A Sending of Dragons (Pit Dragon Chronicles Series #3)

A Sending of Dragons (Pit Dragon Chronicles Series #3)

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by Jane Yolen
     
 

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Jakkin and his girlfriend, Akki, discover a primitive cult that sacrifices dragons.

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Jakkin and his girlfriend, Akki, discover a primitive cult that sacrifices dragons.

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"A riveting saga . . . superb storytelling."—Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The final volume in the Pit Dragon trilogywhich began with Dragon's Bloodconcludes a riveting saga that intertwines elements of fantasy and science fiction. The planet of Austar, whose climate and history have much in common with Australia's, serves as backdrop to the social hierarchy of the descendents of the original criminal/warden settlers. This book forces Jakkin and his friend Akkiwho became part dragon in the last book, Heart's Bloodunderground, where they encounter a horrifying race of not-men, whose society is also based on the breeding and destruction of dragons. Yolen's tightly plotted, adventurous trilogy constitutes superb storytelling. She incorporates elements of freedom and rebellion, power and control, love and friendship in a masterfully crafted context of a society sick with perversion. All phenomena relating to dragonsbirth, mating, physiology, telepathy, their training, breeding and careare meticulously evoked. The world of the dragons, which are complex creatures, provides a unique foundation for this compelling trilogy. Ages 12-14. (October)
Children's Literature
Book Three of the prolific Yolen's fantasy series, "Pit Dragon Trilogy," opens with Jakkin and his soul mate Akki hiding out in the mountains of Austar IV with the dragon Heart's Blood's rapidly maturing hatchlings. One would think it an idyllic life—except the two would-be lovers find their relationship rapidly deteriorating. It seems the gifts Jakkin's beloved dragon left them at her death—the ability to really communicate with dragons, as well as the ability to survive the planet's brutal "Dark After"—are literally driving them crazy. Too many differences, too many voices bombarding their minds. And then they are captured by a tribe of Neanderthal-like cave dwellers straight out of Jules Verne. It is at this point one's willing suspension of disbelief begins fading. As for the characters—Jakkin's vibrant dragon master turns into a rather wimpy vegetarian, and the rebel-rouser Akki shows none of her former fiery spirit. Here is a case in which a trilogy were better ended in Book Two. 2004 (orig. 1987), Magic Carpet/Harcourt, Ages 12 up.
—Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up Here is the third and concluding volume in the indefatigably creative Jane Yolen's ``Pit Dragon'' trilogy. Jakkin and Akki, whom readers met in the two preceeding volumes, have survived in the Austarian wilds through bonding with the dragon Heart's Blood, and in this volume continue their harrowing journey to freedom and spiritual enlightenment. Like the two volumes preceeding it, A Sending of Dragons ' particular strengths are in the almost encyclopedic detail which Yolen has lavished upon her fully realized alternative world of Austar IV, in her sympathetic portrayal of the dragons as both victims and telepathic partners, and in the symbolic sub-text which enriches her narrative and reinforces her universal theme of the inter-dependency and unique value of all life forms. Similarly the shortcomings reflect those of the two companion volumes: these include certain stylistic shortcomings and a tendency toward one-dimensional characterization. Nevertheless the trilogy remains an ambitious and rewarding work of speculative fiction. The two previous volumes should be read for a more complete understanding and appreciation of this concluding volume. Michael Cart, Beverly Hills Public Lib .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152051280
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Series:
Pit Dragon Chronicles Series, #3
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
321,915
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.86(d)
Lexile:
880L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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"A riveting saga . . . superb storytelling."—Publishers Weekly

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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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A Sending of Dragons (Pit Dragon Trilogy Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I chose the book A Sending of Dragons because it had 5 little dragons on the front. I thought it would be about two kids taking care of 5  dragons and living in a cave. When I finished the book I was sad and happy. I felt happy because the two kids found each other when the  dragon was sick. I was sad because one of the nice dragons that they helped died. The book wasn't like I expected it to be at all, because I thought there would not be any blood in this book. No I don't have the same feeling for the book because it would be a simple adventure but it was a blood bath of dragon blood. I feel it is a good book if you enjoy two kids getting lost in a cave with dragons. There are two main characters Akki, Jankkin and the five dragons. The setting in the caves were really grey and black. But when they get outside  there is green everywhere and the suns are bright yellow. The story is about two kids that take care of five baby dragons. Akki and Jakkin live in a cave and need to survive on there own. They hear a copter coming to find them and kill them. So that night they set off find a new  cave. The two kids find a cave because of the dragons. They entered the cave and got lost. The book A Sending of Dragons is a non-fiction fantasy book because they live on a planet with dragons. The author of the story is Jane Yolen. I really liked this book because  I like adventure books and books that have mythical creatures in it. For example in this book there are dragons that can talk to each other threw there minds and only the one that were in the mother blood can they talk to dragons. The book A Sending of Dragons if a fun adventuress book with dragons that can speak to one another with picture with their minds. If you were wondering if you should read this  book. Well in my opinion it was a great book and I would recommend reading this book. I would not read A Sending of Dragons if you  don't like hearing and reading a book where people kill dragons and put their babies inside the dead mother. IF you don't have a  strong stomach I would not recommend this book to read. TO read this book you should be at least 6th grade and higher. If lower do not read this book. Two kids that need to find a new home in a cave. They find a cave and go inside and get trapped in with crazy people.
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On the Authors web site it says that she has finished it and if all goes well that it could be out Spring 09'
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I just found these books one day as I was searching through the racks and I absolutly fell in love with them! I read the first one in a day and couldn't put it down! Thsi last one, though slightly confusing, was great. I was saddened that Heart's Blood died but was glad that Jakkin and Akki were the substitute parents of her children. I can NOT wait for the next one! I just want to know why no one knows when it's coming out or even that there is a fourth one? Yolen needs to give a due date! But I recommend this to all dragon-lovers and anyone who wants a really good book to read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is different, I haven't read anything like it. If you are looking for something that takes you and doesn't let you go until you're done, then this book is perfect for you.A short summary: After Heart's Blood's tragic death, Akki and Jakkin shelter inside her womb. When Dark After passes, they realize they are now different from the rest of Austar. They are part-dragon. But yet, three months after, someone is still looking for them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read these books a while ago (and then re-read) and am still impatiently awaiting the 4th book in the series. For anyone who's read the first two, don't worry, the third is just as enthralling. To any who haven't read any in the series, READ ALL THREE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is a good book. I mean it teaches you a lesson.I loved the great adventures in the caves. And how the cave people find them. I cant wait for the fourth if she gets to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the way she tied everything together by using the dragons. I love books. This book is in my top 20.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow this is an amazing book personally I love dragons and this is great The book follows greatley from the second where the are running from the fed's and it has alo of intesse scenes it should be made a movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the first two and can't wait to read this one. I am a dragon lover and thought these books did and excellent job in keeping me intertained.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow...i thought the first two books were great and i just bought the third one. i can't wait to read it. these bokks are a definatly must read!!! i hoped she'd write more though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the first 2 books that I read this book. I liked the fact that jakkins dragon saved him and that to save them selves they slept in her womb. Which made them telepathic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I started it two days ago and finished it today. I love the characters! And I love the fact that this book was a wonderful mix of Fantasy, suspense, and romance. Something drew me to Dragon's Blood, the first time I saw it, which was in my lit class. I finished the book in two days, then got Heart's Blood the next weekend, and this one the next. This story was inspirational to me as a young writer, also. I wish there was a sequel. But after i finished it I had a feeling that something was missing, now that it was over, that was the only bad thing.