Dragonfly – Resa Nelson
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I began reading this book. I had never heard of Nelson, but the content of the story sounded like it might be up my alley so I took a chance. Plus, her past work appeared promising, which never hurts.
This story was wonderful! My only sadness is that it ended on a cliffhanger and the second has yet to come out. However, I decided to remedy my waiting affliction and bought the other related series titled The Dragonslayer’s Sword (Book 1) of The Dragonslayer’s Series. I’ve already started reading it and already loving it.
What can I say about this story? It was well-written, well-edited, the characters were nicely developed. Greeta, or aka Dragonfly is a likeable enough character. She suffers from low self-esteem and feeling like she doesn’t belong. Her journey is one in which she must learn to accept herself for who she is and to understand who her real friends and family are. Her journey is a relatable one, so many of us are going through this right now. I loved the native tribal versus viking-ish teams and how different they were from each other. Greeta has one foot in each group and I felt it made her all the more appealing and interesting to follow.
I whipped through this story and am hungry for more. I recommend this story to any fantasy or dragon fans out there. It is a fun read that also has deep roots. Nelson has earned my praise and I will be sure to read more from her.
Synopsis: 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.
For 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.
Dragonfly is Book 1 in the new epic fantasy adventure series that is also the second series set in Resa Nelson’s Dragonslayer World, a world brimming with female heroes, shapechangers, ghosts, and dragons. The Dragonfly series revolves around fantasy cultures inspired by the Norse exploration of Native America over 1000 years ago.
THE GIRL BEHIND THE BOOK
Resa was also the TV/Movie Columnist for Realms of Fantasy magazine for 13 years and was a contributor to SCI FI magazine. She has sold over 200 articles to magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Her first novel, The Dragonslayer’s Sword, was Recommended for the Nebula Award, the highest honor in science fiction and fantasy. It was also a Finalist for the EPPIE Award. This medieval fantasy novel is based on a short story first published in the premiere issue of Science Fiction Age magazine and ranked 2nd in that magazine’s first Readers Top Ten Poll. The Dragonslayer’s Sword is Book 1 in a 4-book series, which also includes Book 2 (The Iron Maiden), Book 3 (The Stone of Darkness), and Book 4 (The Dragon’s Egg). A mini novel (Astrid, The Dragonslayer’s Blacksmith) is a companion piece to the series. She is currently planning a spin-off series based on her Dragonslayer series.
Resa’s standalone novel, Our Lady of the Absolute, is a mystery/thriller about a modern-day society based on ancient Egypt. Midwest Book Review gave this book a 5-star reivew.
Her most recent novel, All Of Us Were Sophie, is a murder mystery with a science fiction premise.
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*I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.