Dragon Harper (Dragonriders of Pern, The)
by Anne McCaffrey
Review by Harriet Klausner
Del Rey Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345480309
Date: 26 December 2007 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
On the planet of Pern at the hatching grounds of High Reaches Weyr, apprentice harper Kindan is hoping to impress one of the new baby dragons as they come out of their eggs. He is not too disappointed when there is no dragon for him as there will be other clutches for him to try again. The weyrleader of Brendar is sorry that Kindan didn't impress but tells him when he makes journeyman, he will be his harper. From official release/information:
Anne McCaffrey and her son, Todd McCaffrey, spin a tale of a mysterious illness that may succeed in doing what centruies of Threadfall could not: kill every last human on Pern.
As far back as the people of Pern remember, the drangonriders and their dragons have been the world's heroic protectors. But now a deadly epidemic is sweeping through the land. The drangonriders stand ready to help -- but Kindan, a young apprentice to the fuild of musicians and teachers known as the Harpers, recognizes the true danger: the dreaded Thread, a spore that descends on Pern like a lethal rain, is about to fall.
With the dragons the planet's only safeguard against the Thread, the dragonriders dare not brake quarantine. It is up to Kindan to find another way to stop the spread of the illness and protect the dragonriders so they can live to fight another day.
(Source: Del Rey)