Dragon's Blood (Pit Dragon Chronicles Series #1)

Dragon's Blood (Pit Dragon Chronicles Series #1)

by Jane Yolen

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Dragons are trained to fight to the death, and two determined teens help free them in this spellbinding saga.

Training a dragon to be a fighting champion is the only way to freedom for fifteen-year-old Jakkin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547538976
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 05/01/2004
Series: Pit Dragon Chronicles Series , #1
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 322,968
Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
File size: 720 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

JANE YOLEN has written more than two hundred books for children and adults, including the three volumes in the Young Merlin Trilogy: Passager, Hobby, and Merlin. She has won several of the most prestigious awards in children's literature. Ms. Yolen lives in western Massachusetts and Scotland.

Jane Yolen is a highly acclaimed author who has written hundreds of books for children and adults and has won numerous awards. She and her husband divide their time between Massachussetts and Scotland. Visit her at janeyolen.com and on Twitter at @JaneYolen.  

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Dragon's Blood 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
its a great adventure and thrill. one of the best books i ever read!!!
Aerrin99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The world Yolen created here is really interesting, and I think that's what grabbed me as a pre-teen. Austar IV is a former convict planet that is now one of the top recreational locations because of the violent and exciting sport of Pit Dragon fighting. Our protagonist, Jakken, is a bonder who works in a dragon nursery and dreams of buying his way out of bond by stealing a dragon and raising it to be a champion fighter.It's a simple story at its heart, but rich with delicious detail and wonderful characters - both Jakken and Akki, the girl who first catches him and then helps him - are interesting and capable.Something in this story makes it feel very relevant to adolescence - despite its fantastical setting, it's very much a coming of age story, and some of the details resonate strongly. Jakken experiences setbacks that feel, to him, insurmountable - but he manages to surmount them. He feels like he's fighting his upward struggle alone, but through the course of the book we come to realize that a number of people are rooting for him to succeed. And through the course of it, he learns a great deal about both responsibility and friendship.The subsequent books aren't nearly as strong in my opinion - the themes shift rather sharply toward political hijinks and adventure - but this first volume remains very entertaining.
bplteen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review by: Funky Chicken Returns I LOOOOOOVED THIS BOOK!!!!! IT WAS THE BEST IN THE WORLD!!!!! YOU MUST READ THIS BOOOOOOOOK!!!!! THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME!!!!! Review by: big pink panada I don't think I can rate it that good because I'm not done with it yet. But so far its great!!!!! Try it!!!!!!!!!!
candlelitdreams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in a former convict world about four to five hundred years from now, this is a story of Jakkin, a 15 year old bond boy. In order to pay of his bond and be a master he steals a dragon to raise and teach to fight in the planet's biggest sport -- dragon pit fighting. It's an entertaining story. I enjoy reading about Jakkin and his blood bond with his dragon. I also found Jakkin's semi-love interest Akki endearing. She provides a strong female character which I always find appealing. Altogether an enjoyable way to spend a lazy afternoon (it's a short, quick read).
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dragon hatchlings are valuable and carefully guarded. It's worth a man's life to steal one of them if caught, even without the danger inherent in the training. Fifteen-year-old Jakkin's father found that out the hard way, losing his life in his attempt. Nevertheless, for Jakkin stealing a hatchling, raising it and training it to fight in the tournaments is the only way to earn his bond price and his freedom from the life of a bonder in the dragon barns. With some luck and assistance from an unexpected quarter, can Jakkin succeed where his father failed?Yolen doesn't disappoint in this coming of age tale, the opener of the Pit Dragon trilogy. Jakkin's life is gritty and difficult, but there is kindness and affection, even in a society that doesn't seem to value softness.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An early work by Yolen that features one of my favorite mythological creatures from childhood: dragons. Yolen has created a complex world in Austar IV, where the story takes place, that is like old school science fiction in its attention to the details that make an alternate planet, but the story itself is all fantasy. It reminds me a bit of the Pern series by McAffrey in its blend of fantasy and scifi and dragons, but the story is much more kid friendly.The novel focuses on Jakkin, a young boy who works in a dragon nursery on Austary IV. In his society, some are masters and some are bonders; if bonders manage to fill the bag they wear around their neck with gold, then they can become masters themselves. Jakkin is a bonder, but he is determined to fill his bag. He thinks that he has found his chance the day he discovers an unaccounted hatchling and spirits it away to a hidden oasis, to raise as his own dragon.See, in Austar IV, dragons are used for various means, but the most lucrative one is in the pits, where dragons fight against each other for vast amounts of gold. Jakkin wants that gold, but he also loves his dragon with a deeper bond than many other trainers, and wants to care for her. As he enters the bloody world of the pits, he meets mysterious Akki, who seems to be neither master nor bonder, and they set in motion plans that might free him once and for all. As I mentioned before, I love dragons. More when I was a kid, but I still get a fuzzy little feeling inside when I read about them. This series is all about the dragons, and Austar IV is a fascinatingly complex world, with a unique political system and environment. The idea of dragon pit fights is new and intriguing, and the other characters are completely human. The tension in the story and the complicated relationships make this a page-turning read.
selkie_girl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is set in a futuristic world with a medieval feel to it. The most popular sport is dragon fighting. Young Jakkin is a servant in a dragon barn which raises dragons to enter the ring, he will continue to be a servant until he can get enough money to buy his freedom. He steals a dragon hatchling in hopes of buying his bond from his master. The book is a fun read, though sometimes lags at times. The characters are interesting and the aspects for raising and training dragons are unique in this book. The chance that the character might get caught at any time makes it suspenseful. Though there is no magic and very little technology in the book unlike many medieval and science fiction books. Readers might get hung up on some of the technical vocabulary that has been made up by the author to explain the dragons. This book is suitable for either gender.
wombatboi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this story when I was younger and I can remember being fascinated by dragons. This book only strengthened my obsession and I found myself wishing I could train a dragon of my own. The story itself is captivating and sheds a new light on dragons in comparison to the doom-and-gloom image dragons are always given. The writing is excellent and the world that Jane Yolen creates is realistic and you easily feel yourself drawn into this society where dragons are trained and fought for sport.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short, but very entertaining. I love the communication and bond the character has with the dragon. I would definitely recommend this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much, i wrote a report on it! My mom didnt want me to, since i had already read it, but i insisted. I love Jakkin!
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BluHawk More than 1 year ago
I love anything to do with dragons, and this book was right up my alley! I particularly liked how much character and personality the author gave the dragons. It was overall a well-told story, and I look forward to the next book. If you liked this book, you will probably also like "Joust" by Mercedes Lackey, "Dragon Champion" by E.E. Knight, "Eragon" by Christopher Paolini, and "Dragon Flight" by Ann McCaffrey.
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The Pit Dragon series is a fun and entertaining series. These books are relatively clean for younger children, and hardly say any curse words, if any. I could hardly put down the books.
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