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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Review: Dragonfly

Title: Dragonfly
Author: Julia Golding
Series: None
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: Hardback
Pages: 390
Release Date: October 1, 2009
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children's Books
Source: Library
Princess Taoshira of the Blue Crescent Islands is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil of Gerfal. 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 to form an alliance.
When Tashi and Ramil 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?
The latest novel from Nestle Prize-winning author Julia Golding, Dragonfly is a thrilling mix of fantasy and adventure.

Dragonfly is a tale of sadness and hope, but mostly one dealing with the strength of a person's faith. Be warned, there is lots of religion in this book in the sense of dealing with a God or Goddess aspect. I am going to give a short description on what I thought of my favorite characters in this book, otherwise I'm going to start acting like a squealing fangirl.

Ramil: In my opinion, Ramil is one of the most perfect male characters out there. He was willing to defend those he loved, at the cost of his life.
Tashi: The same could be said for Tashi. I admired her faith in the Goddess. She was devoted, and so strong-willed. She is a great example of a good person.
Thunder: This was actually Ramil's horse. I couldn't help but fall in love with this loving creature. He stood by Tashi when she needed him most.
Gordoc: This big guy was so loving! His affection for Tashi was amazing! I wish I could have a Gordoc in my life.

That's basically my take on Dragonfly's main characters. Ramil and Tashi make one of the best couples in YA history I have ever seen. They will most definitely remain in my memory a very long time. I urge you to go find a copy of this book and read it. Besides, who doesn't love a tale with princesses and princes?

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