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Dragon Jousters #3

Mercedes Lackey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


My wife loves this series and reads it at least once a year, so about 2 years I bought them in hardcover for our personal library.

I discovered Lackey when I was in highschool and during college. I liked most of her storylines [when you’re 17, everything is new] but found a lot of her material to be objectionable from a Christian standpoint. So I ended up being extremely wary of her works, as I felt like I was walking through a minefield every time I read one of her books. Now, being a bit more mature, I feel like those “mines” are more like dog poop “mines”. If I step on them, they won’t kill me, but they make me feel disgusting and then I need to go wash my feet off 🙂

Now that I’ve got all that out of my system, let write about the book itself. This was right on par with the previous two. Same pacing, same characters acting the same way, same gushing about dragons, same badguys being all “baddy”.

My first thought when starting this was “why are they keeping the dragons around?” The group in Sanctuary doesn’t seem to be planning on using the dragons as an army, aren’t going to attack anyone, yet they spend enormous resources, in manpower, time and materials, keeping these dragons around and planning for more. They are gigantic pets!

Then things get going with Alta and Tia and the mages and everything wraps up pretty neatly and nicely. And I know that there is another book yet. So I ask my wife about the whole “dragon” question and she told me that the next book addresses that very issue; I also asked her WHAT the final book could be about, as it felt like this one really wrapped the series up. She just told me that the story moves to a wider scope than previously but still wraps up ok.

So final word is if you liked the previous 2 books, you’ll like this. If you didn’t, don’t bother, this isn’t some how magically “better” than them, it is the same 🙂



Dragon Jousters #1

Mercedes Lackey

3 of 5 Stars


A fleshed out version of the first book of the Pit Dragon Trilogy.

Interesting, just predictable, but in a fun way. Dragons and warring nations and stuff. We’ll see how the rest of the series holds up…



Halfblood Chronicles #3

Andre Norton & Mercedes Lacky

3 of 5 Stars


Read January 2003

Re-Read October 2012

2012 Review
A very good wrap up to the Elvenbane series. Not that is meant to be the final book, since Lackey and Norton left tons of strings dangling for potential sequels, but as this was published in 2002 and Norton is dead and Lackey doesn’t talk about it, it is ok to say this is the final book.

And it works. Mysteries of the Elves are explored and laid to rest, many of the antagonists meet their end in deliciously just ways and protagonists find hope and love. Enough is resolved to leave you feeling ok. And I don’t want any more to be honest. I think any more would just muck things up. Leave the rest to my imagination…



Halfblood Chronicles #2

Andre Norton & Mercedes Lackey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This second book continues right along with the same style of the first. If you didn’t like The Elvenbane, then you won’t like this either.

However, if you did enjoy Elvenbane, chances are pretty good you’ll enjoy this book. Same set of characters thrown in with a new set so the authors don’t have to worry about creating complex, deep characters. Make ’em and use ’em.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book for what it is, a shallow fantasy book that has no pretensions of being epic. You need those sometimes…

The Elvenbane

The ElvenbaneThe Elvenbane

Halfblood Chronicles #1

Andre Norton & Mercedes Lackey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A story of elves, dragons, mages and half elves/humans.

I really enjoyed this. While a bit shallow, I never felt like rolling my eyes or putting the book down.

I found it quite interesting to see dragons as tricksters and elves as the bad guys.