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School Library Journal Review
Gr 5-9-In this final book in the trilogy, Ping has grown into a responsible Dragon Keeper for Kai. Danzi, Kai's father and Ping's first dragon, has left instructions for the girl to take Kai to the Dragon Haven where he can grow up safe from human influence. Following an ancient and faded map, the two set out to discover if Kai, now an adolescent, is the last of the dragons. During the journey, many of Ping's old friends are rediscovered. The story, set during the Han dynasty, offers an unusual combination of fantasy and ancient Chinese culture in which the dragons have extraordinary lives that not only affect Ping, but all of China as well.-June H. Keuhn, Corning East High School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The satisfactory conclusion of the Dragon Keeper trilogy, set in ancient China, features lone female dragon keeper, Ping, and her young dragon, Kai. As Kai's future at Beibai Palace grows more dangerous, Ping unravels puzzles left by Kai's father, Danzi, that instruct her to deliver Kai to the safety of a secret dragon haven. The long and difficult journey relies on coincidence and contrivance, but the humor, mild danger, and human-dragon friendship will appeal to young fantasy readers. Math teachers may want to read aloud the passage about the seven-cunning-pieces puzzle to accompany tangram geometry activities.--Dobrez, Cindy Copyright 2008 Booklist
Horn Book Review
In this trilogy conclusion, Ping must find the secret dragon haven where Kai can be safe throughout his centuries-long life. A clever language puzzle drives Ping's quest, which unfortunately closes with a series of deus ex machina revelations that undercut previous character development. Glos. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.
Kirkus Book Review
Young Ping at last finds a haven for her beloved dragon hatchling Kai in this contrived but adequate conclusion to a trilogy that began with Dragon Keeper (2005). Guided by a cryptic map and a prophecy that the author, for some reason, reveals only in parts and after the events it describes have happened, Ping and Kai set out over vast stretches of drought-stricken land and into high ranges of mountains in hopes of reaching a place where other dragons still dwell, safe from rapacious hunters. Rehearsing previous episodes and running into previously met characters as they go, the two endure harrowing dangers and hardships--and Ping has to make a wrenching sacrifice--before their quest comes to an end. For all the tale's uneven pacing and quality, Ping's loyalty, intelligence and tenacity make her an admirable character, and dracophiles will enjoy watching the puppylike Kai at least begin (dragons are very long-lived) to come into his own. (glossary, Pinyin pronunciation guide) (Fantasy. 11-13) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.