That we are introduced to our main character (and series protagonist) Vetch, an Altan serf bound to service after . of a stale feeling. Still it' a story I would recommend to all readers who enjoy dragons, history, and theopolitical . is precipitated by his discovery of a young girl being pursued by a 'water horse' (hippopotamus), and greatly injuries himself . of times, and are at each other's throats the rest of the book. Once again Kiron can do no . towards the end, and despite the admittedly cringe worthy series of events that lead up to it actually ties . readers who enjoyed the first three books I highly recommend avoiding the series conclusion. Never before have I read a book . plots (or plots that hold together well over a series) should not put too many expectations on Dragon Jousters, .