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Of all the young singers at the Harperhall of Pern, Piemur was the one chosen for the leading role at Lord Groghe's Gather...and then his voice broke. Suddenly his whole future at Harperhall became uncertain. But Masterharper Robinton, Menolly and Sebell had other plans for Piemur. They were sure that his quick wits and discretion could be used to keep a check on the troublesome Oldtimers and their strange traffic in fire lizards. So, whilst serving as a messanger-drum apprentice, Piemur carried out special errands for the three. And it was on one such errand that he realized his wildest dreams.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552118040
ISBN-10: 0552118044
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 107mm x 18mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Corgi Books
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1982
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » McCaffrey first introduced her Thread-threatened planet of Pern in adult paperbacks, and this third juvenile with the same setting refers to events that occurred in last year's episode, the first adult hardcover installment in the Dragonrider complex. (Complicated? You bet. And hardly worth it.) Here wondergirl Menolly's young friend Piemur suffers a voice change at 14, and so, in the manner of this paternalistic community, he is transferred from his singing Hall to work ostensibly as a drummer's apprentice, actually as a political spy for the beloved Masterharper. Jealous fellow apprentices hassle Piemur as Menolly's Cot-mates did her in a previous (1977) adventure; but soon Piemur is far away, stealing and Impressing his own Fire Lizard from a disagreeable and dying local Lord, then hiding in a sack which is smuggled off to the mysterious Southern Continent - where he survives three dread Threadfalls before Menolly and her new lover come to the rescue. Readers might still wonder why young people and adults alike attribute such importance to the little Fire Lizards. McCaffrey too makes very much of very little. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Anne McCaffrey

Anne McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures. A prolific bestselling author, she is best known for her handling of broad themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly in her tales of the Talents and the novels about the Dragonriders of Pern. Anne McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland. Visit the author's website at www.annemccaffrey.net

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