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Product Details

  • Series: Dragonlord (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312873700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312873707
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

After more than a decade, Bertin returns to her Dragonlords series (Dragon and Phoenix) with a respectable if unexceptional throwback to the morally black-and-white heroic fantasy of the 1990s. In a world ruled by beneficent dragon-human shape-shifters, Master Bard Leet develops an elaborate revenge plan involving a blood-drinking harp with the power to musically enslave listeners. As Leet's plot crawls slowly along, Bard Raven Redhawkson is accused of a murder he has no memory of committing. Dragonlord Linden Rathan, certain his friend cannot possibly have committed such an atrocious act, must investigate quickly before Raven is executed. Readers will appreciate the unusual music-based plot and masterly world-building, but it never feels like anything much is at stake. (Dec.)


Praise for Dragon and Phoenix:

“Bertin reaches new heights of dramatic adventure and political intrigue in the sequel to The Last Dragonlord.”  —Booklist

“Ms. Bertin makes us eager to find out what happens next. A first-class fantasist indeed!”
—RT Book Reviews

"The author’s talent for depicting exotic and complex interpersonal relationships provides a solid anchor for this rousing fantasy adventure."  —Library Journal

Praise for The Last Dragonlord:

“I enjoyed this very much indeed. I stayed up until 1:30 last night so I could finish it off. With a good book like this, I didn’t want to miss anything.”
—Anne McCaffrey, bestselling author of The Dragonriders of Pern

“The flow of action and many layers of intrigue will float readers toward her novel’s hard-fought conclusion.”  —Publishers Weekly

"A first novel of great power and imagination."  —Science Fiction Age

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Customer Reviews

Had read the first two books in this series about the Dragon Lords.
Several years ago, after reading the second book in the series, Dragon & Phoenix, it was already stated that the author was working on this book.
Jonathan Hekman
And now I will once more wait and hope that there will be another book from her!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Flash on March 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of "The Last Dragonlord". I re-read it before Bard's Oath, and I would still give it a plain five stars. "Dragon and Phoenix" is two books in one, one interesting book about Dragonlords and one incredibly boring book about some Chinese court intrigue. In re-reading it, I actually skipped the entire Chinese court intrigue plot, and it became a much better book for it.

In "Bard's Oath" the heroes are back in the five Kingdoms. The worst thing about "Dragon and Phoenix" is gone: the plot does not change perspective after almost every paragraph. The perspective changes about every chapter (with paragraph-wise exceptions used only rarely) which makes for a much better read. However, instead of having two or three plotlines, Joanne Bertin has decided to make a point of cramming as many plotlines into the book as possible. This is a serious problem, because every plotline moves at normal pace, which means that with these five or six plotlines, the introduction gets five or six times as long. For the first hundred and fifty pages the book follows three or four different groups of people how they move to a horse fair, while absolutely nothing of any interest happens. Then they are at the horse fair, and still absolutely nothing happens.

Anyway, if you have managed to crawl through 292 pages of endlessly boring travel to the horse fair and conversations at the horse fair, someone is murdered, and all of a sudden the books becomes a page turner, which unfortunately ends a hundred pages later. I can not stress the difference between the first three hundred and the last hundred pages enough.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Buck on February 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I am a huge, enduring fan of Joanne Bertin and her Dragonlord series. This is no secret. So to find out the long-awaited third book was finally out had me going into fangasms of joy. Her first book was perfection, her second book was riveting, so I had high hopes for this one.

It starts out slow. Very slow. Like, half the book slow. A thousand different perspectives that leave these loose ends that you're like, "okay, where the hell is this going?" which, granted, she does wrap up in the end. I just kind of wonder if it was all necessary. Mrs. Bertin has always loved political intrigue, but there was always some kind of dangerous adventure happening at the same time that made for a very rounded read. This one was almost all political intrigue, and it threw me off a bit. I kept asking myself, "when is the action gonna start happening? Who is the bad guy?" But it *was* interesting, so I kept reading. Still, some of the examples of Tirael's cruelty or him butting heads with various people or some of the miscellaneous scenes of everyone sitting down to eat or talking, could have probably been left on the editing room floor and the book would not have suffered for it. Tirael's an a-hole. We get it. Nobody has sympathy for him. Not sure I needed 100 pages to tell me that.

I'll be honest, I was a little disappointed at first that Raven was the main character during the first half of the book because of the trouble he gave my boy and girl Linden and Maurynna in the last book. But he did endear himself to me, and he even makes a statement about how he finally realized that he and Rynna were never meant to be together (Linden is the other half of *her soul* fer crissakes, that's not a random dalliance) and he's okay with that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phoebe on May 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Let me start out by saying, I too am a fan of Ms. Bertin but after reading this so called "third" installment to the Dragonlord series, I'm not happy with this book. Sure, we had to wait thirteen years for this book but can we honestly say this was a continuation of the series? To be perfectly honest, I skimmed through the entire novel and I completed it in two days. Personally, I didn't care about Pod and what she went through. Raven's role was indeed interesting but the way she portrayed Maurynna and Linden made me sick. They seem like an older couple who no longer have their "spice" (love) from previous books. This new dragonlord Shima, whatever, I didn't really care for him. The basic plot was okay but not "her best yet" as some reviewers have stated. Personally I think it was sloppy and pure junk and I really wanted to finish this book and be done with everything. Do yourself a favor and don't bother with this book. Overall I really want the 13.00 dollars, I spent on the kindle edition back. Don't waste your money or time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Fox on May 7, 2013
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I was in 5th grade when Dragon and Phoenix was published. It was one of the first fantasy series I read after The Lord of the Rings (that wasn't specifically a children's or young adult series) and I very much enjoyed it. I'm in my mid-20's now and I had long believed that Joanne Bertin had retired from writing, so I was thrilled to see that Bard's Oath had finally been published.

The book's biggest flaw is pacing. As many other reviewers have noted, the book spends far too much time describing it's characters traveling too, and spending time at a horse fair, with very little in the way of interesting things happening. A bit past the half way mark there is a murder and things pick up, and it felt like I was finally reading the third book in the Dragonlord series. I couldn't put it down. And from there events race toward the conclusion.

Overall I did enjoy the book, but after more than a decade I do wish that this hadn't been the book to focus more on Raven and other "truehumans" rather than the Dragonlords. But that's a fan's disappointment and does not reflect the quality of the book. What's going on with Maurynna, Shima and perhaps other un-sensed Dragonlords? Hopefully Joanne Bertin will keep writing and we won't have to wait another decade to find out.
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