Book One in the Dragonkeeper series

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Ancient China, Han Dynasty. A slave girl saves the life of an ageing dragon and escapes her brutal master. Pursued by a ruthless dragon hunter, the girl and the dragon make an epic journey across China carrying a mysterious stone that must be protected.

This is the story of a young slave girl who believes she is not worthy of a name but finds within herself the strength and courage to make this perilous journey — and do what must be done.

Dragonkeeper maybe purchased from your local bookshop. It is available in various audio and ebook formats including from Booktopia.


“The story explores themes of trust, courage, power, greed and love in a meticulously researched setting. It is a story that informs as it delights and leaves the reader with a yearning to know more.”

 — Judges’ Report 2004, Children’s Book Council of Australia, 2004

“… an ambitious novel, marrying ancient Chinese history and culture with magic and fantasy… the sights, smells and tastes of this fantastic ancient China are fully realised.”

 — Bookseller & Publisher (Children's Supplement), November 2003

Reader reviews

“During the whole of the story, my eyes were glued to the book, not even stopping to eat! I recommend it to any reader of any age.”

 — James G

“dragonkeeper is the crappiest story i’ve read”

 — Frank P

“Last night I finished reading the Dragon Keeper to [my children]. It is not often that everyone in our family has enjoyed a book so much. Thank-you for some beautiful writing.”

 — Michael F

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