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. Princess Taoshira is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil ac Burinholt in order to unite their lands. And Ramil’s not too pleased either .

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Buy Dragonfly by Julia Golding at Amazon. Never allowed to jklia emotion, always dressed in intricate ornamental robes with her hair covered, and her face painted white, with sixteen rituals to observe before she can even eat breakfast, Tashi finds her life a challenge, but accepts that it is the Goddess’s will.

However she cannot accept when her three fellow Princesses decide to marry her off to the ‘uncouth’ Ramil ac Burinholt in order to unite their lands against their common enemy, Fergox Spearthrower.

Prince Ramil is none too pleased either, wishing to marry for love rather than politics, as his father did. A clash in cultures leads to misunderstanding between the betrothed, and they quickly come to despise one another.

But Ramil is not without a sense of duty towards his guest, and when they are captured by Fergox’s spies, he endeavours to escape and get Tashi to safety. Their trials and torments take them all around the known world, as prisoners, escapees, rebels and slaves. Tashi is forced to question everything she once believed so unerringly, and as Ramil tries to protect her faith and innocence he starts to see her in an entirely different light. I can’t really find anything to fault in this latest novel from Julia Golding.


It has everything a good adventure story dragonly have — fighting, narrow escapes, near misses and chases on horseback — along with a great cast of characters who move in a world so thoroughly imagined it’s hard to believe you’ve never been there before.

From the rigid culture of the Blue Crescent Islands to the barbarous and bloody land of Holt, the backdrop is a vivid as the action taking place at centre stage.

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The adventure story in the foreground is made all the richer by the politics going on in the background. I’ve never been particularly interested in goldinv, nor do Goolding really understand much of it, but Golding weaves it into her story so effortlessly it doesn’t feel like a burden to read.

In fact, the way the battle strategies and allegiances play out like a game of chess around Tashi and Ramil makes the whole story much more intense and exciting. Golding also touches on many current issues, including racism, the fear of and prejudices against cultures and religions we do not fully understand. Though the world is fantastical, it is paralleled with our own in many ways, and it’s easy to draw comparisons between the prejudices Tashi faces from Ramil and his people to the prejudices xragonfly by many people within our own society.

These elements lift this story from being a good yarn about two ill-suited teenagers trying to work together to survive, into a category reserved for stories that are simply sublime. There’s just so much going on that dragonfy soon as I goldding reading and I really raced through it, reading it in one night I wanted to go back to the beginning and read it again.

As avid a reader as I am, I usually wait a few weeks before reading something for the second time. Dragonfly is a deeply satisfying read that left me wanting to read everything else Golding has written, and everything she ever will write.


Waterstones were well justified in picking her as one of their ’25 Authors for the Future’. If you’ve enjoyed sragonfly book then we think that you might also enjoy Anila’s Journey by Mary Finn.

Dragonfly by Julia Golding

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From the first chapter of “Dragonfly” I was totally hooked. I loved every single part of the book and its one of my top ten faves.

This is one of my dragonfyl books I’ve read by Julia Golding and its one of the best books I’ve read aswell. Thank you for the review!

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Categories Fiction Non-fiction Children’s books Authors. Dragonfly by Julia Golding. An epic novel of politics, religion, war and love that will leave you wanting to read everything Julia Golding is capable of writing.