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Nationally best-selling fantasy legend Mercedes Lackey created a vivid, dynamic fusion of the Upper and Lower Kingdoms of ancient Egypt with the most exciting, authentic and believable portrayal of dragons ever imagined. In the second novel in Mercedes Lackey's richly conceived Dragon Jousters 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.

©2004 Mercedes R. Lackey (P)2019 Tantor

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  • S Que
  • 22-08-2019

Great story but ridiculous accents

One of the best dragon series around. Horse whispering for dragons. Set in a clearly Egyptian based world the odd Scottish and English accents are very distracting.

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  • Elizabeth Chilcott
  • 17-06-2019

a fitting addition

I could hardly wait for this, the 2nd in the series, to continue this captivating adventure. Now I am anxious to begin the next. Great fun and very imaginative.

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  • Ariel
  • 01-06-2019

The second book just as good as the first!

Loved everything about this book. Solid characters and plot that moves at a great pace. There is even hints of romance that don't drag down the story. Moving right to the next book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-04-2019

Characters

I have read this book several times. As this story is based on Egyptian culture, I find the character voices odd. I never Imagined The character voices to sound British, Scottish, and Irish.

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  • AmazonCustomer
  • 06-04-2019

Excellent

Love this series and I'm so happy to have it on audiobook. This book is even better than Joust!

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  • Gavin Anderson
  • 04-04-2019

Such a great series

love this series so much, and cant wait for the remainder to be released. This series is great for almost all ages

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-04-2019

So many new characters, but they're all wonderful!

I cant wait for the next two books! Ryan Burke is a terrific narrator, finally bringing this most unique of Mercedes Lackey's series to life.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-10-2020

Great except for...

Loved it but could not really hear when the narrator dropped his voice for Vetch to speak to himself. VERY annoying.

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  • Christopher Wright
  • 30-04-2020

Great book, Great world building, odd accents

Just like Joust, this is a great story that I hold close to my heart, However I have to question the accent choices again, especially with this book and Accents are talked about in the text. ( mild spoilers a head) There is a specific scene where an Accadian healer is confronting a Magus, the narrator talks about the healer thickening his Accadian Accent to make Magus sound like Maggot. Is the Healer given and Accadian (modern day Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, Syria) accent? NOPE Thick Scottish burl, the narrator doesn't even try to make Magus sound like Maggot. Also the pronunciation of the main character's name Kiron keeps changing and getting lazier and lazier, almost completely dropping the 'K'. This makes it a little hard to know who's talking as this book introduces a significant amount of new characters. I love these books, but i don't see the direction getting any better as we're 1/2 through the series and changing it all now would be even more jarring.

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  • Kindle Customer AgLeaf
  • 17-03-2020

No 2 of Dragon Jousters Series

Vetch returns to the land of his birth, an area Mercedes Lackey has made very much like Earth's ancient Upper and Lower Egypt, only here "there be dragons. " In Alta Fetch again finds life living with Dragon Jousters, but as an equal, not a serf. He refused to drug dragons into submission but searches for hawk and horse enthusiasts that try to bond with all the intelligence of each. They find that dragons can almost read their riders intentions. Fetch also learns there is some process the mages are putting people through that drains the gifted population of their powers. He comes up with an idea to isolate a hatching and all needed to care for their growth but requires help of a top donor to support his ideas for both the new training ideas and examining the mages new efforts. I found the added growth of many new plot ideas to add to the improvement of Alta!

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