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Preview — Dragonfly by Julia Golding. And he's not too pleased, either. She is used to a life of discipline, ritual, and splendor. He is used to hunting and carousing. They hate each other on sight. But both of their countries are under threat from a fearsome warlord, and the only chance of peace is Princess Taoshira of the Blue Crescent Islands is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil of Gerfal.
But both of their countries are under threat from a fearsome warlord, and the only chance of peace is to form an alliance. When Tashi and Ram are kidnapped, they fear there's no escape--from their kidnappers or from each other. Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive ambush, unarmed combat, brainwashing, and imprisonment? And will the people they meet on their adventure--including a circus strongman, a daring rebel leader, a sinister master of spies, and the best female fighter they have ever seen--help them or betray them to the enemy?
Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published October 20th by Skyscape first published More Details Original Title. Manchester Book Award Nominee for Longlist Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dragonfly , please sign up. Is this book appropriate for a 13 year old? Anna Yes. The story is perfect for a 13 year old. There're romantic relationships but no bedroom scenes or cussing.
Is there a cliffhanger? Camilla No, not at all. This is a stand-alone story, so no sequel or cliff hanger although there is a companion novel. See all 5 questions about Dragonfly…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of Dragonfly. Final review, first posted on www. But their countries need an alliance to fight against an aggressive and brutal warlord, Fergox Spearthrower of Holt one of those in-between countries , and the marriage is needed, in the views of their rulers, to cement their alliance.
Tashi, frightened, takes refuge in stiff formality; Ram gets wasted and does his best to put Tashi off with his rude and uncouth behavior. Dragonfly a book is a fast-paced and fun ride, and Tashi and Ram both have nice character development arcs, and a squeaky-clean romance gradually develops between them. Both have limitations in their worldviews and immaturities that they need to overcome. The villains of the story, Fergox and his sister, the Inkar Yellowtooth, are unmitigated villains, but do bring some personality to the tale.
Published before the push for more racial and cultural sensitivity and inclusiveness in recent years, Dragonfly stumbles a little in that regard. Combining that with a fair-haired population creates an odd feeling of disconnect, if not actual discomfort. Dragonfly is somewhat simplistic as far as characterization and writing style go. I think I would have adored this fantasy and light romance when I was about thirteen years old, but for older readers who prefer more complex YA fantasy, Dragonfly may fall a little flat.
This was an impromptu buddy read with Nenia. Thanks for the invite! View all 15 comments. What better way to do that than an impromptu buddy read with the lovely Tadiana? It's about a girl named Tashi and a boy named Ramil who are from two countries on the opposite side of the world, joined together in an arranged marriage to ally their nations against a hostile one.
From the very beginning, the two of them seem to cross all kinds of faux pas , and pretty soon their dislike is mutual, and both countries have taken offense. When the marriage is on the verge of being broken off, the two of them are kidnapped by the very nation they were going to marry to unite against, and the villainous mastermind of that endeavor is named, um, Fergox Spearthrower. Which, okay, sounds kind of You know Fergox is a bad guy because he's depicted as a lawless savage and he has more than one wife.
He hopes to make Tashi his most recent wife, meanwhile Ramil is creepily pursued by Fergox's sister, who tries to take him to bed when he's drunk. Luckily, they escape to one of Fergox's colonies, where revolution happens to be brewing as his commonwealths struggle to escape his control.
So there were some things about this book I liked. The writing was gorgeous and I liked the world, sort of. It was just really boring. The characters were all so bland. I was also kind of uncomfortable with how some of the races in this book were coded.
Tashi, as Tadiana pointed out in her review, is coded-- by name, culture, motif, and ritual-- as being Asian-inspired, even though she looks white and has blonde hair. Which feels kind of culturally appropriating, imo. Likewise, the savage guy with the last name Spearthrower and the multiple wives seemed kind of I don't know. I was trying really hard to finish this book but I'm not into it at all, so I'm just going to set it down.
I don't hate it, and I'd probably give it stars if I managed to finish it, but why bother? Aug 04, Liana rated it really liked it. I just. My friend Cindy recommended this book to me, and she was like, "Liana, you should read it!
It's so good! And I tell you I love Kristin Cashore. So, at first, judging by her name, I thought Taoshira was Japanese. But then it turns out she was blonde and I was like, nevermind. Blue Crescent. I guess that's a race. Like, omg. So cute I can't believe it. One thing I noticed about this book that's quite different from others I read, is that, well. I know all protagonists in books change from the beginning to the end, but then I just never notice.
She DID change. And, I tell you, from a stiff formal girl to a stubborn, more realistic version of Taoshira. And yeah. On the back it says "Ages 12 and up". There's nothing inappropriate about it, so, um. The romance is not porny Thank the lord and it's not too awkward and slow either.
It's just right. Not love at first sight either.
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Julia Golding. Princess Taoshira is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil ac Burinholt in order to unite their lands. And Ramil's not too pleased either. They hate each other on sight. So when she and Ramil are kidnapped, they fear there's no escape - either from their kidnappers or from each other. Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive ambush, unarmed combat, brainwashing and imprisonment? And will the people they meet on their extraordinary adventure - including a circus strongman, a daring rebel leader, a sinister master of spies and the best female fighter they have ever seen - help them or betray them to the enemy..
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