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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.

The series chronicles the journey of a slave girl named Ping's journey with a wise dragon, named Danzi. Over the course of the story, Ping develops into a strong woman, capable of doing things that she hadn't even dreamed of when she had been a slave.

These books provide examples of:

  • Berserk Button: You'll trigger it if you mess with Ping's friends, and vice versa.
    • Never mention the word "slave" around Ping....ever.
  • Everyone Is Right Handed Plot point in that all Dragon Keepers are left-handed.
  • Fridge Horror: Well, if you really think about it, the story really changed nothing. Since there are no dragons prevalent, that means a bunch of humans probably slaughtered the last remaining numbers of dragons. Though, it could really be that their in hiding
  • Humans Are Bastards: The reason why Ping and Company have to move around so much.
  • I Am Dying Please Take My Macguffin: Subverted, then eventually played straight. When Danzi goes to the Island of the Blessed, he leaves Ping the Dragon Stone. In Dragon Moon, Ping seems fully convinced that Danzi died.
  • I Have Many Names: Danzi says this pretty much word for word.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The dragons in the story are Chinese Dragons, as opposed to the Fairy Tale kind.
  • Jerkass: Ping's old master Lan embodies this trope.
    • Lie Che eventually devolves into this.
  • MacGuffin: Pretty much the Dragon stone and even more so when it hatches.
  • Made a Slave: Ping starts as this in the beginning of the story.
  • Meaningful Name: Averted with Ping, who is disappointed to learn that her name means "duckweed". Played straight though with Long Danzi whose name means "Courageous Dragon".
  • The Obi-Wan: Danzi during the course of Dragon Keeper.
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