Dragon's Keep (Wilde Island Chronicles #1)
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 willrestoreher family to itsrightful throne.
But Rosalind’s flaw cannot be separated from her fate. When she is carried off by the...more
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Often times, first impressions are wrong. My first impression of Dragon's Keep was that it was boring. But after I read it, I learned I was wrong; it was boring AND disgusting.
Boring, because the author had all these details in there that you think might be important, but aren't in the end. They're either vaguely followed up so you're not really sure, or just dismissed all together, and never mentioned again. Like that little girl that died in the beginnin ...more
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 o ...more
Well, I liked the dragon aspects of the book, esp. as they were not the fun, endearing, yet noble and powerful creatures of most of the series that I like. These dragons are far more the wild monsters that appear in legends and the scary, if still majestic animals that everyone is out to kill. And they are not all wrong in that inclination to eliminate such a threat. Which made our heroine's time spent with these creatures and the relationship that she builds with them all the more vita ...more
The book is really split into three different parts. The first two we spend a good amount of time on, but the last part is sadly mostly glossed over. This is where the development of the romance could have come in, but unfortunately we are m ...more
Anyway, a few thoughts so far concerning the book.
I hated the queen! She's more obsessed wit ...more
Princess Rosalind (Rosie to her friends) is born with one finger that is a dragon claw. Her mother goes to great lengths to hide Rosie’s ...more
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This is one of those books where the payoff is good, but the journey is only so-so. I’m glad I read this book—I like the story very much and the author did a great job in capturing the feel of an Arthurian tragedy—but…the actual reading process was a little difficult for me.
I like fast-paced books, and this was not a fast-paced book at all. There is very little edge-of-your-seat action, with the plot instead unfurling slowly across Rosalind's life. For people who don’t mind a slower-pac ...more
I would characterize this story as more of a coming of age story of a pampered, lonely princess fueled by her mother's ambition. It's completely told ...more
It’s set in the old days, with kings and castles and whatnot. The time period isn’t really my bag to begin with, but I thought I would give it a chance anyway.
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Carey weaves a really interesting story. It seemed like a fairy tale. This book tells the tale of the princess Rosalind that was born with a dragon claw instead of her left ring finger. This is ...more
When I was reading this I kept getting mixed feelings. I honestly didn't know why I kept reading it but I did and in the end I found myself really liking it. It's one of those stories that makes you think even after you've finished, wanting to continue on with the characters even though it seems like everything is resolved in the end.
I think why it has so many bad reviews is the writing. It's not well written sometimes. However, I really enjoyed the ...more
But there I'd have to say that the coolness ends. The villain, "Sir Magnus," is a generically priestly advisor, who smacks of largely of a eunuch. He's fat, and wears gloves like a queen: once again, ambiguous gender is cou ...more
Princess Rosalind knows that she is the princess mentioned in the prophecy; her mother has made every decision with this prophecy in mind. All in all, Rosalind is a fairly typical princess - she is fair and pretty, well-educated and well-mannered. All that's left is ...more
Although I love the phenomenon of books published by young authors, when I read this book, I am reminded of the fullness and depth of a story told by an accomplished and confident author ...more
The plot is based around a young girl, Rosalind, who was born with a dragon's claw. There is also a prophecy made six-hundred years prior by Merlin who had foreseen the end of a war with dragons' fire and broken sword, the war ends with a gifted claw. Rosalind also decides that in order to keep her people safe, she needed to go live with the dragons that gifted her claw and for two years she stayed. On the second ...more
Never in all my life have I read such a captivating dragon story. Dragon-lore is a subject I cherish dearly and Janet Lee Carey has woven a tale that has inspired my own writings as well as breathed life into the bone str ...more
With good research, Carey created a largely historical setting; the times when her charac ...more
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Janet Lee Carey is the award-winning author of nine Children's and YA novels. Her YA fantasy is critically acclaimed: "Verdict: This is quite simply fantasy at its best–original, beautiful, amazing, and deeply moving.” School Library Journal starred review. Janet links each new book with a charitable organization empowering readers ...more