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Sanctuary (Dragon Jousters #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  6,539 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
In the third novel of the best-selling Dragon Jousters series, The Altan serf Vetch has escaped the enemy kingdom of Tia, only to find his homeland, Alta, enslaved by the evil Priest-Kings. With a small band of followers, Vetch must gather a secret army of dragon riders to rid their world of war and magical domination once and for all.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by DAW (first published 2005)
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Jade Lauron
This isn't really the final book, since she then went back and wrote a fourth one, but since the threat of wild horses couldn't entice me to continue reading once I found a good stopping place, I might as well use this as my conclusion. It was, after all, only meant to be a trilogy.

She finally ended most of the tedium of dragon care, what was fascinating in the beginning soon felt like I really did own a dragon. The reader was present for every feeding, at least we were spared the shoveling of d
Coleman Glider
Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
wing-leader Kiron, the former serf known as Vetch and a disparate group of refugees from the countries of Alta and Tia flee to the desert to a hidden refuge that the gods have uncovered and named Sanctuary. In Sanctuary Kiron and a small cadre of Jousters are safe from the evil Magi who are draining Alta and Tia of their "gifted ones." Kiron and the Jousters with their magnificent dragons who have as much personality as the human characters must learn to coexist in a land of extremes. They know ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans
Shelves: fantasy, novels, fiction
This is the third book in the Dragon Jouster's series that began with Joust and continued in Alta, and you should read those first. I'm a fan generally of Lackey's books, particularly her Valdemar series, and I think these are among the best of her books I've read. The series is centered on Kiron (in the first book known as Vetch) and I like his arc throughout the books, as well as the magical land, reminiscent of Ancient Egypt, in which this is set--and the dragons of course. They're not talkin ...more
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I just enjoyed these books. And I still have one more to go.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series but, clearly she had to churn this out very quickly. It repeats a lot of the 2nd book and doesn't add much new info and misses out one some items that would need to be taken care of if whole cities move to the desert and try to work together to build a new nation. Also, there are editing errors with names. This is why authors should work hard to avoid having too many characters with the same lettered names who are always working together. ie. Karen and Kate with their do Kit. ...more
Jo Oehrlein
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dragon
The bad guys are doing even more bad things in Alta and have gotten influence in Tia.

The good guys have setup camp/HQ in Sanctuary.

Aket-ten and Kiron become an official item.

Less world building than books #1 & 2.

The usual number of editing mistakes -- at one point the wrong jouster is identified as a baker's son, for example.

Annette McIntyre
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Following the adventures of Kiron the Dragon Jouster as he and his friends set up their refuge in the desert and their saving of those the Mages of Alta would use in their quest for eternal youth and power
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A re-read for me, but this is a fun series!
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The third book in the series is an lovely tale of people coming together, definitely something the world needs more of.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great addition to the "Joust" series.
Jun 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lackey fans, Dragon fans, young adults
Shelves: fantasy
The conclusion to Lackey's The Dragon Jousters series, an alternate fantasy history of Ancient Egypt. Kiron (nee Vetch) and his lady love Aket-ten and the rest of the Altan Jousters have fled to Sanctuary, a secret city in the desert, to seek refuge from the Magi. The Magi have taken control of Alta (Upper Egypt) and an offshoot takes over Kiron's slave home country, Tia (Lower Egypt) throughout the book. It is up to the rebels at Sanctuary to prevail over the evil wizards and to restore these t ...more
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Oct 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed most of Mercedes Lackey's books, and while I enjoyed this one very much, it was not one of her best outings.

I always pictured Ari as a soldier and a leader of a small group of men under his command, not the leader of many hundreds hiding out in the desert so when he was "chosen" to be the King of Sanctuary, I didn't much buy into that.

My other real issue with the book concerns the encounter between Kiron and his love interest. Characters are supposed to grow and evolve as the stor
Apr 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
I still love this new world that Lackey's created but I felt that this book fell short of the previous two. The story was slow to start and it didn't really get going until after the first 100 pages. Also, I think my reaction had a lot to do with the fact it's been about a year since I've read the second book and the events and characters of that were a little fuzzy. However, the ending was satisfactory and there are enough intriguing hints of what's to come in this universe that I'll keep readi ...more
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragons, fantasy
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
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Rena Sherwood
Jun 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
This was the lamest ending to a series that I've ever read. Yes, I know that there's another book in the series is done and dusted to me. I think I'm going to give up on Mercedes Lackey. She can start a series well but cannot follow through on the promises given. It's as if she'd rather write about clothes, food and awkward romantic encounters than plots or character development.

And there are WAY too many characters to keep track of. Even Lackey mixes up the name of a main character and a dragon
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Aug 31, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, fantasy
Escalating, endless war and corruption plague Tia and Alta. Kiron, with entourage, find and flee to a sanctuary for the Jousters, and soon, refuges, to gather and grow in hopes of one day freeing both lands.

An enjoyable, easy read, but not as action-packed or driven as the previous two until the end of the book. The plot centered around the development of Sanctuary as well, a sanctuary, and all the trials and tribulations of forming a community from scratch (and with people from enemy nations) a
Mar 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, series
This is pretty standard Mercedes Lackey fare. I read a lot of Lackey, and am rarely disappointed. The books are well written enough to hold the story, which are formulaic enough to seem familiar and accessible while still being creative enough to hold my interest. Lackey is an author who requires little from her readers, but who gives a lot back. It's not great literature, but I always look forward to her new works and I find there are few better ways to escape from the tedium of my commute or t ...more
Oct 04, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was not as good as the second book in the series was but it was still a pretty good book. There wasn't a whole lot of action and what little there was seemed rushed at the end. I am liking the characters more and more. I definitely would have liked to see a little more going on in the story, either action or intrigue. I will still definitely read the final installment of the series though.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoying the ongoing saga of Kiron and the dragon jousters. I like the way each book completes a story and yet is part of the larger narrative. The pacing is done very well. There was a bit more recapping of information from the previous 2 books than felt necessary, but I don't know as I would feel that way if I hadn't been reading them one after the other.

An enjoyable, complex fantasy world with engaging characters.
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story of Kieron, former serf Vetch, and his friend Ari and their dragons continues. The two countries at war are only the pawns of a higher power, and Kieron and his friends, among them the former twin rulers of Alta, have to flee for their lives into the desert to find Sanctuary, from their to organise resistance against the evil magicians.
Mrs Lackey again writes a brilliant tale that you will find it difficult to put down before you finish the last page.
Rosu Aquabutts
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
"It was okay."

Yeah I finished this like a week ago on an airplane! Good times. It was a decent book, I didn't like it as much as the previous two because instead of being not plot all dragons like the first and more plot based like the second it thought it could have 350 pages of dragons and 60 pages of plot and that would somehow make it an epic book and no.

But the dragons were cute and the ending was pretty cool.

Largely enjoyable series! Highly recommended to anyone who likes dragons.
Cilla Savary
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Okay. So a story laid out in three books is a trilogy. So what is a story across four books? A quadrilogy? This is the third of the four. I love this story. Riding dragons isn't new. Riding dragons as fighters isn't new. But Mercedes Lackey, as always, manages to weave a new story in a field that seems filled to the brim. And as always, she finds new twists to write about. You won't be disappointed.
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Stronger than Alta. The series (so far, because apparently there's a fourth book) is pretty awesome as dragon series go. "Dragon Jousters" is the "Inheritance Cycle" (Eragon, etc.) for people with reading ability above the sixth grade.
Oct 09, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Ah! This book doesn't suck so bad as a third book, like the Silver Gryphon did. More Kirion and Aket-ten romance. Looking back, it doesn't seem like too much happened in the book compared to say, the first two.

However, I am excited to get my paws on Aerie, the fourth and final book of this series.
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The final book in this series more than meets expectations. The characters from the previous books all come together and work for a common goal. The suspense in this book comes mostly toward the end but all three books are fast-paced and easy to read. This series will definitely go on my re-read shelves.
Feb 06, 2017 added it
I couldn't wait to continue reading about Kiron and all the dragon riders. Mercedes Lackey did not let me down. I love this story and will be starting the third on in the trilogy.
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Plot: 6/7

Hahahaha, take that Magi! It will be interesting to see what the conflict is in book 4, since this one seems to wrap up the existing plots lines pretty well.

Writing Style: 5/7

Pretty fast-paced, and the ending is epic.

Cover: 5/7

I like seeing the whole flock of dragons on the cover, since this book is less about Vetch and more about all the dragon riders.
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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 &am ...more
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