Menolly’s gift for tune writing and singing has gotten her into trouble time and again. Tired of being treated unfairly she runs away into the wilds of her planet Pern. There she becomes caretaker of telepathic fire lizards and pursues her gifts in peace. Fate isn’t done with her yet, for Menolly has gifts that aren’t meant to be hidden away in the wild…
Menolly catches the reader’s attention because she is a dreamer but practical as well. She creates her songs while also planning how to take care of her fire lizards and herself. Her practicality helps her, but also like with all of us, makes her wonder if her dreams can come true. The desire to leave an unpleasant situation for a place where one’s gifts and self are appreciated is a theme popular in literature. For instance, look at the many versions of the Cinderella story. Menolly is no fainting damsel: faced with a challenge she’ll figure out a way to brave it or, in one case, outrun it. Menolly’s tale is also worth reading because of the world she inhabits. We meet telepathic dragons and fire lizards, singers and sailors and get a look on a world where life is centered around avoiding a threat from the sky. This book is technically written for young adults, but I enjoyed it. It’s worth reading for its determined heroine and look at a world far different from our own.
Want other books like Dragonsong?
All of these books are technically for young adults, but can be enjoyable reads for adults as well.
Dealing with Dragons, by Patricia Wrede, is more humorous than Dragonsong but also features a heroine who rejects her traditional role. Princess Cimorene runs away to live with a dragon and has to save the day.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine is a modern take on Cinderella. Ella is cursed to be obedient to her odious family but is determined to find a better fate.
Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman, focuses on a musical heroine who must figure out her unique connection to dragons in a dangerous and uncertain world.