Sunday, April 26, 2009

Dragon's Keep

Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey was another of my Chapters finds. It sounded like an intriguing tale: a princess is born with a dragon claw. Only her mother knows about it. The princess is kidnapped by a dragon, and she is forced to come to terms with herself, dragon parts and all.
Intriguing idea, but I didn't think it was very well carried out. The problem was the whole book seemed so slow. Princess Rosalind meets a dragon near the beginning of the book, but isn't captured until half way through. And once she is captured, the tale seems to ramble on for another hundred pages before eventually coming to an end. Even the events at the end seemed to ramble on unnecessarily.
The one thing the book had going for it were the interesting main characters. I liked Rosalind. She was an interesting character who always tried to do the right thing, even if it didn't always work out. She wanted to live a normal life but was so mired down in ancient prophecy that this was impossible. Lord Faul, the dragon who eventually kidnaps her, was also great. And so were his little ones. But a lot of the other characters seemed to fall a bit flat. Or, in the case of Kit, they were just getting to be interesting and then they are gone.
So all in all, I don't really recommend this book. It had a neat idea, and some good characters, but overall it didn't feel worth reading.

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