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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756404266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756404260
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's fun to see a different spin on dragons...and as usual Lackey makes it all compelling. -- Locus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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Mercedes Lackey is the acclaimed author of over fifty novels and many works of short fiction. In her "spare" time she is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. Mercedes lives in Oklahoma with her husband and frequent collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots.

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It was such a disappointing ending to the series.
Alaine Sepulveda
Don't get me wrong, I disliked the entire book, but the ending really let me down.
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The mystery that forms the main plot wasn't handled so well, either.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By frfubar8 on October 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The 4th in Mercedes Lackey's 'Dragon Jouster' series, Aerie reads less like a fantasy novel and more like an exploration of dysfunctional families/relationships. I spent most of the book wondering where the author was trying to go with the story and also if she might be purging some anger at a relative or two.

Without giving away too much the book meanders back and forth between the angst of young lovers, the unrealistic demands of family and only at the very last minute is a pat conclusion conjured almost out of thin air. I would have been satisfied with a three book series (even though 'Sanctuary' was disappointing as well) rather than have the fourth book end it on such a lackluster note.

If you haven't read any of this series then by all means pick up 'Joust' and 'Alta', the first two books. They are fresh, original and very good reads. I recommend them highly....just don't go any further.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Alaine Sepulveda on February 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It took several pages before I could get interested in this book, but once I did I was pleasantly surprised ... for about half the book. The characters of Kiron and Aket-ten were showing greater complexity than they had in the past books, and I enjoyed the misunderstandings in their relationship, as well as the developing mystery that drove the plot. Then - POOF! - the real, understandable reasons for their disagreements were swept aside, the mystery was cleared up, and deus ex machina descended to solve all the problems for the Tians and Altans. It was such a disappointing ending to the series. I've been loyally reading all of Mercedes Lackey's books for the past twelve years, and I can't help feeling a little betrayed by the decline in quality.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By EChord on January 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book started out really promising, and was a good read till about the last quarter or so. Then things began to become really predictable, and it was obvious that we were heading to a rather pat ending - the gods save the day. I rather wonder if what happened was that Lackey started out writing a strong story, and then either got tired of the story, or was getting close to a deadline. Either way, while I do not regret reading it, I do regret that I purchased it, rather than get it from the library.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Navet on October 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely adored the first two books in this series. The characters were awesome; believable, funny and easy to relate to. The third book was pretty good, but begged for a proper ending. Sadly it never got one. The characters I loved in the first three books apparently got personality transplants. The couple that had been soooooo incredibly in love with each other inexplicably started hating each other (ok, not actual hate, but close enough). The only character in this book I found believable at all was "the other woman", in fact most of the book I was rooting for her to get the guy. But alas, I was disappointed even at that.

By itself not a bad book. As an ending to this brilliant series, and by this wonderful author (whose other books I have enjoyed a great deal) it was positively dreadful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Emily Ravenwood on October 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The plot is trite, the pace is sluggish, and the characters stumble into incredibly stupid misunderstandings that no one who has actually done and felt what they are shown to have in the first three books would ever fall prey to. I especially dislike the fact that Kiron positively wallows in bare-face misogyny. That's the kind of behavior I expect out of Lackey's villains (also trite, but at least clearly marked as wrong), not her heroes. He's already been established as a progressive-minded young man, and this sudden descent into brainless bigotry gains the tinge of a reasonable response because of that, as is abundantly clear if you browse some of the reviews right here. This isn't an artistic portrayal of an intelligent but culture-bound boy; this is just Kiron being an ass. Pathetic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've only read one other series whose ending disappointed me more than this one -- Twilight -- and the reason for my disappointment is shared by both series. The ending is pat, predictable, and completely without consequence. Don't get me wrong, I disliked the entire book, but the ending really let me down.

The first half of the book consisted of little else except previously resolved issues being rehashed unnecessarily. Kiron and Aket-ten's relationship, for example. There was plenty enough sexual tension in Alta and Sanctuary. No real reason to drag that out again.

The 'other woman' part could easily have been cut, as well as Kiron being reunited with his mom, for all that either element furthered the plot or Kiron's character.

And then, finally, towards the end, things began to get just a little bit more interesting -- right up until the gods step in and save the world. Then, of course, they all lived happily ever after, no one had to sacrifice a thing or endure anything particularly troublesome (except The Chosen of Seft who was only around for 100 pages or so anyways, so who cares?).

Fans of happy endings will probably adore this book. Those who favor a bit more realism and depth would be better served to leave this one on the shelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rabidreader on July 9, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed the first two books of this series - Lackey does good world building, and in spite of the almost prototypical Lackey characters (Abused but noble serf, unredeemably evil villains, plucky and outspoken girl) they were an entertaining read.

The series went rapidly downhill in the third book, and in this installment my major response was "Who cares?" The plot becomes more and more convoluted without actually being interesting, but the weakest part is the characters.

Kiron and Aketen are essentially introduced as nearly perfect characters. He's abused and downtrodden, but pure hearted, noble, hardworking, sensible, wise, good tempered and so on and so forth. She's outspoken and impetuous, but similarly pure hearted and noble. The problem is - morally perfect characters don't make for all that interesting a story, particularly over four books. The result is a pair of lead characters who become more neurotic and whiny as the series goes on. Kiron mainly fades into the background, but Aketen becomes thoroughly unpleasant - I want to smack her and tell her to grow up, and then go tell Kiron to find a girlfriend who doesn't undermine his professional authority and go behind his back, sulk when she doesn't get what she wants, and badmouth him to all her friends. And the other romantic conflict manages to be entirely within the head of one of the other protaganists - literally, she resolves things before Kiron even notices she's interested in him.

So my advice is to read Joust and Alta, and stop there. You won't miss much.
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