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Joust (Dragon Jousters Series #1)
     

Joust (Dragon Jousters Series #1)

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by Mercedes Lackey
 

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National best-selling fantasy author Mercedes Lackey creates a vivid, dynamic fusion of the cultures of ancient Egypt and legendary Atlantis with the most exciting and believable portrayal of dragons ever imagined.  The first book in this thrilling new series introduces us to a young slave who dreams of becoming a jouster-one of the few warriors who can actually

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National best-selling fantasy author Mercedes Lackey creates a vivid, dynamic fusion of the cultures of ancient Egypt and legendary Atlantis with the most exciting and believable portrayal of dragons ever imagined.  The first book in this thrilling new series introduces us to a young slave who dreams of becoming a jouster-one of the few warriors who can actually ride a flying dragon.  And so, in secret, he begins to raise his own dragon...

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The Barnes & Noble Review
From Mercedes Lackey, renowned for her Valdemar novels (Exile's Honor, Exile's Valor, et al.) that feature the intimate relationship between human Heralds and their sentient horselike Companions, comes an exciting new saga about dragons and the courageous men who train and ride them. Vetch is a young Altan serf working his fingers to the bone for a lazy Tian conqueror who now owns his family's farm. With his father dead and his mother and sisters scattered to the four winds, Vetch lives a nightmarish existence where he is overworked, beaten, and starved on a daily basis. The only thing sustaining him is unadulterated hatred: hatred of the Tians and their dragon-riding Jousters, who are steadily overwhelming the nation of Alta. Vetch's life is ironically spared by a Jouster who, upon seeing how Vetch is being abused, takes him on as the caretaker for his dragon. After learning more about the Jouster, Ari, and his beautiful dragon Kashet, Vetch sees an improbable way to freedom -- by hatching and taming a dragon of his own.

Fans of Anne McCaffrey's Pern saga and Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's Dragonlance novels will undoubtedly devour this story, which lovingly portrays dragons -- and how they live, reproduce, hunt, and bond -- in meticulous detail. Additionally, readers will be happy to know that the events in Joust are just the beginning of what should be a lengthy series. Paul Goat Allen

Publishers Weekly
In this elegant, compelling fantasy from the prolific author of the Valdemar series (Arrows Fall, etc.), Lackey combines meticulously detailed dragon lore with emotionally intense, realistic human characters. In the arid desert country of Tia, the Altan serf Vetch has to scramble after whatever crumbs are left over after the servants, the slaves and the animals have been fed, while doing the work of three or four full-grown boys. Being hungry is hard enough to take at the best of times, but being a hungry, growing boy, sorely overworked during the dry season when even the beasts of burden are sheltered against the cruel sun, is intolerable. By chance (or the will of the gods), this dreadful situation comes to the notice of one who can change it. Jouster Ari, a dragon rider and a warrior of the Great King of Tia, dislikes cruelty to animals, men and even to mere serfs. In a neat turn of events, Vetch becomes Ari's dragon boy and the caretaker of Ari's dragon, Kashet. What follows is a detailed look at the lives of Tia's dragons, their dragon riders and those who care for them. This uplifting tale, which contains a valuable lesson or two on the virtues of hard work, is a must-read for dragon lovers in particular and for fantasy fans in general. (Mar. 4) FYI: Lackey's most recent collaboration, with Andre Norton, is Elvenborn: Book Three of the Halfblood Chronicles (Forecasts, Sept. 23, 2002). Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Elegant, compelling...A must-read for dragon lovers in particular and for fantasy fans in general."         -Publishers Weekly

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101118368
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
03/02/2004
Series:
Dragon Jousters Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
75,676
File size:
484 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Elegant, compelling...A must-read for dragon lovers in particular and for fantasy fans in general." -Publishers Weekly

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

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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Joust (Dragon Jousters Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was an awesome book. it didnt take me long at all to finish because i was reading all the time.YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!lol
Guest More than 1 year ago
I ve waited a long time to find a book as good as this. Ever since I read Terry Goodkind's sword of Truth novels I have been unable to find un equal to its superior novels. Joust is definatly an equal. its very discriptive and on ocasions made me burst with laughter for the situation vetch and others got themselves in were similar to every day life even though this book was based in fantasy. At times it had me on the edge of my seat when i rejected even the idea of putting the book down. it is a warm story with a bond between man and animal
harstan More than 1 year ago
The kingdoms of Tia and Alta are at war while at the present time the Tians are winning because they have better Jousters who know how to use their dragons as a tool of war. Much of Altan has become part of the Tian empire and Vetch, who was once a farmer¿s son, is now a serf, lower than a slave, belonging to a master who treats him very badly. When the Jouster Ari sees Vetch¿s owner whip him, he takes him away to the Jouster compound and makes him his dragon boy. Vetch now cares for Ari¿s dragon Kashet who he comes to love. He has plenty of food and a fair workload but he never forgets for one moment that he is a serf with no rights. Although he comes to care Ari and a few other people in the compound, he can¿t stomach what the Tians are doing to his people. He wants his freedom and embarks on a course of action that will achieve that goal if he doesn¿t get caught. Mercedes Lackey always writes a terrific story and this first installment in her new series is absolutely mesmerizing. Readers will feel for the protagonist who is only a ten-year-old child yet wise beyond his years. Once he sets a goal for himself, he sees it through no matter the risks. JOUST is a fantasy tale that will appeal to Anne McCaffrey¿s Pern fans as well as anyone who loves an adorable dragon. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.
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This is one of my favorite series of books!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book series of all time, plain and simple. I've read my current copies so often that i actually need to order new hardcover ones due to how much i have worn my poor paperbacks out. I am so glad to have picked up this series of books so many years ago.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read. I've read this series several times and love it each time. Anything by Mercedes Lackey is worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this first book had to get second. Having read the second I'm off to get the third.
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TimGreaton More than 1 year ago
Mercedes Lackey is more of a hit than miss author, and though she does slow down she doesn't disappoint with this first book in "The Dragon Jousters" series. Having lost his entire family to Tian marauders, who killed his father and sold the other members of his family as slaves, Vetch is forced into servitude under Khefti, a lecherous and cruel Tian merchant. Only a tiny boy, barely larger than a toddler, Vetch silently curses Khefti but endures his severe treatment until a jouster stops at the farm for water and, while there, claims Vetch as his dragon boy. Though slow to brew, this story begins to take on intriguing depth as we learn Vetch is as hardworking and determined as he is bright. We also learn that Tian dragon boys do not befriend serfs, but they are soon forced to acknowledge Vetch with a grudging respect as he performs all his duties as well and usually better than anyone else. We soon also realize that Ari is no ordinary jouster. Even-tempered and thoughtful, he seems to choose a quiet lifestyle in comparison to his aggressive counterparts. He also has a special relationship, a friendship actually, with his dragon Kachet, and that friendship grows into something more when Vetch is allowed into their close circle. I'm not going to say this book will have you at the edge of your seat, but you will definitely be cheering as Vetch comes up with and begins to carry out a wild scheme that may change everything. An obvious setup for larger adventures, this is a solid book that will leave you feeling as though you have visited this fantasy world and have known these people. Nicely done. Reviewed by "Maine's Other Author"(TM) Tim Greaton
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