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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Turquoise Dragon by Jane Toombs

The Turquoise Dragon by Jane Toombs
Publisher: Divine Destinies
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: Short Story (68 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 3 books
Reviewed by Aloe

Cozz: A dragon who fears becoming an outcast lays a wrong color egg. It's not in her nature to destroy it. Is that alien machine outside her cave her answer?

Earth: What happens when a young woman born to die and an impossible beast fall in love?

Imagine finding an egg that is robin egg blue. That’s easy, isn’t it? Now imagine it’s HUGE!

Ms. Toombs does a very nice job of weaving a tale of fantasy that will capture a young one’s imagination. Her characters are sweet and kind, the grandfather is a crafty thinker, and you instantly find yourself rooting for the dragon.

Nahma’s parents have died and she lives with her grandfather. Her best friend, Gina, has a childhood disease which is terminal. When Nahma finds the blue egg, she hides it so she can she see what hatches. She only shares the knowledge of her prize with Gina.

The author could have gone a bit more in depth about why her parents and Gina’s are dead, but it was not essential to the plot. Just got my curiosity up and might have given a bit more substance to the story. It is a very enjoyable story even without that knowledge.

Along with the dragon egg, Nahma brought home a blue seed pod and planted it. When government officials come around to see the dragon and learn from him, Gina helps Nahma hide the seed pod.

The author uses the grandfather’s video skills and comic drawings to introduce the dragon to the world and keep the officials from confiscating the dragon. I thought that was pretty inventive and added to the story.

Gina has fallen in love with the dragon, Turk. But there is no way a blue dragon and a human can mate. Or is there?

If you want to know what Gina decides to do and how it turns out, grab yourself a copy of novella and read it. It’s light fun read for young ones and I enjoyed it, too.