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Dragon Outcast: The Age of Fire, Book Three Kindle Edition

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About the Author

E. E. Knight is an award-winning author of sci-fi/fantasy/horror fiction, including the bestselling Vampire Earth series as well as the Age of Fire series. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois, with his wife, and also teaches genre fiction writing at Harper College.

David Drummond has narrated over seventy audiobooks for Tantor, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, from fantasy to military, and from thrillers to humor. He has received multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, including one for his first audiobook, Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay.

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  • File Size: 893 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (December 4, 2007)
  • Publication Date: December 4, 2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W94GYK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Scott Kennedy on March 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Like so many great stories, E.E. Knight's Age of Fire series is about a family and what happens when that family is torn apart. Admittedly, this family has claws and wings and the ability to breathe fire, but the emotional core underneath resonates, even as the books oscillate between tragedy and playfulness, thoughtfulness and pulp action. If Ursula K. Le Guin and Edgar Rice Burroughs had collaborated on a series of dragon books, the result might have been something like Age of Fire.

Whereas other dragon books tend to either regurgitate fantasy clichés or use dragons as really neat horses, E.E. Knight's dragons are something else entirely. Anyone with an interest in the behaviors of birds, reptiles, or dinosaurs will find the instincts of Knight's dragons refreshing. They behave like top predators from the moment they hatch, and watching them evolve from ravenous beasts to thinking beasts is worth the price of admission.

Knight's plots speed along, as addictive and rich as really good coffee. I have trouble setting his books down. That he manages to confront troubling issues (racism, slavery, and genocide) within the format of a page-turner makes these books a stimulating read for both teenagers and adults.

This is one of the most under-rated fantasy series currently being published. Plus, the first three books (Champion, Avenger, Outcast) can actually be read in any order. Plus, it's like Rashomon with dragons. Do yourself a favor and buy them. They're a treat.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rhona L. Westbrook on December 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most well written Dragon Tales of all time. It's dark, funny, completely unpredictable, and our main character is not a good guy/dragon, but you'll sympathize with him anyway. You don't have to start at the beginning of the series either. Each dragon's tale stands alone and these are my most favorite dragons EVER!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. C. Whitsitt on December 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
I absolutely love these books. They are great. The whole take on them is something very new, and something I loved when I read the first book in the series. This isn't the best in the series, but by no means is it bad. I guess I'll just have to try and wait patiently for the next and last(?) book in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Fiore on March 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
I never could help rooting for an underdog! Since the beginning of this series, I have been wondering what happened to the copper hatchling that was injured and driven from the cozy egg shelf.

This third book of the series is even more emotionally complex and poignant than the first two. All of the dragon hatchlings lost their family. But the copper (or the Copper, as the book calls him) lost his family twice...

This story, filled with the last hatchling's courage, persistence, bad luck, and (eventually) good luck and growing morality, is absolutely engrossing. The maneuverings, plots and politics of a royal family are all here in the dragons' world in the Lavadome.

I am impressed by Knight's integrity in creating all the books of his series in such a fashion that they can all be read and appreciated independently as outstanding books, and yet create an even greater whole together. This is turning into an impressive work on the series level.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Lacouture on December 23, 2007
Format: Kindle Edition
A good new look from a dragons point of view. No human dragon riders here, or cute talking horse like mounts. It is a refreshing new way to examine dragons with a great developing plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Miller on March 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you've been following this series (and you really should be if you like dragons at all), you probably know this book is the one about the Copper- the Outcast. From the first two books it was easy to place this dragon as the 'bad guy'. This book is from his perspective and I think it is an important perspective to take. Few things are black and white and this character that was so easy to cast off as a despised traitor in the first part of the series suddenly becomes a complex individual. We get to see how he struggles with his mistakes and essentially grows up in dragon society.

I love the Age of Fire series- they are a look at dragons as I'd always hoped: dragons as their own entities, without making them big scaly mounts to 'dragonriders' or making them overly malevolent or benevolent- they just are. This is a no-frills realistic type of fantasy that is easy to believe in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Croy on March 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
Through both of the previous editions in the series (Dragon Champion and Dragon Avenger) I learned to despise "the Copper" as much as AuRon and Wistala. In Dragon Outcast, I learned to sympathize with him, and deeply enjoyed his travels. One of the standout portions of the book is the Copper's travels underground with his bat companions. The well-developed supporting characters bring the world of these dragons alive.

The ending of this book will bring satisfying closure to some plot threads opened earlier in the series, and will open the gates to the next 3 books in the Age of Fire, starting with Dragon Strike!
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Dragon Outcast is the third installment of Age of Fire and details the journey of the Copper Dragon Outcast. When the Copper dragon is forced out of his family, he must live by his own devices and wiles. Forced to make some less-than-easy decisions, it's a true tale of what happens when you're backed up against the wall with limited options of recourse. The story creates feelings of sympathy for the poor guy.

This is my favorite of the first three and tied for first out of the currently written five. Knight seems to draw upon his political science degree by creating an imperialistic society of dragons, which is full of intrigue and back clawing. Out of the first three, this one expertly lays the groundwork for future installments.

The main plot moves along pretty quickly, and is great for people who like a fast-paced story line. Knight does a great job intertwining different dimensions of the story, and skillfully weaves in different characters. Together the story is amazingly deep, and keeps readers interested from beginning to end.

Dragon Outcast also highlights many of the quirky humor we're used to seeing in the other two. The unique sayings and actions of the dragons caused me to laugh multiple times. Knight also does a great job with dramatic irony, and foreshadowing, which leaves readers asking, "What will happen next?"

I recommend this book to any who like dragons in a general sense, and those who like to read stories with solid character development. The dragons in this story are more physical than magical and it is a unique perspective these creatures of myth. Although it's part of the Age of Fire series, it can stand alone if need be with little detriment to the reader or the story.
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