In Dragondrums, the main character is no longer Menolly, but rather Piemur, Menolly’s first friend at the Harper Hall who we met in Dragonsinger. Here are my reviews for Book 1: Dragonsong, and Book 2: Dragonsinger.
A Brief Summary
The book opens three years after Dragonsinger, and finds Piemur’s splendid soprano beginning to crack as he is now in his teens. Consequently, he needs something else to do until his voice settles back. Master Robinton, head of the Harper Hall, decides to send sociable Piemur to the isolated Drum Heights.
His intention is to test sociable Piemur’s discretion and integrity, while also hoping he will learn an integral skill (drum beats are the equivalent of a very loud Morse code in Pern). After an unfortunate incident, Piemur completes his time at the Drum Heights and begins an all-together new adventure which involves travel and… going undercover!
Taking It As It Is
At this year’s Tucson Festival of Books, we attended a panel entitled, The Art of the Book Review, featuring two well known critics: Maureen Corrigan of Fresh Air fame and Louis Bayard, known for his recaps of Downton Abbey in the New York Times. In the panel, Corrigan talked about how book reviews ought to “take the book as it is,” rather than how the reviewer would have written the book. I have tried to keep that in mind while writing this review, but I really do wish that Dragondrums had continued Menolly’s journey.
As a reader, I became so invested in Menolly’s thoughts, feelings, and life purpose. She is still in Dragondrums, but she’s nearly just part of the background. Another book about Menolly would have really filled out the trilogy in the most beautiful way. That being said, Dragondrums was actually quite fun to read.
During Piemur’s new adventure, he revisits his earlier life as a herdsman’s boy, before he entered the Harper Hall. There is a particularly poignant scene near the end of the book involving a young herdbeast that nearly brought tears to my eyes. As always, Thread is a constant threat to life on Pern and Piemur has his own battle with Thread in Dragondrums.
With regard to length, the first book of the trilogy, Dragonsong is 208 pages, the second, Dragonsinger is 288, and the third, Dragondrums is 256. Dragondrums took me the longest to read because I just was not as into the book since it wasn’t about Menolly.
Dragonsinger is easily my favorite of the series and I highly recommend it! Happy Friday everyone!
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