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Summary: An epic novel of politics, religion, war and love that will leave you wanting to read everything Julia Golding is capable of writing. Dragonfly (Dragonfly, book 1) by Julia Golding – book cover, description, publication history. 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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Dragonfly by Julia Golding. 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 Princess Taoshira of the Goldint Crescent Islands is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil of Gerfal.

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 jylia, 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?

Hardcoverpages. Published October 20th by Skyscape first published Manchester Book Award Nominee for Longlist To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Dragonflyplease sign up. Is this book appropriate for a 13 year old? The story is perfect for a 13 year old. There’re romantic relationships but no bedroom scenes or cussing. Is there a cliffhanger? Camilla No, not at all.

This is a stand-alone story, so no sequel or cliff hanger although there is goolding companion novel. See all 3 questions about Dragonfly…. Lists with This Book. Aug 04, Liana rated it really liked it.


My friend Cindy recommended vragonfly book to me, and she was like, “Liana, you should read it! And I tell you I love Kristin Cashore. So, at first, judging by her name, I thought Taoshira was Japanese. But then it turns out she was blonde and I was like, nevermind. I guess that’s a race. So cute I can’t believe it.

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One thing I noticed about this book that’s quite different from others I read, is that, well. I know all protagonists in books change from the beginning to the end, but then I just never notice. And, I tell you, from a stiff formal girl to a stubborn, more realistic version of Taoshira.

On the back it says juliaa 12 and up”. There’s nothing inappropriate about it, so, um.


The romance is not porny Thank the lord and it’s not too awkward and slow either. Not love at first sight either.

It’s hate at first sight and then realizing they love each other. I think the romance is at least somewhat like Fire.

Dragonfly by Julia Golding

A note about Ramil: Unless, of course, the protagonist is male. But when he was first introduced, he gave me the impression of a spoiled prince who didn’t know anything. So, let me prove my point. It symbolized her fragility- it was her symbol. And then he just takes it and refolds it into a crumbled paper dart, and makes her cry.

And then he takes her horseback riding, riding too fast purposely to bully her. So, Taoshira is very strong. Not strong physically, of course, but strong in her mental mind, always showing her doggedness.

They’re always captured and abducted and at the edge of death but they never stop being strong. Anyways, it’s a really cute story of adventure. Yeah, the more I think about it, it really is like The Princess Bride.

This is definitely a recommendation. Nov 15, Maria Elmvang rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 more insightful than all of his so-called ‘knowledgeable’ friends.

Jan 26, bibliophile Romance Addict rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: 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.

jhlia It was so much more. This book made a unique world that had its own problems. A realistic one where each land has its own culture, religion, and so on. When princess Golcing is forced into an arranged marriage with price Ram, she expects nothing from the rude easterner. On the other hand, Ram does not like the girl who paints her face white, doesn’t show emotion, and is very quite. Both can’t handle each other, until they’re kidnapped and need to work together to save their countries from falling.

Now, did I enjoy reading this? I so loved how each character got over the other’s differences. The character development was great.

The characters were well written and not flushed out. I just drayonfly the pace was slower so I could get into the book, more. Other than that, I loved how this viewed different cultures and religions.

It didn’t matter to the godling who was right and wrong, and viewed every culture with it’s positives and negatives, sragonfly made the world balanced. Well deserved five stars! View all 4 comments. This wonderful tale of adventure, self-discovery and love is marketed to the year-old age group jklia Anne of Green Gables – always a surprise, since when I finally got around to reading it at 14 I really oglding with itbut is highly enjoyable for any age group.


Sixteen year old Taoshira, Fourth Crown Princess of the Crescent Islands, was elected at draognfly, plucked from her goat herd on Kai Island and has been immersed in formality, ritual and rigmarole ever since.

The other three Crown Pri This wonderful tale of adventure, self-discovery and love is marketed to the 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 dragoonfly itbut is highly enjoyable for any age group.

The other three Crown Princesses are all much older and only one, the Second Crown Princess, Safilen, shows any kind of emotion. With their fair hair, elaborate robes, veils and white face paint, the four princesses perform constant glding to the Mother Goddess.

Their land is prosperous and protected by a formidable navy; they alone hold the secret to cannon shot and rifle. 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. On the mainland, the Spearthrower is expanding his empire from Holt and Kandar to Brigard and now has his eyes on Gerfal to the north.

The Gerfalans are ignorant of Blue Crescent practice and procedure and on arriving at their capital, Tashi is insulted constantly by their ill-mannered rudeness – and eighteen-year-old Ramil himself, who doesn’t want to marry Tashi and makes no effort to hide his derision.

A last-ditch attempt to mend the rift between the two royals results in them being kidnapped by circus performers working for the Spearthrower, who has great plans for both Ramil and Fragonfly. And dragonfky the real adventure begins. One of the things I loved about this story was the Blue Crescent culture – with governance that reminded me somewhat of Queen Amidala of Star Wars fame the elected royal, the formal stiffness of posture, the white face paint and elaborate clothingthe people are also matriarchal and sophisticated.

While they have their fair share of prejudice and the formalities make things excruciating, they have that hint of Asian perfection and exotic allure that always make a fantasy story exciting.

It’s nice to have this culture juxtaposed against the more cliched “medieval” dragonrly of the Holtish Empire and Gerfal: Niether type of culture is held up as a model; all have their faults as well as their benefits. Tashi is an interesting heroine: Stripped of it by her kidnappers, she’s again just a girl with no real skills and few resources. She’s strong of will but passive by upbringing: