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The Hunting of the Last Dragon [Paperback]

Sherryl Jordan
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5 April 2004
High overhead, a dragon flies on coppery wings, raining down fire and destruction on all that lies below. The last of the great beasts, it wreaks havoc everywhere it flies, burning the countryside and its terrified inhabitants to grey ash and cinders with its fiery breath. Desperate and frightened, the people pray for a hero to save them. Jude is no hero. Deeply traumatized after returning to find his village a charred ruin and his family dead, he is picked up by a travelling fair, where he rescues the strange yet beautiful Jing-wei from a life as a caged freak. Eluding their pursuers, Jude and Jing-wei meet Lan, a wise old Chinese woman who straightens Jing-wei's bound and crippled feet, and reveals to Jude his destiny. He alone must kill the last dragon. With Jing-wei's help and Lan's ancient knowledge, Jude and Jing-wei set out to destroy the beast, and embark on the perilous journey of what becomes the hunting of the last dragon.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's (5 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689860625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689860621
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,304,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sherryl Jordan is a prominent New Zealand author. She has worked with deaf children for a number of years and has always loved sign language. Sherryl Jordan extensively travelled the British Isles to research The Raging Quiet; she lives in Tauranga, New Zealand.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
"The dragon came nearer, its head moving low along the ground, side to side, sniffing. Every time it breathed, it scorched a trail of fire across the earth. Its neck was long, graceful, and glittering like gold. Its wings were folded close against its brilliant body, the wing sections shiny and ribbed like fish fins, the fine bones ending in sharp hooks. The long barbed tail was bent, the bones set crookedly, yet it coiled and uncoiled as slowly and smoothly as a snake. All the dragon's movements were smooth, fluid and fascinating, almost spellbinding in their beauty and their deadliness."
Everyone thinks dragons are extinct--until a fierce flying beast swoops upon the village of Doran, leaving it in flames. Young Jude survives only because, on the fatal day, he went to Rokeby to buy himself a new bow and arrows. Homeless, desperate, and wracked with grief and guilt, Jude joins a travelling fair, where he meets a young Chinese girl, caged and displayed as a freak. Jing-wei, in spite of her humiliating plight, is strong-willed, brave and cunning. She has her own plan for hunting the last dragon. But will it work? What if the dragon lands up merely wounded? Can she help Jude conquer his fear in time to save their world from destruction?
It is Jude himself who tells the story, set in 1356. And this is where problems arise. Jude is an ordinary villager (or peasant) and therefore cannot read or write. Sherryl Jordan's solution is to have Jude relate the story to a monk, who writes at his dictation. Unfortunately, this poses another problem.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 24 May 2004
Format:Paperback
I'm an adult and borrowed this book from our local library to see if it would be appropriate reading to my 6 year old son. I decided it was too mature to read to him but enjoyed reading it myself. He had asked me what color Dragons' blood is and I found the answer to his question deep in the book.
It is an unusual tale full of unexpected twists in the plot which will keep you hanging until the end. I enjoyed reading how an English boy and a Chinese girl befriended one another and together faced the last dragon in England. It is very well written. I think the 12 and up age suggestion on the cover is appropriate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars has it all! 4 May 2009
Format:Paperback
This was one of my favourite books when i was a little younger but i'm sure if i wasn't currently hooked on robert jordans books I'd give it another read.
Although it sounds like your average chliched (sp?) fantasy book it has alot more to offer than you might first imagine depicting dragons, and Britain, in a very believable way!
Give it a go and i'm sure you'll love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow Brilliant! 12 Mar 2008
Format:Paperback
Well this is my first fantasy book I ever read, but it gave me so many things to think. The book is about Dragon and human race, but it's not just an adventure, it reflects our life as well, about how we are to struggle against the drawback of cruelty or such, to survive in a time of devastration, losing someone dearest and you may still suffer and go on suffering if you didn't rise. Jude's not a hero (of course he 's just a peasant) to slay the great mighty dragon nor is he a man to protect his own family or anyone and when he by chance rescues a young Chinese girl called Jing wei or Lizzie and befriends her, he isn't her protector. Lan the old lady, scries Jude's destiny that he must embark on a perilous journey he wouldn't know what will lie ahead and kill the beast he fears above all else but there is no other way to save his people or their beloved land from chaos and death, he is not to run away from what he fears, only to face and fight. I think the story portrays much more than a literal meaning to us, it's how we are born in an ordinary family and live normally until we are forced to go up against something that has been haunting or what that has always been our nightmare. Don't let it mount your nerves. In the end we will protect what is dearest to us not ourselves and to do what is most reasonable sometimes isn't the right way. Be steady and determined, courageous and patient, we may complete the hardest or impossible errand...

Recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jordan crafts another winner 6 Dec 2002
By Kirsten A. Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As the story opens, our heroes, Jude and Lizzie (aka Jing-wei) are nerving themselves to take on a fire-breathing monster. How they got into (and out of) this predicament makes for an engaging adventure tale. The conceit that the illiterate peasant lad Jude is relating his story to a kindly monk for posterity ratchets the suspense down a notch (we know he will survive the story's hair-raising episodes), but Jordan keeps the page turning as we wonder how he will manage this, as well as creating a mysterious and sympathetic character in Jude's companion, Jing-wei, who he rescues from a horrid life as a freak exhibit in a traveling fair. The gentle teasing by which Jude ends each chapter on a cliff-hanger ("I don't want to make you late for prayers, brother!") is amusing and serves to draw the reader into the surprisingly authentic medieval world. Although I enjoyed the well-realized setting, fast moving plot and touches of humour, I found that the tender relationship between the two friends gave the book its heart. Once again, Jordan has crafted a winner.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherryl Jordan writes another spell-binding winner 26 July 2004
By Laraine A. Barker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"The dragon came nearer, its head moving low along the ground, side to side, sniffing. Every time it breathed, it scorched a trail of fire across the earth. Its neck was long, graceful, and glittering like gold. Its wings were folded close against its brilliant body, the wing sections shiny and ribbed like fish fins, the fine bones ending in sharp hooks. The long barbed tail was bent, the bones set crookedly, yet it coiled and uncoiled as slowly and smoothly as a snake. All the dragon's movements were smooth, fluid and fascinating, almost spellbinding in their beauty and their deadliness."

Everyone thinks dragons are extinct--until a fierce flying beast swoops upon the village of Doran, leaving it in flames. Young Jude survives only because, on the fatal day, he went to Rokeby to buy himself a new bow and arrows. Homeless, desperate, and wracked with grief and guilt, Jude joins a travelling fair, where he meets a young Chinese girl, caged and displayed as a freak. Jing-wei, in spite of her humiliating plight, is strong-willed, brave and cunning. She has her own plan for hunting the last dragon. But will it work? What if the dragon lands up merely wounded? Can she help Jude conquer his fear in time to save their world from destruction?

It is Jude himself who tells the story, set in 1356. And this is where problems arise. Jude is an ordinary villager (or peasant) and therefore cannot read or write. Sherryl Jordan's solution is to have Jude relate the story to a monk, who writes at his dictation. Unfortunately, this poses another problem. All Jude's greetings and asides to Brother Benedict are included, which tended to jerk me out of the story because, although they do add background flavour and an extra dimension to the story, their presence felt most unnatural in that Benedict simply wouldn't have been able to write fast enough to get everything down, especially since he would be continually having to refill his quill. But in the face of such powerful story-telling, not to mention the sheer beauty of Sherryl Jordan's prose, to complain about this seems like nit-picking.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch out, the dragons' coming! 2 Nov 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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The two main characters are Jude and Lizzie. Jude is an average boy and Lizzie is a freak from the circus. Jude and Lizzie go on a quest to kill the last dragon. They go because the dragon has burnt down a bunch of towns, including the town of Doran, where Jude used to live. On their way they encounter weird people like an old lady that is crazy, the dragon and other exciting things. Also, Jude and Lizzie need to find stuff to eat, drink and a place to sleep every night of their thrilling journey to kill the last dragon.
The thing I liked most about the book is the ending and how the author makes the whole story lead up to the ending. The author's choice of words are really good, like this sentence in the book, "I froze like a hare when it first hears the hunter." The coolest part is when the author described the dragon, it made you feel like you were in the story. Another thing I liked was the detail and how the author didn't leave anything out. The way the chapters end make the book really interesting. At the end of every chapter it would be almost impossible to stop reading because the author made you sit at the edge of your seat guessing what would happen next. There wasn't one part in this book that I didn't like.
I would recommend this book to people who like adventure, excitement and a bunch of action. There isn't anybody that wouldn't like this book. I sure hope the author makes a sequel to this amazing story. Everybody should give "The Hunting of the Last Dragon" a try.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, haunting story. 5 Mar 2005
By A. J. Watson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Written down word for word by a monk under a vow of silence, as recounted by the unwilling hero Jude, this is a tale of England at the time of the Black Death, heavy with moral overtones, life's lessons, and insight into peasant life, as Jude tries to make sense of all that is happening around him.

Pity, compassion and a sense of justice compel him to set free a strange fairground freak, befriend and heal her, then together they rid the land of the terrible creature that plagues it. In doing so, Jude discovers how fear turns to hate, greed to cruelty, and friendship to love. As well as finding his inner strength and self-worth, he discovers that beauty is mostly inside and in the eye of the beholder.

Although simply and archaicly written, the narrative flows, carrying one along with the adventure, immersed in the plot. In the accompanying (sometimes bawdy) descriptions we learn a little cultural and social history, as well as what made the mediaeval mind tick. What takes a little getting used to are the stilted, one-sided conversations with the silent scribe who's been instructed to 'copy every word', that preface each chapter - but it adds a certain charm to this lovely, addictive book. *****
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the hunt 12 Mar 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The hunting of the last dragon is a great book.In the beging of the book Jude is telling a monk his story.Jude is on his way to a village to buy a new arrows and a new bow.In the villige Jude hears news about a dragon that was destroying nearby villages.In the village a freak show there is here he meets Lizzie. She is from china.She is forced to walk because her feet are binded,you will learn why later when you read it.Then Jude goes back to his village and finds his village is destroyed.Then the owner of the freak show saves him because he went a little bit over the deep end.He travels with them for a couple of days and runs of with Lizzie.I wont tell you any more and you will have to read it to find out.Hahahaha and the puncutation isnt working so it look like I have bad puncutation.
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