Ever since we finished bingewatching all five seasons of BBC’s Merlin a few months ago, I have been on the look out for more dragon literature. John Hurt’s the Great Dragon was one of my favorites of all time.
After typing in the word dragon in the search of the local library catalog, I was scrolling through a list of books and came across an unexpected book cover. It featured an older woman with a tiny dragon perched on her hand. The book turned out to be the biography of Anne McCaffrey, Dragonholder, written by her son, Todd McCaffrey.
I was intrigued. I decided to check out some of Ms. McCaffrey’s books and settled on Dragonsong because I liked the name. I found the audiobook, read by Sally Darling on the One Click Digital App and downloaded it. It took a while to get used to Ms. Darling’s reading style and also to get to know the world of Pern. But wow, it was worth it.
Dragonsong is right there with my other favorite fantasy/sci-fi books, from the The Hobbit to Animorphs to the Giver Quartet.
It is quite a bit like Gathering Blue and Son, the 2nd and 4th books in the Giver Quartet. All three feature female protagonists that face life’s challenges with strength and grace; Menolly in Dragonsong, Kira in Gathering Blue, and Claire in Son. Dragonsong was written much earlier though, published in 1976 while the Giver Quartet was published from 1993 to 2012.
Though Menolly sometimes moans and groans in excess, that is perfectly normal for a 14-year-old, especially a neglected and misunderstood one. Menolly’s distress is genuine and as a reader, you really feel for her. Yanus, Menolly’s father, reminded me of Uther Pendragon from BBC’s Merlin and got me throwing shade like… oh no you didn’t.
The physical copy of this book is 192 pages. It only took me 10 days to listen to the whole book, which is quite speedy for me. I tend to lose interest in books quickly. I can’t wait to read more. I’m already on Chapter 2 of the second book of the trilogy: Dragonsinger. The audiobook is also read by Sally Darling.
Fire lizards and Spiderclaws, Thread and Harpers, Benden Weyr and Half Circle Sea Hold, I’m so glad we met!
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey: ★★★★★ (5/5 Stars!)
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