Dragonfly

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Princess Taoshira of the Blue Crescent Islands is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil of Gerfal in order to unite their lands. And he’s not too pleased, either. They hate each other on sight. So, 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 help them or betray them to the ...
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Overview

Princess Taoshira of the Blue Crescent Islands is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil of Gerfal in order to unite their lands. And he’s not too pleased, either. They hate each other on sight. So, 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 help them or betray them to the enemy?
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Golding, who penned the Cat Royal series, proves in this first title in a new series that she is equally as adept with fantasy as she is with mystery. Trouble is brewing in the Known Worlds. King Lagan ac Burinholt, desperately hoping to gain allies, arranges a marriage between his son, Ramil, and Taoshira, Fourth Crown Princess of the Blue Crescent Islands. The betrothed pair loathe each other on sight, but after they are both kidnapped, the story takes off. Descriptions of the Known Worlds are vivid and include intricate religions and fascinating political machinations. It is clear from the start that Rami and Tashi will fall in love, and their evolving relationship powers the story. The cast of characters is large and appealing, especially a circus strong man and a horse with immense personality. Golding ramps up the action with plenty of danger, battles, and narrow escapes, and she nicely resolves her various plot lines in a satisfying conclusion. Perfect for fans of political fantasies like Hilari Bell's Farsala Trilogy.

Children's Literature - Jennifer Mitchell
Taoshira has not always been princess, but since her selection, she has been dutiful and well behaved. She follows her country's strict religious ceremonies and delights in the beauty around her. She does not question the perfect order of things until she is suddenly forced into an arranged marriage with a boy half a world away. Ramil is a free spirit who delights in riding his horse through the woods. He lives a relatively unstructured life, until he is surprised by the news that he has just gotten engaged to a strange girl in the islands far away. When the two meet, disaster strikes repeatedly. Ramil and his people insult Taoshira and her people in every way imaginable. Taoshira's culture and habits are a conundrum to the Gerfalians. The marriage seems doomed to failure, until the two are kidnapped by a rival nation. They must survive being caged with a tiger, beaten by clowns, being sold into slavery, nearly drowning, and many other injustices just to escape. Meanwhile, their two countries are in an uproar. Should they fight each other or unite against a common enemy? Will their future rulers survive their captivity? Palace spies and a renegade prince may just save the day. Reviewer: Jennifer Mitchell
VOYA - Jennifer Rummel
The country of Holt threatens war upon the surrounding countries in the known world. Those countries form an alliance and make an unusual pact—requiring one prince and one princess to marry. When the Fourth Crown Princess of the Blue Crescent Islands arrives in Gerfal, she is unhappy with her new situation and insulted by Gerfal's lack of protocol. They know nothing of her ways. Taoshira is not used to such treatment and takes offense. Neither she nor her betrothed, Prince Ramil, are interested in this alliance. They realize that they must perform the duty their countries ask of them, but that was before their kidnapping, the religious persecution, and their imprisonment. Written in alternating perspectives, this novel flows beautifully and is addicting. The cover might not attract readers, but it reflects the tale's thematic elements. Tashi is depicted as a pious princess, but readers soon understand the depth of her character through her feisty attitude and independent streak. Ramil at first behaves in a childish manner, but he grows into a hero worthy of any princess. Secondary meaty characters round out the cast of outlaws trying to take down the evil emperor from Holt. Golding writes a fantastical romantic masterpiece full of adventure, betrayal, near misses, combat, and loyalty. Reviewer: Jennifer Rummel
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Establishing one's sense of self, working and sacrificing for a greater purpose, and accepting and understanding people's differences are all strong themes in this British import. The arranged marriage between the reserved and disciplined Princess Taoshira, 16, and the rogue Prince Ramil, 18, is not an appealing prospect to either teen. But their lands need to form a strong bond of diplomatic connections in order to fend off attacks from the bloodthirsty warlord Fergox Spearthrower, and they have been called upon to do what is right for their people. Their relationship gets off to a disastrous start and goes downhill from there. Taoshira is put off by his brash and loud behavior that fails to recognize or respect her values and traditions while Ramil finds her cold, unworthy of her title, and completely unappealing. When the two are kidnapped, a riveting adventure ensues and opposites attract. Although the arc of the love story is fairly standard, the subplots make it an engaging read for a variety of readers. Romance, trickery, graphic and bloody fight scenes, adventure, religious persecution, and politics are all a part of this compelling tale.—Genevieve Gallagher, Buford Middle School, Charlottesville, VA
Kirkus Reviews
This familiar-feeling fantasy devotes much energy to culture creation and culture clash but disquietingly favors one over others. Taoshira, nicknamed Tashi, is the Fourth Crown Princess of the Blue Crescent Islands. Her existence is lonely and formal, as she recites ritual prayer after ritual prayer and helps rule. Prince Ramil, in the mainland nation of Gerfal, rebels against his father's plan that he wed Taoshira in a military alliance. Tashi and Ram meet, hate, spar and predictably fall in love as they survive kidnapping by a warlord, imprisonment, bandit attacks and separation. Pivotal military and romantic events seem oddly brief and anticlimactic. The Blue Crescents resemble a stylized Japan except for their inhabitants' repeatedly mentioned-almost fetishized-golden hair; Tashi, disturbingly, is an Orientalized blond who can only flourish in Ram's British/European-type country. Ram is interracial, his (dead) mother from a desert-dwelling, "dark-skinned people known as the Horse Followers," but his culture is the normative white one that the text and Tashi prefer. For large collections or critical race/gender study. (Fantasy. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761460671
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2011
  • Pages: 390
  • Sales rank: 250,702
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Golding is a multi-award winning writer for children and young adults. She also writes as Joss Stirling (Finding Sky) and Eve Edwards (YA historical).

Former British diplomat and Oxfam policy adviser, she has now published over thirty books in genres ranging from historical adventure to fantasy. Read carefully and you'll spot all sorts of material from her diplomatic and Oxfam careers popping up in unexpected places. She has a doctorate in English literature from doctorate in English literature from Oxford.

Studying for this prompted her to write her first novel, 'The Diamond of Drury Lane', set in 1790 and told by her intrepid heroine, Cat Royal. It went on to win the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2006 and the Nestle Children's Book Prize 2006 (formerly known as the Smarties Prize). In the US, 'Secret of the Sirens' won the honor book medal of the Green Earth Book Award. 'Dragonfly' won the 2012 Beehive Book Award, Young Adult Division, given by the Children's Literature Association of Utah and voted on by readers in schools and public libraries.

Over half a million of her books have been sold worldwide in many languages.

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

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    A Delicious tale

    The country of Holt threatens war in the known world upon the surrounding countries. Those countries form an alliance and make an unusual pact - requiring one prince and one princess to marry. When the Fourth Crown Princess of the Blue Crescent Islands arrives in Gerfal, she's unhappy with her new situation and insulted by Gerfal's lack of protocol. They know nothing of her ways. Taoshira's not used to such treatment and takes offense. Neither she nor her betrothed, Prince Ramil, are interested in this alliance. They realize they must perform the duty their countries ask of them, but that was before their kidnapping, the religious persecution, and their imprisonment. Can they find a way to work together in order to survive?


    Written in alternating perspectives, this novel flows beautifully and is an addicting tale. I don't particularly like this cover, it's really hard to see the face on my copy. I love Tashi's feisty attitude and independent streak. Julia Golding writes a fantastical romantic masterpiece full of adventure, betrayal, near misses, combat, and loyalty.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

    AMAZING!!!

    This is my new favorite book! It balance the two characters beautifully will engulfing the reader into a completely new world so fully that they can actually smell the flowers. Unlike other royal fanatasies it doesn't focus completely on the world or the characters but is completely developed in all spheres. The only thing is it doesn't come in nook format and I didn't even realize that there was a face on the cover until I looked online lol.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

    I love this book. I was really immersed in it.

    I love this book. I was really immersed in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Loved it. Exceeded expectations.

    Loved it. Exceeded expectations.

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    it's a great book, but I mean i love books filled with action, b

    it's a great book, but I mean i love books filled with action, but through the story i found it lacking and me skimming the page trying to find where her story moved to.I loved the romance of the book and it was great except for the drawl in the middle of the book.

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