Dragon Keeper review
In the far western mountains of the Han dynasty of China, a nameless slave girl takes care of the last imperial dragons instead of the fake dragon keeper, Master Lan. One dies and cruel Lan makes it into pickle and feeds it to the emperor, who later dies. The slave girl then embarks on a journey with the dragon, Long Danzi, and the dragon stone. She finds out her name is Ping and that a) Danzi can change shape, b) arsenic is healing to dragons, c) her name means "Duckweed", and d) they are going to "Ocean". Farther on their voyage, they come across a village with a drought and the townspeople try to sacrifice her to the "dragon in the lake." Danzi saves her and they keep going, traveling for weeks. They run across the new Emperor, who tries to keep them at his palace. they do eventually reach Ocean, which is very different from what Ping imagined it to be. Along with surprises, narrow escapes, and suspense throughout the book, if you like any of these qualities or dragons and traveling, you will like this author and book. I rate this 5 out of 5 stars and will recommend this to anyone who asks. It is a historical fiction/fantasy mix and I love it.