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Comment: shipped airmail: UK . fine hardcover copy in a near fine dustwrapper, ex-lib copy with lalbel on spine . 1st edition. Jakkin and Akki have undergone a dragon-related physical transformation which enables them to share their thoughts telepathically and to survive the supercold Dark After of the Austarian night.
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A Sending of Dragons (The Dragon Trilogy) Paperback – Import, September 24, 1987


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Product Details

  • Series: The Dragon Trilogy
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Julia Macrae (September 24, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862033225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862033224
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

Customer Reviews

Besides the trogs, the story is brilliant and engaging...AWESOME BOOK!
Lacie Dugas
If you enjoy a fun escape and enjoy the fantasy world of dragons, you will enjoy each of the books in this series.
Judith A. Pilgrim
The last book was captivating and your hands will refuse to let you set the book down.
Allison

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Robert Crookall on December 8, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This final volume of the Pit Dragons Trilogy is perhaps the most interesting, because it takes us away from the mainstream culture of Yolen's world, with it's Pit fights and its caste-system, and shows us another side of the planet Austar. Incidentally, this was the first Pit Dragon book I read - having found the British, Julia MacRae edition of it in an Australian second-hand bookstore.
Jakkin and Akki have undergone a dragon-related physical transformation which enables them to share their thoughts telepathically and to survive the supercold Dark After of the Austarian night. Their peaceful existence with Heart's Blood's dragon hatchlings (Sssargon, Sssasha, and the Triplets) in the mountains of Austar is disturbed when there is a sign that they are being hunted by humans.
They flee into the caves of the mountains, where they encounter an indigenous society of humans who are similarly bonded with the dragons. However, as they soon discover, these people's relationship with the dragons is much less benevolent than that which they themselves possess.
So, for the last time, we see Jane Yolen's uncanny ability of deeply touching us with the courage and love of her characters, both human and draconian, and provoking our thoughts with her ingeniously invented cultures. Although the ending of this book ties off all the loose ends of the series, there is plenty of scope for more storytelling in Yolen's fascinating world of loving, feeling, and emphatic dragons. Hopefully this will not be our last visit to Austar.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Penny on December 19, 1999
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This book is an exciting thriller; a great adventure. Wish there were more books in the series because this book sort of leaves you hanging expecting that there would be more. I really would like to give it 4 and a half stars. You should read the other two first otherwise it will be confusing. Dragon's Blood was really good, but Heart's Blood was the best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 2, 2001
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This is sooo great! I can't believe Jane Yolen stoped writing these books! I really wish she had written more! But,I suppose it is good for you'r imagination to think up what happens next. This is such a good book for readers like me. Because of these books,dragons became my favorite animals! Well,if you would like to read this book,I won't stop you for one second!!!!!!!!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Allison on January 28, 2004
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A truly spellbinding book. Yolen has out done herself with her Pit Dragon series. The last book was captivating and your hands will refuse to let you set the book down. The story of Akki and Jakkin continues, along with 5 not so little versions of the beloved Heart's Blood. This is a book for any true Yolen fan and dragon lover! Symbolism and wisdom underlay the breath taking plot which Yolen has written. I personally suggest this to anyone who has a love for fantasy novels, ages young or old.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 2003
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This review contains spoilers, if you haven't read the book.
I really enjoyed the first two books of this series, but the third seemed to dwell on distractions while neglecting things that might have been more interesting. We already know the secret of gaining dragon sight and dragon abilities, and we could already guess the negative implications if the secret came out; belaboring the point by spending a large portion of the book with our heroes trapped in a phenomenally dull society that revolves around this act is overkill. I was also disappointed that the ending of the book cut off where it did; even the *prologue* went further, hinting at great turmoil and perhaps some genuinely interesting developments, none of which we get to stay around long enough to see.
The last chapter of A Sending of Dragons feels rushed, and several things happen almost magically. Voila -- we've freed all the bonders? What, the entire socioeconomic structure of the planet has been turned upside down because one man thought it was a good idea, even one very popular senator? With what do they plan to replace that system, now that we have masses of illiterate free men and nobody to take care of the dragons? The book ends on an optimistic note, but we have the prologue to cast shadows over that -- we know there will be more violence, and the Federation will cut off the planet completely for 50 years as a result. This was exactly the result that Jakkin and his fellow masters originally feared, because it would render the dragon gaming pits irrelevant -- no off-planet betting in the pits, no pits, no justification for keeping dragons. Now the only use for dragons is that you can cut them open and become telepathic, if Jakkin and Akki let that little fact slip.
What happens next? We'll never be told.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 5, 2004
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A Sending of dragons was a great heart thrilling adventure of a boy,Jakkin, trying to reach his dreams. I enjoyed this novel because you never cold predict what was going to happen next. It also left you hanging at the end and you really wish there was a fourth one coming to fill in the space. I recommand that you read Dragons bloo d and the Hearts blood, the pre-quils, so you will understand what was occuring.
This book is about Jakkin, the main character, running away from his enemies. Jakkin and his girl-friend go in a cave and get caught by cave men and women. Will they ever see daylight again? You should read the book to find out.
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Born and raised in New York City, Jane Yolen now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and received her master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. The distinguished author of more than 170 books, Jane Yolen is a person of many talents. When she is not writing, Yolen composes songs, is a professional storyteller on the stage, and is the busy wife of a university professor, the mother of three grown children, and a grandmother. Active in several organizations, Yolen has been on the Board of Directors of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1986 to 1988, is on the editorial board of several magazines, and was a founding member of the Western New England Storytellers Guild, the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild, and the Bay State Writers Guild. For twenty years, she ran a monthly writer's workshop for new children's book authors. In 1980, when Yolen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, the citation recognized that "throughout her writing career she has remained true to her primary source of inspiration--folk culture." Folklore is the "perfect second skin," writes Yolen. "From under its hide, we can see all the shimmering, shadowy uncertainties of the world." Folklore, she believes, is the universal human language, a language that children instinctively feel in their hearts. All of Yolen's stories and poems are somehow rooted in her sense of family and self. The Emperor and the Kite, which was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1983 for its intricate papercut illustrations by Ed Young, was based on Yolen's relationship with her late father, who was an international kite-flying champion. Owl Moon, winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal for John Schoenherr's exquisite watercolors, was inspired by her husband's interest in birding. Yolen's graceful rhythms and outrageous rhymes have been gathered in numerous collections. She has earned many awards over the years: the Regina Medal, the Kerlan Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Society of Children's Book Writers Award, the Mythopoetic Society's Aslan Award, the Christopher Medal, the Boy's Club Jr. Book Award, the Garden State Children's Book Award, the Daedalus Award, a number of Parents' Choice Magazine Awards, and many more. Her books and stories have been translated into Japanese, French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Afrikaans, !Xhosa, Portuguese, and Braille. With a versatility that has led her to be called "America's Hans Christian Andersen," Yolen, the child of two writers, is a gifted and natural storyteller. Perhaps the best explanation for her outstanding accomplishments comes from Jane Yolen herself: "I don't care whether the story is real or fantastical. I tell the story that needs to be told."

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