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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
Ruth Finnegan's The Lady and the Dragon: A Tale of Despairing and Creation is the story of a journey from depression and loneliness to a new and positive condition. The protagonist of this book is as extraordinary as the tale itself - a dragon. Yet, he is not a majestic creature. Our dragon is ugly and all alone; not even his mother loves him because of his appearance. Then, one day, he meets a girl, Maire, but all he can think about is swallowing her. Will the dragon find his redemption in the end, or will he remain alone and desperate forever?
The Lady and the Dragon is an engaging book, first of all for the way the story is written. I believe that the use of rhythm is the most original trait of the book. The words arouse emotion, especially if you, like me, like the effect of alliterations and other figures of speech. At the same time, words invite readers to discover more about the story. Ruth Finnegan demonstrates a masterful skill in the use of words. She is perfectly aware of their suggestive power, mainly when she describes the desperation of the dragon. This ability, and the effect that derives from it, is what makes the text valuable. Moreover, the story is perfectly developed from despair to creation, as the subtitle implies, and it gives you a sense of fulfillment in the end. A book like The Lady and the Dragon is more than a piece of writing - it is a source of inspiration.