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Dragondrums (Pern: Harper Hall #3)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  24,396 ratings  ·  337 reviews
Anne McCaffrey's bestselling Harper Hall Trilogy is a masterpiece of imaginative storytelling. DRAGONDRUMS, the concluding volume is the exciting tale of how Piemur the drummer's apprentice came of age on an incredible journey to Pern's uncharted Southern Continent.
Mass Market Paperback, 193 pages
Published May 1986 by Spectra/Bantam Books (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.
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.
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
October Woman
When I picked this book up to read, I was a little disappointed that it wasn't a continuation of Menolly's story. I wanted more about her. I wanted to watch Menolly and Sebell develop their relationship! Once again, I had to remind myself that these are not romance novels.

But I quickly got over my disappointment as I was taken into Piemur's world. He is all set to start practicing the part of Lessa in a new song to be performed, when his voice cracks. Piemur has never been thrilled with singing
The focus shifts from Menolly to a young imp who is at the Harper Hall but doesn't take his skill as seriously as Menolly: Piemur. This is another delightful adventure. I think this book proved so popular that McCaffrey almost had no choice but to include him in further stories about Pern. Again, as in the first two books of this series, these are suitable for kids unlike the regular Pern series. I've reread this series over and over and must remember to do so again in the near future!
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
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
And Piemur gets the spotlight he deserves. I love Piemur, but in this book I have a few more issues regarding reactions to something huge Piemur does and the relationship between two characters. Still an old favorite though and I appreciate being able to come to it with a new light.
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
Jessie Potts
This is an amazing series and I'm so glad I discovered them again on Audible!
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Two parts to this review. The rating is for the story.

In this trilogy, I prefer the two Menolly books to this one featuring Piemur, but it's still pretty good.

As for the Kindle edition... My paperback copies of this trilogy are from the late 1980's with tiny print, so I was happy to see they were *finally* available as Kindle books released in 2015. UNFORTUNATELY, the Kindle edition looks like it was thrown together 10 years ago or so when ebook formatting wasn't very good - like there are extra
Well, I enjoyed this book, but I have to say it annoyed me also.

First and foremost, I acknowledge that McCaffrey called this trilogy the "Harper Hall" trilogy, but as the first two books were about Menolly, I was perturbed to discover this installation was following Piemur.

One of the main failings with McCaffrey's novels of Pern, (I've only read five or six,) is how she neglects to fill the reader in on much of the way the world works. We get snippets happenstance, once or twice in a book, but f
I always have a hard time categorizing the Pern books, especially thee early ones. I would normally categorize these as high fantasy because of the dragons and ESP but as you read along in the series you realize just how much of this is actually science fiction--set far in the future, lost colony, genetic engineering.

I remember when this book came out. I had already read the previous two books; this was one of the first books that I waited anxiously for its release. The Pern books is one of the
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.
Conan Tigard
Like the first two books in this trilogy, Dragondrums is a fun book. It follows both Dragonsong and Dragonsinger. Not only is the main character highly likable, he is a good replacement for Menolly as the main character. Menolly still appears quite a bit in the story, but she really isn't missed.

The story is fairly quick-paced and well-written. Anne McCaffrey's dragon books are always a pleasure to read. Personally, this is the second time I have read this trilogy, having forgotten most of it be
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.
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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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Pern: Harper Hall (3 books)
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