Dragonfly
Young Adult / March 19, 2017

Author: Julia Golding. Summary: 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 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? (Published Summary.) My Thoughts: The writing style seemed oddly simplistic, leaning rather heavily towards telling instead of showing, including even the classic signs (like excessive ‘ly’ adverbs). However, I enjoyed the actual story and characters. Golding contrasts three cultures, with different degrees of separation – from extremely different to only minor differences – and…