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Blood Brothers (Dragon Keeper #4)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  370 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
The next instalment in the internationally best-selling and award-winning Dragonkeeper series.

The year is 325. The powerful Han Dynasty is a distant memory and tribes of barbarian soldiers fight over what was once the Empire. It is a dangerous time. Kai is 465 years old – a teenager in dragon years. He is searching for the person predestined to be his dragonkeeper. Kai’s s
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Walker Books Australia
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Shirley Marr
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aussie-mg
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Let me introduce you to someone very special to me. Her name is Carole Wilkinson, but (funnily enough!) most of you reading this will know her better as Mama of Aussie YA sensation, Lili Wilkinson! I'll say first-up that I am not being paid for this, nor do I even know Carole (or even Lili). I just know them through their work. Okay, I have met Carole once, but all I did was say 'hi", stared at this awesome Chinese brooch s
Apr 20, 2013 marked it as to-read
'A 'Buddhist novice'...hmm. Is it just me or does this:
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Remind you of this:
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Avatar the Last Airbender...continues!! (lol :))
Sagittarius Scholar
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating 3.9

This book was great while it lasted. The plot and characters were awesome, but my true problem with this book was that I couldn't remember it. It's been about a month since I've read this book but I don't remember much about it which makes me quite sad.

The thing is, I know if a book deserves a 5 star rating when a month or so later I can still remember a majority of the plot, so yeah.
Jul 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: carole-wilkinson
Why 3 stars? Because it was a slow read. It took awhile to get to the good parts as they say. It felt like the plots are jumping from one topic to another. Not sure whether the next one will be better. But at least, I manage to finish it, better yet I have the inclination to finish it and believe me that is a good thing. Because if a book/story turns me off, sigh...sad to say it will rot there on the shelf forever cause to me there are far more interesting story to be read, why waste time.
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Aug 29, 2012 added it
Recommends it for: young readers aged 11-14
Shelves: young-adult-book
Once again I enjoy Wilkinson’s research and her convincing historical setting which now supports the story of the Buddhist period in which Tao sees a statue of the Buddha for the first time, is appalled by the un-Buddhist behaviour of a charlatan Abbot who wants to build a golden pagoda and get the support of the barbarian leader.
And of course, there are dragons, especially Kai, who at 466 years old is in a petulant, adolescent stage. He has chosen Tao to be his dragon keeper but at first they c
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: youth-ya
My daughter found this 4th book in the Dragon Keeper series and brought it home for me to read. I liked it, but not quite as well as the first three. Set 400 years after the third book, the dragon, Kai, is out looking for his next Dragon Keeper. Kai finds the boy he is looking for, but the boy is not interested. He is a novice in a Buddhist monastery and is working hard at accumulating karma for the benefit of his brother. In spite of his disinterest, the boy is soon involved in the adventures t ...more
Ms. B
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, magic, 2017
I have not read the first 3 books about Kai. This one is set after those stories. Tao is set on becoming a monk; he follows the precepts (similar to the Ten Commandments) and is learning the sutras (prayers). What happens when Kai meets him? Will Kai be able to remain faithful to his Budhist ways?
First book in a set of three. Give this one to those who are looking for a story or series about dragons.
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love the story!

I'm so happy that the dragonkeeper series is continuing. It was heartbreaking to see Ping farewell Kai. This new adventure with Tao certainly lifted my spirits with this series. I remember reading dragon keeper in year 5-6. Four years later I still find the new storyling so easy to get back into. I can't wait for the next release. For those who haven't read this you cannot miss this book. A story for all ages I believe.

Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, junior, china, dragons
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Amy Gordon
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
After being so engrossed in the trilogy, it's hard to read something that includes Kai but excludes Ping, having grown old. I truly struggled to enjoy this book and I'm unsure of that was because of the absence of Ping or whichever reason. I've tried to read this book several times and I just couldn't get into it so... this is actually an unfinished "read".
Renee Currie
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love this series and happy to know the story continues.
In this installment, the emperor and Ping (dragon keeper) are long gone and Kai is a young dragon finding his way in the world. Kai finds a descendant of Ping and together they share many adventures, some good, some bad. Both young and loners, they must learn loyalty, honesty and friendship to survive.
Michael Earp
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I first read this book in April 2103 but I thought I would read it again as volume 6 of the series is coming out in March this year.

Kai the dragon, is now 466 years old and meets up with some new human characters.
Emma Hamilton
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loves this book, although I enjoyed the first 3 more
George Ivanoff
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful Dragonkeeper book. I hope there will be more.
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
great book
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
i hope there is more adventures ahead. this story pulled at the heart strings. fantastically written. i couldn't put it down towards the end.
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not as good now that Ping's gone but still pretty good.
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It was good, though it was easy...
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing!!!!!!!!
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Honestly, I thought Tao was kind of stupid. However, he got better, and I love how much he loved his brother, Wei. Despite that, my favorite character is definitely Kai.
Eva Moore
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't know why but I expected not to enjoy this book. But then I found myself staying up to read chapter after chapter and had to admit to myself that I was being dumb. This is a pretty good book
Megan Higginson
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Oct 01, 2012 added it
I liked the book but the end was a bit confusing.
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Carole was born in England in 1950. Her family moved to Australia when she was 12. She now lives in Melbourne, with her husband John.
Carole didn't start writing until she was nearly 40. Before that, she worked as a laboratory assistant, working with a lot of blood and brains. Once she’d decided to try and become a writer, she went to university. She wrote a lot while she was there including her f
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“abandoned and ruined. In the north east of the city, where the imperial gardens had once been, people had constructed rickety hovels from scraps of wood salvaged from the ruins. In the empty space that had once been a garden full of exotic plants, they were growing grain and vegetables. Men with sharpened sticks and clubs watched over the struggling plants day and night. There were a few goats tethered to posts, one or two pigs and some scrawny chickens pecking at the barren earth. The children were dressed in tattered rags and just as grimy as children in the rest of the city, but” 0 likes
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