Title: Dragonfly (Dragonfly #1)
Author: Resa Nelson
Publication Date: 29 January 2015
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Fantasy / YA
Source: Review Copy from Author
In a medieval fantasy
world where a handful of refugees from a Viking-like world now live in
peace in a village of Shining Star people in the Great Turtle Lands,
Greeta faces a dilemma. Although she longs to be married and have
children, her sweetheart is balking. Something is wrong, and she
suspects it’s because she looks nothing like any other young women.
Instead of being petite and dark, Greeta is tall and pale.
the first time in her life, Greeta is beginning to realize she has
nowhere to fit in. And she could be facing a lonely life without love or
a family of her own.
The appearance of a shaman in her village
changes everything. The shaman insists Greeta must learn to walk in the
Dreamtime because dark days approach and a key to the survival of all
people in the Great Turtle Lands will be a gift that Greeta doesn’t yet
know she has. Convinced she no longer belongs in her own village, Greeta
leaves with the shaman.
But the travels beyond the village
Greeta has always known and loved soon become perilous. She will soon
learn that Dragonfly, the name given to her by the Shining Star people,
is a clue to both the mysterious past she can’t remember as well as her
future. (Goodreads Synopsis)
Dragonfly is an engaging YA fantasy story that offers an intriguing premise and a likeable heroine. I enjoyed the idea of looking at the Norse people mingling with the Native Americans, and the different ideologies of the two. The story moved at a good pace and was a pleasant, light and easily read. My only very minor gripe would be that it felt like there was a little repetition at times, with characters repeating information (either to themselves or others) of which the reader was already aware and did not need to be told again. But other than that, it was very readable prose and a lovely story idea. I would certainly be happy to read on in the series and see how things work out for the characters.
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