Tarragon Key Keeper by Karlie Lucas
For hundreds of years, the gates of Tarragon have been sealed from the outside. Prophecy speaks of the day the last Key Keeper will return and wake the dragons from their spell-cast slumber, returning them to their rightful home.
Seeking to fulfill her father’s dying wish, Anwen Porter travels to the Drakonii Mountains where she meets Tyler, a mysterious local with a secret. With his help, she learns more about her clouded past and her own abilities. But when Courtney, a lovesick mage, tries to insert herself into their plans, things begin to go horribly wrong.
With death threatening at every turn, Anwen must learn to rely on her newfound friends to survive. But how can she unravel the mystery of her heritage when everything is trying to kill her?
A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.
Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.
When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.
She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally.
Tyler finished repacking his backpack and straightened to stand. ‘A keeper is someone who keeps or guards something,’ he answered carefully. ‘As far as these mountains, and the legend of the dragons goes, a Keeper is also known as a Key Keeper. He, or she, is one who has been entrusted with a Key to Taragon. They were also the mortal guardians of the Dragon Realm.’ Anwen swallowed. ‘Oh.’ She brushed of the few crumbs on her clothes and took up her carryall. ‘I guess we’d better get going then.’
Tarragon Key Keeper by Karlie Lucas is an adventure filled with fantastical monsters and magic. Lucas creates a new world, one where seventeen-year-old Anwen must find her way back to her roots. Upon her father’s request, she was to return to find out more about her past. When she arrives alone on a bus, she strikes up conversation with Tyler. Her mother’s warning, a constant reminder in her head, that she must not tell anyone who she really is—but, she lets it slip with the boy who seems to be just traveling through. Shortly after finding out that Tyler is actually a resident of the mountain city, she must figure out if she can trust him with her secrets. She doesn’t know much and he may actually know more than he originally lets her know, but all good things come to those who wait. With her arrival into the sleepy dragon town, she discovers that her family line, once exiled from the mountains, must play an important role for the future of the creatures of legend—dragons. In order to prepare herself for what is to come…can she trust the right people in the short amount of time that she has left?
Lucas does a good job with character development and originality. The story offers a terrific adventure in a land of imagination where dragons slumber. The author allows her readers to delve into this world, filled with not only adventure, but there are also elements of suspense. The backstory is thought provoking and captivating. Tarragon Key Keeper is a fast paced novel and easy to read and entertaining. If you are a reader of young adult or coming of age and science fiction or fantasy, this may be the right book for you.
An advanced copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.