In the sequel to Joust, Vetch has adapted to his new life as a dragon-boy... and learned everything he could from the Jouster Ari. Now he has his own dragon, Avatre, hand-reared from the egg and brought up in secret. Now she can fly and carry him home to lands still controlled by Alta... and carrying the secret of how to tame dragons. He hopes to give Alta the edge it needs to throw off the conquerors but his reception isn't quite what he expected... he's just flown over the border from Tia on a Tian raised dragon. Can he win the trust of his own people or will he find treachery on both sides of the war?
Mercedes Ritchie Lackey (born 1950) is an American writer of fantasy novels. Many of her novels and trilogies are interlinked and set in the world of Velgarth, mostly in and around the country of Valdemar. Her Valdemar novels form a complex tapestry of interaction between human and non-human protagonists with many different cultures and social mores.
Her other main world is one much like our own, but it includes clandestine populations of elves, mages, vampires, and other mythical beings. The Bedlam's Bard books describe a young man with the power to work magic through music; the SERRAted Edge books are about racecar driving elves; and the Diana Tregarde thrillers center on a Wiccan who combats evil.
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