Sanctuary (Dragon Jousters Series #3)

Sanctuary (Dragon Jousters Series #3)

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by Mercedes Lackey
     
 

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The dragon-boy once known as Vetch has returned to his homeland of Alta to reclaim his birthright, only to discover that Alta is under the thrall of evil Priest-Kings. Gathering troops of dragon riders by his side, Vetch rasies an army in the sanctuary of the desert to rid his land of both war and magical domination once and for all.

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The dragon-boy once known as Vetch has returned to his homeland of Alta to reclaim his birthright, only to discover that Alta is under the thrall of evil Priest-Kings. Gathering troops of dragon riders by his side, Vetch rasies an army in the sanctuary of the desert to rid his land of both war and magical domination once and for all.

Editorial Reviews

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"Leaves us simultaneously satisfied—and longing for more." —Realms of Fantasy

"Lackey's back to doing what she does best...effective and compulsive reading."—Locus

"Fast-moving action and intriguing characters."—Book Net

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Sanctuary, the third and final installment of Mercedes Lackey's Dragon Jousters trilogy (Joust and Alta), heralds a climactic era in the series. As a cadre of evil sorcerers prolong the bloody war between Alta and Tia for their own twisted desires, Kiron -- a humble serf turned heroic dragonrider -- and an ever-increasing group of exiles try to end the conflict once and for all.

Kiron and refugees from both Alta and Tia have found Sanctuary, an almost mythical lost city in the desert where they have begun to build a new society based on tolerance. Sanctuary is to be "the city of the Gods of Alta and Tia together in harmony, the symbol of the joining of the Two Lands." With a growing number of dragonriders as the city's protectors, the Sanctuary brain trust -- which includes the prophet Kaleth and the city's new rulers, Nofret and Ari -- resolves to fight the sorcerers (known as Magi) and try to save the thousands of innocents from their clutches. But how can a handful of dragonriders defeat a group of almost invincible wizards?

On the subject of dragons, Lackey says "sooner or later every fantasy writer seems to have a go at them." But unlike McCaffrey's bio-engineered fire-breathers, Margaret Weis's sentient overlords, or J.R.R. Tolkien's treasure-hoarding monstrosity Smaug, Lackey's dragons are more like wild birds of prey. She describes them as "featherless raptors the size of small airplanes." Fans of dragon-powered fantasy sagas will thoroughly enjoy how Lackey delves into the legendary creatures and their relationship with their human riders. Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
In Lackey's well-crafted third Dragon Jousters book (after 2004's Alta), wing-leader Kiron, the former serf known as Vetch, and a disparate group of refugees from the countries of Alta and Tia flee to the desert, to a hidden refuge that the gods have uncovered and named Sanctuary. In Sanctuary, Kiron and a small cadre of Jousters are safe from the evil Magi, who are draining Alta and Tia of their "gifted ones." Kiron and the Jousters with their magnificent dragons, who have as much personality as the human characters, must learn to co-exist in a land of extremes. Kiron discovers that it might be possible to deal with some of the freed dragons of Tia who have gone wild. Even though Sanctuary may be concealed from the diabolical Magi, no one living there can forget their presence. Once again, Kiron and friends must face their fear and brave danger to help save Alta from the Magi's depravity. Spot-on dialogue and just the right amount of exposition mark this rip-roaring adventure as superior fantasy fare. Agent, Scovil, Chichak, Galen. (May 3) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756403416
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
05/02/2006
Series:
Dragon Jousters Series, #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
218,180
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

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From the Publisher
"Leaves us simultaneously satisfied—and longing for more." —Realms of Fantasy

"Lackey's back to doing what she does best...effective and compulsive reading."—Locus

"Fast-moving action and intriguing characters."—Book Net

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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