Joust - Dragon Jousters, Bk 1 Author:Mercedes Lackey THE SECRET OF THE DRAGONS — Vetch was an Altan serf working the land which had once been his family's farm. Young and slight, Vetch would have died of overwork, exposure, and starvation if not for the anger which was his only real sustenance—anger that he had lost his home and family in a, war of conquest waged by the dragon-riding Jous... more »ters of Tia. Tia had usurped nearly half of Alta's lands and enslaved or killed many of Vetch's countrymen. Sometimes it seemed that his entire cruel fate revolved around dragons and the Jousters who rode them.
But his fate changed forever the day he first saw a dragon.
From its narrow, golden, large-eyed head, to its pointed emerald ears, to the magnificent blue wings, the dragon was a thing of multicolored, jeweled beauty, slim and supple and quite as large as the shed it perched on. Vetch almost failed to, notice the Jouster who stood beside him. "I need a boy," the rider had said, and suddenly Vetch found himself lifted above he earth and transported by dragon-back to a different world.
Vetch was to be trained as a dragon-boy, and he hardly, believed his luck. The compound seemed like paradise: he could eat until he was full, and all he had to do was care for his jouster's dragon, Kashet.
It didn't take long for Vetch to realize that Kashet was very special -- for unlike other dragons, Kashet was gentle by nature, and did not need the tranquilizing talc plant to make her tractable. Vetch became determined to learn the secret of how Kashet had been tamed. For if Kashet could be tamed, perhaps Vetech could tame a dragon of his own. And if he could, then, he might be able to escape and bring the secret of dragon-taming back to his homeland, of Alta. And that secret might prove to be the key to Alta's liberation...« less
I really enjoyed this book. Written in usual Lackey fashion, with well rounded characters it is easy to identify with, and a little influence from Anne Mccaffrey on the dragons. As a dragon story lover, I give it a big thumbs up!
Another unique world created by Mercedes Lackey. This book tells the tale of Vetch, an Altan serf whose family farm has been usurped by the conquering nation of Tia. Vetch is freed from an existance worse than that of a slave by a dragon-riding Jouster, who takes him on as his new dragon boy. Vetch learns much of his care for the dragon, and also dragon lore from his jouster, including the secret of how to tame the dragons so they do not need the drug tala to make them subdued. Vetch plans to use his new-found knowledge to tame his own dragon. If he can, he might be able to escape his Tian masters.
While I typically love books written by Lackey, I thought this one was only ok. I didn't think it is bad, but definately not up to her usual standards. Very detailed explainations, however I did not feel as connected to the characters as I am in her other stories. Still could be a good recommendation for a vacation read.
An another great book from Laskey.......but if you don´t like reading her 500 kingdom books you might not like this series.I read this book well in spain and it was a nice break from understanding spainish
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This was the first story by Mercedes Lackey that I had ever read, and I have to say that it was a very fascinating and heartfelt story that seemed to do well in keeping the plot line rolling. The characters were described in a manner that really made you feel like they could be real people, and that's a hard thing to find in some stories.
This was a good, fast read. The society of the dragon Jousters is part fantasy and part semi-Egyptian in the presentation of the people, the worship of many gods and a few other ways. Hard to put down.
As in her other series, Mercedes Lackey has created compelling characters in an richly detailed "other world" society. While predictable, the story is also satisfying, and it raises some deep questions about the nature of leadership, the role of the army, and the causes of war.