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Book Title: Dragon's Heart|
The author of the book: Jane Yolen
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 928 KB
Edition: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's
Date of issue: May 4th 2009
ISBN 13: 9780152059194
Read full description of the books Dragon's Heart:A sequel! A sequel! Look -- it's book four at last!
I reread the first three just before picking up this one; the transition was certainly jarring and I saw a few errors in consistency, but overall this book fits in very well with the older books.
That's good and bad, as it turns out. The main thing that drove me nuts in the earlier books, especially the first two, was people jumping to conclusions instead of talking to each other, and most of the arguments between Akki and Jakkin made me want to reach into the book and slap them both. Yes, they're teenagers, but they're teenagers who've been living together on the run for a year and who can read each others' minds.
Also, this is the book where things with sex -- or the coyness around it -- can only be called weird. Again I say: living together for a year. In a cave. Granted, they had less need than usual to huddle for warmth, but still. These lines from the third book, A Sending of Dragons, remain the sweetest moment between the two of them in the whole series (and they aren't even together) --
When he really became bored with his own company and felt himself slipping back into the half-sleep, he invented imaginary dialogues with Akki. She ended every one of those conversations with a hug. He got so he could feel her arms around him, the softness of her cheek on his.
And the surprise gay secondary characters were...strange. Also the thing -- I'm trying really hard not to give spoilers here -- the thing with Likkarn was far too pat and undermined him a lot.
All of that aside! I really enjoyed this book. A lot of the questions thrown open at the end of A Sending of Dragons were explored here, and I was satisfied with the ending of this story because it didn't have answers. This is the story of Jakkin and Akki, not of Austar IV -- well, mostly the story of Jakkin, although Akki's role is somewhat expanded -- and its central concepts are trust and responsibility. Solving the world's problems (and giving it new ones) can be handwaved in the epilogue if the characters' stories are resolved.
I was pleased with most of Likkarn and amused by the complications poor Doctor Henk(k)y faced, and Sssargon remains ridiculous and cute.
I would love to see more of this world's questions explored, but I don't know if Jakkin's story can give any more than it has; what I'd really like would be other people's stories, more exploration of the consequences of the slavery laws being lifted, some coherent explanation of the mountain cave dwellers (who are bizarrely called "trogs" in this book with no explanation of the source of that name) and their settlements, and for someone to realize that the food economy of Austar is about to be smashed.
Read information about the authorJane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Born and raised in New York City, the mother of three and the grandmother of six, Yolen lives in Massachusetts and St. Andrews, Scotland.
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