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Staff Pick

Dragon's Keep is an interesting read. The people around Princess Rosalind are not necessarily all nice. I rooted for the dragons thinking that they would kidnap/rescue her, but discovered that the dragons are so not nice either. Rosalind manages to overcome her birth mark — first learning to love who she is — and then she creates strong bonds with humans and dragons alike.
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Publisher Comments:

Far away on Wilde Island, Princess Rosalind is born with a dragon claw where her ring finger should be. To hide the secret, the Queen forces her to wear gloves at all times until a cure can be found, so Rosalind can fulfill the prophecy to restore the family to their rightful throne.

But Rosalind's flaw cannot be separated from her fate. When she is carried off by the dragon, everything she thought she knew falls apart. The dragon sees beauty in her talon where her mother saw only shame, and Rosalind finally understands what her mother has truly denied her.

Carey has written a stunning portrayal of the complex relationship between a mother and daughter in a lyrical novel sure to thrill readers who love fantasy — and those who don't.

Review:

"Carey (Wenny Has Wings) has written a romantic fantasy steeped in the Arthurian tradition of knights, dragons and lost kingdoms. After eloping with an outlaw, King Arthur's sister, Evaine, is banished to Wilde Island. Merlin, however, foresees a prophecy regarding the 21st queen in her future lineage: 'She shall redeem the name Pendragon. End war with the wave of her hand. And restore the glory of Wilde Island.' Centuries later, Queen Gweneth (the infertile queen number 20) devours an egg stolen from the dragon, Lord Faul, in an attempt to conceive. When she does give birth, her daughter, Rosalind, is born with the 'devil's mark': her left hand bears a claw in place of one finger. Rosalind hides her hands underneath golden gloves and Queen Gweneth repeatedly commits murder to preserve the secret. The lonely princess doubts any man will ever marry her, but when she meets Kye — a young knight who vanquished a female dragon that has plagued Wilde Island-she falls in love. Soon after, Rosalind is captured by Lord Faul (her true father) and becomes nursemaid to his offspring, known as pips. When one of the pips drowns, Lord Faul's tears quench his 'inner fire,' killing him and ending Rosalind's capture. She returns to Wilde Island to claim her rightful place as queen, and though she is put on trial for being a witch, Rosalind's 'curse' ultimately becomes her triumph. Fantasy lovers will readily empathize with this brave heroine who learns to be true to herself. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"'Carey (Wenny Has Wings) has written a romantic fantasy steeped in the Arthurian tradition of knights, dragons and lost kingdoms. After eloping with an outlaw, King Arthur's sister, Evaine, is banished to Wilde Island. Merlin, however, foresees a prophecy regarding the 21st queen in her future lineage: 'She shall redeem the name Pendragon. End war with the wave of her hand. And restore the glory of Wilde Island.' Centuries later, Queen Gweneth (the infertile queen number 20) devours an egg stolen from the dragon, Lord Faul, in an attempt to conceive. When she does give birth, her daughter, Rosalind, is born with the 'devil's mark': her left hand bears a claw in place of one finger. Rosalind hides her hands underneath golden gloves and Queen Gweneth repeatedly commits murder to preserve the secret. The lonely princess doubts any man will ever marry her, but when she meets Kye — a young knight who vanquished a female dragon that has plagued Wilde Island — she falls in love. Soon after, Rosalind is captured by Lord Faul (her true father) and becomes nursemaid to his offspring, known as pips. When one of the pips drowns, Lord Faul's tears quench his 'inner fire,' killing him and ending Rosalind's capture. She returns to Wilde Island to claim her rightful place as queen, and though she is put on trial for being a witch, Rosalind's 'curse' ultimately becomes her triumph. Fantasy lovers will readily empathize with this brave heroine who learns to be true to herself. Ages 12-up.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"In addition to the writing, the fantastically multifaceted relationships among the main characters make this novel one that will easily hold readers attention." VOYA

Review:

"Wonderfully imagined dragon lore and an elegant backstory connection to the Arthur Pendragon legend are woven with rich strands of mother/daughter, child/nursemaid, friend/companion resonance, and the dark-skinned, blue-eyed half-Muslim Kye is a worthy hero." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Carey smoothly blends many traditional fantasy tropes here, but her telling is fresh as well as thoroughly compelling." Booklist

Synopsis:

By learning to accept the dragon claw that mars her hand, a princess fulfills her destiny and saves her country from war

Synopsis:

On Wilde Island, there is no peace between dragons, fairies, and humans.

Wilde Island is in an uproar over the recent death of its king. As the uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans begins to fray, the royal witch hunter with a hidden agenda begins a vengeful quest to burn girls suspected of witchcraft before a new king is crowned..

Strong-willed Tess, a blacksmiths daughter from a tiny hamlet, wants more for herself than a husband and a house to keep. But in times like these wanting more can be dangerous. Accused of witchery, Tess and her two friends are forced to flee the violent witch hunter. As their pursuer draws ever closer they find shelter with a huntsman in the outskirts of the forbidden Dragonswood sanctuary. But staying with the mysterious huntsman poses risks of its own: Tess does not know how to handle the attraction she feels for him—or resist the elusive call that draws her deeper onto the heart of Dragonswood.

*"Painful, cathartic and cautiously hopeful; a fairy tale for those who have given up on believing in them, but still yearn for happily ever after." — Kirkus, starred review

*"Perfectly crafted combination of history, mythology, and fantasy . . . The political intrigue, mythology of Merlin, and romances that bloom . . . will have readers racing toward the end and then going back to savor the events more slowly." --School Library Journal, starred review.

Synopsis:

Far away on Wilde Island, Princess Rosalind is born with a dragon claw where her ring finger should be. To hide this secret, the queen forces her to wear gloves at all times until a cure can be found, and Rosalind can fulfill the prophecy that will restore her family to its rightful throne.
    
But Rosalinds flaw cannot be separated from her fate. When she is carried off by the dragon, everything she thought she knew falls apart. . . .
    
Includes a reader's guide.
    
 

About the Author

Janet Lee Carey received the Mark Twain Award in 2005 for Wenny Has Wings. She lives near Seattle, Washington.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Prologue 1

Wormwood  & Poppy

1 The Queens Knife 5

2 The Sacred Finger Bone 8

3 The Stolen Child 11

4 Dragonstone 16

5 Dragonslayers 24

6 Pilgrimage 32

7 The Kiss 42

8 Angels Betrayal 47

9 Flying as in a Dream 53

10 Friend and Fowl 61

11 Diviner Eggs 69

12 Witchs Hollow 77

13 The Hag 84

14 Punishment 92

15 Her Spirit Unbound 98

Wolfs Bane

16 The Listing Ship 113

17 Demon Fire 125

18 The Shell 136

19 If Wolves Should Come 147

20 Twine Unraveled 154

21 Taken 163

22 Burningstone 170

23 The Breaking 177

24 Knights Folly 185

25 The Bargain 192

Briar Rose

26 A Language Lesson 203

27 Hissstory 208

28 Strange Treasure 218

29 Flight 226

30 The Scales 235

31 The Hunt 238

32 The Messenger 244

33 The Takings of the Storm 249

34 Lord Faul 258

35 Voice in the Falls 263

36 Discovered 269

37 Witch Trial 273

38 The Devils Footpath 287

39 Blood Proof 294

40 Talon 297

Product Details

ISBN:
9780152059262
Author:
Carey, Janet Lee
Publisher:
Harcourt Children's Books
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Animals, mythical
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Dragons
Subject:
History
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Kings and rulers
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Cover illustration by Patrick Scullin
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7 x 4.5 in 0.48 lb
Age Level:
12-17

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Dragon's Keep is an interesting read. The people around Princess Rosalind are not necessarily all nice. I rooted for the dragons thinking that they would kidnap/rescue her, but discovered that the dragons are so not nice either. Rosalind manages to overcome her birth mark — first learning to love who she is — and then she creates strong bonds with humans and dragons alike.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Carey (Wenny Has Wings) has written a romantic fantasy steeped in the Arthurian tradition of knights, dragons and lost kingdoms. After eloping with an outlaw, King Arthur's sister, Evaine, is banished to Wilde Island. Merlin, however, foresees a prophecy regarding the 21st queen in her future lineage: 'She shall redeem the name Pendragon. End war with the wave of her hand. And restore the glory of Wilde Island.' Centuries later, Queen Gweneth (the infertile queen number 20) devours an egg stolen from the dragon, Lord Faul, in an attempt to conceive. When she does give birth, her daughter, Rosalind, is born with the 'devil's mark': her left hand bears a claw in place of one finger. Rosalind hides her hands underneath golden gloves and Queen Gweneth repeatedly commits murder to preserve the secret. The lonely princess doubts any man will ever marry her, but when she meets Kye — a young knight who vanquished a female dragon that has plagued Wilde Island-she falls in love. Soon after, Rosalind is captured by Lord Faul (her true father) and becomes nursemaid to his offspring, known as pips. When one of the pips drowns, Lord Faul's tears quench his 'inner fire,' killing him and ending Rosalind's capture. She returns to Wilde Island to claim her rightful place as queen, and though she is put on trial for being a witch, Rosalind's 'curse' ultimately becomes her triumph. Fantasy lovers will readily empathize with this brave heroine who learns to be true to herself. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Carey (Wenny Has Wings) has written a romantic fantasy steeped in the Arthurian tradition of knights, dragons and lost kingdoms. After eloping with an outlaw, King Arthur's sister, Evaine, is banished to Wilde Island. Merlin, however, foresees a prophecy regarding the 21st queen in her future lineage: 'She shall redeem the name Pendragon. End war with the wave of her hand. And restore the glory of Wilde Island.' Centuries later, Queen Gweneth (the infertile queen number 20) devours an egg stolen from the dragon, Lord Faul, in an attempt to conceive. When she does give birth, her daughter, Rosalind, is born with the 'devil's mark': her left hand bears a claw in place of one finger. Rosalind hides her hands underneath golden gloves and Queen Gweneth repeatedly commits murder to preserve the secret. The lonely princess doubts any man will ever marry her, but when she meets Kye — a young knight who vanquished a female dragon that has plagued Wilde Island — she falls in love. Soon after, Rosalind is captured by Lord Faul (her true father) and becomes nursemaid to his offspring, known as pips. When one of the pips drowns, Lord Faul's tears quench his 'inner fire,' killing him and ending Rosalind's capture. She returns to Wilde Island to claim her rightful place as queen, and though she is put on trial for being a witch, Rosalind's 'curse' ultimately becomes her triumph. Fantasy lovers will readily empathize with this brave heroine who learns to be true to herself. Ages 12-up.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "In addition to the writing, the fantastically multifaceted relationships among the main characters make this novel one that will easily hold readers attention."
"Review" by , "Wonderfully imagined dragon lore and an elegant backstory connection to the Arthur Pendragon legend are woven with rich strands of mother/daughter, child/nursemaid, friend/companion resonance, and the dark-skinned, blue-eyed half-Muslim Kye is a worthy hero."
"Review" by , "Carey smoothly blends many traditional fantasy tropes here, but her telling is fresh as well as thoroughly compelling."
"Synopsis" by ,
By learning to accept the dragon claw that mars her hand, a princess fulfills her destiny and saves her country from war
"Synopsis" by ,

On Wilde Island, there is no peace between dragons, fairies, and humans.

Wilde Island is in an uproar over the recent death of its king. As the uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans begins to fray, the royal witch hunter with a hidden agenda begins a vengeful quest to burn girls suspected of witchcraft before a new king is crowned..

Strong-willed Tess, a blacksmiths daughter from a tiny hamlet, wants more for herself than a husband and a house to keep. But in times like these wanting more can be dangerous. Accused of witchery, Tess and her two friends are forced to flee the violent witch hunter. As their pursuer draws ever closer they find shelter with a huntsman in the outskirts of the forbidden Dragonswood sanctuary. But staying with the mysterious huntsman poses risks of its own: Tess does not know how to handle the attraction she feels for him—or resist the elusive call that draws her deeper onto the heart of Dragonswood.

*"Painful, cathartic and cautiously hopeful; a fairy tale for those who have given up on believing in them, but still yearn for happily ever after." — Kirkus, starred review

*"Perfectly crafted combination of history, mythology, and fantasy . . . The political intrigue, mythology of Merlin, and romances that bloom . . . will have readers racing toward the end and then going back to savor the events more slowly." --School Library Journal, starred review.

"Synopsis" by ,
Far away on Wilde Island, Princess Rosalind is born with a dragon claw where her ring finger should be. To hide this secret, the queen forces her to wear gloves at all times until a cure can be found, and Rosalind can fulfill the prophecy that will restore her family to its rightful throne.
    
But Rosalinds flaw cannot be separated from her fate. When she is carried off by the dragon, everything she thought she knew falls apart. . . .
    
Includes a reader's guide.
    
 
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