Saturday, December 31, 2011

Book Review: Iris and the Dragonflies by Rosemary Danielis

Iris And the Dragonflies
Rosemary Danielis

After dragons, in the form of spell-bound dragonflies tell Iris she is their long-awaited Dragon Seer, Iris takes the first step toward her destiny by challenging the greedy mayor who wants to destroy the local creek, the dragonflies' home.  But evil never works alone and a man with his own mysterious connections to Iris will do anything to stop her.


When I originally chose to review Iris and the Dragonflies, I'd planned to read it to Miss *a*.  We've recently been enjoying the Narnia books, and it seemed rather similar.  A few chapters in, I realized it might be a bit over her head...and frankly, it was so enjoyable, I couldn't stop long enough to read out loud.  

The target audience for this is actually closer to the twelve year old range, and even then, the author uses some words that might send them running for a dictionary, not that that's a bad thing.  (Most adults I asked weren't sure the definition of "insidious".)  Regardless, this book is a wonderful read for adults as well, especially those of us raised on the works of CS Lewis and the like.  

A blend of modern day, and Celtic legend, many can relate to poor Iris, frustrated with knowing she's special and being told that her imagination is wild, and that she must leave such talk behind.  Saved by her understanding mother, and her believer grandmother, Iris stands firm in her belief that "There are more things in this world than are dreamt of in your philosophies." as Shakespeare would say.

Although parts of the modern day dialogue come off stilted, the author has clearly done her research, and the myths and stories of yesteryear flow easily off her pen.  I highly recommend this book for any reader who feels a kinship to the stories of old, or who has ever taken refuge in their imagination.

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