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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  7,771 ratings  ·  146 reviews

Vetch had done the unimaginable. He had secretly raised his own baby dragon, a crimson female he named Avatre, and when she first took flight he had been on her back. Although Avatre was new to flight, with the help of his trainer and friend, the dragon Jouster Ari, he had managed to evade pursuit, escaping from the compound that housed the dragon-riding troops
Mass Market Paperback, 440 pages
Published March 2005 by DAW Books Inc (first published March 1st 2004)
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Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook

Yay for raising dragons! ;)
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
DNF about 1/3rd through. Can't get into it. Everything is so simple and obvious and perfect. Meh. ...more
Clarence Reed
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
ReedIII Quick Review: Excellent continuation story of a great character in a new kingdom. Expands the simple world of Lackey's dragon fantasy series. A balance of kingdom politics and dragons. Nice ending that leaves you looking forward for more. ...more
Aug 26, 2008 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
Melissa Kidd
I enjoyed the book until about halfway through. Then I just wanted to finish it. I enjoyed the dragons and most anything about them, but when Kiron interacted with other humans I lost interest. Not sure why, the story itself is entertaining if a little simple. Maybe that's what it was. I would say that it's because I've read a variety of Lackey's books now and that her writing style and predictability is getting old, but that's not it, because I love most of her Valdemar books. Hmm. Well, anyway ...more
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 This was a pretty basic dragon series book. A match for the first book. A bit predictable but still fun at times. Still feels like the Tian viewpoint was lacking there, would’ve enjoyed having Ari’s or another’s perspective on the situation.
Linda B
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I love the idea of this book and the change that occurs in the main character, Vetch/Kiron. But I had to make myself finish the book because it became very contrived and mundane and predictable after he reached his destination. I will still read the last book in the series just to see how the characters grew after this book. I love Mercedes Lackey's novels and I still have so many left to read. ...more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love this series. Truthfully, I believe this is actually the fourth or fifth time I've read it, and I keep coming back. That being said, this is definitely my least favorite book of the series. While I can appreciate the need to illustrate the Altan side of the conflict and demonstrate the rising stakes and corruption, I can't help but feel that the timeframe of the book was too short. It felt, for lack of a better word, rushed. Political machinations aren't really something that can be conden ...more
Alicia Pelz
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, april-2020
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Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This has turned into a pretty simple Political Fantasy & I'm really enjoying it!
I'm really happy with the direction this series took in book 2, and now I'm super excited for books 3 & 4! (I'm surprised this is a 4 book series and not a trilogy, but we'll see what comes. I am appreciating the slower pacing and full storytelling Mercedes Lackey is building up here, so if she needs to tell the story in 4 parts and not 3, then I'll read them...)

What was great in Alta:
I love Kiron's growth into a bi
Marguerite Giguère
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is the second of the Jousters series. The concept of these books is very interesting but I feel like the author isn't able to make it as good as it could be.

For starters, the writing is very repetitive. I found it was the same in the first book and the beginning of this one wasn't as bad. After the first 100 pages or so though, it just seemed like the story stopped and it was just details after details, things that had been repeated so many times before. This book to me felt like a san
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I felt a bit let down by this book. Everything was too easy for our hero and I never felt like he was in any danger or had any real obstacles to face. That’s probably why he had zero character growth in this book. I had the hardest time keeping the new dragon boys separated into 8 distinct people. Ditto their dragons. The love interest was boring and predictable. Oh, here’s a girl so I must fall in love with her because I don’t know any other girls and I’ve made it past puberty.

Overall, I felt
A.M. Reynwood
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it
So far I'm finding this series peculiar in that the story progresses without a whole lot actually happening. In this book there if far more political chess going on, although the action did pick up in the last handful of chapters, which was a nice change from the lazy-river pacing of the majority of the book. I am enjoying the characters, although I feel that Kiron (and the others, really) istoo perfect. Too well prepared for everything, everyone works too well with each other at all times with ...more
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mine, fantasy
The second in the series, this book is best read after the first, but I think there's enough context without. They even reiterate a bit of the last book. It ends at a reasonable spot, but definitely is best if you at least continue to book 3.

After a bit more journey and some sage advice, our hero reaches his homeland. He's welcomed, and provided for, and things go well, until a darker side emerges. This book chronicles the slow building of forces to fight against the established evil.
Mary Christensen
Sep 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Actually painful to read

Lackey's writing will make you long for the literary level of internet fanfiction. The flattest characters, the least well fleshed-out world, and the most awkward dialogue. Here's a fun game: count all the times she says "Kiron had a feeling" to insert exposition.
Adena Lee
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
From slave to trainer of dragonriders, what a huge change of fortune for the slave boy formerly called Vetch. Still, it is a thrill to observe Kiron grow into the man and leader that he could be. For all that he has suffered, I can't help but think that Kiron would have been wasted as a farmer - he just has too many qualities of a noble leader. ...more
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Dragon Jousters is a series about a serf who obtains a dragon egg, hatches it, and raises it as his own - revolutionizing the Dragon-Jousting industry, the driving force behind the war between his home country and the one that enslaved him.
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book. It combines everything I was obsessed with in 7th grade, but it just doesn't go anywhere. Lackey usually writes compelling characters in predictable circumstances, in this case the characters were less compelling and the plot semi stagnant. ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Compared to the first book, this one is a huge step down. The formatting and style are vastly different which makes the plot and characters seem drab and flat.

A full review with all the details is available at
Judith A. DePrisco
Another fine adventure

This book picks up immediately after the action closes in book one of the series, Joust. The same themes resonate...honor, friendship, betrayal, good versus evil. Overall, a good adventure story that I look forward to seeing to the end.
Kate H
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like the books Mercedes lackey writes, she is good at creating a believable world and people to populate it. This series starts off very strong though I do feel that it falls off a bit as it progresses. It is truly readable and enjoyable.
Lindsey Rojem
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this for the "Story Takes Place On A Form Of Transportation" part of my 2020 reading challenge. I loved it, the characters are great and the plot is exciting, and it really sets exciting things up for book 3. ...more
Judy Fluckiger
Jun 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is good entertainment.
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved the book so much, it fit really well with the others and I'm glad that I bought it. I couldn't be happier with my purchase and the story itself was a real page turner. ...more
Wes Stillwagon
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Very good with some suprises in the book. I found it quite enjoyable book.
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I LOVED this book, it was even better than the first one! It was so hard to put down, and extremely well written.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This one went a bit slower than usual for a Lackey book. Still loved it, and as always, can't wait for more from her! ...more
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Great sequel to Joust.
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
An excellent continuation of the first novel. Though, I'm still upset over a certain character's death. And, I'm excited about the budding romance between other characters. ...more
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This installment was even better than the first with more danger, more intrigue, more dragons. Loved it.
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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 & M ...more

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