Joust National best selling fantasy author Mercedes Lackey creates a vivid dynamic fusion of the cultures of ancient Egypt and legendary Atlantis with the most exciting and believable portrayal of dragons

National best selling fantasy author Mercedes Lackey creates a vivid, dynamic fusion of the cultures of ancient Egypt and legendary Atlantis with the most exciting and believable portrayal of dragons ever imagined The first book in this thrilling new series introduces us to a young slave who dreams of becoming a jouster one of the few warriors who can actually ride a flyNational best selling fantasy author Mercedes Lackey creates a vivid, dynamic fusion of the cultures of ancient Egypt and legendary Atlantis with the most exciting and believable portrayal of dragons ever imagined The first book in this thrilling new series introduces us to a young slave who dreams of becoming a jouster one of the few warriors who can actually ride a flying dragon And so, in secret, he begins to raise his own dragon

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  1. Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972 During the late 70 s she worked as an artist s model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music I m a storyteller that s what I see as my job My stories come out of my characters how those characters would react to the given situation Maybe that s why I get letters from readers as young as thirteen and as old as sixty odd One of the reasons I write song lyrics is because I see songs as a kind of story pill they reduce a story to the barest essentials or encapsulate a particular crucial moment in time I frequently will write a lyric when I am attempting to get to the heart of a crucial scene I find that when I have done so, the scene has become absolutely clear in my mind, and I can write exactly what I wanted to say Another reason is because of the kind of novels I am writing that is, fantasy, set in an other world semi medieval atmosphere Music is very important to medieval peoples bards are the chief newsbringers When I write the folk music of these peoples, I am enriching my whole world, whether I actually use the song in the text or not I began writing out of boredom I continue out of addiction I can t not write, and as a result I have no social life I began writing fantasy because I love it, but I try to construct my fantasy worlds with all the care of a high tech science fiction writer I apply the principle of TANSTAAFL There ain t no such thing as free lunch , credited to Robert Heinlein to magic, for instance in my worlds, magic is paid for, and the cost to the magician is frequently a high one I try to keep my world as solid and real as possible people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians And I try to make all of my characters, even the evil magicians, something than flat stereotypes Even evil magicians get up in the night and look for cookies, sometimes I suppose that in everything I write I try to expound the creed I gave my character Diana Tregarde in Burning Water There s no such thing as one, true way the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself leave the world better than you found it Love, freedom, and the chance to do some good they re the things worth living and dying for, and if you aren t willing to die for the things worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human race Also writes as Misty LackeyAuthor s website

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  1. As a dragon enthusiast I jumped for joy when I found this book on the bookshelf at my local bookstore After I read it I couldn t help but think that this was what a dragon book should be Mercedes Lackey has always been one of my favorite fantasy writers and in this book she proves why she deserves all of the praise that she gets Fans of Anne McGaffry s Dragonriders of Pern series will not be disappointed in this book Despite the fact that Joust revolves around dragonriders, referred to as Jouste [...]

  2. I was something of a Mercedes Lackey fan when her earliest books came out not a fanatical fan by any means, but I read and sought out the subsequent Valdemar books as they came out Somewhere along the way I moved on to other things, and the reviews on her later offerings didn t motivate me to return.I picked up Joust recently, in part because I was looking for a book of a certain length to read at a 10 12 pages a night from mid August through September This turned out to be an ideal book for my [...]

  3. When I picked this up, I expected to really enjoy it After all, I like Mercedes Lackey s writing, and it had been a long time since I had read any good dragon focused fiction Sadly, it seems as if Lackey lifted this story from one of my favorite series of all time The Pit Dragon Trilogy by Jane Yolen Although I will admit that the whole dragon and his boy theme is old as dirt, reading Joust was like deja vu than I ever could have imagined Both stories take place in dry, arid locations and focus [...]

  4. Joust drowns in its own self righteousness.Vetch is honest, kind and humble, everyone else is lazy, incompetent and ignorant But Vetch makes these snap decisions at first sight He decides the other dragon boys don t like him so never attempts to say hello to him, yet it s their fault that they are not friends Vetch assumes again at first sight that one of the overseers is concerned only with proving his status above others and will punish Vetch for any mistakes The overseer never actually does, [...]

  5. I haven t read that many Mercedes Lackey books, even though she s one of the most popular and prolific fantasy writers today I picked up Joust for 1 during a Borders closing sale The plot follows Vetch, a young serf plucked from his cruel master s yard to become a dragon boy to the jouster Ari and dragon Kashet The world is Ancient Egypt with a little magic and a few flying serpents.The beginning is slow Very slow It takes 23 pages for Vetch to fetch a bucket of water Of course, if someone had t [...]

  6. 4.5 starsThis book made me realise something in particular I really enjoy in books learning about things I get it, I m a big nerd even in my spare time I thoroughly loved learning about caring for the dragons, saddling, buffing, etc Will I ever get to meet a Dragon to carry it out No Would I be able to do it though Probably Thanks Mercedes Lackey

  7. Boringgggg This book was so boring 90% of it was about Vetch feeding dragons and doing his chores That s it No wonder I fell asleep within minutes every time I picked up this book I struggled to finish it at the end as it had a most unlikely ending and although it ended in favour of dear Vetch, I did not find myself rooting for him and thus did not enjoy it.

  8. I remember reading the original short story so was delighted to have the full book A serf who is given an opportunity to improve his life and in doing so discovers a love of dragons A love so strong that he decides to hatch his own, not really thinking about what he will do after that

  9. Have you ever gotten that feeling, after finishing a book That amazing feeling, of wow Simple amazement, and knowledge that what you have just read will remain with you forever That s how I felt after gently closing the cover ofJoustby Mercedes Lackey Interestingly, if you ask me for a list of my all time favorite books, fully half would be written by Lackey, while the other half is pulled from every author, genre, and intended audience This book was certainly one of my very favorite It depicts [...]

  10. Vetch, a serf working for a terrible and abusive master, knows nothing but servitude until Jouster Ari comes along Taking Vetch under his wing, he gives him no work than he can handle, teaches him the ways of dragons, and trusts him with the care of his dragon, Kashet Soon after, Vetch has dreams of raising a dragon of his own.I must address an issue here before I start my review Many people see this series as comparable to The Pit Dragon Chronicles by Jane Yolen, and in many ways it is But how [...]

  11. I liked Joust.This was my first read of Lackey s and I enjoined it well enough The few characters 3 4 that were developed were three dimensional and real enough The plot was good, if not fast paced, and the world building dragon knowledge well thought through.What took this down from a five star I could probably summarize this 373 page book in less than five plot points It was definitely slow moving, and I can t help but feel it would have been better if it was a little hacked down and its seque [...]

  12. The care and feeding of dragons in ancient Egypt.This book was my first experience with the work of Mercedes Lackey Joust is moderately enjoyable, in spite of the fact that very little actually happens in it Presumably this is because the author is using the story to set up a larger series, but I would have preferred half as many words and twice as much conflict.That said, it is probably to the author s credit that she was able to drag me through 400 pages of internal monologues The first 23 pag [...]

  13. For the first time ever, national best selling legend Mercedes Lackey draws from her extensive knowlege of animals and her professional background as anavian expert to create something truly special The most exciting, authentic and believable portrayal of dragons ever imagined.It is a richly conceived, fully realized vision, inspired by the culture of ancient Egypt, the legends of Atlantis and the science of animal behavior andbiology This is how dragons would live, breed, hatch, hunt, and bond. [...]

  14. Wonderful book My heart was breaking for Vetch several times and I was so happy when Ari saved him and took him to the compound to become a dragon boy which led to heartbreak g I like Vetch and Ari the two main characters I like that Ari understands how Vetch feels but still remains the emeny I love the Vetch POV but I still would have loved to have Ari s thoguhts on Vetch now and then.I like the idea of lazy cat like dragons and that they aren t tamed and therefore dangerous when you aren t ca [...]

  15. This story was really good It s set in a world composed of two kingdoms or at least it only mentions two Alta and Tia Kvetch is a Altan serf to a cruel Tian master who owns the land that Kvetch s family used to own Kvetch is rescued by Ari, a Tian jouster and dragonrider Ari gives Kvetch the job of taking care of his dragon Kvetch is fascinated by the dragons and tries to learn all he can about them Tian and later you find out Altan society seems to resemble ancient Egypt dress, setting desert , [...]

  16. A good kids book I loved when I was younger The series gets sophisticated as it goes on, so I d suggest for kids who are starting to get into YA or even are on the upper end, because the writing itself is superb The worldbuild is intensely Egyptian, but enthralling and very well developed The main protagonist isn tstupid,for once, which is amazing.The others in the series are much better the third is the BEST, I ve read it four or five times but this one is the foundation and still worth a read [...]

  17. New series by Ms Lackey is awesome I m rating this a 3.5 but since I only round down, it s showing up as a three I loved the attention to detail on showing how to take care of a dragon The opposing forces are ominous I know which side I d pick This book reminded me of Ms McCaffrey s dragon singer series When Menolly raised the fire dragons, this book is similar in several ways Enjoyed it and can t wait for the next one.

  18. This is a Mercedes Lackey book to the max There s a TON of world building and not a ton of plot.I agree with the other reviewers that Vetch decides without much evidence presented in the book that the other dragon boys dislike him and will pick on him Vetch is also a lot of angry I get that he s conflicted as an Altan working for the Tians.There is some redundancy the stuff about nets for training is mentioned twice, for example and is assumed to be brand new the second time.There s some stuff t [...]

  19. I first read this series before there was even a 4th book, so upon that discovery, decided to reread the entire thing I definitely remembered thoroughly enjoying the series, and that is certainly still the case I love the metamorphosis of Vetch, growing with him in spirit as he hatches the plans that will change his world The only reason this is not a 5 star review is due to the random grammatical errors something that always drives me crazy I m very much looking forward to rereading the 2nd and [...]

  20. I liked the world it was different to most cliches settings I liked the ascendancy of the main character, it kept tension the whole timee relationship between Ari and Vetch made sense.a few things could have gone wrong, it might have added to the tension and provided a bit of extra growth for the character of Vetch

  21. A fairly standard run of the mill fantasy novel about dragons The dragons are misunderstood and mistreated, and therefore their full talents are hidden, until one day our protagonist steals a dragon egg and raises it off in the desert or something I read it awhile ago, but it was very enjoyable Enough to read the series.

  22. Mercedes Lackey doesn t write a bad story This has an entirely different feel than the Valdamar series and that is a good thing I love dragons and am happy to have an entire book about a boy who loves them There is so much to it than that but it would be fun for you to discover it I recommend this book

  23. Vetch is a serf With no rights and tied to the land that used to belong to his father s family One day he sees his first dragon and life will never be the same again.I really enjoyed this book and wish I had the rest of the series.

  24. Love this book I ve reread it many times Anyone who likes dragons should consider reading this book and series.

  25. Absolutely my very favorite book Such incredible descriptions and an engaging story I read this series at least once a month

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