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Aerie (Dragon Jousters Series #4)

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Kiron has secretly gathered an army of dragon riders to seek refuge in the abandoned desert city they have named Sanctuary, where they join with other dragon riders to rid their world of both war and magical domination. But now it is time to build a new society in Aerie: an ancient city that seems to have been designed for dragon riders and their dragons.

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Overview

Kiron has secretly gathered an army of dragon riders to seek refuge in the abandoned desert city they have named Sanctuary, where they join with other dragon riders to rid their world of both war and magical domination. But now it is time to build a new society in Aerie: an ancient city that seems to have been designed for dragon riders and their dragons.

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"It's fun to see a different spin on dragons...and as usual Lackey makes it all compelling." - Locus
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756404260
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Series: Dragon Jousters Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 210,147
  • Product dimensions: 6.72 (w) x 4.04 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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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 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.

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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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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    good read

    favirate author still alive any new book of her's come's out I can't wait to see it

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  • Posted October 11, 2009

    Grest

    Great book. Really rounds out the series and ties up all the loose ends. Would recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2009

    a good book

    it one of the best books ever but its getting hard to find these book so i suggest that you buy the books as fast as you can.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2008

    I loved the series!

    I loved all four books! I hate to see it end. What happens after wards though? I would like to see a fifth. This is the first of Misty's I've read so far but I am starting herald mage stuff

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    Not Half Bad...

    Aerie is a novel in which many of us would like to live in. Well if their were less complications we would. This novel embodies many human hopes, dreams and fears. In a way it is reality. It moves just as fast leaving you with no time for a breath and things don¿t always go the way you plan them to. However this novel in the end comes out and shows it¿s true colors in the end that in the end everything always works out perfectly and everyone will go back to normal. Yeah right. But it has some valid points about humanity in it. We all make mistakes. Sometimes we make big mistakes like the Heyskins who created a god of vengeance to destroy their foes that they once oppressed. The Tians. However the Tians merged with the Altans earlier to form the Altians and as one drove them off and killing their god of vengeance using people to embody their own gods into this world. But going after the Altians was not the Heyskins biggest mistake. That was creating a god of vengeance and thinking that it would go away afterwards. No it¿s not. It will continue to thirst for blood and being its followers they would have to feed it on a never-ending campaign for blood. Of course sometimes we make little mistakes. One such mistake was made by Letis who thinking her son 'who is one of the main protagonists with a lot of important stuff to do' was going to get the family farm back and settle down with her young friend Peri and have a big family. She stuck in the ways of the past did not realize that maybe her son was now a jouster and that maybe he was in love with a noble and that maybe he had outgrown being told what to do by his mother! Well I¿ve finished ranting about that, but I should probably analyze a few of the characters for you out their who feel the need to read this. Well theirs Kiron who is Letis¿s son and Lord of the Jousters of Altia. He is a very strong willed stubborn guy. However he tends to be level headed in most things. In the beginning of the book there is a repair crises in the newly rediscovered city of Aerie and two jousters requesting repairs come to him and he gives the one who requires the least repairs some of the limited help they have. Then he suggests that they help each other out by repairing one room together with the help he sent and then working on the other one again with the help he sent. This shows that he is level headed and can help people come to compromises without feelings being hurt. His lover Aket-ten is a noble who if things hadn¿t been effed up in the war between Alta and Tia he would never have met and fell in love with. She is also a jouster who in the times of the war raised one of several experiment dragons after it¿s original master died. These dragons were the first raised from the egg in Alta. She is however a noble and can be quite pigheaded sometimes. She wanted a wing of dragons for herself which her being one of the more experienced riders was perfectly acceptable. But she wanted that wing to have all female riders. Of course she couldn¿t have that because it would be claimed that she was stealing dragons that rightfully belonged to the men waiting for dragons. She did it anyways taking young dragons from the nests and taking priestesses with the ability to speak to animals as riders. That created quite an uproar, but quite against Kirons wishes she had done and had even gotten the Queens permission. If that¿s not pig-headedness I don¿t know what is. But she is also quite rational at times helping Kiron to beat back waves of scorpions with torches and oil to protect the High Priest of the God of difficult decisions-Seft. Of course then there is Letis. Kirons mother who is very persistent in trying to get her son to be her little boy again. She is a very bitter woman who has trouble letting go of the past as is obvious when she keeps denying that Peri who she wishes to marry Kiron has a dragon. She is the only one of the Queens wing to have no ability to speak to animals. This is a quote fr

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2008

    Great wrapup to a great series

    I thoroughly enjoyed the series as I always do. Ms Lackey has been one of my favorites since I read the first book. This book was one to keep a readers attention right up to the last page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2008

    A reviewer

    i have read Joust and i have also read Alta but i have not had the pleasure of reading Sanctuary or Aries but i suspect they are very good books and very engrossing and addictive as like the first 2 but i will read them and send another review. Joust had me captured when the flamboyant word usage struck me as very descriptive and held me captured in that place and time in the book for hours on end. the same go's with Alta it is also very a very good book but it ends' very abruptly, and unless u can read all of them u will be sadly disappointed that is end's the way it does. well u can email me if u have questions. or if u would like to know more about my opinions' on Joust and Alta.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2007

    Awesome Series

    Well, what can I say? The title explains all, and I loved the book Joust the best. At first Aerie was a little bit of a disappointment because of the beginning, but in the end, I loved it!! This is the first series by Mercedes Lackey that I've read, but I plan on reading the rest to see if they're as well written and fascinating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    By Far the Best

    After reading the other Dragon Jousters books(Joust, Alta, and Sancuary) I was quick to buy this book. It started out slow and dragged on and on about one thing or another. It had to reintroduce all of the characters and sum up everything that had happened so far, it got annoying. For about the first 100 pages I skimmed and only read the dialouge and a couple of the short paragraphs.It also juggled between 3 storylines and it got a little confusing. It began to pick in later pages to the point where i couldnt put it down. But in the end i really enjoyed the book and i would recomend it to anyone who likes the previous books(excludeing sancuary, that book was awful).

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Kiron once known as the serf named Vetch was a captured peasant in the land of Tia, which was at war for years with his native Alta. He was Ari¿s dragon boy and stole a dragon¿s egg, caring for it until it hatched and then when it was grown enough he flew it to Alta where he taught the dragon riders how to bind their dragons to them with love not drugs. The Magi, an evil group of priests, were responsible for the war and the deaths that ensued in their quest to become the rulers of both lands. Kiron placed a significant role in defeating them. --- The dragons and their Jousters, the king and queen of Alta and Tia, and some others fled their destroyed land and moved into the city of Sanctuary, located in the desert. In time more and more people showed up so they the Jousters and their dragons were forced to move to the stone caved up of Aerie. Lord Kiron is the de facto ruler of the Jousters and he realizes that with the war at an end and the two kingdoms about to become one the Jousters will act more like a police force than an army. However, in a border town all the inhabitants disappear and through the use of magic it is discovered that an old and ancient enemy is preparing to war against the two lands. Only the gods can stop them if they choose to interfere with the Jousters taking up a vanguard position against the Nameless Ones. --- This is the fourth and probably the last book of the Dragon Jousters and readers have seen how Kiron has changed and grown into his power through the strength of his personality and his great leadership abilities. This is an exciting saga that shows prejudice can be overcome when former enemies work together for the common good. Mercedes Lackey has a unique voice and an ability to write tales that readers want to read. --- Harriet Klausner

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