In a time when no Thread has fallen for centuries - when, indeed, many are beginning to dare to hope that Thread will never fall again - a boy is born to Harper Hall. His name is Robinton, and he is destined to be one of the most famous and beloved leaders Pern has ever known. It is a perilous time for harpers. They sing of Thread, yet more and more people are beginning to doubt the return of that deadly scourge. They teach reading, writing, history, but Fax - who hates the harpers in general - is determined to keep his growing area of influence free of the learning that might sow unrest. And they extol the dragonriders, whom many view increasingly as a drain on the resources of the Holds. Now harpers are being turned away from the holds; and, worse yet, they are being derided, attacked, even beaten. It is the climate of unrest that Robinton will come into his own. For despite the tragedies that beset his own life, he continues to believe in music and in the dragons, and is determined to save his beloved Pern from itself . . .so that the dragonriders can be ready to fly against the dreaded Thread when it at last returns!
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It's been a long time since I read my first Dragonriders of Pern novel, but the character of Robinton has always stuck in my head, even back when the story seemed to be about Lessa and F'lar and the rest of the dragonriders. In the early books, Robinton was just this wise old guy who liked good wine and good music. And yet Lessa was so fond of him, I couldn't avoid being drawn to him myself. When the author killed him off in a later book, I cried. I cried when I first read the manuscript, and I cried again when I read the revised manuscript. So I began thinking how much this character needed a book of his own. Fortunately, Anne McCaffrey was having the same thoughts-- The result is The MasterHarper of Pern, the life story of Master Robinton, the musician who could talk to dragons.
--Shelly Shapiro, Executive Editor
In a time when the deadly scourge Thread has not fallen on Pern for centuries--and many dare to hope that Thread will never fall again--a boy is born to Harper Hall. A musical prodigy who has the ability to speak with the dragons, he is called Robinton, and he is destined to be one of the most famous and beloved leaders Pern has ever known.
It is a perilous time for the harpers who sing of Thread--they are being turned away from holds, derided, attacked, even beaten. In this climate of unrest, Robinton will come into his own. But despite the tragedies that beset his own life, he continues to believe in music and in the dragons, and he is determined to save his beloved Pern from itself--so that the dragonriders can be ready to fly against the dreaded Thread when at last it returns . . .
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