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Reviewed by Liz Konkel
The Dragon Lady by Angelique S. Anderson is book one of The Dracosinum Tales. In 19th century London, Wylie Petford loves her job working in Lord Adrian's stables and her downtrodden home of Lugwallow. After her father dies due to a long illness, she finds a mysterious pocket watch hidden in her father's bed. When she opens it, she discovers her father's secret, and her new destiny. Her life is turned upside down again when her best friend shares that Lord Jameston plots to sell Lugwallow to make way for new shops and to evacuate every resident within a matter of days. Wylie knows she has to stop him, and will do whatever it takes to save their homes.
The London portrayed here is true to history, gritty and dangerous, with a lot of social status politics. Wylie rises above this London of the past, breaking stereotypes but still fitting into the time period. She's a delightful character with a kind heart, a spunky attitude, and is opinionated and strong-willed. Her dedication to the people of Lugwallow is her driving force as she refuses to let their homes be destroyed. Lord Jameston is clearly the antagonist, wicked and greedy, becoming more evil in each scene. Angelique S. Anderson dives into good and evil, with neither being completely one or the other.
The romance Wylie has with Lord Adrian is a complicated flirtation, a mix of clashing social statuses and an arranged engagement to Wylie's best friend. Their love story stays in large part in the background to her budding destiny. Quincy is a delightful character, taking the role of a mythological mentor that guides the hero with a certain roundabout way of talking and he has an air of wisdom about him. He's also humorous and mystical, giving Wylie a friend she needs for her new destiny. The Dragon Lady breathes new life into dragon mythology, with magic, wit, humor, and a lot of heart. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication date : May 1, 2017
- Print length : 323 pages
- File size : 2537 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B06XW61XPG
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Best Sellers Rank: #3,358 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There is an interesting rationale behind the existence of a good dragon and an evil dragon, which is to balance good and evil among Earth’s inhabitants. Personally, I don’t buy into that, but this is a novel that seems written for middle grade or YA readers, so perhaps I’m just not the target audience.
While the book gets off to a bit of a slow start, it picks up steam (pun intended,) as the story progresses. Without revealing any spoilers, suffice it to say Wylie is burdened with magical abilities that come as a great surprise to her. And there are other surprises as well, which I enjoyed.
The love story is sweet romance, (although I was concerned at first that Lord Adrian might be a cad,) and the action scenes are not overly gory.
Wylie is everything I want in a main character. Unlike most women of the time period, she's a kick a$$ protagonist who doesn't take bull from anyone. The story is unique and is an easy read. It does have a bit of a slow start but honestly I'm a fan of a good set up so it didn't bother me. All of the characters are well written and believable and I found myself needing to know how it ended. The quick and abrupt way that Lord Adrian proclaims his love for Wylie was a little strange and I wondered if there was something behind that.
I greatly recommend this book to anyone who likes, strong female protagonists, Victorian steampunk, and dragons.
In no time, Wylie is caught up in the battle for good and evil, but righting the balance will cost her dearly.
This is a sweet story of loss and love and friendship and magic. I found Wylie a bit flighty, and the tone a bit stiff (though that's probably because of the era being emulated, being that's it's a London-based steampunk novel), but overall I enjoyed the journey of discovery and dragons, and dang blammit, it was a fun romp.
This is only my second foray into steampunk (my first being Beyond the Gate: Stories from the World of The Dream Engine (Engine World) ), and I found it rather enjoyable.
Wylie inherits magical abilities when her father dies and his magic is transferred to her. The poor township in which she abides is in danger of being destroyed by the evil Lord Ukridge and Wylie must try to save it.
She is secretly in love with Lord Adrian, for whom she works in the estate stables, but, alas he is betrothed to her best friend.
Without giving away the ending, just let me say that this book is a must read for the young adult, steampunk fans. You won't regret it.
I highly recommend this delightful story!
Gaston D Sanders, author
This is an action packed story with some fun elements including dragon lore, mechanical gears and devices, airships, leather corsets, and more. Lord and ladies mingle in a society where social class determines your prospects. Wylie is an independent woman for the time and I loved her character. This is a clean read for those who enjoy those types of books. I see that the next book is out and can't wait to read more about this steampunk world! A pleasurable read you won't want to miss.
Word Building: 5/5
Story Flow: 4.5/5
Picky Bitches OVERALL SCORE: 5/5
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When Wylie’s father dies, little does she know what she has inherited from him. The pocket watch she finds turns out to hold more than sentimental value. Which is as well because her best friend’s father is trying to throw Wylie and her fellow residents out of their homes - oh and the man she loves is her best friend's fiance. This wonderfully tangled human triangle is set in a steampunk alternative version of 19th Century London - but a steampunk with dragons!
The cover of this book is one of the most eye-catching and attractive I have seen for a long time. I am normally not a fan of the ‘headless torso’ style, but that is because that torso is usually mostly naked. This cover seems to excel by throwing the emphasis onto the dress, style and atmosphere - and if captures it perfectly.
‘The great airship parade had all of lower London mafficking about like a herd of wild horses.’
The book is written in an odd, slightly naive, style with wonderful archaic dialect words like ‘lollygagging’ and places with names like Lugwallow sprinkled into the text to give it a kind of alien quaintness. The story progresses for most of the time at a sharp clip and has some unexpected twists along the way. The characters are all delightfully painted and I especially liked Quincy!
The story is a marvellous mix of adventure and love story, with a tale of friendship, trust and betrayal woven in. The world it is set in seems very real, even if the supernatural morality is a little confused - more on that in a bit. The tale told has a warmth and feel-good sense to it and is usually well-paced to keep the reader engaged and turning pages. I really wanted to know how it would end - and was gasping alongside Wylie at the twist...
“The whole essence of humanity is inherently evil as a matter of fact.”
On the downside though, there is a very dry journal section that gives an overlong chunk of exposition in the middle of the book, which I felt could have been shortened considerably as it really slows the whole of the story down and takes us away from the key events. My other major gripe is with the morality. Firstly the assertion made by Wylie’s mentor that humans are inherently evil - I beg to differ. In fact, having stated this, the book then gives it the lie by the warm-hearted and loving behaviour of so many of the characters - even one who should be the personification of evil!
Then it says that good and evil have to be ‘balanced’. This is often used in YA fiction and never makes any sense to me. The argument goes that good and evil must both happen equally and one must not be allowed to happen more than the other. So, if I torture this innocent puppy to death you can then help those ten little old ladies across the road. If I didn’t torture that puppy, you couldn’t help them, as that would be unbalanced good. The book offers no reason for why unbridled good would be a bad thing - probably because it clearly would not be.
But I can forgive this book all that. Because this is a book that is wonderfully sweet without any saccharine, has lashings of charm, a story that draws you in and a heroine who you care about passionately before you have finished the first chapter. Oh - and it has dragons! I loved it!
I rather like the idea of dragons flying over a London that is a fantasy alternative to historical reality. The steampunk outfits add a dash of quirkiness and the tale is charming in its innocence. The plot incorporates some twists to keep the reader’s interest and is well thought out. The dragon elements are conveyed well and keep the reader intrigued, and the whole atmosphere of darkness and shadows stays in the reader’s mind because it is described so well.
I would suggest that the book is aimed more specifically at the Young Adult readership, as it would fit that genre perfectly, in my opinion. I could see the age group of between 11- 15 picking this up and enjoying it tremendously.
It has a Victorian feel with dramatic license, the descriptions fitting well alongside action and adventure. The story has themes such as friendship, loyalty, conscience and love, as well as greed, selfishness and power.
Nicely done, entertaining and well-written.
I have spent the better part of the day reading this fantastic book, I couldn't put it down! Angelique S. Anderson's The Dragon Lady is a great mixture of intrigue, magic, technology and Victorian Era.
The main character is Wylie, a stable-girl, honest and hardworking. I love this character, the perfect mix of drive and vulnerability. She is no Mary Sue, she is brilliant! Just can't spoil the story, I so want to. It was a perfect mix of drama and action. The lore that Miss Anderson created, wow. So ingenious! Not only is the lore fantastic (you have to read it to find out), the moral undertone is even better. Right and wrong exist in a form, but you have to look at the big picture not the instant gratification of events.
Another praise for this book is the setting, now most might not understand the class system in England. It not as prominent today but during this time period, oh my golly gosh it was. The feel of this scheme sings in the book, made me think that did happen!
The last thing I would like to talk about is the steampunk and dragons, neither was used to browbeat you. They were a part of the story, not the shiny object. I will again commend Miss Anderson for this balance of ideas.
The Dragon Lady By Angelique S. Anderson
The story of our female lead character named Wylie Petford, a talented and friendly girl, who has been in love with her friend Lord Adrian, who is also her best friend’s fiancé - Lady Judith, who happens to be a persnickety, but gloriously wonderful, nearest and dearest friend.
After the sad death of Wylies father, she soon discovers what she first thought to be a pocket watch. After some investigating, Wylie soon discovers what it really is and how it is tied to her family history. An item known as a Dracosinum, a magical device.
Wylie must learn how to use the Dracosinum and help balance the good in the world from all the evil. And learn to fight the evil black dragon and prevent another human death.
I enjoyed reading The Dragon Lady and would recommend it. Make sure to grab and copy and follow the story of Wylie, Lady Judith and Lord Adrian. Who will win the good white Dragon or the evil black one?