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

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

Falsely accused of sabotage, Jakkin and Akki are left to certain death in the wilderness of the planet Austar IV but, with the aid of five baby dragons, manage not only to survive but also to gain unusual powers and insights.

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A Sending of Dragons: The Pit Dragon Chronicles, Volume Three

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Overview

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

Falsely accused of sabotage, Jakkin and Akki are left to certain death in the wilderness of the planet Austar IV but, with the aid of five baby dragons, manage not only to survive but also to gain unusual powers and insights.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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 .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152051280
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Series: Pit Dragon Chronicles Series , #3
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 265,108
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2009

    The Next Book!!!!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2009

    Overall outlook

    basically if you haven't read this dragon series yet your missing more than you want to. the overall plot is written well and has a couple of suprising twists. ths only problem i have had with this series is that i don't know when the fourth book is coming out!!! i'm starting to wonder if their is going to be a fourth book or not. if anyone out there has any information on when the fourth book is coming out, can kindly tell us?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2008

    This Series is Awesome!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2008

    Best Book Yet

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2007

    Anticipating the 4th

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2006

    Awesome

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2005

    Brilliant

    I love the way she tied everything together by using the dragons. I love books. This book is in my top 20.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2005

    CPJH

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2003

    a young writer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2003

    Great Book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2003

    Jasom Fantasy Lover

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2002

    Great Fantasy Book!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2001

    The best book of the year!

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. The auther of the book, Jane Yolen, Used so many colorful words, you can see what is happing in the book. This book also gives everthing to you, the colors of the dargons, the bones of the dragons the plants. This is a good book for people who have a good imagation. The book is basicly about the adventures of two run away bonders, and ther 5 dargons. Before the change the cold dark after threaten to kill them. While they were running they fond a cave. There they find a cave full of simple people who eat dargons. If you want to find out the rest read the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2001

    A great read when wating for the 5th Harry Potter book!!

    I read all of the books in the Pit Dragon Series. I wish Jane Yolen would continue the series,it was VERY VERY GOOD!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 1999

    An Incredible Dragon Story.

    I read the whole trilogy about Heart's Blood and Jakkin, and I loved it! I disagree with the idea on how dragonwings work, but that was one of the most facinating stories I ever read. I really love it when authors come up with new ideas, (example, breeding dragons for fighting, a culture that kills the dams when they give birth). It seems to be a rare occasion when writers will get past the knights-and-castles concept and start moving in on things like other planets.

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