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Publisher's Summary

A winner of the Mark Twain Award, Janet Lee Carey pens a richly imagined tale of princesses and dragons.

On Wilde Island, Rosalind and her mother live their lives in exile, awaiting the time they can reclaim their rightful place on the throne. And there is reason to hope - a 600-year-old prophesy has decreed that they will do just that. But little do they know that their destinies hinge on Rosalind's amazing, shameful secret: beneath her gold gloves, the fourth finger of her left hand is in truth a dragon's claw.

©2007 Janet Lee Carey (P)2008 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Thoroughly compelling." ( Booklist)
"Devotees of fantasy adventure stories will certainly find treasure here." ( School Library Journal)

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    5 out of 5 stars

Get ready to be whisked away!

I bought this book because I was craving something else narrated by Bianca Amato. I do not usually choose fantasy stories, but thoroughly enjoyed this one. Ms. Amato's voice has such power, such emotion. I loved this book in audio, and highly recommend it.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Something different is always good

Ms. Carey has crafted a wonderful tale told from a fresh perspective. There are such interesting characters within this tale. A fascinating departure from the norm. I did not know what to expect but, I thought I was in for the conveyor belt of one of the numerous re-hashings of Arthuian tales with a dragon, a wizard, some knights, etc etc. I just purchased this as a mindless diversion for a long plane flight.

I was very pleasently suprised!

A new story line for this legend is not so easy to come by. Ms. Carey has crafted something new, with charcters and an adventure that held your interest and a storyline that finishes one part of the tale nicely but, leaves you waiting eagerly the next installment.

If you are looking for a truly imaginative and entertaining branch of the Pendragon legend it is here your search will end. I actually listened to this twice and was just as entertained the second time as the first. Bravo and thanks for a truly new tale. Now hurry up and publish the next one!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic fantasy

A tale exploring the various shades of love and betrayal, Bianca Amato's rich voice evokes images and, eventually, tears. The story can be savored by children and adults alike.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • NKBH
  • Louisville, KY United States
  • 05-15-10

Excellent Narrator and Characters

I am a fan of Binaca Amator her voice is lyrical and takes me into the characters head and spirit. Dragon's Keep is a good fantasy novel written for teens. The plot is interesting and the book has good character development. However, I felt that the ending was rushed and built on a series quickly written plot devices to produce the ending and conclude the book. I was to say the least disappointed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Everybody dies

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I could have lived without this book, as it was frequently extremely depressing. I absolutely would not recommend it for a student who is at all prone to melancholia. The story was good, but the was far too much emphasis on people dying, etc. I think the book could have been just as good without all the gore.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Transition of the heroine from a useless princess to a savior.

What about Bianca Amato’s performance did you like?

I think Ms. Amato did an admirable job with this book, and it must have been difficult with all the overly gory descriptions. She kept me engrossed when I wasn't fast-forwarding thru that gross parts.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Woe is Me

Woe is me that I ever selected this audio book. I had high hopes for the story idea; however, the storyline development is much, much too predictable.. The performance is flat...the intonation never changes--the narrator sounds worried through the entire presentation, but perhaps she was directed to sound that way. I had to really stick with it to get to the end.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • KLSmith
  • Cub Run, Kentucky, United States
  • 07-12-17

enjoyed immensely, would recomend to anyone.

very well written, narration was superb.
you can easily get lost in this fairy tale.hope to find one just as good.

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A fantastic tale!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this book to any lover of Medieval history and fantasy. Ms Carey does a wonderful job of combining fantastical elements - such as dragons - with actual history - the feud over the English crown between Maude and Steven - and then weaves it into a story where belief is easily suspended, in which the heart races, aches, soars, and then aches again. I didn't want the book to end.

What other book might you compare Dragon's Keep to and why?

Fantasy meets historical fiction. I loved it.

What does Bianca Amato bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I chose this book because Bianca Amato read it - she is an amazing story teller. Her voice has a way of pulling me in. I could listen to her all day.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to listen to this book all the way through in one sitting. I was not able to, of course, but it was a treat to be able to listen to it. I just wish it hadn't ended!

Any additional comments?

There was a negative review in which the reviewer said this book was terrible, that she had to fast forward through the gruesome parts, and that she wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. To her I say, your loss. To others I say, take reviews with a grain of salt. This book was great and I just wish that there were more Carey books available on Audible.

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Dragon's Keep

What did you love best about Dragon's Keep?

Very Good read. Easy to follow and listen to. From the first chapter to the last it held my attention.

What did you like best about this story?

Rose and Kits friendship

Which character – as performed by Bianca Amato – was your favorite?

Rose of course.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When Rose and Dragon meet.

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  • Erika
  • IA, United States
  • 07-03-12

An Incredible Story!

Would you listen to Dragon's Keep again? Why?

This was an Incredible story! The narration was was awesome and the story itself was mesmerizing! I never wanted to stop listening and I didn't want it to end!