Author(s): Carole Wilkinson
Ancient China, Han Dynasty. Ping thinks she is safe hiding in the shadow of the Tai Shan mountains. Here she struggles to care for Kai, the baby dragon she is responsible for. But even in her remote mountain hideout, Ping's enemies find her. It is Kai they want. Who can Ping trust? It is impossible to distinguish friend from foe. The easy road beckons. Will they find sanctuary in the Garden of the Purple Dragon? Has the time come for Ping to embrace her true destiny?
I loved Carole Wilkinson's Dragonkeeper so much I'm reading my way through the whole series. Garden of the Purple Dragon (book 2) opens with our dragonkeeper, Ping, in charge of a baby dragon, Kai. Kai is just like a small child and runs Ping in circles. Hiding in the mountains, Ping thinks that Kai is safe, but she soon realises that their enemies will find them again. While she has misgivings about returning to the imperial palace, it is also a place of solace, safe from the necromancer. However the palace brings its own dangers, and Ping finds herself having to draw on all her reserves to keep Kai safe. This book is as delightful as the first. I have the third book waiting in the wings. - Stella
Carole Wilkinson is an award-winning and much loved author of books for children. She has a long-standing fascination with dragons and is interested in the history of everything. Though Carole has written over 30 books, she did not write her first book until she was nearly 40. Before that she had worked as a laboratory assistant and as a film and television writer and editor.