The Masterharper of Pern

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The MasterHarper of Pern
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Brom cover of all US editions[a]
Author Anne McCaffrey
Cover artist
Country United States
Language English
Series Dragonriders of Pern
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Del Rey/Ballantine
Publication date
12 January 1998
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 431 (first US hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-345-38823-0
OCLC 37443403
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3563.A255 M35 1998
Preceded by Dragonseye
Followed by The Skies of Pern

The Masterharper of Pern is a science fiction novel by the American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey. It was the fifteenth book published in the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne or her son Todd McCaffrey.[1]

The Masterharper of Pern was first published in 1998. It details the birth and early life of Robinton, who becomes the MasterHarper of Pern shortly before Lessa becomes Weyrwoman.

Plot summary[edit]

Robinton was rejected by his jealous father, Petiron, and spent most of his childhood with his nurturing mother. Since Robinton grew up in a very musically-inclined setting, all the inhabitants helped bring him along in his journey to adulthood. Robinton composed many successful songs at a very early age and was unanimously elected Masterharper, also at a relatively young age. He tried to warn the Lord Holders of the rapacity of Lord Fax, but was unsuccessful. He was present when Lessa used her wit to provoke the duel in which Lord Fax was killed by F'lar; she had been in disguise as a drudge.


  1. ^ a b The Masterharper of Pern title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database lists only Gerald Brom cover artist for US editions as of 2011-10-12; only Steve Weston for UK editions.


  1. ^ Dragonriders of Pern series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2011-10-09.

External links[edit]

The Masterharper of Pern title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database