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This review is from: Dragon's Blood: The Pit Dragon Trilogy, Volume One (Paperback)
This novel (and the series to a lesser extent) really is a classic of the genre. Whilst it is certainly written as young adult literature (8-15, by my reckoning, depending on the individual's reading skills), I've just reread the series and throughly enjoyed it (age 20). This is a well developed story that is concise and very clearly written; it focuses on the ambitions of a young bonded servant and his attempts to secure freedom for himself with the help of the pit dragon Heart's Blood that he steals and raises alone in the desert. Yolen's pit dragons are a marvellous, very natural addition to the dragons of fantasy literature. The issues she touches on, such as freedom and maturity, are complex issues but she deals with them in such a way as to make them accessible even to children. The issues and plot are also well contained within this novel - though the series is good, the first is a stand out and can certainly be read as a stand alone. The subsequent two novels get increasingly more complex and adult-geared and the thread of the story actually becomes obscured. Dragon's Blood on its own is an absolute champion!