A Sending of Dragons
by Jane Yolen
The third book in the Pit Dragon Trilogy
finds young dragon-master Jakkin and his beloved
Akki living desperate lives as refugees in the mountains, haunted by grief, pursued by searching
choppers, and befriended by the five hatchlings of the late Heart's Blood.
I hate having to say those last three words. But what that death made possible was a new kind of
human being that can live in the cold temperatures of the Austarian night, and can see with
dragons' eyes and speak mind-to-mind as dragons do.
But apparently, Jakkin and Akki aren't the first people to discover this weird change. Soon they
stumble upon a mountain enclave of silent, grim people who, generation after generation, have
communicated only in thoughts. They have other secrets too, secrets that would change life for
every soul on Austar IV...and secrets, holy mysteries even, that make Jakkin's blood run cold.
Soon escaping from these people of the mountain becomes more important to Jakkin and Akki even
than escaping from the long arm of the law. But they dare not escape alone. At least one dragon
must be saved from the horrible fate that awaits her in the bloody rituals of a tribe that has
become both more than human and less than human at the same time.
This is a dark, forboding story full of suspense and terror, yet at the same time a story of
hope and wonder. It combines one of the creepiest depictions of religious ritual found in recent
young-readers' literature with a healthy dose of humor, companionship, and romance. And it
brings the saga begun in Dragon's
Blood and Heart's Blood
to a satisfying end.
Recommended Age: 14+
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