The Dragon Lady

The Dracosinum Tales

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
323 Pages
Reviewed on 11/08/2017
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Author Biography

Angelique S. Anderson is an award-winning author. A fan of Chronicles of Narnia growing up, and an avid song and poem writer, she wrote her first novel in November of 2013. In it, her passion was born, and she went on to write the second and third to what would become a young adult fantasy series, The Redemption Series. Unable to quell the desire to write after the fantasy series, she went on to write a three-time award-winning sci-fi novel, Eden’s Serum, with its sequel Eden's Demise released in March of 2017. Always an advocate for foster children, she followed that up with her personal story of abuse and neglect in Award winning Little Lost Girl: The Complete Series. Her recent release, The Dracosinum Series, has been her favorite to write, with three books touching on steampunk, dragon lore, and Victorian-era London. You can follow her on Facebook at:
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

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.