Author(s): Carole Wilkinson
In the time of the Han Dynasty in ancient China, a young orphan struggles to fulfill her destiny. Ping has survived her days as a slave at Huangling Palace, but new challenges await her in the desolate mountains of Tai Shan. The aged dragon Danzi is gone, and now it is up to Ping to take care of the baby dragon, Kai. She does her best, but food is scarce, and she must be constantly on the lookout for her enemies. Things seem to get better when fate leads her back to the Imperial Palace, to the Garden of the Purple Dragon. Yet even within these hallowed walls, Ping and Kai are not as safe as they believe.
This story of adventure, action, friendship, and loyalty will have readers cheering for Ping and the young dragon as they embark on their journey of faith and courage.
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.