In the time of the Han Dynasty in ancient China, the last remaining dragon is in danger of being killed by the cruel Emperor. A nameless orphan with no past and an uncertain future becomes his unlikely ally. The young orphan soon discovers that it is her destiny to protect the aging dragon and... show more
In the time of the Han Dynasty in ancient China, the last remaining dragon is in danger of being killed by the cruel Emperor. A nameless orphan with no past and an uncertain future becomes his unlikely ally. The young orphan soon discovers that it is her destiny to protect the aging dragon and his mysterious purple stone. Chased by an evil dragon hunter and a powerful sorcerer, their adventure is not easy. Each must learn to help and understand the other if they are to survive. To succeed in her task, the young orphan must reach deep within herself to find courage she never knew existed. No longer can she be the timid, shy orphan she once was. She is now the one, true Dragon Keeper.
Publish date: March 27th 2007
Pages no: 333
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Historical Fiction
, Middle Grade
Series: Dragon Keeper (#1)
I have no aversion to reading children's books, but this one was of the kind that is talking down to children instead of with or at them. A nice enough plot line and a bit of Chinese history, but little else.
The last imperial dragon is being barely cared for by Master Lan, most of the duties fall to his slave girl - Ping - a name we don't find out till later as he doesn't bother using her name and she doesn't know it either it's on a necklace she wears. She rescues the dragon from certain death and the...
This is the book that changed the way I read. I was maybe eleven or twelve and I loved this book so much that I became obsessed with dragons. Then came the love of all things fantasy.
A charming, easy read. There were occasions where I couldn't quite follow the logic of Ping's enemies and their ability to abruptly show up at inconvenient moments, but I was definitely caught by Ping's development from passive slave to burgeoning strength.