The MasterHarper of Pern, Paperback Book
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MasterSinger Merelan and Harper Petiron were a brilliant and devoted couple.

Merelan was the most outstanding soprano ever heard on Pern, and was often the only one who could master Petiron's technically accomplished compositions.

When, after a long and difficult birth, Robinton was born to them, it should have been the culmination of a unique partnership. But Petiron, almost from the first day, had no time for his son, refusing to see the incredible talent the boy possessed, ignoring his achievements and maintaining a strict and disapproving vigilance over him at all times. Carefully, secretly, the Harper Hall took over, training the greatest talent Pern had ever seen - a talent that was more than just musical, for Robinton was able to talk to the dragons of Pern. As constant sadness beset his personal life, so a startling career sent him like a meteor through the Holds and Weyrs of Pern until, as MasterHarper, he became part of the great plan to rescue Lessa from the brutal rule of Holder Fax - Lessa, who was to be the saviour of the dragons of Pern.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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  • ISBN: 9780552142748

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For me THE best Dragonrider's novel! Anne McCaffrey describes the life of Masterharper Robinton here, a fascinating character with a troublesome history, which made him the outstanding man he is (with some bad habits).

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This book tries to explain everyone and everything that lead up to the original Dragonrider books. That some of it works is a testimony to Anne McCaffrey's great talent. But even she can't make the whole thing seem anything but contrived.

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