Dragon and Phoenix

Dragon and Phoenix

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by Joanne Bertin
     
 

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Once every thousand years the phoenix of Jehanglan burns to death in a magical release. For millennia the emperors of Jehanglan have tried to harness the awesome power of the phoenix's rebirth. One has finally succeeded, using black magic and the enslavement of a dragon.

Far away at the Crown of the World, Dragon-lord Linden and his new wife, Maurynna, are

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Once every thousand years the phoenix of Jehanglan burns to death in a magical release. For millennia the emperors of Jehanglan have tried to harness the awesome power of the phoenix's rebirth. One has finally succeeded, using black magic and the enslavement of a dragon.

Far away at the Crown of the World, Dragon-lord Linden and his new wife, Maurynna, are trying to live the life of happy newlyweds. But all is not well. Since her first Change into dragon-form, Maurynna has been unable to duplicate it. And as her inability to Change drives her into a dark abyss of depression, Linden begins to doubt the love he was once so sure of...

At this time of personal crisis, these two must journey to Jehanglan and marshall all of their diplomatic and martial skill to penetrate the treachery of the empire and set free the phoenix. But to do so they must face the dragon--the dragon who just might be a Dragonlord gone mad....

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
Here Bertin presents a creative twist on the tried and true dragon tale. An escaped slave from Jehanglan, the empire of the Phoenix Lord, is taken to the palace of the Dragonlords (shapeshifters with both human and dragon souls). Among them are Linden and his soulmate Maurynna, the newest Dragonlord. Maurynna faces the personal crisis of being unable to Change. The slave convinces the group to go to Jehanglan, which gets its magic power from both a trapped Phoenix and a truedragon captured long ago. Linden, Maurynna, two other Dragonlords, a bard and Maurynna's lifelong friend and jealous suitor, Raven, attempt a rescue. Unbeknownst to them, the slave in their midst is a minion of the evil Jehanglan lord, Jhanun. Jhanun is striving to obtain the Phoenix Throne for himself and hopes to enslave the four Dragonlords to further bind the Phoenix. The plot hinges on the implicit trust the Dragonlords have in the supposed slave. As a result, the Dragonlords seem to lack a depth of wisdom expected from their centuries-long existence. A strong sense of place, vivid action scenes, complex political intrigue, intense relationships, and dangerous missions show off the author's best talents. A very entertaining read. (Violence, mild sexual content.) KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1999, Tor, 695p, 18cm, 99-37456, $6.99. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Lynn Rosser; Freelance Writer, Asheville, NC, March 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 2)
VOYA
In this sequel to The Last DragonLord (Tor, 1998/VOYA April 1999), Maurynna and Linden embark on an eventful journey to Jehanglan, an empire loosely based on Imperial China, to free a dragon held captive underground for a thousand years. Two other dragonlords, Otter the Bard and Maurynna's childhood friend, Raven, accompany them. Also on the journey is Taren, a spy for Lord Jhanen, the Jehanglan noble plotting to overthrow Emperor Xiane and seize his throne. A parallel plot follows Xiane and his concubine SheiLuin. She, however, loves Yesuin, a royal hostage from the People of the Horse, the nomadic tribesmen who threaten the northern border of the empire. As in The Last DragonLord, Bertin offers readers vividly realized characters. SheiLuin's loyal servants would dieor killfor her. Miune, the lonely young water dragon, always searches for more of his kind. The destiny of Shima, the Tah'nehsiah shaman's apprentice, surprises everyone. Hodai, the mute, brings about the destruction of all he holds dear through his desire to sing. Although the length of this sequel might put off some young readers and the complex story would have profited from a listing of characters and a map, it remains a solid purchase for high school and public library collections. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 1999, Tor, Ages 16 to Adult, 539p, $25.95. Reviewer: Marsha Valance
Library Journal
In response to the cries of a true dragon held captive in the distant land of Jahanglan, a group of Dragonlords led by soultwins Linden Rathan and Mauryanna Kyrissaean set out on a journey of mercy and vengeance. Bertin's sequel to The Last Dragonlord explores the delicate relationships between the shapeshifting Dragonlords and the humans who love and fear them. The author's talent for depicting exotic cultures and complex interpersonal relationships provides a solid anchor for this rousing fantasy adventure. For most fantasy collections. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher

“The plot is entertaining, and the setting is vibrantly colorful.” —Locus

“As far as sequels go, this is a cracking read. A nicely fleshed-out world, with a strong story and minimal reliance on the previous book. Powerful stuff.” —SFX

“[Bertin's] talent for depicting exotic cultures and complex interpersonal relationships provides a solid anchor for this rousing fantasy adventure.” —Library Journal

“Bertin reaches new heights of dramatic adventure and political intrigue….” —Booklist

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466820678
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
11/15/2000
Series:
Dragonlord , #2
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
54,556
File size:
2 MB

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Dragon and Phoenix
OneYear of the Phoenix 1008 * The Harem of the Imperial Palace * JehanglanLura-Sharal was deadShei-Luin bowed her head as her sister's body was carried away for burning, borne upon a litter of ebony by four burly eunuchs. A cloth of the imperial gold silk covered the girl's slight form. What did it matter?Lura-Sharal was dead.Shei-Luin knew she should be proud of that mark of the emperor's favor. But all she wanted was her elder sister back. What would she do without the wise and gentle words of Lura-Sharal guiding her?She watched as the litter disappeared through the door. Tears streamed down her cheeks; she wanted to run screaming after it, to hurl herself upon her sister and beg Lura-Sharal to tell her it was but a jest, to hold her, to sing and dance with her once more. She yearned to run away and ride the wide open plains again as Zharmatians with Yesuin, their childhood friend.Ah, Phoenix, if only they could all be free once more ...But now Yesuin was a hostage to the uneasy peace between his father's tribe and the Jehangli.And Lura-Sharal was dead.A hand came down with jarring force upon Shei-Luin's shoulder. She jumped, and looked up to find Lady Gei's masklike face hovering over her."Come," the lady said. Her voice held no sympathy. "Come; the Phoenix Lord has seen you and grants you the favor of his company. For you are also of the seed of Lord Kirano; it is time to do your duty, girl. At thirteen you are old enough.""But I am n--" Shei-Luin broke off. To speak the truth would be to close the path she suddenly saw open before her. Shei-Luin turned her head to hide her slip of the tongue.The fingers on her shoulder tightened like bands of steel. Empty inside, Shei-Luin went where they led. Eyes filled with jealousy and hatred followed her as she went deeper into the perfumed sanctum of the harem to be made ready.And afterward ...She bowed her head. But only for an instant; she would not shrink from her fate or from Xiane Ma Jhi, Phoenix Lord of the Skies. For she knew a thing that no one else alive now remembered.She stared straight ahead, her eyes dry now.Copyright © 1999 by Joanne Bertin

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Joanne Bertin lives in Connecticut.


JOANNE BERTIN is the author of the novels The Last Dragonlord, Dragon and Phoenix and Bard’s Oath. She lives in Connecticut.

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