October 18, 2010Junction City High School
A book worth the fantasy
by Alyssa Freeman
Maroon & Gold
Dragon’s Keep, a fantasy book by Janet Lee Carey, starts on Wilde Island where Pendragon kings and queens have ruled the land for 600 years in exile. When the 21st princess was born, Merlin said that her destiny was to restore peace within two wars, to give back glory to Wilde Island, and to redeem the last name that is rightfully hers, Pendragon. The princess was destined to bring forth greatness. She was not destined, however, to be born with a dragon claw on her ring finger. Wishing for skin in the place of her horrifying scales, the princess and queen search near and far for a cure for the deformity. The two, unaware that there is no cure, will soon find the princess will be in a much worse situation.
This 302-page fantasy novel is filled with love, courage, magic, pain, longing, friendship, and loyalty. It has great creativity and ideas, and will create vivid mental images in your head whether you want them there or not. According to the School Library Journal, “Nonstop action… While the story has roots in traditional fairy tales and legends, the author has crafted something new and magical… Devotees of fantasy adventure stories will certainly find treasure here.” I would recommend this book to fantasy lovers, and I give this book 9 out of 10 stars. Dragon’s Keep is geared more towards female readers, but anyone who likes fantasy novels will enjoy this book.