Aerie (Dragon Jousters Series #4)

Aerie (Dragon Jousters Series #4)

by Mercedes Lackey

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ISBN-13: 9780756404260
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 10/02/2007
Series: Dragon Jousters Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 314,804
Product dimensions: 6.72(w) x 4.04(h) x 1.16(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

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

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Aerie (Dragon Jousters Series #4) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
book 4 was a huge let down. shorting it over 100 pages from the first three it felt like it was fan fiction not lackey. beyond that the series is good and imho could have been an 8 book series. I was very disappointed. This was a very enjoyable series, sorry to see it cut short
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a general rule, I am a great fan of ML's work. But Aerie was a huge disappointment. The plots were weak at best and the end felt horribly contrived. The romance between Kiron and Aket-ten was portrayed terribly - the way they 'got over their quarrels' was rushed and poorly explained. Frankly, I thought that Aket-ten, as written, was a boring, whining brat. However, there was some good points. Kiron was well written and I enjoyed the descriptions of Aerie and the challenges therein. The magic system feels coherent and sensible. Buy this if you have been reading the series so far and really like collecting all of them. But otherwise, borrow it from the library and save your money for something of higher quality.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing 27 days ago
This is the fourth and concluding book in the Dragon Jouster's series that began with Joust and continues in Alta and Sanctuary, and you should definitely read those first. The series has appealing characters in an unusual setting, a milieu reminiscent of Ancient Egypt rather than Medieval Europe as in much of fantasy. The central character, Kiron, has a strong arc in what is essentially a coming of age tale, from serf in the first book to someone here who is a leader among his people. I also liked the themes of the two lands of these tales, Tia and Alta, merging into one. And there be dragons! Lackey herself has been involved in raptor rehabilitation, which I think helped both in the plausible way she writes of dragon raising and training as well as the verve with which she writes these novels. These aren't telepathic or talking dragons like McCaffrey's or Novik's, but they're engaging creatures--more than just pets. I'm a fan of Lackey and particularly her Valdemar tales, but right around the time Joust came out, I thought she was showing signs of rather tired blood in books like Exile's Honor--but this series shows she still has it in her to write a gripping tale with characters that come alive and the concluding novel is every bit as enjoyable as the earlier books in this series.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing 27 days ago
It's not terrible, but it kind of feels like an afterthought. From the happy ending of Sanctuary, this one starts with Kiron & Aket-ten separated and at odds, goes on to add a heap of unrelated problems, from Kiron's mother to ancient enemies. Then the gods intervene directly to solve everything - and they're back to pretty much a happy ending. Rather pointless, overall. As itself it's an OK story, as a conclusion to Dragon Jousters it's pretty poor.
frazrat on LibraryThing 27 days ago
This is the fourth book in the Dragon Jousters series. I love this series especially for boys who love dragon stories. I was disappointed in this book compared to the rest of the series. There were many editing mistakes which made areas of the book difficult to read. Overall it is still an interesting read and definitely recommended to finish out the series.
PghDragonMan on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Aerie is the fourth book in the Dragon Jouster series by Mercedes Lackey. While this installment is fairly complete in itself, a better insight to some of the character relationships will be had if you read the first two volumes before reading this one. I did not do my LibraryThing homework and, in fact, thought this was the third installment of the series. While there was some time lag in the storyline between this story, and the second book, Alta, it was not until more than halfway through Aerie that I realized I skipped a volume. This leaves me wondering if I really need that elusive third volume at all.The main characters have reached a plateau of development, both from a plot standpoint and as people. A new magical threat is introduced and the characters are forced to the next levels of responsibility and maturity. At times though, the plot devices wear a little thin. The reader is almost expecting some of the developments. Lackey does, however, keep the story moving along and keeps the reader entertained along the way.Two new characters are introduced. Kiron, the central character, is reunited with his mother, lost since before the action of book one. She in turn brings with her a female character that has been promised by the mother, unbeknownst to Kiron, to her son. The mother is played as a combination of comic relief and a stereotypical domineering mother who refuses to accept anything other than what she deems best for her son. The girl is seen as a starry eyed infatuated rival, pitted against Kiron¿s heart felt love interest. In the end, the young girl is faced with making a difficult, but essential, choice. The mother is not quite as accepting of her son¿s new roles, but she is neatly removed from the story.All in all, a very enjoyable conclusion to this saga. The story is closed, but there are enough elements that should Mercedes Lackey decide to continue the story, there are lots of opportunities for these characters to continue on with their lives.If you¿ve read any of the other Dragon Jouster books, you will enjoy this one as well. If you enjoy light fantasy mixed with some good, but not outstanding action, you should find this a good read. And of course, Dragon lovers will enjoy the series as well.
Alliebadger on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Not the strongest of the Dragon Jousters series. I love the rest of it, but this one falls a little short of where the others land. If you've read the rest of the series, of course continue on though! It definitely provides closure to the series, just in an odd way.
nimoloth on LibraryThing 27 days ago
The fourth and final volume in the series. Enjoyable, but more stressful to read because of the tension between Kiron and Aket-ten. I don't know why the author introduced that - it's completely out of the blue, rather secondary to the plot, and rather out of character. I like this book because it continues the series, and we see the Jousters trying to adapt to a new way of life, and find a new role now that they are not a fighting force in a war. She throws in a bit of feminism, which seems mostly to be a vehicle for the author to preach (but I think girl-power is a bit of a favourite theme for her!). It adds an interesting continuation to the plot of the series though, and is a good read. And Aerie - clearly Petra!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it.
ReadingOverTheShoulder More than 1 year ago
Just ignore that this book exists. Consider it a trilogy and move on. The ending of this book is only connected to the rest of this book because the same characters are involved. Pretty much nothing prepares you for this ending, including the rest of this book. For the full review, with spoilers, check us out at ReadingOverTheShoulder.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read and reread this story and enjoy it always!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ending was strained with the mother appearing out of nowhere and really acting out of character confronting her "betters" which makes me feel that the author just wanted to get the story over with. Few typos and wrong names support that feeling.
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