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Dragon and Phoenix

(Dragonlord #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,861 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Once every thousand years the phoenix of Jehanglan burns to death in a magical release. For millennia the emperors of Jehanglan have tried to harness the awesome power of the phoenix's rebirth. One has finally succeeded, using black magic and the enslavement of a dragon.

Far away at the Crown of the World, Dragon-lord Linden and his new wife, Maurynna, are trying to live th
Paperback, 695 pages
Published November 15th 2000 by Tor Fantasy (first published November 1st 1999)
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Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Loved this series. Maurynna finally comes to terms with her draconic half and is able to successfully change.
Sep 10, 2009 rated it liked it
I really loved the first book but this book left some things to be desired. I wish it had more of a love story because those are the stories I enjoy. There was a very sweet one in the first book but it was very background in this book. Second, I couldn't stand Shei-Luin. Shoes selfish inconsiderate and spoiled. She had no care for anyone other than herself. Even Yesuin was only there for her pleasure. She cheated on Xaine. Even though they were married she was still his concubine. She lied to hi ...more
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Current review based on a re-read. All right, so I LOVE LOVE LOVE the first book of this series. The second book (that'd be this book right here), is beautifully written but there were some POVs in the book that I was just tired of reading. I realize that they're important to the story but was kind of like in The Return of the King, by the end I was sooooo tired of Frodo's bit of the story that I wanted him to dive into the volcano.
Anyhoo, I really do like this series.
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The ignorant choice of mish-mashed dialect for the dragons is much more painful in this book, as the dragons speak more. It's such a pity Bertin took advice from someone barely educated in the area, and then added her own nescience to the mix. The story is good, but on (the many subsequent) re-reads I tend to skip over the details of life in the Jehangli society. Not sure whether that means that there is too much detail in those parts inessential to the story ...
Sep 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
I liked this book better than the first one. The Dragonlord characters were beginning to bore me, but I really liked the new land and characters she introduced in this book. It did seem to take a long time to get where it was going and it didn't go into as much cultural depth as I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it.
Mar 21, 2016 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
25 March 2016 - 25%
Raven's whining and actions killed this for me.
Kyra Dune
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
This is your classic, Lord Of The Rings style, epic fantasy. A slow build up, numerous characters to keep track of, and a richly imagined world. The main plot was interesting and I felt most of the characters associated with it were well fleshed out, three dimensional people. Some of the subplots, however, seemed a bit superfluous to me. I didn't find they added much to the core story. The book could have gone along just as well without them. And I have never been fond of getting into the head o ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I believe I actually read this BEFORE Last Dragonlord. Let me be clear to anyone who is going in (proper) chronological order; if you have questions about whether to bother with the next book in the series -- if you liked Last Dragonlord a decent amount, the answer for Dragon and Phoenix is YES, absolutely! (And for #3, Bard's Oath... sigh... that's a separate review.)

This is a startlingly well-fleshed-out sequel that keeps the world, changes the locale and half the characters, and adds to its m
Michaell Baumler
This was also a hard book to put down I tried to finish it in one day
Steve Pillinger
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, imported
Long-delayed review: This, again, was a bit of a let-down after my original high expectations (see my review of the first volume, The Last Dragonlord). Despite the delay since reading it, I remember that the storylines were too many and confusing at times.

I've given it 4 stars to match my rating of The Last Dragonlord.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
As I read I thought it must have taken years to write such a great book and when I looked it up afterwards, I was right. I love the world of Dragonlords that Joanne Bertin has created. The sequel has even more magic than the first, and the “foreign” land they journey to is a marvel of world-building and made-up culture. I love the politics and intrigue and all the details which are just so delicious. The plot is always exciting, the mood tense and I can never quite see how she is going to work t ...more
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Dragon and Phoenix" is an excellent, character-driven book. The summary blurb on Goodreads doesn't characterize the plot very well, though. The story of "Dragon and Phoenix" is dominated by the plots of two people in the vaguely-Chinese empire of Jehanglan. Jhanun, a noble of Jehanglan, plots to gain the throne for himself, and he tricks the characters from the previous book, were-dragons from a vaguely-medieval-European country, into traveling to Jehanglan. The second plot is by the imperial c ...more
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Don't be fooled by the three star rating, this book is not bad. It is in fact quite enjoyable at times. I wanted to give the book 3 1/2 stars. Usually I'd give it a 4 star but since that's the rating I gave to book 1 I felt that since I enjoyed this book less that it should be lower.

This book adds more to the world of the Dragonlords. Our main characters go to a whole new country (basically China) that the rest of the world hasn't had contact with in ages. Very little is known about it. The fir
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to The Last Dragonlord, it mostly involves a country across the sea with a decidedly Asian/Mongolian feel to it - I particularly enjoyed that it was more involved with the other Dragonlords. The expansion on this world is fascinating.

Essentially a man from this fabled country no one can get access to as it's guarded by magic shows up at the Dragonlord's castle letting them know of this Dragon being held captive in cruel conditions in order to keep a Phoenix enslaved - the country's m
Kylara Jensen
Jun 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragons
I think this book is better than the first. The plot is better, the characters are stronger and they actually have problems they have to deal with. Things aren't just handed to them. I don't think the two different plot lines mash well. It almost feels like 2 different stories, one about a group of Dragonlords travelling into a hostile Empire to free a mad dragon, and the intricacies of said emperor's court. The two barely mesh and it was only on a re-read that I fully understood all the court s ...more
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this book over many many short sittings. I never had a big block of time to immerse and enjoy. It was a good book and a great extension to The Last Dragonlord. Maurynna, Linden and a band of other Dragonlords and true humans set out rescue a true dragon held captive by magic by a people who worship another magical creature - a phoenix.

The book jumped around a lot. Many of the jumps were nothing but short excursion to events involving other characters and it was often difficult to see the
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it
First, I want to say that I do like Ms. Bertin's writing style and the way she sets up her world. The characters are well built and well defined, the world and landscape is rich and detailed, and the writing itself fairly fluid.

That being said, I found this second book very long to get started. The first two hundred pages were needed to introduce and set up a brand new culture much different from the one explored in book on of this series. The author gives you a very good sense of this culture a
May 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
This was an OK fantasy set in a world with humans (truehumans), humans who can turn into dragons (Dragonlords), and (a few) dragons. A former seafaring captain turned Dragonlord, but still unable to speak to her dragon or transform into a dragon, Mauryanna is set on a mission to rescue a captive dragon in a neighboring land. Somehow (it was never clear to me), the interactive magic between the captive dragon and a captive Golden Phoenix was able to provide this neighboring land with magic, at th ...more
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I first read this book years ago and just finished rereading it while waiting for the last installment (Bard's Oath) to arrive at my local library. I must admit that even after all this time, the story was still interesting. While I still like the first book (The Last Dragonlord) better, this one was still a good read. I loved getting to know Lled and the other dragonlords mentioned in the first book. The only part of this book that was a bit annoying was the amount of time spent narrating the s ...more
Jan 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
I've read this book maybe half a dozen times, and I pick up new things out of it every time. Possibly that's because Bertin has at least three to four plots running at any given time, so that there's always lots going on and lots of fast scene changes, and it's easy to miss something or get a little (temporarily) lost. I continue to look forward with hope to a promised third book, which as been "coming soon" for a decade now, so things aren't looking too good there. But it should be a measure of ...more
Jessica Sword
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading this book I really didn't care about any of the characters who were introduced that weren't in the first book. I didn't understand why Shei Luin was relevant, and I've noticed that a lot of other readers felt the same way. Keep reading! All of the different story lines come together so beautifully. I also liked the way the different stories broke up the climax. When something was getting intense it would cut to another character, and would calm me down but keep me re ...more
Mar 27, 2016 rated it liked it
The first book I zoomed through. This one took over 2 months to finish because I couldn't be bothered enough to keep at it. I had a hard time with this because it centers in another land with a lot more characters... a list of characters and a map would have been real nice. Once I did get into it I found some things that really frustrated me. First, the Dragonlords are really naive, I would think that beings that had lived for so long would be a bit more careful (Baisha). Second the ending wasn' ...more
Feb 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Well, this one was better than the first. It was a much more intricate plot and better characters, I think. I certainly enjoyed this one more and I will buy Bard's Oath, if the author ever finishes it (though it has been a decade since The Last Dragonlord was written, so I'm not sure when/if I'll get to read it).
As for what I'll read next, I'm not really sure, but it was certainly fun to read some fantasy again!
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Not having read the first book in the series, I was a little skeptical about my ability to remember all the characters and really get into this book. I needn't have worried! Bertin introduced the characters at just the right pace for readers new to the series. By a third of the way through, I was hooked. By halfway through, I couldn't put it down!
I loved how she took the time to wrap things up nicely at the end, while still leaving many intriguing threads to explore.
Dec 09, 2007 added it
This book was terrible. The characters were two dimensional, and I swear, it's like they refused to grow. The relationships between the characters (both platonic and romantic) were also stilted, because the characterization was so poor. But I kept reading it anyway. So I suppose there's some sort of redeeming quality in there somewhere. I just can't find it.
Nov 20, 2012 rated it liked it
This book started much more slowly. We were almost 200 pages in before the party left on their quest! However, once it got to the action, it was hard-paced, exciting, and fun to read. While there are a few loose ends I hope get tied up in Bard's Oath (came out only 14 years later!) it was a pretty self contained novel and very enjoyable.
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
The constant shifting of character viewpoints--while annoying every now and then--made for a spectacular climax/conclusion. The first time I read through this I was younger and a little more impatient...

In my opinion, this book shows a remarkable improvement in Bertin's writing quality (in comparison to The Last Dragonlord).
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it
One of the most frustrating books I have read. Why? Because I really like it and wanted to know what happened to the characters & I hated it and didn't care anything about the characters. This book was really 2 or even 3 books mashed into one and the plot lines were really independent of each other. And for the most part there was no originality or desire to read... I skipped and skimmed a lot
Jul 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It took me a little while to get into it probably because I haven't read the first in the series. It really upsets me that the third book never was released especially because many story lines were not finished in this book. Still worth reading though.
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
just finished for the second time. really enjoyed this book as I did the first, captivating storylines and beautifully descriptive. the only fault I Dan say about is that the Dragon lords don't feature much until thecsecond half if the book. captivating story lines and a brilliant ending!!!
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