Title: Ochre Dragon (Opal Dreaming Chronicles #1)
Author: V. E. Patton
Target audience: Adult
Date Read: 27/04/20 – 12/05/20
This was definitely different to the fantasy I usually read. I guess that may be partly because a lot of the fantasy I read is YA, and therefore has a different feel and pace.
Ochre Dragon is the first in the Opal Dreaming Chronicles and it follows three women at different stages of life, living on different worlds, who are irrevocably linked.
The book seamlessly blends science and magic, giving us dystopia, deities, dragons and time gates, to name a few. Somehow it never seems like the book is overdoing it.
I’ll admit it did take me a while to get into it, and I think that was partly because for the first while, I was reading in very small dribs and drabs. It’s the sort of book that deserves to be properly absorbed in as few sittings as possible, I think. The writing is very lyrical and the plot is well set out.
It does end on a cliffhanger, but now that the cast is all in the position, I am very interested to see where they go from here!
Content warning: there are two instances of attempted rape and the suggestion of past sexual violence.
This review forms part of my 2020 Australian Women Writers Challenge. Click here for more information.