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The Last Dragonlord (Earthlight) Paperback – 6 Dec 1999

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Earthlight (6 Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671021923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671021924
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dragonlords, according to Joanne Bertin, are immensely long-lived humans whose souls are half dragon and who can shapeshift into dragon form. The title character of her enjoyable debut fantasy is Linden Rathan, youngest of the dragon folk at a mere six centuries and still moping without a "soultwin" mate of his own kind. Unexpectedly he's sent to the city of Casna as one of three Dragonlord judges--the court of last appeal--to sort out a disputed succession. Adventure begins.

Casna is full of surprises, including much tangled intrigue whose strings are pulled by the Fraternity of Blood, a secret society long thought extinct but still dedicated to wiping out Dragonlords and their uncomfortably fair justice. Linden's dalliance with a lovely court lady is fraught with dangers he doesn't realise, and the discovery of his unexpected soultwin leads to new crises. Meanwhile the cold-eyed mage of the Fraternity is brewing poison and shaping deadly spells. Other plotters and counterplotters keep tugging in different directions. The multi-stranded narrative builds tension and a genuine sense of menace.

Bertain paints her characters deftly, with Dragonlords, nobles and villains all having very human flaws that lead to misunderstandings and big mistakes. At last everything is resolved in a satisfyingly fiery climax. A good fantasy read with some nicely original touches, The Last Dragonlord is a stand-alone story but also has a sequel: Dragon and Phoenix. --David Langford

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"At last--a new take on dragons! Delightful characters, well-realized setting, witty dialogue, and a whole new species of dragon. I can't wait to read the further adventures of Linden and Maurynna." --Judith Tarr "I enjoyed this very much indeed. It's nice to find a new writer of such obvious merit and vivid imageries. Joanne Bertin is a brand-new author whose first yarn is extremely readable, with good descriptions, good characterization, and really evil people for villains." --Anne McCaffrey --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Eliot on 18 Oct. 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Linden Rathan is the youngest of a race of weredragons: humans who share their bodies with a (sleeping) dragonsoul and are able to Change back and forth between human and dragon form. They live for centuries, and are often called upon to settle truehuman's political disputes in order to keep the peace in the world. One such dispute - over a regency - is currently taking place in the city of Casna, and Linden is sent there with two other Dragonlords to settle the debate. But soon they find themselves dealing with the Fraternity of Blood. This secret society, led by a powerful mage, is determined to destroy all the Dragonlords - starting with Linden and his new-found soultwin, who has no idea who she is, and mustn't be allowed to find out before she's ready!

Bertin has written an immensely enjoyable book. A fast-paced plot, interesting characters and a simply brilliant new idea for dragons make sure you'll never get bored. In fact, I've reread it numerous times. But there are some downsides. The writing (especially the dialogue) is occasionally awkward, and despite the fact that two of the main characters have lived for, oh, about a thousand years, the whole history of the world seems to start with Linden. I often found myself wondering about before he became the be-all-and-end-all greatest-Dragonlord-ever.

These are just quibbles, though. "The Last Dragonlord" is like that favourite action film you always end up watching on Sunday afternoons: you know it's rather juvenile and not really as good as some of the other things you could be watching, but it's such fun you just don't care.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 April 2000
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As the first book in the series The last dragonlord develops all the characters to allow the reader to appreciate their less romantic traits. The central character Linden Rathan makes for a hero with rough edges and a past, but with magic and the ability to take the form of a dragon he's a fantasy readers dream! If you like dragons you'll love this novel. If you like an evil villian this book will suit you. My only criticism would be the romantic emphasis at times however, the concept of each dragonlord having a soultwin makes it more acceptable. A prequel about Linden Rathan before becoming a dragonlord would be excellent to allow us to appreciate the skills and traits he manifests and allow us to hear the stories of his life which are discussed frequently in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE on 19 Jan. 2004
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Linden Rathan is the youngest dragonlord. Dragonlords are people who are allowed the use of a dragon body for as long as they wish to live. Each dragon lord is supposed to have a soulmate, but Linden does not. This book is mainly about his search for a soulmate. In addition an evil mage is trying to find a way to gain dominion over dragonlords, for dragonlords are masters and servants of human kind.
This book is both action and romance. Joanne Bertin has, to me at least, managed to blend the two well.
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It may be aimed at adults but I was 12 when I first read this book. I loved it then and upon rereading find that I love it now, (at the ripe old age of 17!). In many ways it is very traditional, focusing on dragons and long lived lords with magical powers dispensing justice to the land. Its only when you get into this book you realise just how original it is; upon well worn bones the writer builds a world full of ingenious and engaging ideas all of her own. There are hundreds of just plain cool ideas and small dashes of originality and artistic flare that gives the world a real deapth and personality that is hard to find in the formulaic fiction that swamps the markets these days. The charicters are very human and very real; driven by complex emotions and passions that make them distant enough to seem like a real person but close enough that you can relate to them. My only gripe is that perhaps the ending seems a little rushed; then again she was probably just eager to get started on the next book "Dragon and Phoenix" which is every bit as good and something to look forward to!

Don't quite get it yet? Read this book you fool! it wont steer you wrong ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Oct. 2003
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I originally recieved this book as a gift and now I am captivated. The characters are fantastic and the descriptions of the landscapes are inspiring. There is romance and fantasy, nothing too soppy but you can't help but feel for Maurynna as she struggles through her emotions in this book. All the way through you are urging Maurynna and Linden to get it together and it is always seemingly impossible. A very good read.
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By A Customer on 9 May 2000
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This book is based in a very original idea and the authour carries out the promis that is evident in the first part of the book all the way through to the end. The charachters and the concepts involved are very refreshing and a wonderful read. It has virtually every thing especially copious amounts of romance and magic witha dollop of intregue added in for good measure. I loved it, and I can't wait for the next book!
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