DragonsongBook - 2015
Every two hundred years or so, on the planet colony of Pern, shimmering Threads fall from space, raining death. Yet the great dragons of Pern, mounted by the stalwart dragonriders, scour the skies with fire to destroy the deadly Threads and save the planet.
But it was not Threadfall that made young Menolly unhappy. It was her father who betrayed her ambition to be a harper, who thwarted her love of music, because she was a woman. Menolly had no choice but to run away. When she came upon a group of fire lizards--wild and smaller relatives of the fire-breathing dragons--she let her music swirl around them. She taught nine of them to sing. And suddenly Menolly was no longer alone--she was Mistress of Music, and Ward of the dazzling fire dragons.
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Menolly's musician mentor dies and her family expects her to abandon her musical dreams and be a normal seaholding girl. Menolly runs away, and survives against all odds. Meanwhile her music is so good that Harper Hall is looking for her and can't find her because they think she's a boy.
After the death of her music teacher Melony hides her talent because it is not accepted by her family. She eventually runs away to live on her own in a cave where she discovers and "impresses" a clutch of baby fire lizards.
" Forbidden to play music because she is a girl, Menolly who runs away from her hold when deprived of her music, gets caught in a couple of thread falls, lives in a cave with a family of the much sought fire lizards, and is at last taken in to a Weyr community where the people adopt command of the creatures and--being less sexist than the traditional Holdmaster father--encouraged musical ability." (Novelist Review)
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