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I can't believe Jane Yolen wrote this book.
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2011
I am a huge Jane Yolen fan since I first read the "Great Alta" books back in the late 90's; after that I have made a point to read anything Jane Yolen has written [except for the picture books], no matter what age group. I remember thoroughly enjoying the first three Dragon books in this series. But #4. What happened? Although the writing was ok [not great], the plot devices were so obvious and randomly strewn throughout--perhaps to bring back the characters that appeared in previous books, but for no apparent reason? I remember thinking she was probably really busy or distracted while writing this book as some plot choices really made no sense at all. Or perhaps this book, as in the dedication, was really to please someone else as book #3 didn't end with all plot items wrapped up neatly with a bow. Which I was really ok with. #4 wraps everything up but so forcibly it seems that the characters might come bursting out at the seams and roll around chaotically, also wondering what happened.
I gave this two stars as I enjoyed revisting Austar IV. I really wish I could have given it more.