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Alta (Dragon Jousters #2)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,250 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
In the second novel in national best-selling legend Mercedes Lackey's richly-conceived new Joust series, the dragonrider Vetch escapes to Alta, the subjugated land of his birth. There, he hopes to teach his people to raise and train dragons-and build an army that will liberate his homeland. ...more
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published (first published March 1st 2004)
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Jun 20, 2011 Kernos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
While I agree with the pundit and reader reviews, that the Dragon Jouster trilogy books seem simple, quick reads aimed at the teenage/young adult audience where everyone lives happily ever after, I think perhaps Lackey is attacking the current state of Gaia: the "War on Terror".

One can read this as an allegory with the Magi being Bush/Blair and their power hungry cohorts, the Dragon Jousters being those who fight to protect the civil liberties of all and the terrorists being everyone else who d
Sep 03, 2014 mirba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dragons
If you love dragons, this is the correct series to read. This three books are so filled with dragons and flying jousters that you'll feel the wind on your skin while reading it.

These books are a really good coming of age story, but also the world building, the politics and the society overall are very good.

Only thing that doesn't get a five star for me is that there are a lot of external characters, but these characters are sometimes forgotten, and sometimes it makes you feel that the book sho
Feb 23, 2014 Birgit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of Vetch the serf continues. Follow him and his dragon Avatre on their journey to Alta, his homeland, and see him making new friends and help Alta train dragons to beat the enemy. But...his saviour, and friend Ari is among the enemies - does that mean that one day Vetch has to fight Ari and his blue dragon? And - is everything really as it should be in Alta? Are Ari and his fellow countrymen really the enemy?
Mercedes Lackey continues the tale she started in "Joust", and I found it diff
Kristy Halseth
Mar 19, 2016 Kristy Halseth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book two is even better than book one. The only thing keeping this series from getting 5 stars is that the books suffer from the same flaw as her other books. The main characters never make mistakes and have to suffer from the consequences. They always make the prefect decisions for any situation. They are always reacting to events that happen to them and always seem to have just the right tools to deal with what is happening. Having said that, and admitting that this is another reread, I couldn ...more
Mar 02, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
It's been at least four years since I read Joust, but after the first three pages, I was completely immersed in Alta. It's kind of wonderful how it can be so real and so reminiscent of ancient Egypt and at the same time so fantastically about dragons. Only the occasional pesky grammatical errors kept me from being completely sucked into the story (hopefully the editors will catch those by the next printing); as it was, I finished within a day anyway. =P
Mar 12, 2014 Hallie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, this is very typical Mercedes Lackey in all her tropes. Evil mages have taken over the government by corrupting the rulers using powerful blood-magic, and the young band of friends has a slowly-building plan to overthrow them from within. Plus, everybody gets a soulmate and they'll obviously be sorely tried before they fix everything to end the war. I still liked the dragons, and she spends a lot of time describing how each one differs in physicality and personality, and how each characte ...more
Coleman Glider
Apr 20, 2010 Coleman Glider rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Alta, Mercedes Lackey's sequel to Joust, the young serf Vetch has escaped from an enemy stronghold on the wings of a recently hatched dragon to his homeland of Alta, with vengeance filled hopes of sharing the invaluable secrets of dragon rearing and training with the Altan military.

Because of the nation of Tia's superiority with dragons and their riders (called Jousters), Alta has been slowly losing land and human lives for decades. If nothing is done soon, Alta will surely be defeated and a
Rosu Aquabutts
"I liked it."

I'm not sure just how much I have to say about this book. It was better than Joust, but also a lot less fun. It was nice to see some of the old-fashionned Mercedes Lackey style 'killing off a character you never thought she'd kill moments after you thought everything was gonna be okay,' stuff showing its head because she's gotten a little soft in her old age. I was seriously shocked when that character died and couldn't believe it really had happened until they were actually buried.
Jul 21, 2012 TheCosyDragon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I originally reviewed this book on my blog - The Cosy Dragon. For more recent reviews by me, please hop over there.

Little Vetch has grown into a man, named for his father Kiron. With his tame dragon Avetre he has fled from Tia t Alta, the land of his birth. He does not know what he will find, or what he will be able to do for Alta. When he arrives, he finds that there are more troubles than he could have imagined.

This is the second book in the awesome Dragon Jousters Series. I'm so very fond of
May 23, 2013 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, high-fantasy
A surprising improvement over the first volume, which was far too much a "paint by numbers" coming of age heroic journey saga that really wasn't particularly original. In this one, Lackey takes things to a much more sophisticated an interesting level, layering Vetch's (now Kiron) struggles to assimilate into his long-lost homeland's culture and structure, with his efforts to train his dragon and add that training to his home, but also dealing with a corrupt and dangerous government and building ...more
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Jul 30, 2015 Mia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The danger heightens, nerves rise, more dragons, friendship, and responsibility for Kiron aka Vetch! This book is a great example of what a sequel book should be like. More development and growth and new challenges without ridiculous or incredulous means that some authors use! Very awesome! I highly recommend it to all CSU-if fans, dragon fans, Mercedes Lackey fans, and Vetch and Avatre fans, though I advise reading Joust first.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 27, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, novels
This is the second in the Dragon Jouster's series that began with Joust, which you should read first.

The series is centered on Kiron (in the first book known as Vetch) who is an appealing figure. In the first book he came across as angry and bitter (but with good reason, so he never came across as whiny.) In this book he comes into his own and to a position of leadership as he tries to teach his compatriots the secrets of raising tame dragons. The new, supporting characters in this tale of his
Feb 24, 2014 Aerine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
action and adventure. training techniques for hunters. but we also grow up. there were points that I think happened to fast. without a timeline, to have a chapter be six months later was confusing. a bit more warning than a chapter break would have been useful.
Rena Sherwood
Oct 01, 2015 Rena Sherwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: otherworldly, animals
Pleasing sequel to Joust, yet not quite as good. I'm not sure I'll continue with the series as this have an ending of sorts and Mercedes Lackey is not exactly my favorite writer.

Although Lackey could never be accused of having a lot of action in her books, this one has the most action of any Lackey I've read. (Believe it or not, that was a compliment.) Lackey tends to have most of the action be "off-screen", so to speak. She concentrates on how her worlds are organized, what colors the dragons a
Apr 02, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As good or better than the first in the series, it starts out with Vetch, now Kiron, having a much easier time in Alta than I expected and then progresses to the sturm und drang of a city slowly slipping into upheaval and evil with only the jousters and the dragons standing between the people and eventual annihilation. The worst point in the book for me was a death that I really didn't expect and which sent me reeling for pages after. With so much magic I was convinced the death would be "undone ...more
Jessalyn King
Jul 16, 2015 Jessalyn King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dragons
Love the characters, their growth (although the main character and the love interest don't grow much), the dragons, the plot. It does have a bit of Lackey's "good guys have extreme luck or the best plans", but I find that fun to read and refreshing sometimes, when well-done.
Cilla Savary
Nov 16, 2014 Cilla Savary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Second book in this 'quadrilogy'(?). A middle east kind of setting. And Bedouins. How can you go wrong with Bedouins.
Sep 12, 2014 Trixie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally, we get some ladies in this business! LADIES AND DRAGONS. And priestly conspiracies and magical powers. And ladies and dragons.
Jul 03, 2012 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plot: 6/7

How do you follow an almost perfect coming-of-age story? By letting the main character grow from a follower into a leader of men (and women). Kiron and Avatre take their almost unique skills and mindset to Kiron/Vetch's homeland of Alta, where all is not what it seems. We get to learn more about the Magi (the sea-witches from book #1) throughout, and the ending is so perfect. I can't wait to see what happens in book #3!

Writing Style: 7/7

A little more grown-up than the last book, as Ve
Jun 18, 2007 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Oct 24, 2014 LibraryDanielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
While I enjoy this one I don't think its as strong as joust. There's too much going on, too many sub plots.
Angel Ica
Mar 12, 2014 Angel Ica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Just fantastic. Very well written, well developed characters, mystery, magic and intrigue. A whole world of unexpected excitement. I loved this book.
Oct 12, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book more than the first, but I am not saying that the first was bad by any means. The characters are more complex now, there were twists and intrigue. I can't wait to read the next two in the series. I highly recommend this book and the whole series for an easy sci fi/fantasy read. The only complaint that I have is the names of the characters. First, there are a lot of them. Second, they are not names based on anything familiar so they can get kind of confusing. But if names are th ...more
Mar 08, 2015 Craig rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A bit etter than the first of the series. Still barely makes 3 stars.
Jade Lauron
May 25, 2014 Jade Lauron rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
Okay, NOT as expected. A rehashing of more dragon raising, and the start of a veritable dragon army. This series is certainly getting milked for all it's worth. So, dragon raising, plus a bit of 'boy growing up and starting to find girls interesting.'

Again, still good tripe, and I'm probably a bit odd in that I could read endlessly about minutia of mythical creatures, but even I grow a bit weary of training liturgy. If the third book doesn't see quite a bit action vs. dread, I'm going to find it
Jun 11, 2009 Kerri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sequel to Joust, the first book in Lackey's Dragon Jousters series, and follows former slave Kiron and his dragon as they start a new life and train a new wing of dragons in Alta. Even though these books take place in a setting similar to ancient Eygypt, and the dragons and their riders share no telepathic connection, readers of these books probably can't help comparing them to a more famous and in my view, better set of dragon/rider tales by Anne McCaffrey. Alta was better than Joust, ...more
Melanie McNicoll
Decent sequel to joust. Worth reading 3rd book.
Amy Wiltrout
Dec 31, 2013 Amy Wiltrout rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love dragon stories you'll love this series! It's set in Eqypt with one kingdom conquering another and taking their people as slaves. One boy is given a chance to work as a dragon boy - and from there he steals and egg and raises his own dragon. Nothing like Saphira - but great story plot and characters. Once you read the first you'll want to keep reading all three!
Apr 25, 2014 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
Just under 4 stars
This book continues where "Joust" left off, and enriches the story with more character development and new characters. And the plot developments made me very glad that I had book 3 on hand! :)
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts &a ...more
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