My rating: 4 of 5 stars (8/10)
It was lovely to get back to Menolly and finish off her first story, since Dragonsong is in a way only half a book. That’s the story of how Menolly gets to the Harper Hall, while this is the story of how she finds her place there and sets herself up for the future we will see, if as a side character, in later books.
On this reread, I find myself thinking that Dragonsong is a stronger book. The emotion is more powerful and it’s a much more personal, perhaps because I felt I was deeper inside Menolly’s head in that one than this.
All the same, this is a lovely book as Menolly learns she is worthwhile and wanted and that her talent is something to share and of which to be proud.
I am loving my read/reread of Anne McCaffrey’s books, both the Pern books and the others as well. They tend not to be hugely complicated, but there is something both charming and very comfortable about them. I hope, even as the years continue to go by, that there will always be a place for them with younger readers, not just the old ones like me that first read these books when they were young.