Last Dragonlord Hardcover – 31 Dec 1998
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Part of the point of genre fantasy is for each writer to bring something inventive of their own to the party in a form that can breed the merely repetitive and the completely underimagined. Joanne Bertin's first novel demonstrates that it is possible to invent interestingly simply by taking a little thought--her hero is one of a caste of were-dragons, whose extended lives have made them perforce judges and arbitrators in a feudal world where to be outside the standard rules of advancement and kinship is to take a giant step towards impartiality. Linden is the Last Dragonlord because the youngest--and he is still waiting for the female soultwin who will complete his aching heart. When she does turn up, it is in the aggressive form of a tough woman sea-captain, and at an inexpedient time--not least because she has to be coaxed through her first change. A complicated regency dispute in a rich kingdom is a front for the machinations of a vicious magician; a high-strung court lady, whose beauty and snobbery are only exceeded by her courage, is playing her own game. This is intelligent derivative fantasy, and a promising start from a new author. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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.
This book is both action and romance. Joanne Bertin has, to me at least, managed to blend the two well.
I started with a sceptical mind, thinking I was on a loser, but I would have to say this is one of the most enjoyable new books I've read since Eragon.
The story of the Dragonlord was easy to read and the story and characters Joanne Bertin has created really grab your heart. You CARE what happens to them.
Buy this book if you are a lover of soulmate romance,Tolkein type fantasy and Mcaffrey's dragons.
Different to Pern and Middle Earth, yet strikingly similiar.
Imagine knowing when you are born that the other half of your soul is somewhere waiting to find you. And when you find each other you will be linked or "Sealed" to them for eternity. Never again to be alone. Your perfect partner. Your Soultwin.
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