Dragon's Blood (Pit Dragon Chronicles Series #1)

Dragon's Blood (Pit Dragon Chronicles Series #1)

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by Jane Yolen
     
 

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Dragons are trained to fight to the death, and two determined teens help free them in this spellbinding saga.

Training a dragon to be a fighting champion is the only way to freedom for fifteen-year-old Jakkin.

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Dragons are trained to fight to the death, and two determined teens help free them in this spellbinding saga.

Training a dragon to be a fighting champion is the only way to freedom for fifteen-year-old Jakkin.

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From the Publisher
"An original and engrossing fantasy."—The Horn Book
Children's Literature
Book One of the prolific Yolen's fantasy series, "Pit Dragon Trilogy," sets up her premise: Austar IV, originally a convict planet in a distant galaxy, has evolved into a popular intergalactic R&R destination featuring dragon pit fighting. Enter fifteen-year-old bonder Jakkin who means "to fill his bond bag"—attaining master, or free status—by stealing and training a dragon for the pits. Such theft is apparently looked upon as a right of passage for the brightest of bonders, but few succeed. Needless to say, Jakkin is more than motivated; he also has a natural affinity for dragons. Yolen's coming-of-age tale is filled with believable (once one makes the leap into the fantasy mindset) details on dragon husbandry and physiology, a suitable villain, and the beginnings of a romance with the equally independent-minded Akki. Yet the best parts describe Jakkin playing with his very own dragon—turning this into a kind of edge-of-the-universe boy and his dog story. 2004 (orig. 1982), Magic Carpet/Harcourt, Ages 12 up.
—Kathleen Karr

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152051266
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Series:
Pit Dragon Chronicles Series, #1
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
322,771
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

JANE YOLEN has written more than two hundred books for children and adults, including the three volumes in the Young Merlin Trilogy: Passager, Hobby, and Merlin. She has won several of the most prestigious awards in children's literature. Ms. Yolen lives in western Massachusetts and Scotland.

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Dragon's Blood 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
its a great adventure and thrill. one of the best books i ever read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much, i wrote a report on it! My mom didnt want me to, since i had already read it, but i insisted. I love Jakkin!
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BluHawk More than 1 year ago
I love anything to do with dragons, and this book was right up my alley! I particularly liked how much character and personality the author gave the dragons. It was overall a well-told story, and I look forward to the next book. If you liked this book, you will probably also like "Joust" by Mercedes Lackey, "Dragon Champion" by E.E. Knight, "Eragon" by Christopher Paolini, and "Dragon Flight" by Ann McCaffrey.
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The Pit Dragon series is a fun and entertaining series. These books are relatively clean for younger children, and hardly say any curse words, if any. I could hardly put down the books.
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I extremely enjoyed this book, and its goal to enthrall young readers in adventure. The main idea of even people in the worst of situations have a chance at greatness really touched my heart. Throughout reading the book Jakkin's adventure keeps you on the edge and reading into the late hours of the night. Throughout the book the reader is kept on their seat with adventure and action. I never though I would be able to relax when reading this book. I almost cried when Jakkin awoke from his injury and realized that the hatching had occurred, and he had lost his greatest chance at gaining a dragon. He doesn't quit though. When he recovers in the dead of night he sneaks into the hatchery to see if he can find a dragon. The bad part is all the baby hatchlings are counted, and dragon stealing is a very serious crime. Will Jakkin be able to find his own dragon and escape bonding? I'll leave that for the readers. As Jakkin goes through his adventure on the planet of Austar IV in a small town, he and his friends Akki, Slakk, and Errikkin try to avoid Likkarn and their master Sakkarn as they survive as bonders. Compared to other books about dragons I've read this is by far the best. I had to force my self to put this book down at night. The characters, style, setting, and plot were perfect in my opinion. Jane Yolen did an excellent job writing this book. I highly recommend you go out and get this book now!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this series about 20 years ago (I am thinking that the publish date of 5/1/004 is the re-release with new covers). If you are a fan of fantasy and most especially of dragons, this series will captivate you. The characters are well developed and interesting, and you will be enchanted by the dragons. I lent a friend all 3 of these books, and never got them back, so I bought them again. That is how good they are.
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I AM STILL READING THE FIRST ONE BUT IT IS ALREADY MY FAV BOOK!!
THE BEST PART IS THERE IS NO ROMANCE THANK U! SO FOR ALL U DRAGON LOVERS THIS THE BEST BOOK OUT THERE TO READ SO GO GET IT. JANE YOLEN U R MY FAV ATHOUR!!!!! THESE R THE BEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this back when I was a young teenager, and I still reread them from time to time as a college senior. I love anything about dragons, and these books are by far my favorite. There are sooo many books about dragons out there... but this series is still #1 in my opinion.