By Mercedes Lackey

In the second one novel in nationwide best-selling legend Mercedes Lackey's richly-conceived new Joust sequence, the dragonrider Vetch escapes to Alta, the subjugated land of his birth.  There, he hopes to coach his humans to elevate and educate dragons-and construct a military that may unencumber his homeland.

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He was fortunate in a way that he had Harg to guide him through the initial part of joining the force, who knows how many beatings for mistakes he'd have received otherwise. Gurgash started trimming branches. As soon as he got back from this skirmish he was never warring in a forest again. He'd do his draft time out here and it'd be straight back to the darkest caves he could call home. Harg could be the pride of the family all he wanted, Gurgash knew the truth about his vocation now. ' roared the Commander.

The rest of the Elves stayed in the street. A dark purpose had gripped them and would not relinquish its hold until the invaders were expelled from their land. Cusband set a large hand on ElVador's shoulder. 'We must build barricades, you and I. ' El-Vador nodded, not knowing what else to say. When they walked to the mill, they found El-Vador's mother standing there. El-Vador exclaimed in surprise, she seldom left her bed these days. Cusband might as well have been nailed to the doorway, the way he stood when confronted with her.

ElVador nodded, but his father paid him no heed. 'Please Mother, go back and rest,' he said. ' He guided Murina to the bedchamber and helped to ease her down into the bed. 'Thank you, my son,' she whispered. 'I am pleased that I laid eyes on you once more, you're a blessed child, if unruly. I hope that I have prepared you well enough and that you do not hold your father's actions against him. ' El-Vador thought nothing of her words at that time, usually such kindness would cause his eyes to water and his heart to break.

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