Two outcasts are bound together by more than loyalty in the third Dragonback adventure from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Star Wars: Thrawn.
Fugitive Jack Morgan and dragonlike alien Draycos have become literally inseparable. After Jack rescued him from a crash, the K’da warrior, who must have a host to survive, took residence on his back as a biomorphic tattoo, in return protecting the boy from harm. While Jack tries to clear his own name of a crime he didn’t commit, he also helps Draycos uncover a conspiracy to destroy his race.
After narrowly escaping service with a band of mercs, Jack and Draycos know that whoever wants the K’da dead was involved with a Brummga alien—brutish beings known to be tough as nails . . . and dumb as rocks.
To get more information, Jack’s “sold” into slavery on a rich Brummga estate, where he has to find out all he can from the computer system while under the cruel watch of a vicious slave master who has no problem killing the help.
It’s not going to be easy. But, as always, Draycos has his back . . .
“Zahn has always managed to tell an enthralling story in the past, and this one is no exception.” —Science Fiction Chronicle
Praise for the Dragonback Series
“Zahn keeps the story moving at a breakneck pace.” —Publishers Weekly on Dragon and Thief
“Well paced and smoothly narrated.” —Kirkus Reviews on Dragon and Thief
“A fast-paced suspense novel, full of exciting twists and turns.” —KLIATT on Dragon and Thief
“A space opera for all ages.” —Locus on Dragon and Thief
“There’s plenty of humor, and the adventure and danger levels crackle.” —Booklist on Dragon and Soldier
“Dragons get the sci-fi treatment from the talented Timothy Zahn.” —School Library Journal on Dragon and Soldier
“This knock-your-socks off, rip-roaring adventure from a master storyteller continues the story of former thief, fourteen-year-old Jack Morgan, who teams up in a symbiotic relationship with Draycos, a dragonlike warrior-poet. . . . Grand space adventure like Heinlein’s juveniles or Andre Norton’s tales . . . Zahn rocks!” —Genrefluent on Dragon and Soldier
Timothy Zahn is a New York Times–bestselling science fiction author of more than forty novels, as well as many novellas and short stories. Best known for his contributions to the expanded Star Wars universe of books, including the Thrawn trilogy, Zahn won a 1984 Hugo Award for his novella Cascade Point. He also wrote the Cobra series, the Blackcollar series, the Quadrail series, and the young adult Dragonback series, whose first novel, Dragon and Thief, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Zahn currently resides in Oregon with his family.