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Bard's Oath (Dragonlord #3)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  371 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
In The Last Dragonlord and Dragon and Phoenix Joanne Bertin created a world unlike our own, where Dragonlords soar in the skies above the many realms of the land. The Dragonlords’ magic is unique, giving them the ability to change from dragon to human form; to communicate silently among themselves; and other abilities not known to mortals. For many millennia, the Dragonlor ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Tor Books (first published 1999)
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holy shit... I've been waiting on this for a decade... A DECADE!!!

Kai Anderson
Dec 19, 2013 Kai Anderson rated it it was ok
I almost feel that two stars is too kind. I loved her first two books, but this book...I don't think I've ever read a book that's actually made me utter out loud "UGH this is so BORING!!!" I heard she had a loss in the family that put her in a depression...and this book seems to reflect it. It really feels like she was almost saying "no...I have to write readers are expecting me to finish it so I will." The writing doesn't flow like her first two almost feels like she was s ...more
Mar 19, 2013 Nigel rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one really
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Jan 07, 2016 Jeff rated it liked it
So here it is. After 10 years of re-reading Last Dragonlord and Dragon and Phoenix, I finally get to see what happens next. Was it worth the wait? I'm not sure. After thinking about it for the past few days, I just feel like something was missing from this book. Some intangible quality that the other two books had that drew me in instantly. The characters seemed less colourful, the world was less magical, and the adventure was on a much smaller scale. There were also not enough dragons; at least ...more
Ranting Dragon
Jun 15, 2013 Ranting Dragon rated it liked it
Shelves: janea

Joanne Bertin’s debut book, The Last Dragonlord, was published back in 1998. Two years later, the sequel, Dragon and Phoenix, was released and those of us who’d read them eagerly awaited more. And waited. And waited. And eventually I gave up hope of ever getting my hands on the third book that was promised when Dragon and Phoenix was released. Imagine my shock and glee this past November when I saw on the coming releases list a little-heralded title by an
Feb 24, 2013 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Dude, where's my plot?

I count Dragon and Phoenix as one of my favorite books of all time; I've read it over and over. I've been waiting for the follow up with bated breath, lo these many years, until I'm practically given up hope for it to ever arrive. I almost didn't believe it when Goodreads sent me the announcement that it was coming out. I couldn't wait to get to it, and...then I did.

Can't wait to find out what happened to Yesuin and Xu, Shei-Luin and Xahnu? What about Miune? How is Jehangla
Michelle B
A little bummed...

love, love, love the first two books in the series. I literally checked for YEARS for news about the long awaited Bards Oath. Honestly, compared to the others, the first half of the book feels like a way too long prologue. not nearly as exciting, and so little is about the dragonlords-they're basically secondary characters this time, and the huge introduction of Shims last book and the potential for awesome stories of him as the newest dragonflies were completely passed over. I
Apr 30, 2014 Charlotte rated it liked it
OK. I didn't know this book had finally been released until I saw it on the bookshelf at my local bookstore last week. I read Bertin's first two Dragonlord books when I was in high school, so when I saw "Bard's Oath" on the shelf, I shrieked loudly enough to frighten some nearby customers. I don't read many paperback books these days, but I bought this immediately.

First: I still absolutely love this world. I love Linden and Maurynna and Shima and Lleld and all the Llysanyins. I love Otter and Ra
Jul 07, 2013 Ashley rated it liked it
I liked the book, but I wasn't really in love with it. I felt the ending just sort of fizzled out. I was really excited about the fact that it was taking place at a horse fair, but it wasn't as prominent as I was expecting. The climax of the story was alright, but I feel the resolution is what kind of killed it for me.
Jan 10, 2013 D rated it really liked it
I read the first two back in 2000... I can't believe we finally get to read the last book in the trilogy! I am just soooooo happy!
Oct 01, 2012 Mark marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Only waited 12 years for this one. Hope it's worth the wait. Going to have to re-read the first 2 books in the series in preparation.
Sep 14, 2014 Christian rated it really liked it
An entertaining novel, faster paced than Dragon and Phoenix. The author brings us back to the part of her world she explored in the first book in the series and weaves a story of music and deadly magic that also give us a glimpse into Otter's past.

Ms. Bertin is quite adept at developing her characters. When she wants you to dislike a character, you can't help but go along with her. I found it impossible to like Raven in the second novel because of his senseless jealousy (although he does redeem
Jul 18, 2014 Jaimie rated it it was amazing
It has been a long time (not as long as it took for this book to come out, but still a long freakin' time) since I've picked up a traditional fantasy novel and actually read it, so I was pretty sceptical at first when I got this one. The plot started out a little confusing - it takes a lot of effort to remember the characters from books that I read so long ago, and much more to sort out their individual stories - but once Bertin got into stride I as hooked. All the major characters were connecte ...more
Terry McGarry
Oct 02, 2012 Terry McGarry rated it really liked it
Lovely book, and it's great to see this series continued.
Apr 29, 2015 Fleurbleues rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
To say I was disappointed in this book is a bit of an understatement. After waiting for a decade for this book to come out I expected something wonderful. To be honest, I'm not sure how I feel about this book. When the book was good it really was good, but when it wasn't it really wasn't. The biggest issue I had with this book was that it was incredibly slow in the beginning. It took a long time to get to the good stuff, but once it did I actually don't feel she rushed it. I think this book was ...more
Aug 22, 2014 Tal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Raven, a young horse-breeder friend of the Dragonloard Linden Rathan, is ensnared by Leet and under the bard’s spell, is one of the bard’s unwitting catspaws. When accused of a heinous crime, Raven turns to Linden, and while Dragonlords normally do not meddle in human affairs, Linden comes to Raven’s aid, loath to abandon him in his time of desperate need. But Raven, and others victimized by Leet, are at the mercy of human justice. Can even a Dragonlord save them from a dire fate before it is to ...more
Jan 09, 2013 Dianna rated it liked it
I can't believe Joanne Bertin has finally finished Bard's Oath! I read her first two books in high school back in the early 2000s and had practically given up hope of the third book ever getting published.

Overall it was okay, but the story develops at a slower pace than I remember for the first two books. I also had trouble jumping back into the series and remembering who all the characters were, but luckily there is a brief summary of the second book before the story even begins to refresh the
Jun 19, 2015 Colleen rated it it was ok
Shelves: here-be-dragons
Truly, the title should've told me everything. Bards, in the other books of this universe, were supporting characters for the Dragonlords' 'big bad adventures/showdowns against evil magic for the fate of both their souls.' Here the bards- and other 'normals' in the Five Kingdoms- take the spotlight.

The problem is that without the focus on the Mary-Sue-dorable Dragonlords and their fate-of-many-kingdoms challenges, other elements of Bertin's storytelling fall apart. Her books were always very sl
Jan 29, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
This book is set in the same world and follows the same characters as Bertin's previous two books, but it works well as a stand-alone story. Here we find Dragonlords (people who are half dragon and can shift between forms) Linden, Maurynna, and Shima and their human compatriot Raven caught up in the vengeful machinations of Leet, a master bard who has found a way to use dark and dangerous magic to achieve his ends. Bard's Oath is a wonderful mixture of high fantasy and detective story, with grea ...more
Feb 26, 2013 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I should have re-read the first two books before tackling this one, because after more than a decade, you tend to forget a lot about the world and the people in it. I DID remember the peculiarity of the weredragons (Dragonlords) and some of the characters, but that was about it. And after spending many years reading books written in first-person or having tight, third-person narration, I just couldn't enjoy a cast-of-thousands novel.

The book could have been a lot better if we just followed Lind
Oct 07, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it
Not that it's the best book in the world. Not that it's going to meet every expectation. Not that the fact there's so much massively published bullshit like Twilight makes it truly outstanding. But Joanne Bertin won my heart with The Last Dragonlord when I was a child, had a huge influence on me, and I can't be anyhow objective. Sure, BO lacks the spirit of the previous books, you can tell it's been written in a long time and under pressure, but if there's Linden and Maurynna, I'm fine with anyt ...more
Dec 14, 2012 Stefanie rated it it was amazing
Well worth the long wait. In the first book the story takes place in a nearby country, in the second the stakes are high in a far off land. And in Bard's Oath the glorious cast of characters are back in their area of the world. This book shows that the characters need not travel far to live an adventurous and intriguing life. Which is something that I find more appealing, personally, than books where the stakes are monumental (such as in Dragon & Phoenix). This book contains everything a goo ...more
Jessica Sword
Jun 30, 2014 Jessica Sword rated it it was amazing
I loved the first two books, but judging by the description on the dust jacket I did not think I would like this one. As much as I love Otter I thought a story about bards and Raven would be boring, but I was wrong! The conflict in this one was interesting, spooky, and tied in nicely to "Dragon and Phoenix." The only bad thing I can say about the book is that I would have liked to hear more from Pod. I really identified with the beast-healers and their brother's-in-fur. I could read a whole book ...more
Mar 22, 2013 Jen rated it liked it
This book came out over 10 years after her most recent book. It was mostly worth the wait. It suffers from the same issues of her two prior books; it is hard to create true intrigue when your audience knows exactly what happened (because we watched the villans do it in an earlier chapter). You spend a lot of of time shouting at the book and willing the characters to figure out the obvious (to you) clues. However, the characters, despite not figuring out the plot until the exciting conclusion, ar ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Kim rated it it was ok
I had waited for this book for years! The first 2 books, "The Last Dragonlord" and "Dragon and Phoenix," were SO GOOD! Lots of things happening in this 3rd book, with parts so drawn out and not tied in until the very end that I felt like screaming for the story to get back to the dragonlords.
Jul 20, 2013 Luvmyfamily rated it liked it
Shelves: wishlist
So I finally finished the story. It had a very Johnny Depp/Sleepy-hollow feel to it. I kept imagining Gull looking just like Christopher Walken as the hessian horseman with the wild hair and sharpened teeth coming out of the tree that was supposed to keep his soul bound. After waiting quite a few years for it, I was a little disappointed. Not so much that it wasn't a good story, more that it was a repeat of a story that was already done I thought. It had a good flow. Joanne Bertin did a good job ...more
Apr 11, 2013 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot. I have enjoyed the other two books in this series and waited nearly a decade for this one. While it is different than her other two books, I still found it enjoyable. The best characters from the previous books were back, with a few new ones thrown in for good measure. Others have said it takes awhile to get moving, and that is true, but her other two books were like that. Ms. Bertin likes to spend most of the book setting up the last few chapters and then the action mov ...more
Teresa Carrigan
Well written fantasy, but I was strongly bothered by two things. First, there were far too many point of view characters, and the point of view switched far too often. Second, I really do not like horror, and did not realize there was such a generous helping of it. I had enjoyed the first two books, so I bought the third one.
Dec 21, 2012 Matt rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Pretty disappointing, after having waited so long. I've never waited for a book, as I've waited for this one. Absolutely last the first book in the series. The second book was very good, but seemed to drag in long sections without the dragonlords. And, not to mention that horrific, and ignorant, attempt at a draconic dialect.
Bard's Oath is not exciting. It carries on from the second book as if it were an extension, not the third book in a trilogy. The story wanders around; the narration blathers
Nadia Ayoub
May 05, 2014 Nadia Ayoub rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Ten years waiting and I finally found it! And I loved it. It was worth the wait.
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I was born in 1953 in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. I was there for a very short time, though, as my parents soon returned to their home in Stamford, CT. I've lived most of my life since then in one town or another in Connecticut.

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