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Dragon's Keep

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

Rosalind's fate was written in the stars, read by Merlin, some 600 years before she was born. A direct descendant of the Pendragon line, her ancestor, Evaine, was the younger sister of King Arthur. Evaine married an outlaw and was banished to Wilde Island and erased fro...
Rosalind's fate was written in the stars, read by Merlin, some 600 years before she was born. A direct descendant of the Pendragon line, her ancestor, Evaine, was the younger sister of King Arthur. Evaine married an outlaw and was banished to Wilde Island and erased from family history, setting Rosalind's destiny in motion. Three things are said of the twenty-first queen of Wilde Island; "She shall redeem the name Pendragon. End war with the wave of her hand. And restore the glory of Wilde Island."

Rosalind knows the prophecy well. She has been groomed for it her entire life. The way her mother sees it, England is in the midst of a civil war and Rosalind will marry Prince Henry, future king of England, thereby fulfilling all aspects of the prophecy. There are just a few problems. Having never met the Prince, what if he and Rosalind don't get along? Not that the Queen of England has officially contacted them yet, though it is assumed she is aware of the prophecy. With the recent dragon attacks on Wilde Island their military force is depleted, and may not be much help to England. Oh, and there's the little matter of Rosalind's ring finger. Instead of a finger it's a dragon's claw. So far she and her mother have hidden it behind golden gloves, but that won't work when Rosie is married. They MUST find a cure soon. A cure that is made harder to find due to the fact that the healers are never told what the exact problem is. Things are beginning to look bleak.

When an envoy from England comes to visit Wilde Island, things may be looking up a little. Especially since they've managed to slay the dragon that has been harassing the Island forever. It doesn't hurt that the one who killed the dragon is a handsome boy around Rosalind's age. At least in Rosalind's opinion, but her mother might not see it the same. Not that it's a concern for long. What should be one of the most triumphant moments in their history turns horrifying when the dragon's mate returns to punish the people, and takes a special interest in Rosalind. Before long, Rosalind's life will never be the same, and it doesn't look like the prophecy could ever possibly be fulfilled.

There is so much more to this book than I can tell you here! So many more levels and layers to the story. If I tried to fit it all in it would not only ruin the story, but end up nearly as long as the book! The relationships between the characters are so multi-leveled and very realistic. Rosalind may be a Princess with a dragon's claw in a faraway time and place, but her relationship with her mother is something you could see in anyone's life. Her desire to be normal and accepted are the same things everyone experiences as a teenager. So while the circumstances aren't something we experience every day, the people in them, and their reactions to them, are completely realistic and easy to relate to.

Part fairy tale, part mythology, part legend, all around fantastic! Read it! You'll be glad you did.

posted by TeensReadToo on October 27, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

As deadly George RR Martin...

I liked the book, choppy and misbegotten beginning and all. However, she was as fatal to her characters as Martin. Don't become attached to anyone and you'll like this story just fine.

posted by 5300356 on October 24, 2011

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    As deadly George RR Martin...

    I liked the book, choppy and misbegotten beginning and all. However, she was as fatal to her characters as Martin. Don't become attached to anyone and you'll like this story just fine.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Good book but...........

    I loved this book, it was really good and easy to feel like you where there. But, there was a lot of people and animals who died. At the end, i counted at lest 11 people or animals who where close to the main characters dead. Also, the very end was a little hurried. The rest of the book great because of it's detail bit the end, well, the end let that detailed book down. It's just pretty easy to see that the author had to rush the end to finish the book. It was a wonderful book and you feel for the main character, but if this book is more geared for girls then the author could have made the book a best seller without all tye people dead.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

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    O.K

    I think this book is O.K. But it was good.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2007

    Good Book

    I thought this book was pretty good. But, I have read better. It took me two days to read. I had trouble putting it down. There were a lot of questions I wanted answered. In the end they were all anwsered and it did not set it up for another book. 'But of course that doesn't mean there won't be one.' It also ended happy and that makes the story that much better. Books that end sad make me depressed. I recommened this book but if you don't want to you don't have to.

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