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Jakkin, a 15-year-old bond boy, works with many others in Sarkkhan's worm farm/nursery on the desert planet Austar IV. Jakkin plans to steal a baby dragon from the farm to raise, hoping to train the dragon to fight and earn him enough money to buy himself out of bond, as well as the dragon's freedom.

Eventually, with the help of Akki, a girl at the nursery, he succeeds and names his dragon Heart's Blood. After a year of training and growing, Akki arranges a way for Jakkin and his beautiful red dragon to engage in their first battle.

©2004 Jane Yolen (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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  • The Ineffable Pangolin
  • 07-08-2018

A classic, but not appropriate for all ages...

This book was a childhood favorite of mine -- but in retrospect, reading it as an adult, I realize this probably might not be the sort of book which should (as it was in my childhood) be recommended to 8 year-olds. There's a lot about love, ambition, responsibility and loyalty -- as well as learning to both love and take delight in the accomplishments of others. Excellent lessons for children who hope to have pets, as well as for later in life when it's time for them to raise children of their own. But there's some pretty graphic violence and a few frank discussions of sexual activities that...made me pause when I thought about recommending it to a child i know. Read this for yourself and decide how you feel about loaning it to children. For my part, I'll be moving on to the rest of the series again! The reader is good, but not exceptional -- speeding it up to 1.5x or 2x might also help.

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  • Godsmichelle
  • 07-08-2018

it kept me on the edge of my seat.

I loved this book the first time I read it and I still love it. The characters are rounded, and the world is full of depth to me. an A+ read in my books.

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  • Zachary G.
  • 12-04-2018

Entertaining and well Narrated

The story is a slow start but it is a very nice listen and sparks the imagination. This book is great for a long car ride or flight. Well Read and Spoken the narrator never mixes voices making the tale easy to follow.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-10-2017

Fantastic story and performance

I was absolutely sucked into Jane Yolen's world. Can't wait to start the next book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-10-2017

my daughter and I listened to this driving

we both enjoyed the story during our drives back and forth from school. my daughter loves dragons and loves hearing about dragon training.

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  • Bill Tillman
  • 04-10-2017

Dragon's Blood (Pit Dragon Chronicles

This was one of those kindle books that come with a free audible. The narration was great with each voice distinct amazing for a woman. And this is a Dragon tale off the beaten path. A former penal colony where dragons were natural to the planet.

Also a coming of age too. A fast read, if you have KU notice that the little headphones grove on over to Amazon.

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  • Ben
  • 14-06-2017

Surprisingly good

Wasn't expecting much, and is usually too short for my taste to buy. But it was very good! Liked the story in all manner of science fiction and fantasy blend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-2017

Amazing story!

loved the book and audio book alike.

slight issues with volume of narrator. some VERY loud parts.

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  • Barry Tikkanen
  • 08-05-2017

Good fantasy.

Good young/adult teen short fantasy. Narration is subpar in a few places. Still worth the time.

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  • H.Bryant
  • 02-03-2016

Old story brought to life.

My first introduction to this was PBS story break. Loved it then, love it now. Great sci-fi touches without being too heavy on the tech. interesting work up on the world.

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