Fantasy - probably YA Dragons

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Fantasy - probably YA Dragons

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Mar 29, 2018, 7:01 pm

I have been looking for a book that my mother read to me as a child and neither one of us remember the title or author.

The plot of the story revolves around a child/teen that becomes the possessor of a dragon egg(I don't remember how). This main character is not suppose to have the egg and can get in a lot of trouble for possessing it. The egg hatches and the main character cares for the dragon baby as it grows by getting meat scraps to feed it. Just about the same time as it is trying to learn to fly it is discovered and the main character rides the dragon away escaping while being pursued by some sort of soldier/guard type person also on a dragon. As the dragon the main character lands, the other dragon rider lands and basically tells the main character that he will not bring them back but that he can't do anything else for them.

It was probably a little over 15 years ago that we came across this book, but it could have been written a long time before then, I'm not sure.

It seems to me that the book was loosely based on medieval society. The main character kept the dragon in a fenced in area that others in the book normally didn't go into. I believe the escape flight occurred over a dessert to mountains out of the territory of the kingdom that the main character lived in until that time.

Any help with the title or author would be very appreciated! If you know if there are any other stories in that series that would be great too, although I'm sure I can find those if I know the title of the book that I'm looking for.

Mar 29, 2018, 11:46 pm

Eragon by Christopher Paolini perhaps

Mar 30, 2018, 1:14 am

Dragon's Blood by Jane Yolen?

Mar 30, 2018, 3:31 am

Mar 30, 2018, 9:43 am

Seconding Joust by Mercedes Lackey over the others. Joust is set in a desert kingdom (the kid is essentially a slave) and the flight is at the end, over the mountains into a neighboring kingdom. I seem to remember that because both kingdoms have a sort of "chivalry" thing going on with their respective dragon riders/knights, there's a more civilized code of behavior that the boy is entitled to take advantage of because of "his" dragon, and that's why the pursuing knight allowed him to "escape" into the other kingdom. It's the start of a pretty enjoyable series.

Mar 30, 2018, 12:16 pm

You're right! Thank you so much!

Mar 30, 2018, 12:17 pm

Joust is the book I was looking for, thank you!