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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dragon Jousters by Mercedes Lackey | Epic Fantasy Series Summary

Dragon Jousters by Mercedes Lackey | Epic Fantasy Series Summary
♥ Mini Review ♥
Dragon Jousters is a unique series set against a backdrop of dark magic, war and slavery. Crafted with strong Egyptian influences, it is also a world where dragons fly the skies and man enslaves them. That is until a lone Jouster discovers that there is a better way....

Monday, November 3, 2014

Joust (The Dragon Jousters #1) by Mercedes Lackey | Epic Fantasy | Book Review



For the first time ever, national best-selling legend Mercedes Lackey draws from her extensive knowledge of animals-and her professional background as an avian expert-to create something truly special...

The most exciting, authentic and believable portrayal of dragons ever imagined.

It is a richly conceived, fully realized vision, inspired by the culture of ancient Egypt, the legends of Atlantis-and the science of animal behavior and biology. This is how dragons would live, breed, hatch, hunt, and bond.

The first book in this thrilling new series introduces readers to a young slave who dreams of becoming a Jouster-one of the few warriors who can actually ride a flying dragon. And so, in secret, he begins to raise his own dragon.

ALA Notable Book

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Joust (The Dragon Jousters #1) by Mercedes Lackey

| Author: Mercedes Lackey
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Dragons, Coming of Age, Magic, War
| ISBN-10: 0756401534
| ISBN-13: 9780756401535
| Publisher: DAW (March 2, 2004)
| Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
| Cover Artist: Jody A. Lee
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5/5 Stars
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Joust (Dragon Jousters, #1)


♥ Mini Review ♥
Dragon Jousters is a must read for every dragon fan. It has everything. Dragons, dragonriders, coming of age, sympathetic characters, interesting worldbuilding, friendship and hope. This is the type of fantasy that, as a teen, made me fall head over heels in love with the genre.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Alta (Dragon Jousters #2) by Mercedes Lackey | Epic Fantasy | Book Review



National best-selling fantasy legend Mercedes Lackey created a vivid, dynamic fusion of the Upper and Lower Kingdoms of ancient Egypt with the most exciting, authentic and believable portrayal of dragons ever imagined. In the second novel in Mercedes Lackey's richly-conceived Dragon Jousters series, the dragonrider Vetch escapes to Alta, the subjugated land of his birth. There, he hopes to teach his people to raise and train dragons-and build an army that will liberate his homeland.

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Alta (The Dragon Jousters #2) by Mercedes Lackey

| Author: Mercedes Lackey
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Dragons, Coming of Age, Magic, War
| ISBN-10: 0756402573
| ISBN-13: 9780756402570
| Publisher: DAW (March 1, 2005)
| Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
| Cover Artist: Jody A. Lee
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5/5 Stars
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Alta (Dragon Jousters, #2)


♥ Mini Review ♥
The story of Vetch has now become the story of Kiron, Son of Kiron. No longer is he Vetch the serf or even Vetch the dragon boy. To be accepted by the people of his birth he must go through a rebirth of self. He must become Kiron the Jouster not just outwardly, but inwardly as well. And this is not as easy as it might sound.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sanctuary (Dragon Jousters 3) by Mercedes Lackey: Epic Fantasy Book Review



Third in the Swashbuckling Fantasy Series

The dragon-boy once known as Vetch has returned to his homeland of Alta to reclaim his birthright, only to discover that Alta is under the thrall of evil Priest-Kings. Gathering troops of dragon riders by his side, Vetch raises an army in the sanctuary of the desert to rid his land of both war and magical domination once and for all.

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Sanctuary (Dragon Jousters #3) by Mercedes Lackey | Epic Fantasy
| Author: Mercedes Lackey
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Dragons, Coming of Age, Magic, War
| ISBN-10: 0756403413
| ISBN-13: 9780756403416
| Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition (May 2, 2006)
| Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
| Cover Artist: Jody A. Lee
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 3/5 Stars
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Sanctuary (Dragon Jousters, #3)


♥ Mini Review ♥
Sanctuary. A place of refuge and safety for both dragons and riders. But soon it will become much more. It will become a new home to former residents of both countries, Alta and Tia, as they flee an evil which feeds on death.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Aerie (Dragon Jousters #4) by Mercedes Lackey | Epic Fantasy | Book Review



In the fourth and final novel of Mercedes Lackey's Dragon Jousters series, Kiron, the man who had once been a dragon-boy called Vetch, has united the dragon riders and managed to rid their world of both war and magical domination. But are the evil Magi really gone for good? As Kiron tries to build a new civilization at the site of an abandoned cliff dweller's city, called Aerie, conflicts arise, and he soon realizes there is a vast conspiracy at work, which includes individuals who have infiltrated every walk of life-even his own family. Once the heads of the Magi, these conspirators are determined to regain their sinister control.

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Aerie (Dragon Jousters #4) by Mercedes Lackey | Epic Fantasy | Book Review

| Author: Mercedes Lackey
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Witchcraft, Sorcery, Dark Magic, Dragons
| ISBN-10: 0756404266
| ISBN-13: 9780756404260
| Publisher: DAW (October 2, 2007)
| Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
| Cover Artist: Jody A. Lee
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 4/5 Stars
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Aerie (Dragon Jousters, #4)


♥ Mini Review ♥
There is a great evil stalking the land. An evil that far exceeds that of the Magi who were merely its pawns. An evil that was myth but now has become all too real. Now a question just begs to be asked. Will the jousters and their dragons prove strong enough to defeat this new threat?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Magister Trilogy by C.S. Friedman | Epic Fantasy | Series Summary

Magister Trilogy by C.S. Friedman | Epic Fantasy
Feast of Souls ~ Wings of Wrath ~ Legacy of Kings
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♥ Mini Review ♥
At the end of her bestselling Coldfire Trilogy, C.S. Friedman challenged readers to imagine what a world would be like if sorcery required the ultimate sacrifice–that of life itself. This series attempts to answer that question, in vivid detail.

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