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Aerie (Dragon Jousters Series #4)

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One of Lackey's Best Series--the Conclusion is Satisfying

This is the fourth and concluding book in the Dragon Jouster's series that began with Joust and continues in Alta and Sanctuary, and you should definitely read those first. The series has appealing characters in an unusual setting, a milieu reminiscent of Ancient Egypt ...
This is the fourth and concluding book in the Dragon Jouster's series that began with Joust and continues in Alta and Sanctuary, and you should definitely read those first. The series has appealing characters in an unusual setting, a milieu reminiscent of Ancient Egypt rather than Medieval Europe as in much of fantasy. The central character, Kiron, has a strong arc in what is essentially a coming of age tale, from serf in the first book to someone here who is a leader among his people. I also liked the themes of the two lands of these tales, Tia and Alta, merging into one. And there be dragons! Lackey herself has been involved in raptor rehabilitation, which I think helped both in the plausible way she writes of dragon raising and training as well as the verve with which she writes these novels. I'm a fan of Lackey and particularly her Valdemar tales, but right around the time Joust came out, I thought she was showing signs of rather tired blood in books like Exile's Honor--but this series shows she still has it in her to write a gripping tale with characters that come alive and the concluding novel is every bit as enjoyable as the earlier books in this series.

posted by Lisa_RR_H on April 26, 2010

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Book 4 a let down and sad to see the series end

book 4 was a huge let down. shorting it over 100 pages from the first three it felt like it was fan fiction not lackey. beyond that the series is good and imho could have been an 8 book series. I was very disappointed. This was a very enjoyable series, sorry to see i...
book 4 was a huge let down. shorting it over 100 pages from the first three it felt like it was fan fiction not lackey. beyond that the series is good and imho could have been an 8 book series. I was very disappointed. This was a very enjoyable series, sorry to see it cut short

posted by Anonymous on June 27, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2007

    Book 4 a let down and sad to see the series end

    book 4 was a huge let down. shorting it over 100 pages from the first three it felt like it was fan fiction not lackey. beyond that the series is good and imho could have been an 8 book series. I was very disappointed. This was a very enjoyable series, sorry to see it cut short

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2007

    In a word - trite.

    As a general rule, I am a great fan of ML's work. But Aerie was a huge disappointment. The plots were weak at best and the end felt horribly contrived. The romance between Kiron and Aket-ten was portrayed terribly - the way they 'got over their quarrels' was rushed and poorly explained. Frankly, I thought that Aket-ten, as written, was a boring, whining brat. However, there was some good points. Kiron was well written and I enjoyed the descriptions of Aerie and the challenges therein. The magic system feels coherent and sensible. Buy this if you have been reading the series so far and really like collecting all of them. But otherwise, borrow it from the library and save your money for something of higher quality.

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