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

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Jakkin, a bond boy who works as a Keeper in a dragon nursery on the planet Austar IV, secretly trains a fighting pit dragon of his own in hopes of winning his freedom.

Jakkin, a bond boy who works as a Keeper in a dragon nursery on the planet Austar IV, secretly trains a fighting pit dragon of his own in hopes of winning his freedom.

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Dragon's Blood: The Pit Dragon Chronicles, Volume One

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Overview

Jakkin, a bond boy who works as a Keeper in a dragon nursery on the planet Austar IV, secretly trains a fighting pit dragon of his own in hopes of winning his freedom.

Jakkin, a bond boy who works as a Keeper in a dragon nursery on the planet Austar IV, secretly trains a fighting pit dragon of his own in hopes of winning his freedom.

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"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152051266
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Series: Pit Dragon Chronicles Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 151,585
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is a highly acclaimed children's author who has written hundreds of books for adults and children and has won numerous awards. She and her husband divide their time between Massachussetts and Scotland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2006

    outstanding

    its a great adventure and thrill. one of the best books i ever read!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    Ugh

    I dislikedjakkim very much and can't understand all those reviews enthusing over him.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    A

    Does jakkin fall in love with akki?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    This book is awesome!

    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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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    A Great Dragon Tale!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A Great Series

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2009

    Best Book about Dragons Ever Written!!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    This is a wonderful series for young and old!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2008

    READ

    I AM STILL READING THE FIRST ONE BUT IT IS ALREADY MY FAV BOOK!!<BR/>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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2008

    Heather, a reviewer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2008

    WOW

    It was the only book that i've ever really read all the way through i recamend it. Its good for the emagenation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2007

    A Dragon Lover's Delight

    A wonderful story for all ages. I've read the trilogy and am looking forword to Dragon's Heart, a continuation of the story. I would reccomend this series to young and 'old' alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2007

    wow! amazing!

    i loved it!!!! it was a thrilling adventure! i didnt want to stop reading it!it was wonderful!great work jane yolen!i loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Enthralling

    A fast-paced story with excellent character development and plot lines. All three books are well-worth the read and re-read. I've been desperetely awaiting the fourth book for ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2005

    THIS BOOK IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES!!

    If you haven't read this yet, GET OFF THE INTERNET AND GO GET IT!! It is really awesome-I'm just finishing up the 3rd book in the series....I ALWAYS read books like this, fantasy/dragon books, anythin really with fake stuff in it...This book could be for ANY age!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2005

    recomended here

    this was a asomoe book. i defintly recomend this novel. it's about a bonder which is a little better than a slave this bonder's name is jakkin who wants to train his dragon to fight in the pits.[read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2005

    not Just for Kids

    I read this book (and the ensuing two sequels) as a ten year old boy .. 20 years later I still love to go back and read them .. I never get tired of re-reading this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2005

    Dragon's Blood

    Very good book! I would reccomend it to anyone who asked! Awesome, mostly because it's about dragons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2004

    Wonderful!!!(Review by a 12 year old.

    I loved this book! You get lost in the deep bond between Jakkin and Heart's Blood. There are also good twists( I won't give them away). Though I was agravated by the fact that everyone had a double K name. Other than that I enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2004

    Riveting

    This was wonderful even though i'm in 7th grade i love it i am going to read the other two. Wonderful Book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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