March 29, 2016

Alta by Mercedes Lackey

Title:  Alta
Author:  Mercedes Lackey
Pages:  402
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  DAW, 2004
Series:  The Dragon Jousters, Book 2

Synopsis:  In the second novel in national best-selling legend Mercedes Lackey's richly-conceived new Joust series, the dragonrider Vetch escapes to Alta, the subjugated land of his birth. There, he hopes to teach his people to raise and train dragons - and build an army that will liberate his homeland.

Review:  This book started out a little slowly, but it quickly picked up the pace and kept me interested.  Alta is not the paradise that Kiron had hoped for.  The Altan mages are keeping the war going with Tia for their own selfish purposes.  It becomes clear that he and his fellow dragon-riders will have to take matters into their own hands and stop the war.

There is danger and murder and thrills and even a little romance.  Pretty much everything I love.  The fact that the mages are pretty much the ruling class makes it that much scarier.  To top it off, the cover artwork is vivid and beautifully drawn.  But, the dragons stole the show for me again.  They are so well-written and believable.  It's a pleasure to read these novels, just to get to read about them.  The fact that the story is also good makes this series one of the better ones I've read this year.

Rating:  9.5 / 10

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