In this exciting space adventure, fourteen-year-old Jack Morgan and Draycos, a poet/warrior K'da dragon who can hide himself as a tattoo on Jack's back, have their backs to the wall. Brought together by a twist of fate, these two have been through a lot of scrapes, risking death and imprisonment on worlds far and wide, seeking justice for Jack and information that might save Draycos's people from a genocidal ambush. But now, Neverlin, the man who killed Jack's parents and destroyed the scout fleet of which ...
In this exciting space adventure, fourteen-year-old Jack Morgan and Draycos, a poet/warrior K'da dragon who can hide himself as a tattoo on Jack's back, have their backs to the wall. Brought together by a twist of fate, these two have been through a lot of scrapes, risking death and imprisonment on worlds far and wide, seeking justice for Jack and information that might save Draycos's people from a genocidal ambush. But now, Neverlin, the man who killed Jack's parents and destroyed the scout fleet of which Draycos was the sole survivor, is about to ambush millions of K'da refugees, and kill them with a Death weapon that kills any living being within its range. To prevent Neverlin from eradicating the K'da race, Jack and Draycos must somehow disable the Death.
But for Jack and Draycos, things never seem to go the way they should. When Jack's friend Alison is captured, Jack gives himself up to keep her from being harmed. Neverlin, with Jack and Draycos as his prisoners, holds all the cards. But desperate times call for desperate measures, as time is running out, not just for our young heroes, but also for the millions of K'da who face annihilation, and resourceful Jack and his remarkable ally will fine a way . . . or die trying.
A powerful, thrilling conclusion to this terrific Young Adult six-book series. Fun for readers 10 and older.
This is the sixth and final episode of the "Dragonback" series. At its first read, it does not stand alone well. The first problem is the two-dimensional dragons, who are supposedly symbiotic with humans. I do not think they are really symbiotic. After all, neither depends on the other for life, although they do share food and of course the dragons' presence must be kept secret. Why? Why of course? The teenage hero, Jack, and "his" Dragon, Draycos, have quite a history together, but we have no idea what it is. Then there is the young woman named Allison, who seems just to be along for the ride and has a Dragon named Taneem. For some reason, Taneem is sweet, but shy and ignorant, and needs instructions and practice in almost everything. The action takes place in a spaceship, or perhaps two or maybe even three spaceships. There are several races besides humans, and they act as crew and officers on these ships. The cause of the final struggle is typical: Who will be master of the universe? The story is confusing. So much seems to have gone on in the first five books! Who is deceiving whom? In spite of all of these complaints, I could not put the book down. Zahn has created a new and different universe with unique inhabitants; somehow, we just want to read about them. I may even go back to the first five books—especially the first. How did a teenage boy get involved with these strange people? Humanity does not show its finest side here. This book is recommended, but for fans of the genre, especially readers who have been through the series. Reviewer: Judy Silverman
Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)
Meet the Author
Timothy Zahn is the Hugo Award–winning author of more than thirty SF novels, including the first five Dragonback novels, as well as Night Train to Rigel, The Third Lynx, and Blackcollar: The Judas Solution. He has also written the all-time bestselling Star Wars spinoff novel, Heir to the Empire, and other Star Wars novels, including the recent Allegiance. He lives in Oregon.