The Dragon Keeper Trilogy are a three book series written by Carole Wilkinson. Set in Ancient China, The trilogy consist of Dragon Keeper, Garden of the Purple Dragon, and Dragon Moon, with a small prequel story "Dragon Dawn".Dragon Keeper opens with Ping (and her pet rat, Hua) working as a slave under Master Lan, the man responsible for taking care of the Emperor's dragons. After one of the two dragons die from neglect, Master Lan blames Ping and tell the Emperor that she is an evil sorceress. The Emperor sends soldiers to capture and execute Ping, but she manages to escape along with the last remaining dragon, Long Danzi, and the mysterious Dragon Stone. Which is totally not in any way a dragon egg. Hunted not only by imperial soldiers, but also by dragon hunters, Ping and Danzi embark on a journey to reach Ocean, a place where Danzi will finally be safe from humanity. They do reach Ocean, at which point Danzi leaves Ping with the freshly hatched Dragon Stone.In Garden of the Purple Dragon, Ping (and Hua who can now spit fireballs) attempts to raise Kai, the dragon that hatched from the Dragon Stone. After being attacked by a necromancer, they are captured by Imperial soldiers and taken to the Emperor, Liu Che . . . who promptly drops all charges against her and welcomes her into his court. While there, a boy named Jun is brought into the Emperor's service as the true Dragon Keeper. It is later revealed that he is a fraud. Later, after nearly being assassinated, Ping discovers that Liu Che has aligned himself with the necromancer from earlier, and that they are bleeding Kai in an attempt to create an elixir of immortality.. With Liu Che's permission, the necromancer attempts to sacrifice Ping. However, she kills him instead. Afterwards, she flees the palace with Kai (Hua leaves them to be with his own kind), and accepts the offer of a Princess she previously befriended to live in their home.Dragon Moon opens with Liu Che's troops attacking the palace where Ping now lives. Fearing for Kai's safety, she and him flee in search of the Dragon Haven, a legendary place that is, you guessed it, a safe haven for dragons.Not to be confused with the novel of the same name by Robin Hobb.
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