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Dragon's Heart (Pit Dragon Chronicles #4)

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Planet Austar IV changes under embargo. Return of Jakkin and Akki 17 arouses mixed emotions. They now survive brutal cold night, and telepath pictures with dragons, each other. Such knowledge could transform or destroy the planet. When Akki wants to finish medical training at the Rokk and start research experiments, former enemy kidnaps her. Can Jakkin save her?
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published May 4th 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's (first published 2009)
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Cait
A sequel! A sequel! Look -- it's book four at last!

I reread the first three just before picking up this one; the transition was certainly jarring and I saw a few errors in consistency, but overall this book fits in very well with the older books.

That's good and bad, as it turns out. The main thing that drove me nuts in the earlier books, especially the first two, was people jumping to conclusions instead of talking to each other, and most of the arguments between Akki and Jakkin made me want to
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Jessica
Sep 05, 2009 Jessica rated it it was amazing
First of all, you have to understand that Jakkin Stewart is probably my first "literary character crush." He's handsome, smart, strong, kind . . . AND HAS HIS OWN DRAGON. I read the original trilogy at a young, impressionable age, and determined that a)I must have my own dragon and b)I loved Jakkin. So when I found out that after 25+ years, Yolen had written a sequel, I nearly fainted. First thought: YAY! Second thought: WHAT IF IT'S TERRIBLE?!

Ah, Jane, I knew you wouldn't let me down!

Yolen sli
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Kristi
I quite liked my return to the Pit Dragon Chronicles in this most recent addition to Yolen's series. I didn't reread the other books before I picked this one up, and didn't find it difficult to remember where I'd left off, even though it had been several years since I read the third in the series.

Jakkin and Akki return from their exile in the mountains completely changed and they find that the world they left behind has changed in their absence as well. They decide to hide their new telepathic
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Skip
May 13, 2012 Skip rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
After their return from hiding in the caves and their evolution into a hybrid species, Akki and Jakkin find themselves forced to deal with a changed world where bonders are now free. Akki does to Rokk to try to find the science behind their evolution and is kidnapped as part of a political battle for a seat in the senate. Jakkin is frantic and uses his dragons to help find and rescue Akki. I liked this fourth story better than the earlier ones.
James
Oct 20, 2016 James rated it it was amazing
It's about a girl who cracked a window or a mirror which was a portal to a world with a man and dragons.This girl was in a house.One thing I like about this book is it has dragon's and I like dragons.One thing I dislike about this book is that the dragons.
Kaye
Feb 14, 2017 Kaye rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A fun series - a bit too young for me, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.
An Odd1
Dec 19, 2014 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"He couldn't have been more wrong" p 291. I like author Yolen's style. Usually. Lullabies and poems intersperse with political wrangling - boring, or simple straightforward. "Yes, his first line of defense had to be delay. Foot drag. Twist an ankle. Start a fight. Fall down. All of the above" p 290.

Although I found some parts confusing, I'm glad the author's planned triology expanded into "Chronicles". This book didn't need so much repetition, Preface, even political arguments "vote for the one
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Sarah (Inklings Read)
Mar 21, 2011 Sarah (Inklings Read) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, paperback
Ahhh I’m so happy that I’ve finally received the opportunity to read/review this book! What a treat! This was the series that first sparked my interested in reading. I picked up Dragon’s Blood way back in my middle school days and I was instantly sold after the first few chapters. I fell in love with the rich world and amazing characters. I’m happy to say that all of those things I loved still remain in Dragon’s Heart.

This continues where A Sending of Dragons, book three, left off. For those who
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Kathy Martin
Dec 15, 2012 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it
It was good to get back to Austar IV after many years away. I think I read the previous book in this series in 1987. This one has been sitting on my stack since the beginning of 2010. Thankfully, the book included both an introduction and a preface which did a lot to get me back up to speed on what I missed.

This one begins with Jakkin and Akki escaping from their captivity at the hands of the trogs and returning to the dragon nursery that was their home. But after being gone a year and because o
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Lindsay Schopfer
Apr 12, 2013 Lindsay Schopfer rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The first book in this series was one of those special reads that I'll always remember and cherish. The two sequels, while not as strong, were still fairly enjoyable.

This fourth installment was a surprise to me. First, I was impressed by Yolen's bravery to tackle this project after a 20 year break. Not only that, but she starts this book literary where the third book ended, which I really appreciated. I didn't want to see Jakkin and Akki twenty years later, and I appreciate the way this book ta
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Janni
Feb 22, 2009 Janni added it
I've been looking forward to this one for a while now. :-) Book four of the Pit Dragon books definitely lived up to the first three, and felt very much in tone with them even though it's been more than 20 years since the the third book was published.

Whether you've read the other books before or not, you'll definitely want to read or reread the original Pit Dragon trilogy first. Dragon's Heart picks up literally where A Sending of Dragons leaves off, and deals with some of the consequences of wh
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Anne Osterlund
Jul 13, 2009 Anne Osterlund rated it it was amazing
Yay!!! Finally, after I know not how long, there is a fourth Pit Dragon Chronicles book. I am not generally a huge fan of books about dragons, but the Pit Dragon Chronicles are an exception. With two wonderful lead characters, especially Jakkin, a young man raised in bondage with absolutely nothing going for him except an extraordinary love of one very special dragon, the books are wonderfully written, especially the first two books, Dragon's Blood and Heart's Blood, and intriguing. The third bo ...more
Kathryn
Dec 05, 2010 Kathryn rated it liked it
Well. It was good to see the characters again. I loved all the bits with the dragons, the development with Likkarn was interesting...y'know I'm having a hard time getting enthusiastic about this book. It wasn't a bad, certainly (the political bits were a muddled mess, but I felt the same way about parts of the second book), and there were a couple parts that were, I don't know, nice? Not sure if I lost interest because it's been more than twenty years between reading this and reading the third b ...more
Nick
Mar 23, 2011 Nick rated it really liked it
This is legitimately book four of a trilogy, written years later because fans convinced the author that the trilogy left several things unresolved.
Well, the book does resolve at least most of those issues, although it brings up a couple of new plot threads at the last minute that would make interesting spinoffs, and the "trog" subplot isn't resolved at all.
Technically SF, but the story style and some of the elements feel more like fantasy in their execution, much like McCaffrey's Dragonriders bo
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Morgan Lee
Aug 27, 2013 Morgan Lee rated it it was amazing
I actually read this series when I was a kid, and decided to reread it before suggesting it to the girl I nanny for. I quickly found myself engrossed once again with Jakkin and his adventure to steal an dragon egg and train his own dragon. Jakkin is a wonderful character, set apart from the others but always willing to help anyone he considers a friend. Really this series as a whole, including the more recently written 4th book, are great for kids who love the fantasy genera. These books are not ...more
Autumn
Last in the Dragon Pit series which thankfully tied up some necessary loose ends. One plot point from a previous book was not resolved and Yolen seems to have forgotten some important details from the previous books in the series (notably Jakkin's experience fighting a drakk), which was annoying. Also, the epilogue doesn't explain what the dragons' roles were on Austar at the end of this novel, which would have been interesting to know, as would have the activities of the Austarians during a 10- ...more
M. Cuthill
Aug 08, 2016 M. Cuthill rated it it was ok
Oh man, I love me some Jane Yolen and I was dying for another installment in one of my favorite YA series of all time, but... this left me cold. I was expecting something bigger, deeper, richer, both more personal and more mythopoeic, at which Yolen excels. What I felt we got was a rather pedestrian retread of the second book - much running about, very little happening of significance to the greater narrative or character development. This isn't the first time I've had this experience reading a ...more
Patty
May 07, 2009 Patty rated it it was amazing
It looks like this series is finally, truly finished...until you read the "encyclopedia pages" at the end, you almost think there could be one more, but those pages rather finalize it. There's really a lot of difference in the writing style in this book, when you compare it to the previous ones...and that may be due to the long gap of time between them. There's a more modern feel to this book, the setting and events seem very contemporary...whereas the old books had the true fantasy world/differ ...more
Lillian
May 21, 2014 Lillian rated it really liked it
Lots of excitement happens in this book! I believe this is the last of the Pit Dragon series... Though the way how this book ended, there could EASILY be a book five in the future. MORE CREEPY CULT PLEASE!~ I wanna know what'll happen to those dudes! And the future of the dragons!

I like how Akki has her own scenes in this book, besides Jakkin. :) Her side of the story was just as exciting as his! Especially near the end when (view spoiler) My most fav
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Caitlín (Ink Mage)
Feb 05, 2009 Caitlín (Ink Mage) rated it really liked it
Shelves: draconic
Jane Yolen did a really good job with making this novel fit with the others, despite the third volume having been published twenty years before this one, and was definitely never bored with it. But even with the Austar IV Encyclopedia entry-epilogue at the end, it still didn't seem quite finished to me. Not that I want the author to keep dragging the series out, but I wish the end had been just a little more final.
Laura
Mar 02, 2010 Laura added it
I'm extremely excited to have discovered that Jane Yolen wrote a follow-up book to her Pit Dragon Triology. Considering that it has been so long since the first three, I am a bit disappointed in the characterizations of Heart's Blood's hatchlings. All five of them seem to become very lazy and phlegmatic, without any of Heart's Blood's fighting spirit.
Ben Cowell
Feb 03, 2014 Ben Cowell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great addition to the trilogy! Our akki and jakkin are growing up and changing the world; Austar that is.

fast paced plot with plenty of action mixed with character development. it has dragons!..once I read a review that said dragons are like bacon they just make things better and this is in no way untrue in this novel. can't wait for the next one.
Snow Wolf
Apr 06, 2010 Snow Wolf rated it really liked it
It's still a kids book, but worth reading. This was a direct extension of book three and added plot/drama where it didn't need to be. They reintroduced bad guys to threaten the main characters, Akki and Jakkin, but they managed to get through. The plot was thick throughout the book and kept me turning pages, wanting more.
Alex Scholz-lague
Feb 25, 2014 Alex Scholz-lague rated it it was amazing
A wonderful conclusion to Jane Yolen's pit dragon chronicles, Dragon's Heart ties up the last of the loose ends that came with Jakkin and Akki's return home. Changing perspectives and guessing games made the story all the more interesting, even going as far as to show the limits of the characters and making further connections between them. A fantastic end to a wonderful series.
Ojan
Feb 05, 2014 Ojan rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the read. Jane Yolen's writing style has changed a little with the 20+ years separating the third book & this fourth installment, but not in a bad way. I found the first third of the book a little more difficult to get into, but after that I could hardly put it down.
Miciah Thacker
Aug 01, 2016 Miciah Thacker rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like dragons
nice final book. Im glad that Jane finally wrote it. definitely worth it. love.
Brittney
Mar 12, 2013 Brittney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh is was the perfect ending to the series!!!!
Alexis Allinson
Oct 17, 2012 Alexis Allinson rated it it was amazing


The best book from the series.
Stephanie Christner
Mar 25, 2016 Stephanie Christner rated it it was amazing
AMAZING SERIES!!!
Kyle Dunham
Apr 24, 2014 Kyle Dunham rated it it was amazing
Great book, but after getting to know these characters over the 3 previous books, the ending wasn't great.
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Pit Dragon Chronicles (4 books)
  • Dragon's Blood (Pit Dragon Chronicles, #1)
  • Heart's Blood (Pit Dragon Chronicles, #2)
  • A Sending of Dragons (Pit Dragon Chronicles, #3)

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