Dragon's Keep

Dragon's Keep

by Janet Lee Carey
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Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey

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 Rosalind’s 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547416021
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Series: Dragon's Keep Series , #1
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 209,627
File size: 630 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

JANET LEE CAREY received the Mark Twain Award in 2005 for Wenny Has Wings. She lives near Seattle, Washington.

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Dragon's Keep 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Throughout my lifetime I have had the pleasure of reading several books and indulging myself in the worlds several authors had been able to paint with only their words. This book has infinite meaning to me, for it has -and still to this day- keeps me thinking about the characters, their personalities, the situation, and the lessons learned. It has a permanent spot in my soul, wedged in a place where I always find myself thinking back to. I will be forever grateful to the author, for sparking this love, this ache in my soul that resigns there and always will for literature, and all the beautiful art created by authors everywhere. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read it for a reading compitition and I found it surprisingly very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently read the book Dragons Keep by Janet Lee Carey and i have to say that it was an amazing book and you wont waste any money when buying it!!!!!! The book was so good that it took me two days to read because i couldnt put it down and i loved turning every page!!! I think thag Janet Lee Carey deserves a huge round of appluase!!!!!!!! Please report back to me when you have finished reading the book. The way you can let me know that the review is from someone who read mine is to title the headline for the review is: Brfybm1. Thx for reading!!!!!!!!!!!
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rose goes through quite a turn. A dragon captures her and she learns the dragon's ways. I think this is a truly awesome story. If you love dragons, is a tween/young teen you would enjoy this!
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This book sucks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was amazing!!!!!But there were alot of sad parts. However the good and happy parts out numerbed the sad and upseting parts.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! Words cannot be put into detail on how well this book is. I have read it twice. Its so enthralling and makes me want to be Rosellin, caring for some of the last dragon kind while slaving away for the sake of the lives of her loved ones. I recomend this book to any one.
advancedreaderformyage More than 1 year ago
this book blew me away with the detail and i absoluetly loved it. i havent read the second book and i cant wait to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From qwhat i read the book is amazing. Perfect for ambitious young readers.
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I am so glad that the heroine is not some damsel is distress. She is smart and capable. The ending for me is a bit rushed, i hope there will be a sequel.
ScarlettH More than 1 year ago
Rosalind is a bright, young, beautiful girl with a bright future ahead of her. Her prophecy is destined to redeem the Pendragon family after her ancestor, Evaine, was banished and erased from the family history once she married and outlaw. Rosiland’s parents have groomed her in order for her to fulfill this prophecy since she was born, and she is also destined to marry the Prince of England, whom she has never met. However, an obstacle has been encountered. On her ring finger, there lies the finger of a dragon which she has had since birth. Only her mother knows about this, and they both wear gloves to conceal it from everyone. A cure for this must be found in order for her to marry the prince. What’s not so much help are the dragon attacks that have been happening recently, delaying the process to find a cure. Even once that dragon is slain, it’s friend turns to attack Rosiland as well, putting not only her life in danger, but the chances that the prophecy will be fulfilled is also becoming less and less likely. The question doesn’t become if she can ever bring the Pendragon family back to high honors, but if she can survive. I recommend this book to teens ages 15-20 for the fact that the old language can be hard to interpret and any age older than around 20, the book can seem childish due to the fantasy aspect of it. Very good book.
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This book is every good. I loved reading it and it wasnt what you expected. Give it a chapter or two and you wont be able to put it down
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sgmaxx More than 1 year ago
enjoyed it a lot.