Vivian Vande Velde
- Title: Dragon's Bait
- Author: Vivian Vande Velde
- ISBN: 9780440219828
- Page: 168
- Format: Mass Market Paperback
Falsely accused of witchcraft, 15 year old Alys is staked out on a hillside and left as sacrificial bait for a hungry dragon It s cold And dark And raining And Alys is thoroughly alone Even when she breaks free of her bindings, there s nowhere for her to go If she tries to return to her village, the people of St Toby s will simply stake her out again.Alys hears wolvFalsely accused of witchcraft, 15 year old Alys is staked out on a hillside and left as sacrificial bait for a hungry dragon It s cold And dark And raining And Alys is thoroughly alone Even when she breaks free of her bindings, there s nowhere for her to go If she tries to return to her village, the people of St Toby s will simply stake her out again.Alys hears wolves howling in the distance Then she sees the shadow of the dragon coursing across the moon The question is the dragon see Alys
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I wish there was a sequel.
Looking back at this, it seems that Twilight has been an exceptionally bad influence on teenage fantasy. Dragon's Bait fits many of the parameters of paranormal romance, which is notoriously bad, but it's also a coming-of-age story. And that's much better than any gorgeous, powerful piece of arm candy making up most of the plot.Though there is Selendrile. He's a dragon who can change into human form - and an exceptionally good-looking human form - and is given plot-related reasons to travel with [...]
Oh book, why you make me so torn?I first heard about Dragon’s Bait through this piece on Entertainment Weekly about unmissable teen reads. And because it was an older title and because the Publishers Weekly review (which I sought after I read the EW article) said it is a “thoughtful mainstream fantasy with a gently feminist slant”, I decided I needed to read it soon.Basically, the story follows a young girl, fifteen-year-old Alys, as she is accused of being a witch by her neighbours and su [...]
I've read a few short YA books lately, most of which have been good. This one is the shortest of any of them, and it is also good, but lacks the depth that the other books have. The dragon character doesn't have much of a personality at all, and the girl accused of being a witch is driven only by revenge. I was waiting for the part where the girl realized that revenge doesn't make you feel any better, but I don't think she really got to that point, not truly. I still don't understand why the dra [...]
Published in 1992, this book suffers from the "this book is for young adults so it must be short" mentality that existed back then. And therefore, the characters are not as well developed as I would have liked. In her review for School Library Journal, Margaret Chang observed "While the writing is smooth and the story moves quickly, the girl's emotions are not convincingly portrayed. The story's tone wobbles, sometimes keeping a comic distance from tragic events. The abrupt ending may leave read [...]
This was a choice little find in my school library back in tenth grade, and it's been a favorite ever since! I love, love, love Selendrile, and I wish I could meet someone like him! The story is compelling, but not too long, and luckily it doesn't have a sequel. It's nice to have a stand-alone book sometimes! I was also pleased that it had a good lesson. Fifteen or sixteen year old Alys is falsely accused of being a witch by neighbors and sentenced to death by dragon. They tie her to a big pole [...]
I enjoy stories like this one. Not necessarily stories where the maiden is rescued by a handsome, mysterious hero, but those where help comes from an unexpected quarter - where someone who's supposed to be an enemy turns out to be a friend. I also like a turn-about, where the weaker party is called upon to do some rescuing of the stronger.So theme-wise, I'm fine with this book. There's simply not enough to it. I don't read a lot of YA novels, but I did recently enjoy the only other Velde book I' [...]
Not your usual fantasy tropes - what happens when the girl staked out for the dragon to eat, insteads joins forces with him to get revenge on her tormentors?This quite good (albeit short) book.I really enjoyed how the author did not 'humanize' the dragon, but instead constantly reminded the reader how alien he was, how he did not think like a human. I definitely read more adventures of Alys and Selandrine.
I read this quite a while ago - probably when I was in middle school, and all I can remember is loved it!
Not the author's best. Reads like a genre Romance for 'tweens. Alys is such a princess; sure, sometimes she thinks about and even says independent or smart things, but basically it's a good thing she's got someone to rescue her. Slight & superficial.
This book was an absolute delight.I need more of this book. I need a sequel, I need a series. I need more snippety dragon/monster boys assisting their reluctant companions on quests for revenge. I need more girls being angry and finding ways to channel that. I need more monsters discovering their human side (literally). And I need more moments where girls get to kiss/be with the morally questionable monster/dragon boy. This book hit everything in my Want list and like I said, I just need more of [...]
To sum up this book: Patronizing, moralistic, boring characterization. Featuring an annoying male lead, Selendrile is a typical pretty boy with exotic magical features. With long white-blonde hair and purple eyes, his true form is that of a big-spankin' lizard. He's ever so knowing, without ever indicating it is what he's supposed to know, but that just adds to his mystical allure. Entirely unlikeable, Selendrile is borderline abusive with our female lead, Alys. He enjoys: hauling her off withou [...]
Alys is framed for witchcraft and sentenced to dragon. The dragon, however, offers vengeance, not death.This is the second or third book by Vivian Vande Velde which I've read. All have been (very short) competent fantasies which haven't worked for me.In this particular outing, we have a typical story about revenge - which is basically (view spoiler)[a little morality lesson about how vengeance is a bad bad thing and you shouldn't do it. This is not necessarily wrong, if predictable, but when you [...]
It took me a day and a half to finish this book. It was short, i think it was the shortest fantasy book I've ever read.It's a standalone and as such it is entertaining as a light read, it lacks depth. This is what I think happened: this book came out in the period where fantasy was more marginalized than SF (can you tell I'm not a SF lover at all?) and during this time it was thought that children and teens have the attention span of mice so fantasy novels that exceeded 450 pages were considered [...]
He refused to release her hands until she looked at him again. He smiled, but this time the amusement didn't reach his eys. "It is not often," he said in a voice that was soft and husky but well within the norms of a human of his --apparent-- age and build, "that I find a damsel flinging rocks at me." He paused as though considering and slowly added, "It happened once with a knight, but I'd already eaten his horse and most of his weapons. The squire, too, as I recall." He tipped his head slightl [...]
I enjoyed this book, it was relatively short-196 pages- and the only reason I gave it only three stars was that it wasn't a complex plot and the character development was fairly shallow. I really liked the premise of the story about a girl set out for dragon bait only to make a tenuous agreement with the shape-shifting fae to get revenge on those who condemned her as a witch. The lessons she learns (I won't add any spoilers) don't seem to really get learned- or at least the author doesn't do a g [...]
The townspeople are convinced Alys is a witch after people accuse her of suspicious behaviour around the village. She is taken up to the hills and offered to the dragon. At first I was intrigued by how Alys would obtain her justice. I didn't expect it to come in the form of help from a boy with pale hair and amethyst eyes who could shape-shift into any animal. The dragon form was seriously underutilised in the book! I guess I expected any story with a dragon to have some epic fight scene or some [...]
Alys is a young girl in a medieval village like any other--until she's abruptly accused of being a witch and staked out on a hillside to appease a dragon. Furious at the betrayal, she makes a deadly deal with the dragon--she'll help him and he'll kill the villagers. Their travels together bring them to a better understanding of each other's prickly natures, but the final reckoning looms
Vivian Vande Velde is one of those writers of old who can create a fantasy world and give you believable, interesting characters in only a few pages. A lost art. (1) She does YA romance in a way that YA romance has ceased to be, without the gushing of instalove (yes, it's a thing now), without the constant fixation on outward appearance, and without the need for definite, I-love-you, you-love-me HEA. (2) She does the biggest paranormal romance plots and offers in three simple, satisfying books. [...]
There is a big difference between - A romance written in a fantasy setting; and- A fantasy novel with romance in it. Most authors do not write a well-balanced story with both elements – to use a famous example, Harry Potter is heavy on the fantasy and very light on the romance. (Unless, of course, if you’re reading fanfiction.)Dragon’s Bait is neither. It is a story of a girl and a dragon, and as a fantasy novel it is a total fail, because the world-building was not well thought out at all [...]
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. T [...]
I would love a sequel, but at the same time I felt that this book was a complete and satisfying story by itself. The book spans less than a week, but by the end of the adventures both the heroine and the dragon have come to learn something new and their outlooks are changed because of that. This shows some growth in the characters which I like.Can't say I love the protagonist since she seems to cling to the dragon and expect him to provide all the answers, but she does take action when needed an [...]
Meh. I wanted to like it, but I never felt like it quite settled into a purposeful story. Yeah, that doesn't make a lot of sense, I know, but I'm at a loss to try and describe why this particular story didn't float my boat. The premise is OK: greedy wheelwright wants his neighbor's land and accuses the teenage daughter of witchcraft when they refuse to sell. She's condemned and staked out to be eaten by a dragon who instead helps her get revenge. Maybe I just didn't feel like Vande Velde was cer [...]
There is something special about this book; special enough to make me come back and edit my first review. I have read longer books, more developed books, books with sequels; and yet many do not have the charm of this hastily written little gem. There are so many icebergs extending far down under its apparently shallow surface. Almost more than a physical landscape, it has an emotional landscape. The fact that nothing is spelled out for you only adds to its attraction. Did she think --? Did he me [...]
Reading this felt like I was watching a Disney movie. And I definitely don't mean that in a bad way. This was a short read, but it didn't change the fact that this was wonderful.I liked the fact that this book explores the question, "Is it wrong to yearn for revenge?" "Will you truly be satisfied when you have done the deed?"Also, you can actually see that the girl changes for the better at the end of the book. Which is always a whooping plus point for me. :)There is absolutely no insta-love her [...]
This is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. Alys is accused of witchcraft and therefor left, tied up, on a mountain by the people of her village, to be eaten by the small dragon roaming nearby. She gets free before she sees the dragon and wonders what to do. Then she see's the dragon. She kind of wants to get this over with so she starts throwing rocks at it to get it's attention. The dragon soars over andturns into a 17-year-old man, Selendrile. Instead of eating her, he offe [...]
To this day, Dragon's Bait is one of my absolute favorite books. I don't even know how many times I've read it, delighted by it each time. Basically a young girl, Alys, is accused of being a witch and as her punishment, she is "sacrificed" to the dragon. The dragon, Selendrile, has no interest in eating her; he's actually amused by her overwhelming desire for revenge. He then agrees to help her plan out her revenge on the town that falsely declared her to be a witch. While reading Dragon's Bait, [...]
Wanted a quick read and choose this book. I read it in highschool and remember liking it ok, but dont think I enjoyed it as much on this read through. The set up for the story is interesting but not particularly well executed and I didnt really like the main character. While I have enjoyed how this author often does the unexpected in her genre stories the moral lessons from this book were no surprise. If this book had been a little longer and better paced it might have worked for me, but as is I [...]
Alys is an independent girl running her father's shop during his illness, when she is accused of being a witch by her neighbors, who really just want her shop. She is tied up outside the village and left for the dragon that has been rampaging to eat.But when he arrives, instead of eating Alys, he offers her a chance to take revenge on her enemies. Should Alys take the dragon up on his offer? Wouldn't it be ironic if she ended up committing the crimes she has already been found guilty of doing?Cl [...]
I read this in middle school (I think that was about ten years ago) and just picked it up again when I happened to spot it while shelving books at work. While not great literature by any means, it's a very quick and very satisfying read. Although I haven't read Twilight, I suspect this is its equivalent, only with a dragon instead of a vampire. If you're looking for a sort of feel-good fantasy novel (and appreciate romance in a story), this will entertain you for a couple of hours. I thoroughly [...]
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