I was very excited, starting out, to read this book. I love fantasy, other worlds, dragons, and other mystical beings. I easily found myself enthralled by the vivid descriptions of the gardens and of some of the dragons, including the jewelry they wore on their horns. It was very easy to get caught up in the splendor and what almost seemed like magic in the book. However, it was a difficult book to get into, having a slow start that abruptly ended before going straight into their new lives on Lantamyra. I did enjoy the great variety of characters, especially the Irish blooded, but wished to hear more of the dragons that ruled the land.
I greatly enjoyed how vividly and descriptively, Susan Waterwyk wrote the garden scenes within the book. I found myself drawn into words, almost as if I was standing there sampling passionberries or redberries or even talking to the Fairies. It was almost like my own hands were stained red by the juices and I could smell the fragrant flowers before I realized I was still sitting on my couch. She did a wondrous job with her descriptive words and phrases.
I wish some of the characters had a more developed back story, or at least a more attention was given to them in one location, than the jumping back and forth between characters I had read about. I was very excited to read this book about dragons and the characters, only to find the characters a bit one dimensional. I found it hard to really connect with the characters as they went through the story and met up with challenges and victories, as well as leading as normal as a life as they could on Lantamyra. I also felt, at times, that the dialogue between the characters was a bit juvenile for a book that was not in the YA genre. I wish there had been a bit more conversation, or at least talks about heavier topics with responses that were more realistic for people of that age.
I found that this wasn't a book I was overly impressed with. After reading the blurb about the book online, I was expecting a world that would sweep me off my feet with dragons, mystical crystals, and an adventure for Tylya and Josh. It was a fun read, and I enjoyed the descriptive qualities of the book, but it is not one I would buy for my own library.
I would recommend to someone who is looking for a read that they can start, but not necessarily finish right away. I found this to be a book I could come back to after a short break.
The book had a great idea and story line to back it up and I have hopes Susan Waterwyk will continue to write in the fantasy genre. I enjoyed reading the story, any book about dragons is a must read for me. :)