Dragon's Bait

Dragon's Bait

Paperback - 2003
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Wrongly condemned of witchcraft, fifteen-year-old Alys is tempted to take revenge on her accusers when the dragon to which she has been sacrificed turns out to be an ally.
Published: Orlando, Fla. : Magic Carpet Books, Harcourt Brace, 2003.
Edition: 1st Magic Carpet Books ed.
ISBN: 9780152166632
Branch Call Number: J VAN
Characteristics: 196 p. ;,18 cm.


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Jul 13, 2013

Why has no one else commented? This is such a great book! Selendrile makes an awesome snarky dragon. I laughed at all his condescending remarks. Wish this was a series. Now I have to fantasize on how Alys and Selendrile's relationship might have progressed. Sigh.

Jun 26, 2012

Short, sweet and wonderful, Dragon's Bait is perfect for people with short attention spans or those who aren't into swallowing high fantasy -- and for everyone else, too. Vivian Vande Velde takes the classic theme of revenge and turns it into an enjoyable fantasy tale for all ages.

Alys. The whole novel is about her personal growth, and watching her develop is the real treat of the story, especially as so much of it happens when she's butting heads with Selendrile (hot name alert!), the dragon. Though Selendrile doesn't exactly condescend to butt heads with her at first. That's what makes reading his gradual loosening up almost as much of a pleasure as Alys's. And the two together? Pure awesomeness. Such unspoken-for chemistry, yet so chaste in the best way -- love love love love love.

The plot is straightforward: Alys wants revenge. The way she gets it, however, isn't: Selendrile wreaks all kinds of havoc with his human form (what can I say?: he's sexy), a witch and her soul enter the equation, and another witch-burning finishes the whole shebang off.

Dragon's Bait is light on the worldbuilding, but it's so much fun -- without being light fluff, too -- that it doesn't even matter. Oh, and have I mentioned how sweet Selendrile is at the end of the book? Seriously, I reborrowed this just to reread that part. <3


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