Dragon's Bait

Dragon's Bait

Book - 1992 | 1st ed.
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Fifteen-year-old Alys is not a witch. But that doesn't matter--the villagers think she is and have staked her out on a hillside as a sacrifice to the local dragon.
It's late, it's cold, and it's raining, and Alys can think of only one thing--revenge. But first she's got to escape, and even if she does, how can one girl possibly take on an entire town alone?
Then the dragon arrives--a dragon that could quite possibly be the perfect ally. . . .
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1992.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780152166632
0152166637
9780440219828
0440219825
9780152007263
0152007261
Branch Call Number: VANDE
Characteristics: 131 p. ; 23 cm.

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aboyter
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.

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ychi
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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Nov 18, 2010

mdk201 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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