23 October 2012

'The Dragon Keeper' will leave readers questioning everything they know about animals held captive in zoos

Mindy Mejia’s debut novel, “The Dragon Keeper” is a rare combination of suspense and eloquence.

Factually precise and educational—providing scientific theory and research—while also creatively drawing on the moral issues that surround said research, Mejia has managed to produce a story that will leave the reader questioning everything they thought they knew about the animals held captive in zoos, and even more about the individuals whose duty it is to care for them.

For me, Mejia has managed to write a love story in its purest form. That which reminds us of the lengths we would go to in order to keep our love out of harm’s way, even if we have to sacrifice ourselves to do it.

The word that kept creeping to mind as I breezed through the story was morality. And I am grateful for Mejia’s inquisitive eye and finely honed skill, for it is because of writers like her that more readers may begin to question their own roles in the lives of the animals that are poorly and inaccurately thought to be “theirs.”

Erica Settino | Twitter | Facebook | Website
New York Erica is the founder and executive director of the non-profit organization, Karuna For Animals: Compassion In Action, Inc. A long time vegetarian turned passionate vegan, she works tirelessly to educate others on the countless benefits of adopting a vegan diet. She currently holds a BS in Psychology with a concentration in Animal Behavior and an MFA in Creative Writing. Along with her work in animal advocacy, Erica works as an editorial assistant, freelance writer, certified and registered yoga instructor, nutritional counselor and health coach. She lives with her veg husband and their four rescued animal companions.

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