The Last Dragonlord (paperback)

by Joanne Bertin | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0812545419 Global Overview for this book
Registered by carlissa of Gainesville, Florida USA on 5/29/2006
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by carlissa from Gainesville, Florida USA on Monday, May 29, 2006

Up for trade at The Cheshire Kat Trading Post or here at BC.

Journal Entry 2 by carlissa from Gainesville, Florida USA on Wednesday, May 31, 2006

This book is on its way to a member of The Cheshire Kat Trading Post.

Journal Entry 3 by suedo from Redditch, Worcestershire United Kingdom on Thursday, July 6, 2006
Arrived this morning, going onto an ever growing TBR stack

Journal Entry 4 by suedo from Redditch, Worcestershire United Kingdom on Friday, August 11, 2006
Well this jumped the queue because a bookcrosser I met at the UK unconvention asked to read it, adn I'm glad he did. I thought this was a good read, and will be looking for the sequel. I felt like there had been earlier stories about these characters that I had missed, and the author does use the 'reader knows something they don't' ploy a bit more than I would choose. Also, one of my pet gripes, they put a 'sneak preview' of book 2 in the back, so you think you've got more left than you have.

I will be sending this off tomorrow, but do need it back, as my other half has yet to read it.

Journal Entry 5 by PDB11 from Oakhill, Somerset United Kingdom on Monday, August 14, 2006
I've been on the lookout for some more Joanne Bertin ever since reading her short story, "Dragonlord's Justice", so I was very pleased when suedo agreed to lend me this. Many thanks!

Journal Entry 6 by PDB11 from Oakhill, Somerset United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 16, 2006
This book seemed to have a spell on it. I didn't intend to start it on Monday night, and I certainly didn't mean to give up all my spare time to it over the next day or two. But that's what happened. I couldn't leave it aside even to finish another book, and once I'd started reading it I couldn't stop.

I'd already met Linden and Otter in a short story, and it was good to read some more of their adventures. The world-building was excellent, the plot fast-paced and well convoluted, and the characters, well, the characters were carefully constructed but still those of a new writer, without the depth that a mature author might put into them. But that will come, I'm sure!

One or two minor niggles. I felt the point of view jumped around too much, with too many scene changes; and I agree with suedo that Bertin was over-using the sort of dramatic irony that comes from continually telling the readers things that the characters don't know. And I didn't like the misuse of words like "thee" when Rathan's thoughts were presented.

This book has to go home again. A pity, because I can think of at least three other people who ought to read it...

Oh, well. Better put Dragon and Phoenix on my wish list, and find out whether any of this stuff has been published over here.

Edited to add: I'd like to strangle the person at the publisher's who decided to put such a whopping spoiler in the blurb on the front cover!

Journal Entry 7 by suedo at Spennymoor, County Durham United Kingdom on Sunday, October 10, 2010
this will be going back on my partner's TBR

Journal Entry 8 by suedo at Spennymoor, County Durham United Kingdom on Thursday, July 28, 2011
my partner gave up on it, going into pc for now

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