Summary: An epic novel of politics, religion, war and love that will leave you wanting to read everything Julia Golding is capable of writing. Chapter 1 The Fourth Crown Princess of the Blue Crescent Islands had sixteen rituals to observe from the moment of waking to when she broke her fast. Dragonfly is a fun, lighthearted read about romance, religion, and cultural differences. In terms of plot, it’s not particularly special. It’s pretty.

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And definitely ruled by men. I liked the difference in religions. He, like many others, is put off by the customs and religion of the islands, particularly the ornate clothing, white makeup, and lack of emotion. Taoshira, or “Tashi” as she used to be known, submits to the formalities and rituals but a part of her is never entirely comfortable with them.

If the characters had captured my heart, I probably would have made this a five star book regardless of the predictable plot.

Dragonflu to me, the Easterners were also flawed: For example, Princess Taoshira gives him a paper dragonfly she made which represents friendship and loyalty Draginfly by War he draws ever closer to two nervous nations. Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive ambush, unarmed comba Princess Taoshira is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil ac Burinholt in order to unite their lands.

If the characters had captured my heart, I probably would have made this a five star book regardless of the predictable plot. Aug 16, Sherwood Smith added it Shelves: He was such a softy under all the muscle and I loved that he was like an uncle to Tashi!! This book had an underlying messages of religious tolerance and cultural differences. For once, it was refreshing to read a YA novel that ties up ends! Tashi and Ramil find themselves in some pretty awful situations that came out a little flat to me, because they just weren’t struggling quite enough for my tastes.


I especially liked that he doesn’t beat around the bush when he realises he loves Tashi. 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.

Review | Dragonfly by Julia Golding

The romance, however, was a bit tacky; definitely not smooth and clear. Her betrothed too drunk to even be present when she disembarked after a voyage of months. So, sure, she drsgonfly no kick-ass, name-taking heroine. This was an OK book. So when she and Ramil are kidnapped, they fear there’s no escape – either from their kidnappers or from each other. Studying for this prompted her to write her first novel, ‘The Diamond of Drury Lane’, set in and told dragonvly her intrepid heroine, Cat Royal.

I mean, it worked as part of the story, but I wondered if there was something else more behind it? Jan 26, bibliophile Romance Dagonfly rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: There’s a huge build-up to battle scenes which are over in only a page or two. He also grows to love Tashi and their relationship, with its customary share folding blunders, painful separations and joyous reunions was overall well done, if predictable and I would welcome another story on how things turned out for them, even though it is not needed.

Dragonfly by Julia Golding (3 star ratings)

They really add to the story. Hers is formal, ritualistic. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Waterstones were well justified in picking her as one of their ’25 Authors for the Future’.

After becoming the princess, her sixteen rituals include getting out of the bed on the right hand side, turning to the east to bow to the sun, submitting to have her hair groomed with forty strokes, and there’s more Golding 1.

Buy Dragonfly by Julia Golding at Amazon. It’s almost as if she doesn’t show any emotion at all for Ramil. I thought that the pacing was off draonfly places, where the action lagged and there was no significant character development to compensate.


A young girl goes to wed a prince, but before the two of them can wed they are both kidnapped [s] 4 31 Jul 30, I wish I could have gotten into there heads a little more. 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 gilding very passionate.

Refresh and try again. Ramil, in trying to help, thinks about the big questions for the first time, but he also has lessons to learn.

I enjoyed the smooth way they transitioned from tolerating each other to liking and then to falling head over heels in love. It’s quite fun to see them soften up to each other. When the story starts, she is well entrenched into her role as a princess, and it was so delightful throughout the book to see glimpses of the goat-girl beneath.

However, it all fell apart after that. Usually I would hate it, but dragnofly something very regal and admirable in the way she chooses to put aside dragoonfly own wants in favour of being a good ruler to her people. Especially when the characters are having two very different climaxes. That being said, the people of Gilding find the women of the Islands preposterous and are completely believed to be practicing witchcraft. Looks like there is a sequel, but it involves different characters.

I don’t know, they should talk more about how they feel and stuff. Well deserved five stars! There’s nothing wrong with being more circumspect and guarded. The other three Crown Princesses are all much older and only one, the Second Crown Princess, Safilen, shows any kind of emotion.

Shrug, I just had some problems with it.