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The Last Dragonlord Hardcover – December 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (December 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312864299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312864293
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

Linden Rathan is the last of a race of weredragons--magical, nearly immortal half-humans who can transform themselves into mighty dragons. Linden is one of three dragonlord judges who will determine the next ruler of a true human kingdom. Political and sorcerous machinations and ancient hatred threaten the dragonlords' decision, and Linden must sort out the good from the evil, all the while fighting loneliness and despair. When he meets a beautiful young sea captain, Linden thinks he might have a chance at love after all. This is Joanne Bertin's first novel, and sometimes her storytelling ambitions make for a bit of confusion when new characters, history, and plot devices are introduced all at once. The Last Dragonlord is an excellent fantasy, nonetheless, with interesting, sympathetic characters and an intriguing setup. Fans of Anne McCaffrey's Pern series and other high fantasy sagas will find themselves caught up in a wonderful, romantic world.

From Publishers Weekly

Action brews constantly at several interstices within the web of characters in this honest and engaging first novel by Bertin. Linden Rathan, youngest of the Dragonlords?humans born with souls that are half human and half dragon?is lonely. Since the time he was born, six centuries ago, the True Dragons have not sensed the birth of a fledgling Dragonlord. It is feared that Linden's soul-twin?the Dragonlord with the other halves of his two souls?will never be born. Linden and the soultwins Kief and Tarlna are sent to Casna to settle a simple dispute over a king's regency?but the plot that unfolds there is far from simple. A group called the Fraternity of Blood seeks to destroy the Dragonlords using magic the likes of which has been seen only once, many centuries before. The brewing conflict between good and evil becomes more complex with the entrance of Otter, bard and longtime friend of Linden, and of Maurynna, one of the youngest and spunkiest ship captains anyone has seen, along with a host of characters from the court. Bertin's writing is only serviceable, but the flow of action and many layers of intrigue will float readers toward her novel's hard-fought conclusion.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Customer Reviews

The fantasy and love story were definately my style.
All in all, an enjoyable read and a book (and series) that I would recommend to anyone even the slightest bit interested in fantasy, adventure, and a dash of romance.
Steven Merrick
I've already ordered the next two books and I can't wait to get started on those!!!!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Scott on April 10, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just finished reading this book, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I am sure some will say the pieces the author uses to build the story are unoriginal: The main plot is a classic power struggle, complete with evil conspiracy and a power-mad wizard. The romance between Rathan and his soultwin is likewise your basic romance drama (love at first sight, but circumstances come between them). Magic, swords, horses, dragons -- so what, right?
Simply put, it was well done. The story was engaging, the characters had depth, and the narrative was rich. I found myself rooting for the good guys and worring when they got in trouble. There were doses of commedy, realistic dialog, and I even enjoyed the romance (which added flavor but did not dominate). This was a good story. It isn't Tolkien, but I do not expect nor desire everything I read to be like Tolkien.
Dragonfans like myself will definately want to check it out, but this is a good light fantasy for anyone.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kasatka on April 14, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found this book quite by accident, and was immediately drawn into it. The characters are believable and very likable. One can instantly sympathize with Linden Rathan, a Dragonlord who has been searching for his soultwin for centuries. All he longs for is the close relationship the other Dragonlords have with their soultwins, a bond closer than anything.
In the story, he is sent with two other Dragonlords to oversee the debate over a new ruler following the mysterious death of their Queen. Evil begins to surface as an old faction known as the Fellowship comes back to life. They not only threaten Prince Rann, a small child, but the life of Dragonlords. During this time, Linden falls in love, and suspects his love may be a Dragonlord too, even though the truedragons have not sensed any new Dragonlord. The Fellowship hears rumor of this new Dragonlord and are determined to get control of her, whoever she may be, so that they have their own Dragonlord puppet.
A really good book, with lots of little twists. The "good guys" are good, though they have their faults and you may want to hit one or two of them. ;) The evil doers are really evil, but believable as well. The ending may be a bit predictable, but it's the ending you want anyway, and it's lots of fun getting there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lucia C. Bibolini on August 19, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, in fact I couldn't put it down, I read it from cover to cover through the night.

Yes, it's romantic... a book that anybody who loves fantasy and still believes in true love, or dreams of it, will enjoy reading. I liked the weredragon twist on the concept of soul mates.

I guess The Last Dragonlord might appeal more to women, but there are also lots of romantic and sensitive males around who, I think, would enjoy this book.

As for the language... well, it isn't high-brow, it isn't a literary masterpiece, it isn't pretentious. But it's easy to read, simple and flowing. Something that people will appreciate who believe in the KISS concept (keep it simple stupid). Personally, I get so tired of books that are just trying to impress me with un-necessary complexity...

The really nice thing about the Last Dragonlord is that it made me feel good. Too many books are so full of horror... Life has its own sorrows, and this story was, for me, a fresh breeze, making me feel that there is still beauty in the human (and dragon) heart!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Teximus Prime on December 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I gave this book a 4 at first thought, but then moved it to a 3, though a very high 3. As a first work from a lady who to my knowledge received no formal training or schooling in literature, this is a very enjoyable writing. I had been away from books for some years and this was the one that drew me back to chewing through a novel a week. I found it's pace easy going, as one other mentioned a good afternoon read, and the temper good. The characters presented here seem very real, and you quickly find yourself identifying with their conflicts. Such is key to involving any reader in any novel.
It has been noted by some that the style of writing leans towards teenagers, and that the level of wording may not have been appropriate for them. I strongly disagree as I am a good 15 years older and found this most enjoyable, not to mention in the middle of the Fantasy section of my local Borders book store.
On her first effort I commend Joanne Bertin, not only for putting a book such as this forward, but for weathering the not so constructive critics of her work. Well done, I look forward to your sequel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Caitir M. on May 30, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To those who have given the book only one star: oh, shut it.

The writing was simplistic, yes, but it's a relief to read simplistic writing after some dandies we see in modern literature... things so boring and self-indulgent I can hardly take it.

You all criticize the "teenage girlishness" of the book, but have you forgotten that this is fantasy? Your fantasy isn't exactly someone else's... frankly this is the only fantasy I've been able to read in recent years.

I loved the characters. They may have been on the stereotypical side, but there was enough sustenance there to make them fascinating and lovable. Seriously. This book was a ride, with plenty of plot threads that tangle up and toward the end of the book start unraveling nicely.

I admit I'm 16. And not newly 16. Before my age makes you scoff at me, I'll mention that I read through "Anna Karenina" (my favorite book to date) and "Pride and Prejudice." Average reading level, my foot.
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