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straightforward story captures the wonder of dragons
on April 25, 2009
Dragon's Blood is the first Jane Yolen book I've actually read, even though she is prolific and was popular when I was young adult literature age. It is a fairly straightforward story about a feudal society on another planet where the economy is driven by dragon fighting. Jakkin, a young indentured servant who works in a dragon nursery - where dragons are bred, raised, and trained to fight - decides to make a name for himself and earn his freedom by stealing a hatchling dragon and training it in secret. Then, he does it.
I liked it all right. The first half of the book moved a little slowly and was mostly about getting the reader acquainted with the world. She did do a pretty good job capturing the wonder of dragons. Jakkin himself is a little boring. Later, when Akki and Sarkkhan start to play a greater role, the book gets more interesting, since these characters have more engaging backgrounds and personalities, and also tend to scheme more, and more intricately.
This is the first book in the Pit Dragon series; there are three more books after it, so far. I'm interested enough to pick up the second book next time I'm in the mood for YA, but I'll probably be getting it from the library.