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Title:
Dragon and phoenix
Author:
Bertin, Joanne.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tor, 1999.
Physical Description:
540 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780312864309
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Dragonlord Linden and Maurynna must travel to the land of Jehanglan to free a Dragon whose magic is being used to hold a Phoenix.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Bertin reaches new heights of dramatic adventure and political intrigue in the sequel to The Last Dragonlord (1998), all the while maintaining the well-realized world and characterizations of that book. The plot is too full-bodied and complex to describe completely. Suffice it to say that it involves a dangerous quest to rescue an imprisoned dragon that, to hold captive the phoenix that is the source of power for the throne of Jehanglan, has been drained of its magic. In Jehanglan, the favored concubine schemes to be named empress by bearing sons to the childless emperor, and an ambitious lord plots his own ascent to power. Although machinations in Jehanglan provide suspense and excitement, sheer adventure comes in the experiences of the dragonlords as, lured by a crafty underling of the Jehanglan lord who wishes to capture them, they go to the chained dragon's rescue. Climactic pyrotechnics notwithstanding, Bertin leaves plenty of room for a third volume in the series. --Sally Estes


Library Journal Review

In response to the cries of a true dragon held captive in the distant land of Jahanglan, a group of Dragonlords led by soultwins Linden Rathan and Mauryanna Kyrissaean set out on a journey of mercy and vengeance. Bertin's sequel to The Last Dragonlord explores the delicate relationships between the shapeshifting Dragonlords and the humans who love and fear them. The author's talent for depicting exotic cultures and complex interpersonal relationships provides a solid anchor for this rousing fantasy adventure. For most fantasy collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Dragon and Phoenix One Year of the Phoenix 1008 * The Harem of the Imperial Palace * Jehanglan Lura-Sharal was dead Shei-Luin bowed her head as her sister's body was carried away for burning, borne upon a litter of ebony by four burly eunuchs. A cloth of the imperial gold silk covered the girl's slight form. What did it matter? Lura-Sharal was dead. Shei-Luin knew she should be proud of that mark of the emperor's favor. But all she wanted was her elder sister back. What would she do without the wise and gentle words of Lura-Sharal guiding her? She watched as the litter disappeared through the door. Tears streamed down her cheeks; she wanted to run screaming after it, to hurl herself upon her sister and beg Lura-Sharal to tell her it was but a jest, to hold her, to sing and dance with her once more. She yearned to run away and ride the wide open plains again as Zharmatians with Yesuin, their childhood friend. Ah, Phoenix, if only they could all be free once more ... But now Yesuin was a hostage to the uneasy peace between his father's tribe and the Jehangli. And Lura-Sharal was dead. A hand came down with jarring force upon Shei-Luin's shoulder. She jumped, and looked up to find Lady Gei's masklike face hovering over her. "Come," the lady said. Her voice held no sympathy. "Come; the Phoenix Lord has seen you and grants you the favor of his company. For you are also of the seed of Lord Kirano; it is time to do your duty, girl. At thirteen you are old enough." "But I am n--" Shei-Luin broke off. To speak the truth would be to close the path she suddenly saw open before her. Shei-Luin turned her head to hide her slip of the tongue. The fingers on her shoulder tightened like bands of steel. Empty inside, Shei-Luin went where they led. Eyes filled with jealousy and hatred followed her as she went deeper into the perfumed sanctum of the harem to be made ready. And afterward ... She bowed her head. But only for an instant; she would not shrink from her fate or from Xiane Ma Jhi, Phoenix Lord of the Skies. For she knew a thing that no one else alive now remembered. She stared straight ahead, her eyes dry now. Copyright (c) 1999 by Joanne Bertin Excerpted from Dragon and Phoenix by Joanne Bertin All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.