Dragonfly #2020

Dragonfly By Julia Golding Dragonfly Princess Taoshira is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil ac Burinholt in order to unite their lands And he s not too pleased either They hate each other on sight So when she and Ramil a
  • Title: Dragonfly
  • Author: Julia Golding
  • ISBN: 9780192727602
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dragonfly By Julia Golding Princess Taoshira is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil ac Burinholt in order to unite their lands And he 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 combaPrincess Taoshira is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil ac Burinholt in order to unite their lands And he 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 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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    1. Julia Golding

      My journey to becoming an author has been a roundabout one, taking in many other careers I grew up on the edge of Epping Forest and was that dreamy kind of child who was always writing stories After reading English at Cambridge, I decided to find out as much as I could about the wider world so joined the Foreign Office and served in Poland My work as a diplomat took me from the high point of town twinning in the Tatra Mountains to the low of inspecting the bottom of a Silesian coal mine.On leaving Poland, I exchanged diplomacy for academia and took a doctorate in the literature of the English Romantic Period at Oxford I then joined Oxfam as a lobbyist on conflict issues, campaigning at the UN and with governments to lessen the impact of conflict on civilians living in war zones a cause about which I still feel very passionate.Married with three children, I now live in Oxford between two rivers, surrounded by gargoyles, beautiful sandstone buildings and ancient trees.My first novel, The Diamond of Drury Lane , won the Waterstone s Children s Book Prize 2006 and the Nestle Children s Book Prize 2006 formerly known as the Smarties Prize I was also chosen by Waterstone s in 2007 as one of their Twenty five authors for the future In the US, Secret of the Sirens won the honor book medal of the Green Earth Book Award My latest series, which starts with Mel Foster and the Demon Butler, about an intrepid Victorian orphan who lives in a household of monsters, won Bronze in the Primary Teacher awards in 2015 The next part, Mel Foster and the Time Machine, has set the time dial to arrive in 2016.

    417 thoughts on “Dragonfly”

    1. Wow I just WOW.My friend Cindy recommended this book to me, and she was like, Liana, you should read it It s so good And when she says something is good, it s always true Well, 90% of the time.Anyways, Cindy insisted that it was a lot like Kristin Cashore s FIRE But I still think it s like the first book in that series, GRACELING And I tell you I love Kristin Cashore It s like Graceling and The Princess Bride combined I love both of those books, and, therefore, I loved Dragonfly So, at first, j [...]


    2. A gorgeous fantasy novel with lots of humour, romance and action I was especially intrigued by how Tashi and Ramil not only had to learn how to get along, but had to learn to accept the traditions and culture of each other s countries.And I was totally taken in by Tashi s self appointed protector Gordoc, who in his simple mindedness often ended up insightful than all of his so called knowledgeable friends.


    3. Ramil met Tashi s eyes with a mischievous look Now Wife we have a long voyage ahead of us with no interruptions, no affairs of state to sidetrack us He brushed his fingers againist the lacings of her neck Isn t it time you returned that shirt to its owner This book surprised me on so many levels I expected a fantasy novel that has to do with magic, or fantasy creatures However, I wasn t disappointed to learn that this has nothing to do with my expectations It was so much This book made a unique [...]


    4. This wonderful tale of adventure, self discovery and love is marketed to the 9 12 year old age group like Anne of Green Gables always a surprise, since when I finally got around to reading it at 14 I really struggled with it , but is highly enjoyable for any age group.Sixteen year old Taoshira, Fourth Crown Princess of the Crescent Islands, was elected at 12, plucked from her goat herd on Kai Island and has been immersed in formality, ritual and rigmarole ever since The other three Crown Princes [...]


    5. Fantastic Brilliant I m speechless Princess Taoshira of the Blue Crescent Islands is ordered to marry Prince Ramil of Gerfal Ramil isn t happy about that too They are too different She is the Fourth Princess who is used to a life of discipline, ritual and splendor Ramil is a boor who is used to hunting and horse riding 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 There are few books that co [...]



    6. If I were still teaching, I would have bought a copy instantly for my classroom shelves I know I would have loved this book at age twelve or thirteen, and would have read and reread it passionately.Now I m old, and I still found it perfect read for soggy hot weather after two days of insomnia Tashi, the sixteen year old Fourth Princess of the Blue Crescent, is sent to marry eighteen year old Ramil of Gerfal The Blue Crescent people are peaceful goddess worshippers but they have invented gunpowd [...]


    7. This book could have been a 4 for me if a few of the overly descriptive parts had been left out Yes, I know s fantasy, and it s to be expected While Golding has an excellent writing style and nice flow, I found myself skimming a few random parts that were only cosmetic to the story, and was still able to keep up with no problem.That said, this book was a pleasant read and I enjoyed it It s always nice to read about growth in the main characters, and both the hero and heroine had to overcome pre [...]


    8. Dragonfly has everything I could want in a fantasy book action, romance, a beautiful cover, and well defined characters but I just could not get into it.It s not because of the writing though, Julia Golding s prose is beautiful with eloquent and evocative descriptions, and swift turns of phrase But the major downfall of this book is the plot It s extremely clich and very, very predictable I m sure that after you ve read five chapters you ll be able to figure out exactly what s going to happen, w [...]


    9. I really enjoyed this book It had everything I love in a book, comedy, action, and a love story with nothing too cheesy all mixed together There were times where I was freaking out about what was going to happen, if the characters I had grown to love were going to live or die There were other times where I was laughing out loud right where I was sitting And then there were times where I wanted the characters to pull it together and realize there feelings for each other.I ve noticed that I kinda [...]


    10. A teriffic plot and a memorable story The blurb explains what the book is about pretty well so I ll leave out an overview I will say however, that their world was rich with different cultures and people.Tashi and Ramil are quite a dynamic pair I knew there was supposed to be romance in this book but I expected it to be different They seemed so young but did things that were responsible most of the time They reacted off of each other most of the time The secondary characters grew on me How come I [...]




    11. 3.5 starsOriginally posted at Small Review Dragonfly held so much promise A hate turned love romance, fantasy, questing, culture clash, battles Oh gosh, the blurb sounded like a recipe for success, but unfortunately the actual story fell flat for me.I m a character girlI need to love my characters, especially in a book like this The hate turned love romantic device relies completely on the strength of the characters They need to be interesting as individuals and there needs to be a spark between [...]


    12. I read Dragonfly thinking it would be a fun read and thought the plot looked interesting and cutebut, I was disappointed Not necessarily that the book was terrible, just disappointing because the plot would of been so cute, and could of been cute if it would of been focused on Ramil and Tashi and not just Tashi and her whole finding myself and what I believe in.Also, I found myself confused most of the time, it was so fast pace and jumped around so much that I barely could figure out what was g [...]


    13. AHHH SOOOO GOOD Okay, first things first, favorite character Gordoc He was such a softy under all the muscle and I loved that he was like an uncle to Tashi So protective, I love that Prince Ramil Y.U.M Ram was.a character you don t want to like in the early beginning but you just can t And as you get farther along in the book you fall in love with him I loved that for once it was the guy getting jealous of the girl And never once did he stray from his feelings for Tashi And he redeemed himself [...]


    14. This did not read like a sixth novel I can forgive a little awkwardness in an author s writing if the characters are interesting and the story engaging, but guess what The whole forced marriage turning into true love can be such a guilty pleasure to read if done well, but I wasn t feeling it I think it didn t work for me because I had two major issues with this book Firstly, I disliked how Tashi completely assimilated into Ramil s culture When the West versus East comparison was set up, the West [...]


    15. If you are a reader who enjoys mystery, thriller, or any other types of books besides fantasy and adventure, this book is not for you This book is full of fun, daring adventure At the same time, it will test the limit to your imagination.Princess Taoshira is the fourth crowned princess of the Blue Crescent Islands She is also the youngest at 16 years old, and the oldest is 84, which is the first crowned princess In this island, women are dominant to men They have important jobs and the men wor [...]


    16. This was a truly precious book So simple and easy to read, yet thoroughly entertaining I can t believe it passed me by when it first came out It didn t ask too much of the reader, but it really allowed the reader to understand the stages two characters go through in order to reach not only an understanding, but a true fondness that eventually evolves into love Taoshira is a young girl who is forced into a life she never expected of herself She went from goat girl to a princess with highly strict [...]


    17. RECENZE NA BLOGU nos tvrt princezny je precizn p b h, kter mu nechyb nic, co by dn p b h m t m l Najdete zde akci, dobrodru stv a nap t , romantiku, humor i mnoh n m ty k zamy len.Hlavn postavy princ Ramil a princezna Tashi se v m jistojist nesmazateln zap do pam ti a s nimi i jejich p b h, kter zaujme jak mlad , tak star ten e, kluky i holky.Reakce po do ten Pr v jsem do etla a jsem NAD EN Up mn jsem ne ekala, e by kniha s touto ob lkou, kter je podle m ho tedy krapet no, prost se mi tak pln ne [...]


    18. Evil warlord is warlording towards a country Country attempts to make alliance with other country but they are too different and friction ensues Things happen and people travel around and other things happen Lots of fortuitous friendships are happened upon Some things happen.So, apparently I m in the huge minority of people that don t think this book is all that great And I think the reason that I think this is because it s all a little too planned out I know, I know books that are planned out [...]


    19. This was an awesome book, exploring issues such as arranged marriage, religious freedom, tyrannts, political alliances and racial prejudice.Taoshira, the Fourth Crown Princess of the Blue Cresent Islands is about to get a very great shock she has been promised in marriage to Prince Ramil of Gerfal a country halfway around the known world to secure a political alliance for her country From the first page detailing the rituals that the Fourth Crown Princess must complete each morning, to the kidna [...]


    20. I m a veteran of arranged marriage RPs than I care to admit, and the simplest way to explain this book is this is what I was looking for in all those roleplays This is a fantasy arranged marriage done right.


    21. what a journey the character depth was great It made for a fast paced sweet read I would have preferred an epilogue but I m still pleased with it overall.


    22. I really loved Dragonfly It made me laugh, cry, get the chills, even boiled my blood in one particular scene What can you ask for in a reading experience Excellent fun.



    23. 4.5 StarsIt took me a while to get into this story I found the world building boring But then further along the track, I started getting invested with the story It s actually very good I found all the Goddess talk annoying but I liked that Tashi was so imperturbable and I grew fond of her quite quickly The other countries think that Tashi and her people, the Blue Crescents are a cult, an eerie, supernatural people with magical powers Tashi is really very cute Devout and petite with golden hair f [...]


    24. If you liked the adventure in the Princess Bride than you will like this book, and if you liked the relationship between Elizabeth and Mr Darcy than you will definitely love this book Tashi, Ramil, Gordoc, and all the other lovable characters make this book worth reading but not the only reason, the backdrop is weaved around an action adventure that keeps the book moving along at a fast pace This book has love, battles,and humor, what else do you need mild spoilers, so if you haven t read the bo [...]


    25. Ok so at first I kind of hated this book, and only got through the first few chapters before DNFing it However I decided to reread it as there was nothing else to read at the time, and as I kept going through it, I quickly got sucked in I don t know why the book and I didn t click at first, but now I can say I thoroughly enjoyed it I liked seeing the relationship between Ramil and Tashi progress, and although the writing seemed a bit juvenile to me at times, I was able to go through the book wit [...]


    26. Loved this book This will be one I look to buy It had all my favorite elements Princess, prince, love, adventure,growing and finding yourself The characters were great I wish I could have gotten into there heads a little There is a lot of action and I had a hard time putting the book down These books are great tween teen reads There is some violence, but it was not too descriptive 14 and up There is a second story I will be looking into getting but it is not of the same charactersREAD Read with [...]


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