his father, is a musical prodigy and has the ability to s
Robinton's father, Petiron, is an abysmal father and not even that great of a person. He is an incredibly talented c...more
This is the biography of the character Robinton, who appears in many of the Pern novels and appears to be one of McCafferey's favourite characters. It takes the story of his life up to the events of the first half of Dragonflight, the earliest written Pern novel. Even though she's now spent some time writing novels in the pre-history of the original Pern series, I've felt that its still best to read McCafferey's novel's in publication order.
In some ways I understand that this was inevitable. If Robinton had done anything truly notable bef...more
As with any good story, Robinton has his share of tragedy, from the estrangement of his father, the death of his young wife and best friend, he feels pain like any other person. He takes his pain and makes music of it.
McCaffrey does her usual solid job of tying various threads from other stories in to the tale. Most notably at...more
However, I'll have to say that this book...more
The story starts slow, making it something not recommended for a new reader of Pe...more
By giving Robinton's backstory, McCaffrey is able to flesh out a lot of the buildup to the introduction of Lessa and the circumstances behind her situation when the series...more
The Pern series is a wonderfully constructed group of books with characters that are strong core characters in one book and interesting peripheral characters in the next book. Again, I honestly am not a fan of fantasy but McCaffrey writes strong amazing characters that you just want to keep r...more
I loved this like all the other Pern books I've read so far, but one thing I've noticed is that Anne tends to recycle her character types. Like Petiron is a lot like Domick in the future books, even MasterHarper Gennell seemed similar to Robinton during the Harper Hall series - oh and Tuck/Piemur, anyone?
Aside from all that, it was a great read. I wish I could read more about Lessa, but I probably will since she's obviously an important figure in th...more
Chronologically, this novel perfectly segues into Dragonflight, one of the primary Dragonrider novels. The last chapter introduces us to Lessa and the events at the beginning of that...more
For those of you who are new to Pern, it is an earth-like planet inhabited by human beings who live in a medieval-styled society. There is no magic on Pern, but there are fire-breathing, telepathic dragons who bond at their hatching with the human who will become...more
Not sure what is up with this specific edition on Goodreads. It is NOT abridged. [nor specially priced :D]
I did think it would take us well into this Threadfall. It didn't, and I was sorry about that.
Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two...more