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Bard's Oath (Dragonlord #3)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  446 Ratings  ·  54 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 Dragonlords ha
ebook, 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
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
Jan 05, 2013 Nigel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one really
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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
Mar 02, 2013 Ranting Dragon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 04, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 15, 2013 Fleurbleues rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 26, 2016 DemetraP rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first 2 books in the series were much better. This 3rd book focused on the character of Raven, Maurynna's childhood friend who ends up with the magical Llysanyin horse. Frankly, he bored me.

I wanted to read a book about the Dragonlords and Maurynna and Linden Rathan's relationship. Instead, I was forced to spend a lot of time in the mind of a murderer. There was no romance in this book.

Most of the book was told from Raven's point of view. And a 13 year old Beast Healer. I'm still not sure w
Aug 31, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 07, 2013 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 12, 2012 D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Terry McGarry
Oct 02, 2012 Terry McGarry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely book, and it's great to see this series continued.
Oct 14, 2013 Colleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 09, 2013 Dianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 01, 2012 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 28, 2012 Stefanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 23, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 20, 2012 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 25, 2012 Luvmyfamily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2014 Jaimie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 13, 2016 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first two, and there are just too many holes in the story. I was so mad during the first three quarters of the book because it was taking too long for things to happen. And then the last part just happened waaaay too fast and felt rushed.

The story idea itself was nice though. The telling of it could have been better. I'm still hoping there might be a fourth book - I'm rather fond of the dragonlords, and you could give me a story about them having dinner and I would eat it up (
Mar 08, 2016 Sherry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book immediately after finishing Dragon and Phoenix and I loved it! At the time I read it, I had no idea it was written so long after the other book. The characters still rang true and the setting was wonderful. I love horses, so a horse fair couldn't have been more perfect.
I also liked that Bard's Oath picked up on a minor reference to Bard Leet's choice of reading material in Dragon and Phoenix and expanded that to be the major plot line in this book. It makes me wonder what ge
Sep 14, 2014 Christian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 26, 2012 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Nov 29, 2012 Shellie (Layers of Thought) marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shellie (Layers of Thought) by: Tor/Forge
Abandoned and no rating given.

I started this, but know after attempting to manage reading the complex prologue then skipping into the first chapter that it will be a struggle for me to get through.

It's billed as a stand-alone, however from my experience it doesn't read that way. I therefore recommend this book for fans of Joanne Bertin, serious epic fantasy fans and/or readers well versed in other-world fantasy with complex world building and loads of fantastical verbiage. Which this book certa
Mar 06, 2016 Richard rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: waste bin
Eagerly anticipated this novel having loved the first two books. With that being said this book was just plain boring. When the plot quickens it is transparent and there is absolutely no mystery behind any of it. Finally, I could not stand how Maurynna always seemed to think herself above the stupid men around her and how she always wanted to box their ears or some such nonsense. Women can be strong and weak, some instances they can be superior to men or inferior. No one needs Maurynna's chauvi ...more
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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.

I've held a variety of jobs from working in factories (no fun) to painting comic books back in the days when the color separating was done by hand (also no
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